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WINTER 2016 F E AT U R E
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A Rosemary Beach POA newspaper
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Talented Musicians Perform in Town
Kids Share their Latest Adventures
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Outdoor Lighting Should Be Beautiful and Safe
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We’ve got a great issue for you. Our cover story explains why it’s important to keep the lighting low in town. And we’ve got some interesting health and decorating stories written by people who live and work in town.
SUSAN VALLÉE - EDITOR
We enjoyed a successful wine festival and our holiday markets and farmers markets continue to be a great way to connect with neighbors.
As we head into the holiday season and the New Year, we hope you’ll continue to share your photos and stories of your time here in Rosemary Beach. This is a place of family and of reconnecting. In the past we’ve spoken with homeowners who try to mix a little of that Rosemary Beach magic into their holiday season and New Year resolutions. How will you do that this year? Will it be in the form of seashell art or sand sculpture? Maybe a meaningful purchase from a Rosemary Beach Merchant? A commitment to family photos on the beach each January? We all have little ways that we carry Rosemary Beach home with us, or traditions that make time here special. We’d love to hear what yours are.
Victoria Lee Mark McDonald Linda Gifford
hope you enjoy this edition of the Rosemary Thymes. With every issue we try to give you a little taste of what it is like to live here.
It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces during Homeowners Weekend. In our Around Town page you’ll see photos taken during brunch and Rosemary Beach Uncorked. Our thanks goes out to everyone who participated.
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FROM THE POA TOWN CENTER HITS ITS STRIDE
BY THE POA BOARD
elcome to Rosemary Beach!
At last, the cooler weather has arrived. And with it comes wildlife, especially white-tailed deer and occasionally foxes, who can be seen foraging around the dune lakes as they prepare for winter. For us two-legged creatures, there is also plenty to see and do outdoors along this pristine stretch of coast – for one example, the seasonally-lower tides in the gulf often create little islands and pools that curious souls brave enough to handle that cooler air and water can explore. As an exciting and busy year culminates with the traditional holiday celebrations and a fond farewell to 2016, we are also looking forward to another busy, inspiring and enjoyable year for Rosemary Beach in 2017. The POA invites you to join us in our efforts to achieve the community’s Vision: “The town of Rosemary Beach aspires to be the best family beach community in the United States, driven by quality and excellence in everything it does. By preserving its architectural heritage, natural beauty and vibrant community spirit, Rosemary Beach will be a place that blends a tranquil residential area and active Town Center where residents, guests, and merchants live, work and play in harmony.” It seems appropriate at this time of year to not only take a quick look back at what we have accomplished, but also to take a slightly longer look forward and consider where it is we are headed. After celebrating the 20th anniversary of the town’s founding in 2015, this year saw the POA focus on restoring and renovating many of the common area elements throughout the town, including replacement of over 33,000 square feet of wooden boardwalks and repaving over 24,000 square feet of streets (much of that either related to storm water and drainage improvements or the replacement of the Town Center cobble blocks). We also completed or started many, many other projects intended to maintain the high standards of the community as we support an ever increasing intensity of daily use and special events for our owners, businesses and visitors. Looking forward, it is not only the “sticks and bricks” projects that must be attended to as we keep Rosemary Beach at the top of its game – we are
also working closely with our owners, the Merchant’s Association and other community stakeholders to update and increase our collective attention to programs such as litter patrol, parking enforcement and event management. We do this with the goal of ensuring that we strike an appropriate balance of vitality and tranquility for not only Town Center, but the entire community overall. So, please pardon our progress as the renovation projects continue throughout 2017, including refurbishing the exteriors of both the Town Hall and the Post Office, more repaving work and also as we invest some increased attention to matters of etiquette and operations as we prepare for the next 20 years of activity. Some other big news for our community as we look forward to 2017 is the completion of The Orleans, the construction of The Georgetown, and quite probably the start of construction on the last remaining undeveloped parcel in Town Center (and in the town itself) on the west side of South Barrett Square. The Orleans includes 7 residential units, retail/restaurant space and a rooftop bar. The Georgetown will be located at the northeast corner of North Barrett Square, on the former sites of the original Summer Kitchen, Bamboo Bike Company, Ilona’s Flowers and other small shops over the years. It will include retail space and 9 residential units on the upper floors. The remaining parcel on South Barrett is anticipated to soon become home to 5 townhousetype units, featuring residences over retail space on the ground floor. The Town Center is also getting into the holiday spirit! This year, the town Christmas tree is a Norwegian Blue Spruce from North Carolina. The native Live Oaks around Barrett Square are lit up and the wreaths and ribbons are in place. Many thanks to all who have helped decorate the town for the holidays, especially to our Merchant’s Association. For a complete listing of all the exciting events coming up, please visit the Rosemary Beach Cottage Rental Company’s informative website at www.rosemarybeach.com (events are listed under the “Explore RB” tab). Wishing you and your families a safe and enjoyable holidays and a Happy New Year, we hope to see you here in Rosemary Beach again soon. Season’s greetings from the POA! n
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DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK DIM DOESN'T MEAN DANGEROUS
BY FRANK GREENE
