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NATURAL TREASURES The dune lakes of Walton County are a rare gem gifted by Mother Nature. A FISHING FAMILY Capt. Phillip Wilds takes the MacBride family on an unforgettable fishing outing.

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THE SCOOP ON SCALLOPS You’re encouraged to go overboard when diving for this summertime seafood.

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WOOHOO FOR THE WAHOOS The Pensacola Blue Wahoos strike up local excitement.

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BELOW THE SURFACE Marianna is more than meets the eye, with underground caves at the Florida Caverns State Park.

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PADDLE POWER Grab your favored form of transportation and paddle around local waterways.

SJCR NEWS The latest local developments on property.

MEMBER PROFILE The Corchis family serves up Italian fare and friendly conversation.

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EVENTS Summer is heating up with barbecues and golf while fall ushers in holiday happenings.

IN EACH ISSUE 06 WELCOME LETTER 52 HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER 54 CONTACT DIRECTORY

ON THE COVER: St. Joe Resort & Clubs members Bill and Jennifer MacBride and their children, Carson and Brooks, spent a day exploring the waters of Grand Lagoon and St. Andrew Bay in Bay County aboard a skiff piloted by Capt. Phillip Wilds. Along the way, Wilds led them to catches of redfish, one of the most popular inshore species in the area. PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM SKIPPER

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OUR VALUES Dear St. Joe Club & Resorts Member, A recent visitor to the St. Joe Club & Resorts offices took note of our vision and values statements as they appear on a wall in a conference room. While giving them nodding approval, he suggested that we might make them known to our membership. Not a bad idea, I thought. Members should be made aware of the principles and aspirations that underlie our efforts to provide an exquisite but casual environment and events that yield lasting memories. We are governed, first and foremost by a few watchwords:

BY DESIGN. WELL DEFINED. CLEAR TO ALL. St. Joe Club & Resorts is an intentional business that adheres unwaveringly to uncompromising standards in ways apparent to anyone who spends time with us. It is my goal that we consistently treat, value and impress each of our Members and guests as if he or she were a prospective member that we are seeking to win over. To that end, it is our Vision to … Build a team of servant-hearted leaders, relentless in their pursuit of hospitality excellence. And we embrace the following values:

• PASSION: Committed enthusiasm in everything we do. • GRACIOUSNESS: Provide genuine Southern hospitality

From the continuing expansion of the WaterSound Beach Club, to a year filled with exciting events and to our careful selection of our new Tennis Director, Barry Webb, I hope that you recognize these values in our team members through every experience you have with us. Your input and involvement, I should emphasize, are critical to our success. Sincerely,

with a positive attitude and a smile.

• INTEGRITY: Do the right thing even when no one is watching. • DETAIL-ORIENTED: Do it perfectly the first time; the Member/Guest may not give us a second opportunity.

• PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Uphold our standards and enrich every experience.

• SUCCESS: If we measure it, we will achieve it.

MIKE JANSEN DIRECTOR OF CLUB OPERATIONS | ST. JOE CLUB & RESORTS

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Walton County’s rare, beautiful dune lakes are the area’s most prized natural wonders BY CHUCK BEARD | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SCOTT HOLSTEIN

STALKING IN THE SHALLOW edge of Deer Lake in South Walton County, the great egret has no idea how exclusive its marshy habitat is on our blue-green planet. If it could fly 7,000 nautical miles southwest to New Zealand, it would feel right at home on Lake Papaitonga, where the bird is known as a “kotuku.” Deer Lake and Lake Papaitonga share the rare designation of “dune lake.” Dune lakes have the unique characteristic of periodically exchanging their natural fresh water with salt water from the ocean, creating a distinct ecosystem for plant and animal life. Walton County is home to 15 natural dune lakes, more than any other location on earth. Only Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand and the U.S. northwest Pacific Coast offer similar ecosystems.

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Top right: Matt LaBo, owner and operator of Blue Sky Kayak Tours, offers visitors a firsthand look inside the lakes with two-hour tours. Here, the Florida Master Naturalist kayaks on Western Lake through Grayton Beach State Park; Below left: Although walking on the dunes is prohibited, great views can be found from walkways such as this boardwalk at Morris Lake in Topsail Hill Preserve State Park; Below right: The lakes offer an ideal habitat for wildlife.


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Ebb and Flow Walton County’s dune lakes have passes, or small inlets, that open to the Gulf of Mexico. These passes allow salt water and fresh water to periodically exchange and flush out the lakes. When a dune lake’s water level reaches a certain critical height through rain or other inflow, the weakest area of sand around the bank separating the lake from the Gulf will “blow out,” creating an outfall that releases fresh water near the surface

into the Gulf. At that point, salt water — having a greater density than fresh water — flows into the lake near the bottom to create an estuarine environment. Wind activity plays a part in a dune lake’s development as well. When rock is eroded or sand is redistributed by heavy winds, the lake’s shape and composition can change. Once the lake’s freshwater level subsides, the opening between the lake and the Gulf will disappear until that critical height is reached again and the process repeats itself.

Because each coastal dune lake has its own unique level of outfall and frequency of flushing, salinity levels among the lakes can differ greatly. Some dune lakes are connected to the Gulf for long periods of time, while others, such as Campbell Lake, rarely make the exchange. Dune lakes are famously diverse in their plant and animal life. Upland from the lakes, spindly live oaks are everywhere, interspersed with saw palmetto, magnolia, 4 flash pine, longleaf pine and turkey oak

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(named for leaves that resemble a turkey’s foot). Mastodons and giant armadillos once lumbered through the dunes here, but now you’ll see tracks of wild deer, feral pigs, Osceola turkey and even Arkansas razorbacks. Massive and intimidating in size, the dunes nearby the lakes are surprisingly fragile, and can be flattened by unknowingly careless beachcombers. Though they look solid, these wedge-shaped mounds are actually formed by intricate plant root systems. Burrow deep inside and you’ll find very little sand. These delicate dunes, which grow in height at a rate of about a foot a year, are protected, in part, from the elements found on the windward side. In turn, flora on the leeward side grows green and lush. Dune lakes have been identified as “critically imperiled in Florida because of extreme rarity” by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, and human alteration to natural drainage is seen as a threat. “No construction or disturbance (to the lakes) will be allowed,” says the Walton County Comprehensive Plan. “A buffer area of not less than 50 feet of vegetated area will be left undisturbed along either side of the natural outlet from the lake.”

