Florida Fireworks, What’s Legal and What’s Not

The Fourth of July is around the corner, a time many Americans observe their independence by sending bottle rockets into the sky, exploding miniature bombs and unfortunately, breaking a state law. Most fireworks are illegal for consumer use in Florida, even if they're available for purchase. That can make stocking up for celebrations confusing for residents, tourists and guests alike.

To help clear up some of that confusion, SWFD would like to share some of the questions we are typically asked along with the answers.

South Walton Shorebird Season Report

If you've been to one of South Walton's state parks this season, you  might have noticed extra activity along the shore in low-lying dune areas. We have some very special visitors to our shores and this story and photos by our friend Jeff Talbert, Park Services Specialist at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, is welcome information about our feathered friends.


CAA Offers Children's Art Workshops June 18-20 & July 16-18

Allow the artist within your child to thrive at the Bayou Arts Center! This summer, the Cultural Arts Alliance will host two youth workshops in its lovely studio space at Hogtown Bayou, located at 105 Hogtown Bayou Lane in Santa Rosa Beach. Workshop activities include, but are not limited to, drawing, printmaking, painting, and creating books. Classes are designed for children of all artistic abilities with fun and creativity for everyone as our goal.

Workshops will take place on June 18 - 20 and July 16 - 18 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m..

Grand Opening Native Plant Demonstration Garden & Trail June 21

Come out on the first day of summer, June 21 at 4 p.m., for the Grand Opening of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail. The event takes place at the South Walton Center of Northwest Florida State College, located at 109 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach. Both the Walton Area and Destin Area Chambers of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting to open the garden and trail. Immediately following, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Cultural Arts Alliance will host a reception with wine and appetizers to open the annual A+ Art Show.

World Paddle for the Planet at Lake Powell in Panama City Beach October 10-13

World Paddle For The Planet is an eco-educational fundraiser festival that will be held at Carillon Beach in Panama City Beach, Florida, October 10-13, 2013.  With satellite events around the world, the purpose is to educate and raise awareness, sending the message worldwide, to “Be the change you want to see!"  Funds raised by this event will benefit Expedition Florida 500, a project of Mother Ocean.

Kid’s Camp Showtime with Seaside Repertory Theatre June 18 - August 9

Do you have creative kids that have a love of theater and improv? Sign them up for Seaside Repertory Theatre’s Camp Showtime. Your kids will learn the basics of storytelling, theatre, team building, improvisation and performance skills, and you can enjoy watching their self confidence and self esteem improve while they discover their own creativity.

Camp Showtime will offer daily sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Ages eight and older are welcome for $30 per day or $75 per week and slots are limited, so sign up soon.

VOTE NOW - Share the Good & Help Seaside School Grow Their Corner Garden

Seaside Neighborhood School (SNS) has been entered in the Share the Good grant program offered by Seeds of Change®, an organic food and seed company that helps teach about where our food comes from. Share the Good donates 1% of sales to support and develop sustainable community based gardening and farming programs.

Walton County School District & Special Olympics Florida - Walton County Host Field Day May 20

In the spirit of cooperation, the Walton County School District and Special Olympics of Florida - Walton County, is hosting a Field Day event Monday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Emerald Coast Middle School located at 4019 U.S. Highway 98. The event will allow Walton County school students to experience the benefits of Special Olympics sports training and competition.

You Can Help Keep Our Local Waters Clean

The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College is a local watershed organization committed to sustaining and providing optimum utilization of the Choctawhatchee Basin watershed.

We fulfill our commitment by working within four main program areas: monitoring, restoration, education, and research. This means we are constantly studying, learning, and sharing information about Choctawhatchee Bay, Choctawhatchee River, and Walton County’s coastal dune lakes.


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