elative to most communities, outdoor lighting levels in Rosemary Beach can seem dim, sometimes even dark. Many may not know this lighting plan was intentional. Several complementary, and seemingly contradictory, goals shaped the lighting plan and regulations for Rosemary Beach: To provide a pleasant lighting environment, to provide visibility for our merchants, to enhance safety and security, to keep the sky dark and the town lit, and to protect native wildlife, especially sea turtles. Simply put: dark skies and wildlife protection require low lighting. Additional restrictions on exterior lighting for beach front homes, including a requirement for low-transmittance glass facing the water help keep the beach dark and protect nesting
sea turtles and their young. Relatively lower light levels in most cases also just seem more pleasant. Public lighting in Rosemary Beach is kept at a low level. Except for lighting the Town Hall and the American flag on Barrett Square, there is no uplighting. This keeping the sky dark and the stunning stars visible.The street fixtures throughout Rosemary Beach are short, have caps to direct light down where it is needed and feature single incandescent bulbs. Gas lamps light the Square and Main Street. In both cases, the lighting is sufficient for safety and visibility, but also calming and pleasantly warm. Residents and visitors should know, safety and securitydonâ€™tnecessarilybenefitfrombrightlighting. If lighting is at a consistent level, whether bright or
dim, the eye will adjust to the ambient level. Street lighting for security must only be sufficient to make objects stand out against the background. Security can actually be diminished by too much light! When a personâ€™s eyes are adjusted to very bright light, anything not directly lit becomes undifferentiated blackness. In dimmer light, potential hazards are still visible, even in the shadows. Safety is a primary concern and we are always looking for ways to enhance the safety of the community. Please contact the POA if you notice lights that are out or areas that seem unusually dark. The low lighting levels in Rosemary Beach do produce a more pleasant environment for humans and a more natural visual environment for both humans and wildlife. Relative darkness can be a very good thing.n
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JEWEL [ 1 ] Ohana Institute Events Coordinator Julie Martin, international
singing sensation Jewel, and Ohana Institute Director Lettye Burgtorf pose as part of a fundraising event for the private school. Photo Courtesy: Jacqueline Ward Images
LEARN HOW TO HELP
BY LORI CEIER
cologist Joe Wyatt has been tagging migrating monarch butterflies for years. As part of a study with the University of Kansas, tiny paper tags are placed on the butterfly to document its travel. Weighing less than a gram, the tag has unique alpha numeric number, a phone number to call if you recapture the butterfly, and a website address to Monarch Watch, the sponsors of the study program.
No other butterflies migrate like the monarchs of North America. They travel much farther than all other tropical butterflies, up to three thousand miles. They are the only butterflies to make such a long, two-way migration every year. Amazingly, they fly in masses to the same winter roosts, often to the exact same trees of their ancestors, making the round-trip only once. Their children’s grandchildren return south the following fall.
Although it has been a slow year so far for migrating monarchs in Northwest Florida, Wyatt has managed to collect enough butterflies to share his tagging study with local children. The Cultural Arts Association recently highlighted the plight and flight of the Monarch Butterfly at the Flutterby Festival that was held in Rosemary Beach.
When the late summer and early fall monarchs emerge from their pupae, or chrysalides, they are biologically and behaviorally different from those emerging in the summer. The shorter days and cooler air of late summer trigger changes. In Minnesota this occurs around the end of August. Even though these butterflies look like summer adults, they won’t mate or lay eggs until the following spring. Instead, their small bodies prepare for a strenuous flight. Otherwise solitary animals, they often cluster at night while moving southward. If they linger too long, they won’t be able to make the journey; because they are coldblooded, they are unable to fly in cold weather.
Unlike most other insects in temperate climates, monarch butterflies cannot survive a long cold winter. Instead, they spend the winter in roosting spots. Monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains fly farther south to the forests high in the mountains of Mexico. The monarch’s migration is driven by seasonal changes. Day length and temperature changes influence the movement of the monarch.
As they migrate southwards, Monarchs stop to nectar, and actually gain weight during their
journey. Some researchers think that Monarchs conserve their “fuel” in flight by gliding on air currents as they travel south. This is an area of great interest for researchers; there are many unanswered questions about how these small organisms are able to travel so far. Another unsolved mystery is how monarchs find the over-wintering sites each year. Somehow they know their way, even though the butterflies returning to Mexico each fall are the great-greatgrandchildren of the butterflies that left the previous spring. No one knows exactly how their homing system works; it is another of the many unanswered questions in the butterfly world. Their flight pattern is shaped like a cone, as they come together and pass over the state of Texas on their way south. In massive butterfly clouds, they sweep up into the mountain ranges of central Mexico. In 1975 the scientific community finally tracked down the wintering sites of the Monarch in Mexico. Until then, the Monarch butterflies’ winter hideouts had been a secret known only to local villagers and landowners. Find out how you can participate, go to http://www.monarchwatch. org n
FLUTTERBY [ 1 ] Monarch butterflies fill the skies each year in Michoacan, Mexico. Scientists are still baffled as to how they find their way to Mexico each year. They often fly together, creating butterfly clouds as they make their way south. Photo Courtesy Cicloco
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SINGING IN THE NEW YEAR NOTEWORTHY SONGWRITERS FILL ROSEMARY BEACH
STORY BY SARAH MURPHY ROBERTSON
JEFFREY STEELE Among his many accolades, in 2013 Jeffrey Steele was named to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. CMA has twice awarded him the coveted “Triple Play Award”for three No. 1 songs in a year (in 2010 and 2007, and the groundbreaking ballad “What Hurts The Most,” was nominated for Best Country Song at the 2007 Grammy Awards. BMI has recognized Jeffrey for 63 million airplays for hits he has written for a multitude of artists including megastars Montgomery Gentry, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Steve Holy, Phil Vassar, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts and Van Zant. Quite simply, he's a living legend and a favorite at 30A Songwriters and we suggest you get in line early to see him!