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Above left: Scattered pine trees tower above Morris Lake while scrub brush fortifies the surrounding dunes; Above right: Vistas from this residence offer the beauty of both a dune lake and the Gulf of Mexico. Bottom: Hidden on the edge of Eastern Lake, indigenous flora grows in abundance.


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Member News

NEW PRO IN TOWN Barry Webb Will Lead Tennis Programs

FOR 14 YEARS, Barry Webb, as Tennis Director at the Country Club of Birmingham, grew junior and adult programs, ran the pro shop, coordinated social events that brought golfers (primarily male) and tennis players (mostly female) together and oversaw the consolidation of 18 courts into one tennis facility. As our first ever Director of Tennis at St. Joe Club & Resorts, Webb plans to replicate his successes in Alabama, albeit on a slightly different scale. (The Country Club, established in 1898, has some 1,800 members including hundreds of tennis players. Interviewed in early May, Webb

said he hopes for higher active tennis participation as well at St. Joe Club.) He is thrilled by the opportunity and excited about the quality of the four HydroCourts at Shark’s Tooth within the Wild Heron Community and their subgrade irrigation systems that ensure a uniform playing surface. “I’m getting a chance to work for a great company in St. Joe and to start with an empty canvas and build something,” Webb said. It’s a chance, too, for Webb to live and work in an area that he loves and has visited every year since he was “about 5.” A Georgia native who grew up in Albany and played his college tennis at Valdosta State, Webb has a number of friends who are long-term Emerald Coast area residents. Webb said he personally has a strong serve-and-volley game, and he said his two-handed backhand return may be his best shot. “It has made the difference for me in a lot of matches,” he said. Webb made the move to the coast with his 16-year-old son, Jacob, and his two dogs, Hope, a 65-pound Malinois, and Muffin, a 7-pound Shih Tzu. Webb recalls heading south across the Highway 331 bridge with Jacob and saying, “I really like it here; what do you think?” “This place is awesome,” answered Jacob who, as it happens, is a golf enthusiast.

FOOTGOLF AT WATERSOUND ORIGINS Golfers who might be inclined to cheat just a little bit at the game may be seen to employ a No. 10 FootJoy or other “foot wedge.” Now, for anyone who would like to advance a ball toward the hole and remain within the rules, there is FootGolf, a game that combines soccer and course management skills. It was introduced at Watersound Origins in February. How to Play: Players kick a regulation No. 5 soccer ball along shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The player who gets around the course with the fewest kicks wins. The first FootGolf tournament played on a golf course took place in the Netherlands in 2008. Today, American FootGolf League play is conducted on nearly 500 courses in 48 states. FootGolf at Watersound Origins is open to players of all skill levels, age 7 and older. For more information, call 850.213.5090.

UPCOMING (CONVENTIONAL) GOLF TOURNAMENTS ❙❙ Norman-Fazio Golf Tournament. Camp Creek Golf Club and Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, Aug. 3-5. Two-man handicap event. Players may choose their own partner (Member or guest). Three days of golf with reception/dinner for participants, spouses and guests. ❙❙ SharkFest Member-Guest Golf Tournament. Shark’s Tooth Golf Club, Oct. 5-7. The biggest event of the year for St. Joe Club Members. Three days of golf with reception for participants, spouses and guests.

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INSHORE& OUT

Fishing fuels family fun

BY MATT ALGARIN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY TIM SKIPPER

THE TIDEWATER BAY MAX 2400 piloted by Capt. Phillip Wilds silently cuts through the water after departing the docks at Bay Point Marina. The captain, who was born and raised in Panama City Beach, heads toward some of the fishiest waters he knows in St. Andrew Bay. He advances the throttle and the boat picks up speed and skips across the water. Seated behind Wilds is the MacBride family — Bill and Jennifer, and their children, Carson and Brooks — who wisely hold on to their hats before the wind steals them. Ready for their day on the water, the MacBrides, who are Members of St. Joe Club & Resorts, chat with Wilds on the 15-minute ride to the spot that the captain has in mind. No strangers to fishing, each of the MacBrides knows his or her way around a rod and reel and, as Wilds drops the anchor, it’s game on.

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“It is nice to put the cell phone down, unplug the iPad and spend quality time with Carson and Brooks.”

— Bill MacBride


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Fishing with an inshore professional like Wilds, it’s only a matter of minutes before you feel a tug on your line. Presently, a stout redfish attempts to make off with a live pilchard offered as bait. Redfish can be bulldogs, but this one comes to net before long and becomes the focal point of selfie shots before it is released to be photographed again one day. “We enjoy spending time on the water with the family, whether it is family boating, fishing or a day at the WaterSound Beach Club,” Bill says. “It is nice to put the cell phone down, unplug the iPad and spend quality time with Carson and Brooks.” Wilds guides his guests to catches of redfish, speckled trout, flounder, Spanish mackerel and even tarpon while exploring grass flats, piers and jetties. When fishing bays and the Intracoastal Waterway, you’ll use light tackle, which adds to the fun. Wilds is equipped with spinning rods and, for the more advanced angler, fly-fishing gear. Old Florida Outfitters at WaterColor

The MacBride family is no stranger to the sea as their favorite activities together revolve around water.

