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  1. Smiling JOe

    We made the Tax Turkey List

    If you think there is plenty of room on that section of 30A when riding bikes, you probably have never ridden your bike across it. It's not too bad if you aren't meeting oncoming bikers, but it can be crazy tight when you do, especially with automobile drivers who are not focused on driving...
  2. Smiling JOe

    Anyone know what's happening at 30A and 98?

    At one time, Albertson's grocery store had plans of going into that spot, before Publix came to SoWal. I'm not sure what the latest is with it, but they may be preparing it for development with the idea of leasing or selling, since Walmart is about to pop nearby. I could eventually see a Target...
  3. Smiling JOe

    Redfish Village - What is going on?

    I don't think any of these units sold for $150K, ray. There were a couple of recent short sales at the $150K mark, but these started at $179K. I know of a 2bed/2ba with bunks (plan B) which closed for $299K this week. The cash sales are making way for higher appraisals and conventional loans in...
  4. Smiling JOe

    Just In: Walton County Beach Permit Lottery Information

    lottery permits are good for only one year, then you lose it and have to reapply in hopes of being called the next year.
  5. Smiling JOe

    TDC Brand Meetings

    Sounds good, but some of the local businesses describe themselves as being in Destin. eg- Silver Sands Factory Stores.
  6. Smiling JOe

    TDC Brand Meetings

    So you've written them a letter or email, or called to talk to them, right?
  7. Smiling JOe

    TDC Brand Meetings

    scooterbug, this thing seems to be important to you. Why weren't you at the meeting last week to give real input?
  8. Smiling JOe

    Poll: Do you approve of the new beach driving permit lottery?

    Their bigger worry with this at one of the BCC meetings seemed to be a lack of gov't income, and I suggested that they consider a loading permit, which would allow people to drive onto the beach, unload or load their gear, then drive off the beach. This permit could solve their problem of too...
  9. Smiling JOe

    WIN TICKETS! WaterSound Beach Club Disco Inferno this Friday Night

    seagrover, congratulations! make us proud!
  10. Smiling JOe

    Attention Restaurateurs

    It's listed as "Gratuity."
  11. Smiling JOe

    County Commissioners allowing commercial gains on county property!!!!!

    Just make sure your roadside stand isn't on the south side of the bridge, because then, according to the ordinances, you will need a roadside vending license. Here is an idea if you have some spare time. Go park your boat on the dock about 3pm on Fridays, and make the Cheri Dawn have to find a...
  12. Smiling JOe

    County Commissioners allowing commercial gains on county property!!!!!

    Shallows, I can see how it has only recently become an issue. Up until about a month ago, they had been parking at their own pilings. Then, suddenly, they began taking up the entire public dock.
  13. Smiling JOe

    County Commissioners allowing commercial gains on county property!!!!!

    remember that most local gov't offices are closed on the weekend, such as sanitation inspection. Have you ever seen the Cheri Dawn set up on the weekdays, other than late Friday?
  14. Smiling JOe

    County Commissioners allowing commercial gains on county property!!!!!

    My question is, does the cheri dawn shrimp boat have license to sell shrimp to the public? Isn't there some rule about commercial fisherman not being able to sell to the general public?
  15. Smiling JOe

    ? Mediacom High Speed internet - actual speed

    and, remember that the more people on the grid with cable, the slower the speed. Usually, MediaCON's printed advertising will say, speeds "up to 12mb/s."
  16. Smiling JOe

    WIN TICKETS! WaterSound Beach Club Disco Inferno this Friday Night

    The South Walton Montessori Academy is a great school to support. All proceeds from this event benefit the school’s financial aid program and curriculum enrichment, so remember that the more you give, the more you benefit our community.
  17. Smiling JOe

    Attention Restaurateurs

    I think the restaurant Skunkape is referring to adds gratuity to all orders, and it is only counter service. jodiFL, I mean that regardless of the total amount of the bill, the server rounds up to the highest dollar, not bringing any coins. eg- bill total is $29.12. Give the server $40 and they...
  18. Smiling JOe

    Caliza- How is it nowadays? Haven't been since year one.

    Chef Ed has done a terrific job at Caliza! He has a great team in the kitchen making some delicious food.
  19. Smiling JOe

    Attention Restaurateurs

    Did they round your total up, too? I've been getting servers round up my change to the highest dollar, so that they don't have to have change, or to just cheat a little more tip.
  20. Smiling JOe

    TDC Brand Meetings

    mputnal, you are right that South Walton is nothing like Destin and PCB, yet we've been featuring the same thing they have, the beach. Part of the new branding evolution also goes into their marketing plan, showing that South Walton is much more than just the beach.
  21. Smiling JOe

    Seagrill Welcomes SoWallers!

    Oh, I thought you were suggesting that Seagrill used beef from far away and that caused the higher prices.
  22. Smiling JOe

    YOLO 2011 Summer Race Series at WaterColor BoatHouse

    There are world-class athletes YOLO Boarding on class V rapids. Go to the WaterColor BoatHouse and watch the video. It will make paddling on the calm lake feel easy.
  23. Smiling JOe

    TDC Brand Meetings

    By looking at the words people use to search google on a monthly basis, it looks like "South Walton" outperforms "Beaches of South Walton" almost 3 to 1, so it appears that "South Walton" should be even more recognizable to most and if they know to look here, they know about the beaches.
  24. Smiling JOe

    South Walton Hotsheet - Sales, Price Changes, Sold property on 30A this week.