JOE LEATHERS A native of Memphis, Joe Leather’s artistic influences are diverse and that is evident in his songwriting. Some of Joe’s hits include, “Where I’m From” by Jason Michael Carroll, Tim McGraw's "Still" and Steve Holy’s “Love Don’t Run.”
Among the artists who have recorded Joe's works include Trace Adkins, Clay Walker, Kris Kristofferson, Kellie Pickler, Jerrod Niemann, Randy Houser and many others. Joe takes a headstrong approach to living life and in his own words declares, “swing hard, you might hit it.”
KYLE JACOBS In 2000, Kyle Jacobs moved to Nashville from Minneapolis, and quickly thereafter achieved his first significant success as a songwriter writer in 2003 with Kimberly Locke's "8th World Wonder." The rest, as they say, is history. Kyle’s songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Eli Young Band, George Strait, Scotty McCreery, Trace Adkins, Clay Walker, Kelly Clarkson, Lee Brice, Randy Travis,, Josh Kelley, Craig Morgan, and Jo Dee Messina. He writes using both piano and guitar and is also an accomplished vocalist. (And PS! How's this for a cool bonus: Widespread Panic's keyboardist, John "JoJo" Hermann will be playing the Yamaha grand piano at the bar at the Pearl Hotel during Songwriters' weekend.) n Do you need tickets? Go to 30asongwritersfestival.com to purchase and to see updated venue/show information. Only wristband wearers will be admitted into official 30A Songwriters Festival venues. Wristbands can only be picked up at Festival Headquarters in Grand Boulevard and will not be available at any of the Festival venues. Ready for the concert? Arrive early to ensure a seat.
[ P 11 ] Kyle Jacobs [ P 12 ] Jeffrey Steele. [ ABOVE ] Joe Leathers (left) and John "JoJo" Hermann (right).
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For the 8th year, once the decorations are packed away and another holiday season has passed, visitors and locals of South Walton will have another present to look forward to. The 30A Songwriters Festival gifts this area with soulful music and uncomparable talent. The annual event attracts skillful musicians and Rosemary Beach is always a hotspot for many top acts. This year's lineup will be no exception. Between January 13th and 16th, festival guests will be able to enjoy the following artists right here in Rosemary Beach.
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N E W Y E A R , N E W YO U GEAR UP FOR YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS
BY PATTI TINDALL
t the Rosemary Beach Fitness Center everybody knows your name. And cheers to that, because looking out for each other while sharing fitness habits and goals really helps keep you on track. Here are a few fitness pointers that you can practice both at the gym or at home this winter season: FORM HEALTHY HABITS
Hydrate – Water regulates your body temperature and lubricates your joints. It also helps transport nutrients to give you energy and keep you healthy. If you’re not hydrated, your body can’t perform at its highest level. A tall glass of water before a meal can even lessen the amount of food you eat. MASSAGE – In a study at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a single massage session lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol and boosts several types of white blood cells, which protect the body against germs. AVOID SUGAR - Too many sweets can be a downer, so skip them. Pack a healthier snack like an apple to help resist the temptation. Or limit yourself to a tapas-size portion of your sugar crush. REST UP – If you are worn down, skip the party or slip out early to catch some much needed winks. WALK BEFORE YOU RUN
If you are planning to start a running routine in the New Year, start with walking a mile 3-4 times a week with short light jog intervals. For example, walk for 3 minutes then continue with a light jog for 1 minute. Then increase your walk to jog ratio and add mileage as you are ready. Stay at a comfortable pace and enjoy the journey.
If Yoga is a part of your New Year’s resolutions, start with a Gentle or Yen class. Yoga is a great way to improve brain function, lower stress levels, and increase your flexibility. In Sanksrit, yoga means to join, to unite. It’s body to mind consciousness and soul in balance. Yoga helps reduce stress, increase blood flow, improve your posture, and live in the moment. LIMIT OVEREATING
Too many sweets make us feel bloated and sluggish. While they taste yummy, many are high in calories and low in nutrition. So indulge, but limit your portion and plate size. Don’t be afraid to cut a portion in half and leave it on the serving tray. I guarantee that someone else will grab it and be thankful. If your work breakroom is always filled with treats, get some fresh air and eat your lunch on a bench in a quiet park. Take the long way back, or just consider meditating for a few minutes, you will feel so much better and may find yourself even more productive! Taking small steps before the New Year is here will lead to greater success in 2017. If you are a visitor to Rosemary, we'd love to see you. Drop in classes are $18 and for longer stays, an eight class punch card is available for $120. Daily and weekly passes are also available and Rosemary Beach homeowners receive a 20% discount on day passes. Find us on Facebook for a schedule of our fall and winter classes: @Rosemary Beach Fitness Center. Here's to a happy and healthy season ahead! n Patti Tindall has been a part of the Fitness Center for 11 years. To find out about classes, call 850.278.2200.