Resort offers the latest in men’s and women’s fishing apparel and tackle and serves as the headquarters for the Emerald Coast Fly Fishing School and Shallow Water Expeditions Guide Service, which books near-shore and bay fishing trips, including fly fishing and tarpon adventures. Anglers with an interest in trolling or bottom-fishing trips for species, including hard-fighting red snapper, amberjack, tuna and wahoo may book charter trips through the Bay Point Marina in Panama City Beach. With the day coming to a close, Wilds and the MacBrides reflect on a successful outing. They caught an abundance of fish, shared many laughs and enjoyed some beautiful scenery. “I really just want to make sure that whoever is on the boat with me has a great time and catches plenty of fish,” Wilds says. In the case of the MacBrides, that was a mission accomplished.

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OLD FLORIDA OUTFITTERS For those staying in the 30A area, heading out for a day on the water couldn’t be easier. The folks at Old Florida Outfitters are conveniently located in WaterColor Resort and can help you book your trip and set you up with all the tackle and gear you may need. Old Florida Outfitters operates both the Emerald Coast Fly Fishing School and the Shallow Water Expeditions Guide Service, making for a variety of angling experiences for you to choose. Verdant grass flats, rare coastal dune lakes and secluded coastlines form the backdrop that will make your day on the water unforgettable. The guides and boat captains at Old Florida Outfitters are experts in their fields and combine for more than 100 years of saltwater experience. To learn more about Old Florida Outfitters, the Emerald Coast Fly Fishing School or the Shallow Water Expeditions Guide Service, visit oldfloridaoutfitters.com.

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A redfish takes Bill MacBride’s bait, one of many caught that day. Catching fish and catching up on quality time are key to this St. Joe family.


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SCALLOPING SEASON

It’s time to go overboard for a local seafood favorite SUMMERTIME IN NORTH FLORIDA usually means spending time outdoors grilling, fishing, splashing around the ol’ swimming hole, and, for Big Bend residents, scooping up bay scallops. Not only do you beat the heat diving for these tender, tasty bivalves, but you can come home with a little something for the frying pan without the fuss and muss of fishing gear. Bay scallops are harvested only in a region that runs north of Tampa up around the bend to St. Joe Bay. There are

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three harvest seasons in North Florida. The 2017 season runs June 16–Sept. 10 in Taylor and Dixie counties; July 1–Sept. 24 in Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin counties, and July 25–Sept. 10 in Gulf County/St. Joe Bay. Catching scallops is a straightforward process, but there are some things you need to know before going overboard. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, recreational scallopers between ages 16 and 65 have to have a saltwater fishing license, and

you need to post a dive flag — regardless of whether you’re using a boat or wading from the shore. You also can’t possess scallops on any water outside the harvest area. The harvest limit is two gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or one pint of bay scallop meat per person. There’s a maximum limit of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell, or a half-gallon of scallop meat per vessel. The best scallop depth is between four and eight feet, so you don’t need much gear aside from a dive mask, snorkel and

UF/IFAS PHOTO BY TYLER JONES (ABOVE).

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maybe fins. A mesh bag can be used to hold your catch, and you can either use a dip net or your bare hands to corral them. Your quarry can be well camouflaged in the grass so clear water conditions are a must. Also, don’t expect them to just sit still. Scallops will try to swim away from you but the good news is they don’t go very fast or far. Once you are satisfied with your catch, you have to keep the scallops preserved somehow until you’re ready to shuck them.

If you’re on a boat, a live well works fine. But a cooler will also serve, as long as you keep them away from ice water runoff. Scallops are sensitive to temperature change but exposure to fresh water will kill them. The optimal solution is to use a live well when on the water but to put them on ice right before shucking. Ice makes the shells easier to open. Once open, some folks use a shop vac to remove the unwanted parts while others may do it by hand with either a knife or a spoon.

BAY SCALLOP TRIVIA The bay scallop is a bivalve, which has two shells (valves) joined by a hinge. Like many marine animals, the bay scallop is countershaded; that is, the top shell is darker than the bottom and provides a form of camouflage. They are filter feeders and use gills to extract oxygen from the water. A ring of striking blue eyes helps the bay scallop detect predators. It can “swim” by rapidly clapping its shells together, which produces enough thrust to propel itself away from danger.

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“We want to make sure, when somebody comes here, whether it’s their first game or 100th, they have a great time and feel welcome from the time they leave their car until they get to their seat.” — Maryjane Gardner Media and Public Relations

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Blue Wahoos shine in Pensacola BY MATT ALGARIN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL SPOONEYBARGER

WALKING ONTO THE FIELD at Pensacola Bayfront Stadium, it’s easy to imagine yourself standing on the pitcher’s mound, hurling a fastball low and inside for strike three to beat your rival, then basking in the cheers from the stands, which seat 5,038 baseball lovers. It goes without saying, the fans that fill the seats at the waterfront stadium in Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park are passionate about America’s Pastime. The attendance numbers can certainly back that up. “Our mission and vision is to improve the quality of life for the people in Pensacola and to make Pensacola the greatest place to live in the world,” said Maryjane Gardner, media and public relations manager for the team. “There’s nothing in there about baseball. We want to make sure, when somebody comes here, whether it’s their first game or 100th, they have a great time and feel welcome from the time they leave their car until they get to their seat.” For those who have yet to catch a game at the home of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, you are truly missing out on an experience like no other. No matter where you sit in the stadium, the views are incredible, especially out past the outfield walls, where there are gorgeous views of the Inner Harbor Channel and the Pensacola Bay Bridge. The Blue Wahoos, founded in 1959 as the Charleston White Sox, have been playing ball in Pensacola since the 2012 season. They are the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and play in the South Division of the Southern League, a 10-team league that is home to the Biloxi Shuckers, Birmingham Barons, Chattanooga Lookouts, Jackson Generals, Jacksonville Suns, Mississippi Braves, Mobile BayBears, Montgomery Biscuits and Tennessee Smokies.

