Congrats to SoWal Junior Lifeguards 2014

We are thankful for our SoWal lifeguards and love the junior lifeguard program. It's such a great program and a great opportunity for our local kids.

The South Walton Fire District (SWFD) 2014 Junior Lifeguard Program was held at the Ed Walline Beach access from Jun 17 to Jul 17, concluding the sixth season last week.

“This season far exceeded our expectations, in large part because of the boys and girls that participated and the support of their parents”, said Gary Wise, Beach Safety Director.

Coastal Dune Lakes Episode 3 - The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board

Ad·vi·so·ry:  having or consisting in the power to make recommendations but not to take action enforcing them.

The Coastal Dune Lakes Advisory Board is comprised of residents and partners with Walton County, to ensure the protection, health and environmental integrity of the county’s globally rare and imperiled Coastal Dune Lakes and to provide sound recommendations to the Walton County Board of Commissioners.

St. Joe Foundation Provides Grant for Robotics Academy at Emerald Coast Middle School

The St. Joe Community Foundation (Foundation) has provided a $8,742.00 grant to Emerald Coast Middle School in Walton County to sponsor its first year in providing a new Robotics Academy to its students in the 2014 – 2015 school year. Research suggests that Robotics is very effective in improving Math, Science, Technology, and Reading skills.  

Coastal Dune Lakes Episode 2 - How Do Coastal Dune Lakes Work?

About two weeks ago, I was sitting in the office and preparing for the first blog I wrote on the coastal dune lakes, and I stumbled across the term “coastal lagoon” on the National Geographic website.

A lagoon is a shallow body of water protected from a larger body of water (usually the ocean) by sandbars, barrier islands, or coral reefs. Lagoons are often called estuaries, sounds, bays, or even lakes. (Emphasis added)

How to Stay Safe at the Beach in South Walton

At, we are committed to helping locals and visitors stay safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches. The beach is such a wonderful place to relax. At the beach, life is beautiful and we slip into a state of mind where we feel comfortable, carefree, and secure. That's what a vacation is all about!

However, the gulf waters can be dangerous and it's important to always put safety first. On the SoWal Forum there is always a lot of good discussion and tips. Currently there is a thread related to beach safety here.


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