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  1. SoWal Staff

    SoWal Staff Serving the Community! Staff Member

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    Each and every Summer we have a blast reading entries and picking winners from our annual "You're So SoWal" contest. Each year is unique and each year is bigger and better - thanks to all who enter! We want to hear from you - whether you are a first timer or if you are a veteran and enter every year.

    We're asking all you SoWal beach lovers to send us more of your good stuff by completing the thought, "You're So SoWal If . . . "

    Please Enter Below ... Enter as many times as you like!

    What does it mean to be so in love with South Walton Beaches? What's unique about South Walton? What's quirky? What's beautiful? What's funny? How about that traffic?!? Why is that sign on the beach!? Where's my next Margarita at?!

    Check here on the SoWal Forum (one of the best sources for source material), SoWal Facebook and Twitter often to see some of the best submissions during the contest. Finalists and winners will be published on the site at the end of the season.

    Last summer's contest got a flood of responses, with hundreds of entries from locals and visitors. The SoWal Staff and some discerning local judges helped us narrow down the best entries.

    Our 2014 Overall Winner
    You're so SoWal if ... you're resting in peace, but still alive.
    - Gerard Dalessandro

    Our 2014 First Runner Up
    You're So SoWal if ... your bumper stickers reads, "I'm a proud parent of a beach bum".
    - Eve Andriola

    Our 2014 Second Runner Up
    You're So SoWal if ... you get teary eyed when you see the OPEN sign light up at Seagrove Market Cafe after a long winter.
    - Elaine Parrett

    Click here to read all of last year's winners and finalists.


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  2. Mike Jones

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    you'd choose a fishing license over a driver's license.
     
  3. Mike Jones

    Mike Jones Beach Fanatic

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    Your rebel flag is a pirate flag.
     
  4. Andy A

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    you hate signs and fences on the beach
     
  5. Dawn

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    You would like to tell Truman to stop whining and have a Margarita! :D
     
  6. Old School

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    You have a grandfathered beach permit.
     
  7. Jenksy

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    You prefer to be sober never.
     
  8. kurt

    kurt Admin Staff Member

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    Thanks everyone - keep them coming!
     
  9. kurt

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    Here's one by email from Bo Rentrop...



    Dune Allen 1958[1].jpg

    As you can see from the picture above, I was young then, now I am 84. Our first year at Dune Allen Beach was the summer of 1958. Left to right: Bo Rentrop (me the mother), Jane Day Piraro (Bo’s baby sister), Mickey Rentrop Shannon (the oldest daughter – same age as Jane!), John Rentrop (the son), Billy Rentrop (the father-deceased in 2002), and Amy Rentrop Chaffin (the baby at that time).

    I got sick and was hospitalized the end of May and am just recuperating. Much to my regret, I didn’t get to go this year – the first time in all these years I have not gone. The rest of the family are there until July 4.

    Not everyone gets to go every year, and we can’t always slow them down for a picture of everyone together.

    The picture below has all of the originals, plus 3 more Rentrop children, all grown up, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and aunts, uncles, and cousins by the dozens. It was taken on the steps in front of Dune I Townhomes at Dune Allen Beach.


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    Beach Brats Brouhaha 2011– The original bunch minus Billy, plus most of those in the 2000 Brouhaha. Also taken on the (reconfigured) steps in front of Dune I after the original steps and beach were destroyed by a hurricane whose name I don’t remember.



    You're So SoWal if ... you have vacationed at Dune Allen Beach with your growing family for more than 50 years.



    Read more about he Rentrop's long, long adventure in Dune Allen at
    http://sowal.com/story/a-familys-legacy-on-dune-allen-beach-45-straight-years-and-counting
     
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  10. bentley williams

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    You hit the beach on July 5th to clean up fireworks.
     
  11. Dawn

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    More people know your dog's name than yours.
     
  12. Mike Jones

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    You know Alys Beach was once named Somerset Beach.
     
  13. Mike Jones

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    If every summer you yearn for the start of school. :razz:
     
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  14. steel1man

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    this is SO true..dogs are Rock Stars on the beach #leashed
     
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    Best summer party? @Pandora " Take Our Beaches Back" after Labor Day
     
  16. Jenksy

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    You're So SoWal if you know what GOBB is and where.
     
  17. Mike Jones

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    You can no longer keep up with all the new restaurants opening.
     
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    Or you describe them as "where -"enter old restaurant name" - used to be...."
     
  19. Dawn

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    You say every summer that it's the hottest summer ever.
     
  20. carson

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    You're so SoWal if...

    You leave a layer of sand in your Jeep to remind you of home.

    People give you the thumbs up on Hwy 95 in South Carolina because of your So Wal sticker!

    You know people by their dogs.

    Seeing Luke Bryan or Zac Brown on the beach isn't a big deal anymore and now they even kinda recognize you.
     

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