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2017 HOME SCHEDULE APRIL 6–10: Tennessee Smokies APRIL 17–21: Jacksonville Suns APRIL 27–MAY 1: Biloxi Shuckers MAY 8–12: Birmingham Barons MAY 18–22: Mobile BayBears MAY 30–JUNE 3: Jacksonville Suns JUNE 9–13: Mississippi Braves JUNE 28–JULY 3: Montgomery Biscuits JULY 9–12: Chattanooga Lookouts JULY 13–17: Mississippi Braves JULY 25–29: Biloxi Shuckers AUG. 10–14: Mobile BayBears AUG. 21–25: Jackson Generals AUG. 26–30: Mississippi Braves

Top: A member of the grounds crew prepares for game day; Above left: Little leaguers and long-time baseball fans alike line up for autographs from their hometown heroes; Above right: Pensacola Bayfront Stadium from above.

Double-A baseball is the second highest level of play, just behind Triple-A and MLB. From a baseball standpoint, the Cincinnati Reds organization controls and oversees all on-the-field aspects of the Blue Wahoos team, such as signing and trading players and hiring the management and coaches. Gardner likes to say they are responsible for what happens from the seats up. Since their founding, the now Blue Wahoos have donned quite a few monikers, whether fans called them the White Sox, Astros or Mudcats, which was their most recent name from 1991 to 2011. Local businessman and entrepreneur Quint Studer and his wife, Rishy, along with two-time Master’s Champion Bubba Watson, who is a native of Bagdad, Florida, are part of the Blue Wahoos ownership group. Studer, who grew up listening to baseball on the radio and going to games in Chicago, never imagined owning a baseball team, but that’s exactly what happened in 2002 when he purchased the Pensacola Pelicans, an independent baseball team which now plays in the American

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Association. Studer purchased the current franchise in 2010. “After Hurricane Ivan, we started this long, long journey to get a stadium built downtown, which wasn’t complete until 2012,” Studer says. “It was a very long pregnancy.” But now that the Wahoos call Pensacola home, the community as a whole has benefitted through various partnerships and the jolt of energy the new stadium and players have brought to the downtown area. “Baseball has always been a really good cultural melting pot for the community,” Studer said. “The Blue Wahoos have really become a great brand for this community, because it has Pensacola in front of it. It’s really put Pensacola on the map.” And it doesn’t hurt to have Watson aboard for the journey. Studer said he’s not sure Watson would call Pensacola home if it weren’t for his investment into the Blue Wahoos. “But it’s more than that,” Studer said. “He’s bought into a candy store, bought into a Chevy dealer and just bought into an apartment complex.

“Seeing him and his wife Angie involved in downtown and all the philanthropy they do is great,” Studer added. Watson is more than just an investor though; he’s involved in the team and regularly brings ideas to the table and sorts through budgets. He even attended baseball’s Winter Meetings in 2016. Studer said he was amazed to see how star-struck some of his colleagues were by Watson’s presence. “Will Lingo, the publisher of Baseball America, says, ‘I sat next to a two-time Master’s champion today,’ and that’s what Bubba brought to our team,” he said. Not only have the Wahoos seen success off the field, they’ve seen a great number of their players make a name for themselves on the Major League level, such as the Cincinnati Red’s Billy Hamilton, who holds the Minor League Baseball record for stolen bases in a season with 155, and the New York Yankees’ Didi Gregorius, who replaced the retiring Derek Jeter at shortstop in the Bronx. There are big things ahead for the Blue Wahoos, as Pensacola is set to host the Southern League All-Star game, which will be held in June. “We have to maximize this exposure,” Studer said. “We don’t know if this will ever happen again.” Note: This story originally appeared in the April/May 2017 edition of Emerald Coast Magazine. It was updated for this issue of Experience Magazine.


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CAVERNS

Jackson County is home to a spectacle for spelunkers BY KIM HARRIS THACKER PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF THE STATE ARCHIVES OF FLORIDA

FLORIDA CAVERNS STATE PARK is located just three miles north of historic Marianna, on 1,319 pristine acres of Chipola River wilderness. The area’s karst topography can be credited for the presence of the world-famous limestone caves for which the park was named. According to assistant park manager Aaron Miller, “At current count, there are 34 caves in the park. Pretty much anywhere you see a ridge in the ground, that’s a cave.” With the exception of “Tour Cave,” which is open to the public, the access points of all of the caves have been securely barred to protect visitors as well as the creatures that live in the caves. “Indian Cave,” for example, is a bat sanctuary that houses anywhere from 400 to 800 bats at a time. Tour Cave accommodates a few bats, some cave crickets and the occasional crawfish, mouse or snake. It is famous, however, for its beautiful calcite flowstones, stalactites, stalagmites and draperies. “Soda straws,” or tiny calcite

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tubes, hang from the cave’s ceilings, and “cave bacon,” or curtains of colorful calcite, ripple down the walls. If a tourist is lucky, a dripping soda straw may give him or her a “cave kiss.” But the water in the cave doesn’t just bring good luck; it brings growth to the cave’s formations. “It takes 100 years for a cubic inch of one of these formations to grow,” Miller says. “We ask visitors not to touch anything in Tour Cave, because the oils on people’s skin prevent the minerals that drip down the sides of formations from sticking to each other, stopping the formations’ growth.” A single column in Tour Cave has been set aside for the curious visitor to touch. Most of the rooms in Tour Cave were named after the unique formations found therein (“Wedding Room” contains a “cake,” for example. But the sharp-eyed cave-goer may notice other items of interest, including seashells, nautilus fossils and even a shark’s tooth. There is plenty to see above ground, too. “We have some plants that are rare

to Florida here in the park,” says park manager Chris Hawthorne, “and we have trillium and atamasco lilies. Botanists love to come here to look around.” Historians also have great cause to enjoy a walk through the park. In the 1930s, the Work Progress Commission built a fish hatchery that was operated for two years and a golf course that is still in play; the Civilian Conservation Corps developed Tour Cave, built the visitors’ center and marked the park’s boundaries with cement pillars that are still visible today. Whether visitors come to the park for a cave tour, to check out the flora, to experience Depression-era history or for any of a dozen other reasons, they leave with a great appreciation for all that this unique state park has to offer. Note: This story originally appeared in the July/August 2016 edition of Tallahassee Magazine. It was updated for this issue of Experience Magazine.


