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Visitor Guide - Download PDF - ROUGH DRAFT

Discussion in 'Rentals - Vacation' started by katie blue, Sep 11, 2005.

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  1. katie blue

    katie blue kt loo

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    Some owners have been looking for a comprehensive, printable visitors guide to post in their rentals (Regulations, advice, dining, useful numbers, etc.) I'm making a PDF that you're free to download and print out. The version here is formatted and ready to print, put together from many resources including PAULA'S EXCELLENT REGULATIONS GUIDE, county info and the forum itself. Please, send me any corrections or additions that need to be made.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    I have left blank spaces on the cover page for you to write a handwritten "welcome" note, attach a photo, or however you'd like to personalize your guide. Also note some blank spaces in the Emergency section for you to fill in your house's phone number, address and directions (to relay to emergency workers.)

    This is a work in progress, feel free to submit changes and additions.
     
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  2. lollygal

    lollygal Beach Fanatic

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    WOW, Thank You, Katie Blue! I have done my own special info for renters, but this explains currents, flags, etc. GREAT JOB!! THANK YOU!!!:clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1:
     
  3. wetwilly

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    Katie Blue you rock!!!!! You say this is rough but it looks good to me. I am going to send it to my next 3-4 renters for the weekends in Sept that we have booked and the one in October too.

    If you enhance it, send that version too so I can use it too. Awesome stuff. Well done. :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1:
     
  4. Mermaid

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    Katie, you are a darling!! :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1:


    You've done such a professional job with the Visitor Guide! That would look fantastic in a welcome book for people. I could make up a nice three-ring binder with a good cover page and pop in your pages. Voila! Happy and well informed vacationers. :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1:
     
  5. Paula

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    Katie Blue:

    Fantastic! This is going to be very helpful to a lot of people. It could save a few lives, help people avoid bites and stings (and treat them if necessary), and show people we care. A few comments:

    With the stay off the sand dune comment, it helps to say the word "because" because for some reason people are more likely to comply if they hear or read the word "because" (there are experiments on this). So, could add "because they need to be strong to protect our area from hurricane damage, they harbor endangered species..."

    Add "please call before going to these restaurants to be sure they are open" (sometimes they go out of business).

    Fantastic resource!
     
  6. kurt

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    :clap_1:

    Nena's is closed.
    Pizza Hut is closed.
    Organically Yours is closed but For The Health Of It has a juice and smoothy bar and organic foods.
     
  7. katie blue

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    Thanks for the feedback. I need to add grocery stores & convenience/gas stations too. Also chair & kayak rentals, boat launch areas, and public beach accesses.
     
  8. Paula

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    Internet Access (Web 30A) in Seagrove would be worth mentioning (about $5.00 1/2 hour and they can hook up your laptop for dial-in for about $20). It has worked excellent for me. The coffee shop (can't remember the name) is supposed to be good for Internet access (and it's a great coffee shop -- nice ambiance and very fine food/coffee), but when I was there in August I had a very inconsistent time getting online (it kept "crashing") so it's not yet dependable if someone really has to access email or the web.

    Again, it's great you're doing this!
     
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    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Walton County Public Library has computers for internet service, but I am not sure if they offer wireless for peeps with laptops. You sign up by the hour, and can make appointments.
     
  11. Mermaid

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    JOe, am I correct in saying that it costs $8 to purchase a library card if you're a visitor, and free if you own property in Walton County? I know I read something about the library, but I haven't been there yet to check it out.
     
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    Thanks to your feedback, the Visitors Guide is now twice as big, incorporating all of the feedback submitted so far. It's gone from 5 to 10 pages. This version has blank spaces on the cover page for personalizing the guide with a handwritten note or photo. Also be sure to fill in the emergency info for your individual property on the last page.

    See the top post in this section for link to the latest and greatest PDF version.

    Enjoy!
     
  13. Miss Kitty

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    Way to go KB...you'll go down in history! Many thanks to you, Paula and all the good editors! We are lucky and our visitors well be lucky and informed!!
     
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    Thanks, Sueshore. It was something I'd been putting off doing for years, finally got around to it. I'm just glad to be able to share it via this forum.
     
  15. Smiling JOe

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    Mermaid, you are on top of things. :clap_1: You are correct. The $8 is for a lifetime library card, which allows you to check out books, DVDs, VHS tapes, and books on tape and CDs. To use the computers at the library, there is no charge, but they will make you sign a disclaimer.
    Here are the hours of operation and numbers for the branch in SoWal (be sure to check out all items 15 minutes prior to closing time. Closing time is really when the doors are locked and all employees and volunteers leave):
    Coastal Branch Library[​IMG] 437 Greenway Trail

    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

    Phone Numbers:

    Phone:

    850-267-2809

    Fax:

    850-267-9452

    Hours:

    Monday

    10:00 to 6:00

    Tuesday - Saturday

    9:00 to 5:00

    Sunday

    Closed

    Here is the link to browse the card catelog for the SoWal branch.
     
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  16. Paula

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    Thanks, Sueshore. It takes a village to create a great visitor's guide! Thanks Katie Blue for making the guide very special and complete!
     
  17. Smiling JOe

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    Looks great Katie Blue and others involved.

    -You guys may want to include movie theatres at Destin Commons, also movie rental places in SoWal?

    -Dog Care - The times when dogs are allowed on the beach vary. During daylight savings the times when dogs are allowed are between 6p-8a, as you stated. When we go off Daylight Savings Time, the hours when permitted, leashed dogs are allowed on the beach are between 3p-9a.

    -Seat Turtle info- include that people should fill in any holes dug on the beach to keep the paths open to the water for any hatching turtles running from the nest.

    -Bonfires - you can no longer dig the pits. You apply for a permit, and the County issues you a steel fire bin for your fire.
     
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  18. katie blue

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    Drat! That should and will be there, but probably not tonight. My shoulders are killing me, this thing took 6 hours of internet sleuthing and formatting and editing. Joe, just PM me anything else you want in there.

    yup, library hours are in there.

    Im grumpy right now. my "workstation" is going to kill me yet.
     
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  19. Mermaid

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    Katie blue, you might be grumpy, but we sure are happy!

    I think it would be a great idea to include movie info. When we were down to the beach in July with four teenagers, they were having movie withdrawals by the end of the week. They took off for PCB in search of the Regal theatre, drove for hours and never did find it. (BTW, it's on 23rd St; left turn at the college from the main road; right turn onto 23rd--as if you're going to the Lowes and Home Depot--don't ask me why I know this...!)
     
  20. ktmeadows

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    This is so awesome! Thanks for all your hard work in putting this together. :clap_1:

    Another thing that I have in my current info packet is local fitness centers and the massage places. I've attached the file with this info in case you care to use it.

    I also have a page on nearby golf courses; if you'd like I can send you what I have here as well.

    Thanks again! :clap_1: :clap_1: :clap_1:
     
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