FRESH GREENERY, PINECONES AND PALMETTO FRONDS ARE BEAUTIFUL
BY DONNA PELOUS
uring the holidays, I appreciate beautiful, simplistic decorations. Imagine fresh greenery over entryways, welcoming wreaths, and trees aglow with classic white lights. One of my favorite approaches to decorating is incorporating elements found in nature. Locally, it is easy to find ideas. Holly trees are loaded with red berries, palmetto fronds, shiny magnolia leaves, reindeer moss, and lichen covered branches are all over our area. They can be used in their natural state or dusted with metallics before being incorporated in your holiday dĂŠcor. Holly branches studded with festive berries can be cut and placed in a large vessel for an instant impact. A favorite of mine is white or crimson red Amaryllis and paper whites nestled among shiny Magnolia or Frasier Fir branches. Sometimes you can even find tree-shaped miniature Rosemary in pots! They also add a delightful aroma to your home. A light metallic dusting of locally harvested large palmetto fronds peaking out between a charger and dinner plate is a unique place setting. Or position four fronds in a circle as placemats. The silvery blue variety beautifully compliments grey driftwood furniture so popular in local furniture shops. Consider trimming off the stems and placing several as a runner down the center of your dining table. Everyone is familiar with signature wreaths on a front door, but they can also beautify other less common places. At my cottage in New Orleans, I center small evergreen wreaths on red grosgrain ribbon on the exterior of all my shutter framed windows. Wreaths framed atop a mirror hanging above a buffet is another unexpected look.The sky is the limit! Wreaths can be fashioned from evergreens, pine cones, palmetto fronds, or even magnolia leaves. Tablescapes are another way to encorporate natural elements. If using a metallic element on a table such as silver ornaments or mercury glass votives, layer an accent color and then a texture like lichen covered branches, along with some greenery. Pine cones dusted with metallic paint or painted a cheery, glossy red can be used as unique place card holders on a holiday table. As your vision comes to life, remember creative little surprises using natural elements can really add something special to a holiday design. Look around and you're sure to find inspirations from our many wooded areas. This year, you can literally deck your halls with boughs of holly! n Donna Pelous owns Shabby Slips Interiors in Rosemary Beach.
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DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS USING NATURAL ELEMENTS
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TA K I N G G R E AT S T R I D E S ULTRA RUN FOR ULTRA-IMPORTANT CAUSE
BY SARAH MURPHY ROBERTSON
rom sunrise to sunset on December 17th, dedicated ultra runners will celebrate the Winter Solstice by raising funds and awareness for two important initiatives. Nonprofit On the Ground partners with Amavida Coffee & Tea on Project Congo and Project Chiapas. These projects support sustainable farming practices in coffee communities worldwide and this is the third year they are partnering with Amavida on this event. The Solstice Run is a 40 mile event that starts and ends in Rosemary Beach. It will very literally go a long way to making big global impacts. Coffee farming communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo work with On the Ground to create gender equity programs and expand the role of women in regional coffee production. Many of these female farmers are responsible for 80% of the labor and never receive any payment at all. This Amavida/On the Ground partnership also supports clean water initiatives in Chiapas, Mexico. Neighbor communites are laying pipelines to ensure safe drinking water and the walk for water that took three hours now takes 15 minutes. The run kicks off at 6 am and will finish by 6 pm. We should note, the Winter Solstice Run is not a race. This means there is no set registration fee to participate. Instead, runners are encouraged to support the cause by
collecting donations and pledges. In addition to raising funds and bringing awareness to critical issues, Amavida and On the Ground hope to use this run as a way to build on Rosemary Beach's sense of community. There are four options â€“ running the whole course of forty miles, running the last twenty miles, participating in a four-person relay of ten miles each, or running the last ten miles. The course will wind through state forrests, around many of our coastal dune lakes and along Scenic Highway 30A's coastline.Volunteers are also needed to help man water and aid stations the day of the run, and local businesses can help with sponsorships for the after party or silent auction items. The Winter Solstice Run connects the running and coffee communities through the important work of bringing awareness and solutions to unfair farming practices. In this season of gift giving, consider giving back to help families thrive. Amavida comes from the Spanish words for love and life and those seem like the perfect theme this time of year. For more information or to sign up to run, visit www.wintersolsticerun.org. Contact email@example.com to volunteer, provide sponsorships, or with any questions.
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OPPOSITE PAGE [ 1 ] Obi and Dana Ugwonali and JoAnn and Percy Colon [ 2 ] Jackie and David Weill [ 3 ] Cooper and Parker Wright [ 4 ] The Mullins family enjoyed the brunch. [ 5-8 ] The annual Rosemary Beach Uncorked event was sold out this year. Lucky ticket holders enjoyed a variety of wines and generous hors dâ€™oeuvres from Rosemary Beach restaurants. A great time was had by all. Photo courtesy Beth Melberg Photography [ 9 ] The annual Monstrous Halloween celebration featured a spooky cemetary. [ 10-11 ] Kids of all ages loved painting and adding sparkles to their butterfly wings. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Cultural Arts Association of Walton County. Photo courtesy Romona Robbins Photography [ 12 ] Bentley Beckner was glad he had
the chance to tell Santa Claus about that toy truck that he really wanted for Christmas. Santa and Mrs. Claus stopped by for the annual Breakfast with Santa Claus that's sponsored by the Merchants of Rosemary Beach.