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“It takes 100 years for a cubic inch of one of these formations to grow.” — Aaron Miller, Assisant Park Manager

Venture under the surface of Marianna into caverns with stalagmite icicles hanging from the ceilings and eccentrically shaped limestone formations around every corner.

• 1,319 acres to explore on foot, bike, horseback or in a canoe • 34 caves, one accessible to public (tours conducted Thursday–Monday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.) • 7+ miles of multi-use trails with geocache sites • 9-hole golf course • Visitors’ center and store with concessions • Heritage Day Festival site with vendor booths • Campfire programs (Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day) • Campsites (32 full hookup RV; 3 tent only; 3 horse trailer w/ power, water, stables) • Youth Campsite (accommodates 100; water, restroom, shower, tables, 2 fire pits) • Canoe rentals • Numerous fishing holes • 4 pavilions • 6 picnic areas (grills, tables) • Playground with restroom For more information about the park, visit: floridastateparks.org/park/FloridaCaverns or call (850) 482-1228.

HUNGER’S GIFT: THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS It was 1933, and the United States had been in a deep economic depression for almost four years. Half of the country’s banks had failed, and a quarter of the population was unemployed. Hope was hard to come by; food was scarcer. Enter Franklin D. Roosevelt. Immediately after being sworn into office as president, FDR began to establish programs to assist the unemployed, stimulate economic recovery and reform the country’s financial

system. These programs were known as “The New Deal” and included a program designed specifically for young men: the “Civilian Conservation Corps,” or CCC. The CCC offered its enrollees irresistible compensation for their work preserving the nation’s ecological treasures. The men received a place to live, a fair income, camaraderie, educational opportunities, and, perhaps most importantly, a full belly. Thousands of boys who were too young to

enlist in the program did as their fathers and uncles had done before them: They lied about their age in order to get into the army — FDR’s “tree army,” that is. Like many other states, Florida benefited from work done by CCC camps, a number of which assisted in the development of state parks. Several CCC camps were assigned to a privately owned tract of cave-riddled land along the Chipola River that became Florida Caverns State Park.

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POWER Region offers plenty of places to get your stroke on

BY ZANDRA WOLFGRAM | PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY VISIT FLORIDA

WATER IS A WAY OF LIFE on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast. Adding a splash any time of year is a key ingredient to a no-fail recipe for fun in the sun. Each year, millions of beach lovers flock to bask and bathe in the shimmering emerald waters of the Gulf and the pristine coastal dune lakes that dot the coast. Fewer folks take the initiative to move inland and paddle their way through the beautiful basins, crystalline creeks and rolling rivers that lie there. Here are just a few of the wonderful waterways that await you for a scenic self-guided canoe, kayak or paddleboard excursion:

Coldwater Creek Milton, Florida, calls itself the Canoe Capital of Florida, and the wealth of paddling opportunities in the area supports that name. One of the most beautiful and popular is Coldwater Creek, a premier Florida Panhandle paddling trail enjoyable by kayak or canoe. The lovely spring-fed creek with clear shallow water is aptly named. The bottom is sand or river rock with many sandbars for picnicking or camping. The river flows past pine and hardwood forest, hammock, sand hills and scrub home to deer, woodpeckers and several species of songbirds. The swift current makes paddling upstream a rigorous workout. Traveling downstream, the current carries you very quickly, and since the stream is mostly shallow it’s important to keep an eye out to avoid logs and other obstacles. Some minirapids along the creek add variety and a paddling challenge. In the dry season, plan to pull your kayak or canoe over the sandbars. → LAUNCH POINTS: State Route 4 Bridge, Coldwater Recreation Area (Gordon Landing), Adventures Unlimited, Old Steel Bridge, County Road 191 Bridge

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“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” — Khalil Gibran

Blackwater River The Blackwater River is one of the purest sand-bottom rivers in the country, and 49 miles of its 58-mile distance flow through Northwest Florida. The river meanders through Blackwater River State Forest, where sunlight filters through towering pines and cedar trees, speckling the water with much-welcomed shade. Named for its coffee-colored waters rich with tannins from the surrounding trees, this river passes by 190,000 acres of untouched nature. Ample sandbars along the way make for great resting points and picnic spots. The most popular section to paddle is the Blackwater River Canoe Trail, which is 31 miles long. Many people break up the paddle into segments. Tubing the river is another fun (and easy) way to float the day away. For a fun family adventure, try camping under the stars along designated spots along the riverbank.


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Turkey Creek

Blackwater River, Milton, Florida.

One of Northwest Florida’s most scenic waterways is the narrow, spring-fed Turkey Creek which meanders nine miles through the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation, located off State Route 85. Swift and clear, this paddle is filled with twists and turns and beautiful vistas as you navigate the waterway. Trees drape over the creek, providing an abundance of shade for the first half of your journey. Native plants such as colorful St. John’s wort and pitcher plants add scolor along the way. Launching from the area nicknamed the Hippie Hole, the creek eventually empties into Boggy Bayou just south of State Route 20 in Valparaiso, just west of Niceville. About five miles into the paddle, you have an option to take out at a small bridge crossing Air Force Base Road 232. Before you get to Boggy Bayou, you will pass through the Turkey Creek Recreation area, a popular park for cooling off on a warm summer day. Plan to bring your own vessel, as there are no kayak or canoe rental facilities in the immediate area. Paddling Turkey Creek requires a recreation permit from Eglin AFB, available at eglin.isportsman.net. → LAUNCH POINTS: Put in: Eglin Reservation five miles north of Highway 20, in Niceville off State Route 85. Take out: Boggy Bayou in Valparaiso at a small public park next to the cement plant on Highway 20.

