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The Red Bar in Grayton Beach Destroyed by Fire

Our beloved Red Bar was destroyed in an early morning fire on February 13, 2019. A plan is underway to rebuild - check for updates on SoWal.com and on the Red Bar Facebook page. The news has been heartbreaking for so many people. The response has been overwhelming by those who have experienced many life memories here over the years. We feel a bond. Ownership. Grief. Because of a place where we have gathered with friends and family many times over many years.

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One of the ways we like to promote our area, and help you do the same, is sharing our collection of more than 5,000 photos for you to download and share for FREE! We are pleased and proud to share photos of our beloved South Walton. It's why we started SoWal.com - to share our love for the beach. Please help us spread the joy and Share SoWal!

250 Room Sandestin Hotel Set to Open in 2020

Sandestin Investments, LLC (SDI) has received a development order from the Walton County Board of County Commissioners to proceed with the building of a new 250-room full-service hotel and conference center. The Sandestin Hotel and Conference Center will be located adjacent to the Baytowne Conference Center at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. This four-star hotel is the first new development within Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in over 4 years. Construction will commence in August 2018 with completion projected for April 2020.

SoWal Chef Jim Shirley Wows Palates at the Governor’s Inaugural Dinner

Chef Jim Shirley of South Walton County, Florida was contacted by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association to prepare a high end, four-course meal for the then Governor Elect of Florida Ron DeSantis’ Inaugural Candlelight Dinner the night before his inauguration. On January 7, 2019, Chef Jim and a crew of 30 including his top chefs and Director of Operations, Dan Tinghitella, traveled to Mission San Luis in Tallahassee to prepare for the evening’s event. The dinner was hosted by the Republican Party of Florida.

Customary Use Battleground in Walton County, Florida - Public Hearing Nov 3

Many visitors to SoWal are shocked to find out that much of the stretch of beach between Miramar Beach and Inlet Beach is deeded to beachfront owners. As parking has gotten scarce and chair vendors have taken over much of the public space, competition for a place to relax is getting heated.

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