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ORGANIZERS STILL WORKING TOWARDS INCORPORATION VOLUNTEERS NEED SUPPORT AND PUBLIC INPUT
BY JULIE CUMBY ometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
Incorporation is a topic that homeowners and guests of South Walton often discuss. We’ve all noted areas that need improvement, remarked on how this or that particular change could make an impact, and questioned decisions that have been made about South Walton. But in the end, how would incorporation benefit our scenic community? Would it improve 30A? Would it strengthen South Walton and preserve its character? The benefits of incorporation are many; and one needs only to look at the success of Sandy Springs, Ga. to confirm that. Here is a suburb of Atlanta that took control of its land use, building construction, and subdivision of land (among other facets) and decided to lead their community with leaders of its own. Is that too idealistic for South Walton? No. It is simply ideal. Landprovisionsarebutoneaspectofincorporation. One of the most valuable benefits of becoming a municipality is qualifying for state and federal grants. These grants can be significant and can even offset the costs of major improvements needed for the town. South Walton could benefit greatly from dedicated funds that would go directly towards infrastructure improvements. What a drastic change from the status quo. But, is funding a proposed town through these grants and without a major tax increase even feasible? Yes.
Controlling revenues is one advantage; controlling expenses is another. As part of a county, there’s a process of requests, approvals and denials by commissioners, the majority of whom do not live in the community. How are decisions about expenditures being made? Who is making those decisions? Would you prefer to have a greater say?
The thought of having leaders who live where you live, encounter daily the same challenges as you, and care as deeply about South Walton as you do is an appealing yet somewhat foreign concept. The prospect of having local civil servants, people devoted to South Walton and improving its future, as part of the proposed municipality’s governing body is the goal. In fact, it’s exciting. And it’s a component of local government that many residents of municipalities take for granted.
A Better South Walton (ABSW) is made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers who share a commitment to bettering South Walton. ABSW’s mission is to seek more effective governance and local representation for South Walton through incorporation to preserve and enhance the area’s unique character, property values and quality of life.
Local leadership. Make your voice heard. Perhaps most important of the many benefits incorporation offers is the opportunity to establish its own government. South Walton residents could determine the rules and regulations, and the level and variety of services offered by the municipality. It would give residents the opportunity to determine what is best for the community. The challenges that our unprecedented growth presents are real and ever present. Unique rules are needed to plan for and govern our unique communities and South Walton is ready. The charm and beauty of our picturesque community should be cherished and preserved. Rules and regulations that focus solely on this spectacular area would ensure the continued success and managed growth of South
Incorporation. Can we blend the advantages of a municipality with the charm of our hometown? Is it right for South Walton? Shouldn’t we get to decide for ourselves? Yes.
ABSW is in the process of petitioning for the right to vote on the issue of incorporation and we’d like your help. If you love the coastal communities of South Walton County and would like the opportunity to vote on incorporation as a way to care for our community and its future, then we ask that you take just a moment and sign our online petition asking the State of Florida for the right to vote on whether or not we incorporate. Your support matters! To learn more about and lend your support to this effort, please visit the ABSW website, www. abettersouthwalton.org, to sign the petition, donate to support the initiative and read the full documentation prepared as part of our incorporation requirements. Together we can make a Better South Walton.n
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FAMILY TIME FULL TIME RESIDENTS MAKE ROOTS IN RB
BY KEITH FLIPPO
he beauty of the Emerald Coast is undeniable, especially in the quaint town of Rosemary Beach. With unlimited amounts of fun to be had for all ages- from kids in candy shops, to nights out on the town- Rosemary Beach has a place for everyone. As a leader in sales of South Walton properties and a founding partner of the Premier Property Group, I have an intimate connection to this area, but my love for Rosemary Beach goes far beyond my career. Not only is it a joy to work in this town, the overwhelming beauty and sense of community is astounding. Of course we have gorgeous white sandy beaches, but the communities that have been built to complement this breathtaking scenery is what inspires me to stay. We’re so spoiled here- beautiful architecture, delicious dining and sophisticated shopping, why would anyone want to leave?
residing in Nashville. Soon, we all moved down- I left the corporate world to start my real estate career, my mother accepted a position at the local post office while my father took a security job during their retirement, and the rest is history- my whole family eventually uprooted to Rosemary Beach and we have never looked back. My sister, Candace, moved down and my brother-in-law Jamey soon followed. They founded Grayton Beer Company as they started their family which now has three beautiful children: Jack, Hutton, and Lucy. What a joy it is to watch my niece and nephews grow up. They live a hop, skip, and jump away- a short stroll down the boardwalk takes them right to my front door. Who could ask for more? Living and working in the same area alone is amazing, commuting was never my thing. But living and working in a place like Rosemary Beach? Total dream come true. My partner, Ken, gets to experience this daily, as he is an interior designer here. The same goes for my partner in crime, Brie Compton, who has been my assistant even before the Premier Property Group was founded.