Shoal River

Yellow River

The appropriately named Shoal River offers an abundance of sandy sandbars along with cool water along a meandering 10-mile paddle in Crestview. As part of the Florida Greenways and Trails system, this fourhour paddle offers scenic views of a variety of wetland hardwoods such as Titi, black gum, live oak, magnolia and coastal plain willow. Fauna includes a variety of birds such as kingfishers, blue herons and egrets, along with an occasional alligator and turtle. The river offers several sandbars to stop, rest, enjoy a snack or cool off in the water. The depth ranges from less than a foot to approximately four feet, with good visibility through the slightly tannin-colored water. The river’s swiftness depends on recent rains, and is best enjoyed when there has not been any for a time. If you are confident no rain is on the way, some of the shoals could easily accommodate a nice campsite. The best time of year to paddle this portion of the Shoal River is in the spring or fall as there is not much overhead canopy protecting you from the heat of the direct sun. → LAUNCH POINTS: Put in: U.S. 90, Ray Barnes Public Boat Ramp Take out: State Route 85, Bill Duggan Jr. Park

The Yellow River Designated Paddling Trail runs 54 scenic miles through Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties. There are six access points. The upper portion through hardwood forest features swift currents and high banks. Downstream, the river widens and more motorboat traffic will be encountered. Water levels can fluctuate rapidly so beware; when water is running high, paddling may be a challenge. Wildlife you spy and hear may include songbirds, alligators, turtles and a variety of fish. Camping is available in the Yellow River Wildlife Management Area and at Rivers Edge RV Park, where secure parking also is available. Below State Route 90, much of the land on the south side of the river is in Eglin Air Force Base; while some facilities are available to the public, a base recreation permit is required. → LAUNCH POINTS: County Road 2 Bridge, Milligan Park, Rivers Edge RV Park, Guest Lake Ramp, Log Lake Ramp, State Route 87 bridge

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Holmes Creek Holmes Creek off Highway 79 in Vernon is one of the most diverse paddles in the Northwest Florida Panhandle area. As part of Florida’s statewide system of Greenways and Trails, it flows through a variety of diverse habitats. Much of the trail is through low-lying swamplands, but the upper and lower portions pass high sandy banks. This lovely creek is shallow and teeming with turtles and birds, including blue, green and white herons, warblers and woodpeckers. You may even spy an ibis. Bring your snorkeling gear to enjoy several crystal-clear springs, including Cypress Springs, Becton Springs and at the Brunson landing, where you can take a short walk along a wooded trail to find a small spring approximately 35 feet in diameter.

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Part of Florida’s Greenways and Trails, Econfina Creek, spanning 26 miles between Marianna and Panama City, is a favorite among paddlers. Pack a lunch, bring your snorkel and take your time exploring its many gin-clear, refreshing springs along a popular 7-mile stretch served by a livery. Cabbage palms drape over the water’s edge along with blooming wildflowers scattering the banks with color during your journey in the spring and summer months. Steep, fern-covered limestone walls prevail along the second half of the paddle, where the creek slices into the ancient limestone of the Floridan Aquifer.

Holmes Creek Livery (850) 210-7001

Old Cypress Canoe Rentals (850) 388-2072 Panama City Canoe Econfina Creek Canoeeconfinacreek.net (850) 722-9032 Eglin Air Force Base Permits Obtain a permit by visiting the Jackson Guard Natural Resources Facility Monday through Saturday at 107 Highway 85 just north of Highway 20 or purchase a permit online at eglin.isportsman.net. Check eglinguideonline.com for any closings in Eglin Reservation recreation areas scheduled for the day you are paddling.

TO LEARN MORE … For more tips and information, check out the following resources: • Walton County Outdoors, waltoncountyoutdoors.com • West Florida Canoe & Kayak Club, wfckc.com • Florida Panhandle Canoe & Kayak Connection, floridakayak.org • Florida State Parks, Floridastateparks.org

WHAT TO PACK BEFORE YOU PADDLE Be sure to hydrate before you go and bring along water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, a waterproof watch, cash and insect repellent.

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GULF PLACE WINE WALKABOUT 5–7 p.m. | Gulf Place

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TURKEY SHOOT 2-MAN GOLF SCRAMBLE 9 a.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

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FIRST FRIDAY FEAST – SOUL FOOD

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Dec. 1

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK IN SEASIDE 5–7 p.m. | Central Square

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DEC. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

30A FARMERS MARKET AT ROSEMARY BEACH 9 a.m.–1 p.m. | North Barrett Square

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WITH THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE of daily life, it can be a challenge to sit back, relax and spend time with those we love. But gathering around the dinner table is the perfect way for families and friends to unwind, reconnect and spend quality time together. For the Corchis family — George, Amy, Jordin, Nathan, Alyssa and Lily — there’s no place they’d rather be than in the kitchen, around the table. “It was always a dream of ours to open a family business with our kids,” says Amy, who is a nurse by trade. “It really came out of a transition, with George coming out of the gaming and resort business and us trying to decide what our next chapter would be. Our kids came to us and asked us if we’d be open to opening a restaurant.” With their love of food and with George’s background in hospitality and restaurants

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This family means business! Their all hands on deck approach allows the family to bond and build their restaurant business. Family roots run deep with a focus on Italian comfort foods such as pizzas overflowing with a variety of toppings, heaping plates of pasta and fresh, local seafood.

(his parents owned diners and night clubs), the Corchis family opened amici 30A Italian Kitchen in 2016. Located at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach, amici, which can be translated into English as “friends,” is a cozy, yet meticulously planned Italian masterpiece that showcases the cuisine the Corchis family loves. The restaurant boasts more than 2,600 square feet of space and specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizzas as well as todie-for pastas, small plates and classics, such as the rigatoni Bolognese. Every ingredient is fresh and locally sourced.

