FWC & Partners Unlock Mysteries of Red Tide in 5-Year Study

Last month, researchers at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) published new findings on Florida’s red tide organism, Karenia brevis, in a special issue of the scientific journal Harmful Algae. This publication is the culmination of an unprecedented collaboration on red tide research in the Gulf of Mexico led by the FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Sacred Heart to Host Free Community Education Classes in October

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast is offering free community education/support opportunities throughout October, including stroke and breast-cancer support groups, classes on joint replacement surgery and diabetes management, and seminars on financial matters and healthy living targeted to senior adults. The hospital also hosts a monthly blood drive by OneBlood, including wellness checks for participants.

Discover Roads Less Traveled in SoWal This Fall

Fall is the perfect time to go Ecosploring in Walton County - clear and cool blue skies, sparkling gulf waters, and a breezy, relaxed feeling permeates the air. The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Visit South Walton and Northwest Florida State College, announces the fall season of its popular eco-tourism initiative - Eco Adventures of Walton County.

Coastal Dune Lakes Episode 5 - A Prayer for the Dune Lakes

My Coastal Dune Lake

Ancient crystle dunes
engulfed by a risen sea.
Ocean shrinks to gulf in time,
baring mounds of sugared quartz.

Rare pools of sparkling life are born
to milliniums of nurturing kisses
from a coddling saline surf.

Embracing tides wash life to benthic worlds
as needle rush nurseries feed
flora, fauna, future.

Flyoff vapors, cool and collected,
fall to stream across shore to sea,
barrow for the rapt organic cornucopia
of our ever renewing coastal plash.

Seaside Hosting Nutcracker Auditions for 2014 Performance

The holiday town of Seaside will host dance auditions for Act II of the 3rd Annual Seaside Nutcracker on AUG 22, from 5pm-6pm at the Seaside Assembly Hall. The Assembly Hall is located across the lawn from the Seaside Neighborhood School at 168 Smolian Circle. Dancers ages 8 to 18 from the Northwest Florida regions are eligible to participate in auditions.

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.


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