Since time has gone on, more and more long-term residents, like myself, are moving in. Families are selling their big homes in the cities and opting for a greater life in Rosemary Beach for the majority of the year. Perhaps taking a cut in square footage, but the finer quality of life is what drives their decision. Being such a small town, the Who could blame them? Many connections made here are so families have stories similar to mine: significant. The locals wake up forever grateful to live in such a My family happened to stumble beautiful place, which makes for upon this gem-of-a-town on a strong bonds between personal simple day trip. We fell in love and professional relationships. instantly and I bought my first lot Great landscapes and family values in 1999, four years after Rosemary paired with amazing homes and Beach was founded. My parents architecture harmonize to create soon followed the trend. We started the perfect place to work and live interviewing architects to start the here in Rosemary Beach. n building processes but were still
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A SOLID F O U N D AT I O N BUILDING COMMUNITY FOR 10 YEARS
BY MALAYNE DEMARS
The Rosemary Beach Foundation encourages a sense of community among homeowners by holding special community events. These events bring people together in fellowship and fun, building relationships and goodwill. Here’s a rundown of our annual events and the ways we try to improve our surrounding community.
PARTNERING WITH OTHERS Walton County is fortunate to have individuals, businesses, and organizations committed to our community. This year the Foundation joined the Raising the Roof Campaign for the Pierce Family at the Walton County Children’s Advocacy Center. The Foundation joined many others in supporting the building of a new center focused on preventing child maltreatment, serving victims of abuse and neglect, and meeting the critical needs of children and their families.
SUPPORTING SPECIAL EVENTS & INVESTING IN SCHOOLS For our annual Fall Bocce Tournament, the Foundation worked with the Rosemary Beach Property Owners Association to coordinate this event. Teams of family and friends had a great day of fun playing Bocce. This year’s Music in Pictures program served more than 2,000 Walton County students. This program encourages music appreciation and art. We work with the FSU School of Music, Sacred Heart Hospital, the Walton County Library and Amavida Coffee & Tea to showcase the artwork of students. Music in Pictures ends with a juried art
competition and a music festival.
CREATING TRADITIONS WITH ANNUAL EVENTS The Girls Getaway is held during Super Bowl weekend. This four-day event is packed with fun, food, learning and laughter. Proceeds from the 2016 event supported the Women’s Services Fund at Sacred Heart Hospital. Join us for the upcoming Getaway, held Feb. 2 – 5, 2017. www. rbfgirlsgetaway.com We’ve also started hosting informative and entertaining talks, discussions and workshops on various topics of interest. These workshops are called the “Live and Learn” series. At our last Live and Learn, Caroline Taylor and Tim Malyk presented An Insider’s Perspective to Buying and Selling Contemporary Art. The Walk Her Way® event supports Shelter House, a local domestic and sexual violence center that assists families. Led by a jazz band, participants dress up, wear high heels, and strut their stuff through the Rosemary Beach community in a show of unity against domestic and sexual violence. The after-party includes awards and music. At the Taste of Rosemary, the Foundation, along with the generous participation of Rosemary Beach Merchants, provides homeowners with an opportunity to meet and talk with their neighbors while tasting amazing foods and sipping great wines. Dog owners love our Rosemary Beach Unleashed™ festival. Proceeds benefit the Alaqua Animal Refuge’s animal advocacy efforts. This afternoon of
fun includes pet adoptions, agility demonstrations, a dog play area, costume contests and a variety of competitions.
OPENING EDUCATION DOORS TheRosemaryBeachFoundationsupportsstudents through an endowed scholarship at Northwest Florida State College. Helping a deserving student opens a door to lifelong learning and success!
MAKING DONATIONS COUNT Through these efforts, contributions from bighearted homeowners, event participants, and other community friends, Rosemary Beach Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to local organizations during its first 10 years. Please join us in continuing the work of your community foundation. You can volunteer, participate in our events, or join our Capital Campaign. Get involved! www. rosemarybeachfoundation.org The Rosemary Beach Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under IRS ID #20-3764896. Contributions are made to The Foundation and support many educational programs, charitable organizations and community events. n RosemaryBeachFoundationisa501(c)(3)non-profit charitable organization under IRS ID#20-3764896. offers community events, cultural programs, educational projects, and charitable activities for residents and visitors of Walton County. Through these efforts, over $500,000 has been donated to local organizations.
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[ 1 ] Ken and Susan Randall and Lisa Ruby enjoyed the Annual Taste of Rosemary Beach at the Town Hall. [ 2 ] Walton County students enjoyed meeting classically trained muscians during the Music in Pictures event. [ 3 ] Walk Her Way raises money to help victims of domestic and sexual violence. This short parade encourages everyone to don high heels and dress up. [ 4 ] Jamey Bowen and Greg Tappan participated in the annual Rosemary Beach Unleashed.