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The exhibition-style, open kitchen allows guests to get up close and personal with the action, and the large family-style tables give patrons the ability to gather together in large groups. So how did the Corchis family’s story begin? Amy, who is originally from Michigan, and George, who grew up in Canada, met when she was in high school. After they married, they moved to Nevada, where George pursued his master’s degree and took a job as an auditor at a casino. He soon moved on to other positions at other casinos and resorts, such as MGM Resorts

International Beau Rivage, in Biloxi, Mississippi. “In 2005, (Hurricane) Katrina was coming, and MGM came to us and asked us if we would come and run their regional properties and take over the rebuild at the Beau Rivage if it was damaged by Katrina,” Amy says. “We were living in Tennessee at the time. We had been very blessed, so we felt we could do a lot for the community.” With George hard at work, Amy found herself packing up the family vehicle on a Friday after school and traveling to WaterSound, where they rented a condo so they could spend time with George on Saturday, before he headed back to work and Amy and the kids went back to Tennessee. Their travels to 30A eventually led to the family purchasing a vacation home and, ultimately, relocating there permanently. “We said, if we can find a church that fits us, a school that fits the kids, then we would stay,” Amy said. “After nine moves, we really felt like this was a place we could stay forever, where our kids and our grandkids could come back to.” Although the Corchis family can be seen at amici on a daily basis, they do take time to relax and enjoy the Emerald Coast lifestyle, whether they are soaking up some sunshine; taking in a round of golf at Sharks Tooth, Camp Creek or Origins; or hitting aces on the tennis court. As members of the St. Joe Club & Resorts family, the Corchis’ have all the amenities they could ask for available to them, and they take full advantage of it. “We were introduced to the beach club when we first started renting here,” Amy said. “We thoroughly enjoyed it as weekend guests. The beach club has been such a gathering spot, not just for us as a family, but for our extended family, as well. It’s really been a blessing for us. That’s where George and I find our happiness, our best thinking moments. So to be able to sit there and look out at the water … it’s incredibly relaxing for us, and we need that.” At the end of the day, Amy says that their life on the Emerald Coast has been a blessing and that they are thankful for the friends they’ve made through the St. Joe Club & Resorts. “It’s been a phenomenal addition to our lifestyle and our family routine,” she says. “The beach club and golf courses really exude a lot of what we are as a family.”


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5:30–8 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

July 2–4

Sept. 1

5TH ANNUAL JULY 4TH EXTRAVAGANZA

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK IN SEASIDE

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5–7 p.m. | Central Square

July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30

Sept. 1–3

30A FARMERS MARKET — ROSEMARY BEACH 9 a.m–1 p.m. | North Barrett Square

July 5, 12, 19 & 26

TALES OF KING ARTHUR AT ROSEMARY BEACH 6:30 p.m. | North Barrett Square

July 7

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK IN SEASIDE 5–7 p.m. | Central Square

July 8

BLUE ANGELS PENSACOLA BEACH AIR SHOW Noon | Pensacola Beach

July 11

SANDESTIN LUAU

6–8:30 p.m. | Baytowne Marina

July 12–14

JUNIOR GOLF CAMP WITH LEE MORAN Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

July 13, 20 & 27

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater

August 3–5

8TH ANNUAL NORMAN-FAZIO GOLF TOURNAMENT

2 p.m. | Frank Brown Park

Camp Creek & Shark’s Tooth Golf Clubs

Sept. 11–17

The most sought-after title of the Member Golf Tournaments! The Norman-Fazio Classic is a two-man handicap event at both Camp Creek & Shark’s Tooth Golf Clubs. Players may choose their own partner, Member or Guest. To register or for more information, please call: Shark’s Tooth 850.249.3041 or Camp Creek 850.231.7601.

Sept. 3

ALYS BEACH 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN 7 a.m.

Sept. 3, 10, 17 & 24

30A FARMERS MARKET — ROSEMARY BEACH 9 a.m–1 p.m. | North Barrett Square

LOBSTER FESTIVAL

11 a.m.–10 p.m. | Schooners Last Local Beach Club

Sept. 13

MEMBER STAG DAY

11:30 a.m. | Camp Creek Golf Club

Sept. 15

AUSTRALIAN/NEW ZEALAND WINE WALKABOUT 6:30 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

Sept. 16

PUTTING CHAMPIONSHIP Camp Creek Golf Club

July 15

FAMILY FUN DAY

PEPSI GULF COAST JAM: COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Aug. 4

Sept. 21

FIRST FRIDAY FEAST — GOURMET PIZZA

GULF PLACE WINE WALKABOUT

5:30–8 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

5–7 p.m. | Gulf Place

AUGUST

Aug. 4

Sept. 22

Aug. 2 & 9

5–7 p.m. | Central Square

TALES OF KING ARTHUR AT ROSEMARY BEACH

Aug. 6, 13, 20 & 17

4:30 p.m. Cocktails, 5 p.m. Shotgun Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Reservations Required, 850.249.3041t

30A FARMERS MARKET — ROSEMARY BEACH

Sept. 29

10 a.m. | Watersound Origins

6:30 p.m. | North Barrett Square

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK IN SEASIDE

Aug. 3–5

9 a.m–1 p.m. | North Barrett Square

8TH ANNUAL NORMAN-FAZIO GOLF TOURNAMENT

Aug. 19

Camp Creek & Shark’s Tooth Golf Clubs Registration/Info: Shark’s Tooth 850.249.3041 or Camp Creek 850.231.7601

Aug. 3 & 10

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater

COUPLES NINE & DINE

OKTOBERFEST FRIDAY FEAST

5:30–8 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

PADDLE AT THE PORCH

9 a.m. | The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster Bar

Aug. 24

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER DOGGIE SOCIAL AT GRAND BOULEVARD 6–8 p.m. | Grand Boulevard

