Turtle Express Trolley to run Between Grayton and Seagrove

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  1. Kurt Lischka

    Kurt Lischka Admin Staff Member

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    On May 24th, Scenic Hwy 30A in South Walton County, FL, welcomes the Sunshine Turtle Express. Free to the public, this transportation program is privately funded by local business leaders dedicated to changing the culture of the area. John Finch, Owner of Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine, sees this as a jumping off point to expanding public transportation county line to county line.

    “We can no longer sit and hope the traffic conditions improve. As the TDC has reported, a trolley service is no. 4 on the list of what the public wants implemented in South Walton County,” Finch said. “The leaders we’ve worked with know investing in a system that will benefit everybody means positive change.”

    Those leaders include:
    · Robert Davis & Pam Avera, Town of Seaside
    · Johnny Earles, Grayton Bar & Grill
    · Chip Haring & George Hartley, V Seagrove Restaurant
    · Oli Petit, Red Bar
    · Grant Blackwell & Billy Buzzett, Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association
    · Skip & Victoria Moore, 723 Whiskey Bravo
    · Jane & Marie Solomon, 850 Properties

    “We felt it was important to invest in the future of transportation along 30A,” Pam Avera of Seaside said. “We hope this pilot program will be a catalyst in furthering support of public transportation to benefit both visitors and locals. Cars should become the second, if not third, form of transportation on 30A; not the first.”

    Mr. Finch and Alan Roberts, VP of Sales & Marketing, sought funding from several sources. A private system was not only expedient, but also collaborative.

    “I think what Sunshine did was great. Bringing seemingly competitive businesses together for the greater good took much a lot of persistence,” said Grant Blackwell, Pres. of the Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association. “Like their program at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, unified funding works.”
    Stops are: Grayton Corners, Grayton Bar & Grill, Seaside, V Seagrove, 723 Whiskey Bravo, and Publix on 395. A live map showing all stops and the Turtle Express vehicle in real time will launch on May 24th, viewable on a desktop, tablet, or smartphone.

    Hours of operation: 11am – 12midnight, May 24 – Sept. 1, 2014.

    Alan Roberts
    VP, Sales & Marketing
    Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine
    323 Lynn Drive
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
    917-524-4818
    Alan@sunshineshuttle.com
    www.sunshineshuttle.com
     
  2. seabythegrove

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    Dear
    Robert Davis & Pam Avera, Town of Seaside
    Johnny Earles, Grayton Bar & Grill
    Chip Haring & George Hartley, V Seagrove Restaurant
    Oli Petit, Red Bar
    Grant Blackwell & Billy Buzzett, Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association
    Skip & Victoria Moore, 723 Whiskey Bravo
    Jane & Marie Solomon, 850 Properties
    and
    Alan Roberts
    VP, Sales & Marketing
    Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine
    THANK YOU!
     
  3. deborsk

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    This is the BEST news for 30A. THANK YOU to all those involved in getting this up and running.
     
  4. jhanes

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    Wonderful news! Hopefully, when everyone sees the benefit, it can be expanded to all of 30a.
     
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    Awesome news! Thanks to all those involved in getting it started!
     
  6. Zebraspots

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    Fantastic news! Great to see local businesses step up like this!

    What is the route going to be? Based on the list it sounds like Seagrove to Grayton?
     
  7. Matt J

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    My only complaints are that it didn't happen sooner and the service area isn't bigger. Hopefully this will just be a remember when moment, and all of 30A will have public transport year round.

    Pay attention TDC!
     
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    That is great! I mean Grayt!
     
  9. UofL

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    We try and park the van and ride our bikes everywhere. For night time it could be fun but we stayed at hibiscus after Xmas one year for a couple of days. Dark walk back from red bar. Used our phone flash light for visibility. Otherwise looking forward to trying it. Ellen
     
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    Watercolor is conspicuously absent. Why do you think?
     
  11. Matt J

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    The HOA didn't want to participate?
     
  12. Dawn

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    The merchant association would have to get behind it and they are pretty quiet. The resort and homeowners dont work to attract outsiders - except when business is slow in off season.

    It would take a major biz like Bud and Alleys at Seaside or Oli at Red Bar to make it stop at their place in watercolor - Chan is the only one who might get on board but he is notorious for doing what Chan wants. Probably already has issues with the company.
     
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    Guess I won't be driving between Seagrove and Grayton on my next trip. What, the golf carts weren't bad enough for traffic? They say this is #4 on the list of what the public wants. So what's #1? And what public? I'm an owner who spends as much time as possible in Sowal and it ain't me, babe.

    In the article below, the business types are promoting this as a way to avoid DUIs. How many are there on that stretch of 30A? Seriously. I'm NOT advocating auto-alcoholism, but this isn't Front Beach Road, where trolleys would actually make sense. They say it "keeps people moving up and down 30A." NO. It makes 99% of the people putter along at about 15 mph behind these crates, probably with kids throwing things out the window.

    :bang:

    http://www.wmbb.com/story/25549493/south-walton-reveals-new-turtle-express-trolley-service
     
  14. Zebraspots

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    Have you never lived where there is a bus system? A bus drives the same speed as a car, except when it pulls out of traffic to pick up or drop off passengers. There are only a few stops, you typically have to stop more frequently than this trolley for stopsigns and people crossing the road.
     
  15. Matt J

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    Where does it say it'll be going 15 mph? As a local I'm thrilled that tourists can get on something that will continue moving along despite their oohs and aahs over a palm tree.
     
  16. Truman

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    haha turtles don't exactly speed along.

    I don't think this bus is exactly altruistic or necessarily helpful except for the businesses it stops at or the brash owner.

    I hope our taxes don't fund public transportation unless it serves all , are smaller, efficient and green.
     
  17. TJMay

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    What makes the owner brash?
     
  18. Andy A

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    It is a very good idea and many hope it will succeed. The only problem is, at the time being, the route is too short. Hopefully, as it improves, it will be extended to cover ALL 30A, including Blue Mountain Beach.
     
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    Andy, it now has a stop at the Bowery in Redfish village.
     
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    Great!
     

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