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KIDBITS THE LOST TOOTH NEWS
BY GERI GOLDING HIGGS // PROPRIETOR, GIGI’S FABULOUS KIDS’ FASHIONS & TOYS
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News the way kids like to tell it…all good, mostly true, and, of course, totally earth shattering. u LAUREN LAMBERT, 8, moved from Georgia to Alabama this year and the class at her new school welcomed her with a cookie cake! She also made it on to the basketball team, so moving is not so bad! u OWEN LAMBERT, 5, is loving his new kindergarten and the fact that he gets to play lots of basketball as well! u MADI GIBSON is very creative and enjoys sewing tiny donuts with cute expressions using the “Sew Mini Treats” kit she bought at Gigi’s. u Brothers JULIAN AND GABRIEL PALIZZI created a large variety of Pokemon characters from the “Creatibles” eraser making kit that they got from Gigi’s! u Siblings KIERSTEN AND DYLAN DAVID really enjoy cooking together! Recently they made a trifecta of confetti cake cookies, mozzarella herb croissants, and cinnamon roll pancakes... needless to say their family was most appreciative! u ASA GIBSON, 7, had a very eventful summer! She went to soccer camp, basketball camp, AND American Girl Doll camp! u KLOE HOPE’s first gymnastics meet was lots of fun and she tied for third place in the floor event AND in the all-around! u CADE HOPE, is only 5, but he has already scored over 50 points for his team this season in basketball! Hudson Hoyt, 5, scored his first goal in a recent soccer game! u ELLE MCCANN, attended a cheer/dance camp with the New Orleans Saintsations. After learning the routine, she got to perform at one of the New Orleans Saints home games. She loved making new friends, shaking her pompoms, and walking out on that big field! u When there was some land being cleared near JACOB DAVIS’ house, he pulled a chair up to the window and watched intently the machinery in action, almost as if he were watching a movie! All he needed was some popcorn! u HARRISON MCHUGH KEEPMAN, 7, loves animals and wants to grow up to be a scientist. For his birthday, he and his friends enjoyed getting to meet many animals through the “Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters”.
Not only did Harrison get to touch a huge snake, he also got to kiss a toad! uGRACE BARNES, 8, who loves science and experimenting, enjoyed creating crystals and foaming substances at home with a really cool science kit! She also visited the Children’s Museum in Cincinnati where she loved climbing the indoor playgrounds and exploring the transparent caves that allowed amazing views of the sea animals in an aquarium! u MILLER WRIGHT, soon-to-be-one-year-old, went to the beach and discovered, like a true beach baby, she really enjoys eating sand. u CARLIN RAUSCHKOLB recently became a big sister with the arrival of beautiful little Lauren Tate! u A bunch of kids got together including MORGAN, AVA, HANNAH, JULIAN, GABRIEL, OWEN, EMILIA, CAITLIN, AND JACK at the end of the summer to congratulate, celebrate, and send off Gigi’s staff photographer MISS COCOA before she moved away to Italy for graduate school. The kids sang “For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow”, shook pompoms and noise makers, and presented her with a giant going away card signed by many of her little friends. And now on to the lost teeth…. u ASA GIBSON, 7, has lost three teeth this year so far! u HUDSON HOYT, 5, lost four teeth and the Tooth Fairy brought him a rare TWO dollar bill! u MICA, 5, lost her first top tooth after wiggling it for what felt like forever! u GARRETT, 7, noticed his tooth was a little loose. He proceeded to pull it out with a paper towel all by himself! He was very happy that the Tooth Fairy found him all the way in Florida while on vacation! n Hey kids! If you would like your news in the next “Kidbits” column, swing by Gigi’s for an interview, or email me at email@example.com with “kidbits” in the subject line, or write it on “Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashions & Toys” facebook page. To see more about cool kids’ stuff please visit our blog at www.gigisfabkids.typepad. com, website www.gigisfabkids.com, and our instagram @gigisfabkids! Geri Golding Higgs is a Rosemary Beach kids’ news contributor and also proprietor of Gigi’s Fabulous Kids’ Fashions & Toys in Rosemary Beach.
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were sad to see her go. Photo credit: David Higgs
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I have been vacationing along the Emerald Coast my whole life, and my love for this community has grown even more over the past year. As I celebrate my first anniversary here, I’d like to extend my sincerest gratitude to my friends, neighbors, and Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty for embracing me as your own. I look forward to serving your real estate needs along 30A. MARYGRACE STUBBS Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s International Realty logo are registered (or unregistered) service marks used with permission. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated.
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A C T I V I T Y PA G E
TAKE THE SUDOKU CHALLENGE. [ 1 ] Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9.
MY NEW YEAR’S REFLECTIONS
This year I am going to _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ _______________________________________________ The most important things in my life are _______________________________________________ This is how I’m going to take care of those things _______________________________________________ By December 2017 I will have _______________________________________________
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ACROSS Painter Chagall Bushy hairdo Enticed Pseudonym for Charles Lamb Honolulu keepsakes ___ Gay (W.W. II plane) "Don't get too close!" Police stun gun Kind of energy or eclipse "Wow, totally crazy!" Sis or bro Actress Hayworth Stars of "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire," collectively Winter coats "Mona ___" Sound made when passing the sound barrier What a dog walker holds on to "Don't mind ___ do!" Take someone's wheels from at gunpoint Engineering sch. in Troy, N.Y. Town square Duo Mideast ruler Definitely past one's mental peak Hiker's bag Blueprint Mohawk-sporting TV star of the '80s
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54 Place for parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme 59 Writer Joyce Carol ___ 63 Galahad's protection 64 Bulletin board fastener 66 ___ Arabia 67 Ace or deuce 68 Land of Blarney 69 Talked up 70 Chart-topping songs 71 Swing around on an axis 1 2 3 4
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DOWN Boot camp meal Kind of saxophone Mideast money Variation of rummy that was a 1950s fad Edmonton's prov. Quite an accomplishment More than welloff Schindler of "Schindler's List" "We can discuss this fully later" Not in the know Santa ___, Calif. Util. bill Alternative to white, as turkey meat Faucet trouble 15%-20%, for a waiter "Ali ___ and the 40 Thieves" Spots of light on a radar screen
27 The "R" in N.R.A. 28 Vietnamese or Thai 29 Nasdaq listing: Abbr. 30 Old cop show starring Telly Savalas 32 Fate 33 ___ jelly 34 Dodge, as work 37 Common street name 40 Phone-screening service 41 Study hard at the last minute 44 90210, e.g. 46 Subjects of wills 48 Where to hold a telephone receiver 50 "No ___!" ("Easy!") 52 "Why, certainly!"