    30ashopper, Even after most are placed into pending, the loan would still have to go through and those are contingent on appraisals, which can come down to the last minute. Repairs of warranted items, and other misc things can also come after the pending status. Bobby J, you are right in that...
  25. Smiling JOe

    Seagrill Welcomes SoWallers!

    Are there any Prime beef cattle in the local area?
  26. Smiling JOe

    Which works best in SoWal? AT&T or Verizon?

    I have Verizon and it works well throughout SoWal. It used to have a couple of dead zones, but those are no longer dead. ATT used to be terrible for reception in SoWal, but from all my iPhone user friends, it seems to have great coverage in SoWal now. However, during busy spring breaks, they...
  27. Smiling JOe

    St. Joe Company Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

    JOE's headquarters is currently in WaterSound, according to this morning's news. I'm guessing the $14million profits were due to the leasing of the timber land recently announced. If JOE took on construction of new headquarters, it would wipe out any profits on the books right now.
  28. Smiling JOe

    Seagrill Welcomes SoWallers!

    We are seeing prices of everything go up quickly with $4/gal gasoline prices.
  29. Smiling JOe

    South Walton Hotsheet - Sales, Price Changes, Sold property on 30A this week.

    ata, on average, the homes in South Walton are selling somewhere between 88-91% of list price. Some are selling above list price and others are selling well below list price, depending on how the property is priced.
  30. Smiling JOe

    South Walton Hotsheet - Sales, Price Changes, Sold property on 30A this week.

    Contingent or pending, they are essentially the same and it is up to each Realtor to choose which they want to use once an offer is accepted and communicated. Contingent category was actually created back in the boom, when buyers wanted to be able to put in back up offers on properties that were...
  31. Smiling JOe

    Haven't heard anything about Seagrill. Worth trying?

    I think it was actually called Chops 30A, or at least that is what I called it. I've been to Seagrill several times and I enjoyed it. They have some good early evening specials for happy hour, like half-priced drinks and sushi. I've never made it to the dining room yet.
  32. Smiling JOe

    Blue Mountain Beach Access?

    That street is a one block street and the access is at the end of the street.
  33. Smiling JOe

    Shrimp?

    I've always wondered about the shrimp boat, which is the only shrimp retailer left. I won't buy anything from food venders who open only on the weekend when the gov't isn't looking.
  34. Smiling JOe

    Shrimp?

    always smell the shrimp before you buy them. If they have an odor of anything other than fresh and sweet seafood, don't buy them.
  35. Smiling JOe

    Your choice for new Walton TDC website name?

    Because the TDC makes its money only from people staying short term (6 months or less) in SOUTH Walton. They are trying to promote off-beach activities now, hence the desire to drop "beaches" from the branding. They know that many people enjoy much more than the beach. Prime example is my friend...
  36. Smiling JOe

    Redfish Village - What is going on?

    Residential condos are being marketed too, though I haven't seen them hit the MLS yet. The marketing package I received had the 2 bedroom units listed at $189,000, but there have been a couple of recent sales in there for under $145,000, so I guess they may have difficulty appraising anywhere...
  37. Smiling JOe

    Your choice for new Walton TDC website name?

    I think we should get the url, "half-way between Destin and Panama City Beach.com"
  38. Smiling JOe

    Redfish Village - What is going on?

    Commercial units are on the market. Contact a good Realtor to give you specifics.
  39. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    Do you really believe that? You should have learned by now that giving the government money to oversee something is like paying the fox to guard the hen house. If you really have concerns about any matters, you should get involved.
  40. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    lenzo, very good questions. 1) yes, the TDC was very displeased with the web design company which they hired to build their site. I believe they terminated that contract and turned over the web site to LKM. LKM has been tweaking it slightly, but has been working on a much more useful site that...
  41. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    Did you show them the variety of mock up ads which LKM presented at their meetings, or only the two you posted? Or, did you just tell them that the Beaches of South Walton would be replaced by "to each, your beach?" A hamburger wouldn't taste as good without the bun.
  42. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    My apologies, Bob. I thought you were surprised that this is just now coming out, when it was discussed at each workshop for months. Did you seen any examples of mock ads that looked good?
  43. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    Kitty, gotta sort out the truth from Bob's creations.
  44. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    Thanks. I agree that what has been presented on this thread is not adequately branding SoWal. I think LKM would also agree with you on that. What you are seeing on this thread is only a couple of strings in an entire blanket. Bob has seen only one presentation by LKM to my knowledge and that was...
  45. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    Go do your homework, Bob. You gave one tiny segment of information which started this thread, yet you forgot to include the complete package. Don't get so lost in one line item that you blind yourself from the big picture.
  46. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    If any of you had as much interest to actually attend the workshops and presentations, you wouldn't be so late to the table. Everyone wants to give the verdict, but no one seems to want to invest the time sitting in the jury box.
  47. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    I disagree. We aren't selling sand. You can find sand in Destin and Panama City Beach. LKM is simply selling lifestyle and making memories. Of course you cannot see that in this thread. Regarding North Carolina, if it weren't for the Appalachian Mountains, you wouldn't have a beach here in...
  48. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    Also in fairness to LKM, LKM presented many example ads which nicely tied the tag-line together and made perfect sense. I haven't seen anyone post anything about that on this thread.
  49. Smiling JOe

    Walton TDC Presents New Branding

    From the announcement: "The TDC will host the workshop to allow for open dialogue and discussion on potential programs, opportunities and ideas for marketing that the TDC can take into consideration. The TDC will also share updates on the website and new RFP process...
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