54 Miss America band 55 Appeal to God 56 Early morning declaration 57 Indian tea 58 Rock's Cobain 60 Showy peacock feature 61 Light brown shade 62 ___-Ball (arcade game) 65 Rx prescribers
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS FAITH Chapel at the Beach 9 AM, TOWN HALL
Childcare provided at 10 a.m. service only. Join Pastor Mike Young for a morning of Bible teaching and worship.
Apostles By-the-Sea 11:15 AM, TOWN HALL
Enjoy a morning of traditional worship. Kids church and nursery is available. A chapel in the Anglican & Episcopal tradition, led by FR. John G. Wallace, Rector.
DECEMBER Prohibition Party RESTAURANT PARADIS DEC. 5, 6 P.M. - MIDNIGHT
Enjoy Jospeh Swan Wines and vintage cocktails along with a 4-course dinner by Chef Eichin. Attire inspired by the 1920s is requested. $125 per person. Proceeds benefit Bay Elementary School.
Ohana Institute Music TOWN HALL DEC. 8, 5:30 P.M.
At Ohana Institute each student is required to participate in a band. The students choose their own band names, learn how to
play instruments, sing and write their own music. Join the school in a showcase of musical talents.
Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus
enjoy a signature “adult” hot cocoa. $90 for adults, $45 for children ages 12 and younger. Reservations required.
HAVANA BEACH BAR & GRILL DEC. 18, 8-11 A.M.
HAVANA BEACH BAR & GRILL DEC. 25, 4-9 P.M.
Enjoy breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus before he becomes too busy with Christmas preparations. Reservations required.
Includes a choice of a special three-course menu. $75 for adults, $35 for children ages 12 and younger. Reservations required.
The Southern Table Cooking Demonstration with Chef Matt Moore
THE PEARL BALLROOM DEC. 22, 2-5 P.M.
Includes afternoon tea and buffet. Gingerbread houses with candy are available for decorating. Tea and buffet, $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and younger. Gingerbread houses for sale also. Reservations required.
T’was the Night Before Christmas Dinner HAVANA BEACH BAR & GRILL, DEC. 24 4-9 P.M.
Includes a choice of a special three-course menu. After dinner the kids get to enjoy a special cookie decorating session with Mrs. Claus, while parents
HAVANA BEACH BAR & GRILL DEC. 28 FROM 11 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Chef Moore will take you on a Southern food immersion. Learn about soups, basic dressings and enjoy a three-course lunch. Reservations required. $55 for adults.
New Year’s Eve Sunset Celebration THE PEARL ROOFTOP LOUNGE 2-5 P.M.
Live guitarist, holiday drink and champagne specials. Open to the public, no reservations required.
JANUARY 30A Songwriters Festival JAN 13-16
Enjoy the 8th annual 30A Songwriters Festival at venues all along Scenic 30A. Shawn Colvin, John Prine, Cheap Trick, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Parker Millsap, Jeffrey Steele and many, many more artists. Weekend passes are available for $265 and may be bought online at 30asongwritersfestival. com.
FEBRUARY Rosemary Beach Racquet Club Doubles Classic FEB. 25-26
Call 850 278-2061 or email email@example.com to sign up.
Girls Getaway Weekend FEB. 2-5
Gather your sisters, friends and mothers and join Rosemary Beach Foundation for this fun annual event. Enjoy art, music, delicious food and interesting speakers during this three-day event. Register at rbfgirlsgetaway.com.
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241 ROSEMARY AVENUE $6,150,000
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4 Bedrooms | 4.5 Baths | 3077 Sq Ft
6 Bedrooms | 5 Baths | 3481 Sq Ft
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3 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 2247 Sq Ft
3 Bedrooms | 3 Baths | 1997 Sq Ft LOCATED IN TOWN SQUARE
4 Bedrooms | 3.5 Baths | 3900 Sq Ft GULF VIEWS POOL | PRIVATE COURTYARD
5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Baths | 4380 Sq Ft
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2 Bedrooms | 2.5 Baths | 1466 Sq Ft LOCATED ON SOUTH SIDE ENCLOSED GARAGE PARKING
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5 Bedrooms | 5.5 Baths | 3603 Sq Ft GULF VIEWS CARRIAGE HOUSE
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