OCTOBER oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

30A FARMERS MARKET — ROSEMARY BEACH 9 a.m–1 p.m. | North Barrett Square

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oct. 5–7

9TH ANNUAL SHARKFEST MEMBER-GUEST GOLF TOURNAMENT

FIRST FRIDAY FEAST — ITALIAN

oct. 6

NOV. 3

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK IN SEASIDE

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK IN SEASIDE

5–7 p.m. | Central Square

5–7 p.m. | Central Square

oct. 7

NOV. 4

BLOODY MARY & MUSIC FESTIVAL

IRONMAN FLORIDA

oct. 12–14

GULF COAST BLUEGRASS & FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL

COUPLES NINE & DINE 4:30 p.m Cocktails, 5 p.m. Shotgun | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Enjoy a fun and entertaining golf event that provides an opportunity for couples to meet other Members in a relaxed environment. Pregolf cocktails, a four-person/9-hole scramble, followed by a delicious dinner promising to be a memorable time for all! Members may bring a couple as their guests or be paired randomly with another Member couple. Reservations required, 850.249.3041.

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11 a.m–3 p.m. | Treasure Island Marina

September 22

NOVEMBER 5:30–8 p.m. | Watersound Origins

Panama City Beach

Nov. 5, 12, 19 & 26

30A FARMERS MARKET — ROSEMARY BEACH 9 a.m–1 p.m. | North Barrett Square

6–11:30 p.m. | Under the Oaks Park

NOV. 8

oct. 13

MEMBER STAG DAY

MEMBER MEET & GREET

4–6 p.m. | WaterSound Beach Club

oct. 13–15

INAUGURAL STRUMMIN’ MAN UKULELE FESTIVAL St. Andrews Marina

oct. 19

GULF PLACE WINE WALKABOUT 5–7 p.m. | Gulf Place

oct. 25–29

THUNDER BEACH AUTUMN MOTORCYCLE RALLY Panama City Beach

11:30 a.m. | Camp Creek Golf Club

NOV. 8–11

EMERALD COAST CRUIZIN’ Aaron Bessant Park

nov. 9–11

INLET CUP GOLF TOURNAMENT

Camp Creek & Shark’s Tooth Golf Clubs

nov. 10–11

BLUE ANGELS HOMECOMING AIR SHOW 9 a.m. | NAS Pensacola

nov. 16

GULF PLACE WINE WALKABOUT 5–7 p.m. | Gulf Place

oct. 26

nov. 18

BARKTOBERFEST AT GRAND BOULEVARD

TURKEY SHOOT 2-MAN GOLF SCRAMBLE

5–7 p.m. | Grand Boulevard

9 a.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

october 5–7

9TH ANNUAL SHARKFEST MEMBER-GUEST GOLF TOURNAMENT Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Save the date for the premier Golf event of the year for our Members and their Guests! The annual event provides our Members the opportunity to showcase their Club with three days of competitive golf accompanied by a long list of activities for all golfing participants. 2016 Champions: Danny Parrett and Kevin Opdahl

Please call Shark’s Tooth Golf Club for more information: 850.249.3041

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events happenings

november 23

THANKSGIVING BUFFET 11 a.m & 1 p.m. Seatings Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Leave your Thanksgiving dinner to us! Shark’s Tooth’s delicious and traditional holiday buffet is sure to please everyone on your guest list. Reservations required: 850.249.3015. Members & Members’ Guests welcome.

nov. 23

THANKSGIVING BUFFET

11 a.m. & 1 p.m. seatings | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Reservations Required, 850.249.3015 (Members & guests welcome)

DECEMBER DEC. 1

EVENTS

FIRST FRIDAY FEAST — SOUL FOOD

5:30–8 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

MEMBER MONDAY

Dec. 1

Mondays, JAN.–DEC.

FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK IN SEASIDE

Every Monday, Members enjoy 50% off dinner entrée. Reservations are required. Member Monday Dinners will be hosted at WaterSound Beach Club through Aug. 28. Beginning Sept. 11, dinners will be hosted at Shark’s Tooth.

5–7 p.m. | Central Square

Dec. 2

PANAMA CITY BEACH MARATHON Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville

DEC. 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

30A FARMERS MARKET — ROSEMARY BEACH 9 a.m.–1 p.m. | North Barrett Square

DEC. 15

HOLIDAY PARTY

6–8 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Reservations Required, 850.249.3015 (Members only)

nov. 24–Dec. 3

DEC. 31

CHRISTMAS STOCKING SALE

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION

Camp Creek & Shark’s Tooth Golf Clubs

ongoing

7–10 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

GET MORE ON ST. JOE CLUB EVENTS ONLINE AT: stjoeclub.com/events december 15

HOLIDAY PARTY 6–8 p.m. | Shark’s Tooth Golf Club Celebrate the holidays with fellow club members by enjoying a strolling dinner, live entertainment, merchandise discounts and gift wrapping with every purchase made at the Golf Shop. Reservations required: 850.249.3015. Members only.

WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS Wednesdays, SEASONALLY

WaterSound Beach Club September 6– Oct. 25 | 6–8 p.m. Members enjoy half off house wines and draft beer, dining specials and live music. Members are welcome to bring accompanied guests. Reservations not accepted. For more information, WaterSound Beach Club, 850.534.2500.

BEACH BONFIRE Fridays, SEPT. 22 – OCT. 27

Celebrate the end of every week by donning your flip-flops on Friday nights and joining friends and neighbors for a bonfire at WaterSound Beach Club. Enjoy live music and come hungry, because hot dogs, s’mores and beverages will be available for purchase. Members are welcome to bring accompanied guests. Call 850.534.2500 for more information.

SUNDAY FUNDAY BRUNCH SUNDAYS, SEASONALLY

Fabulous food, delightful drinks, the company of friends. This is what Sunday brunch was meant to be, and it’s exactly what you’ll find each Sunday at Shark’s Tooth! Members are welcome to bring accompanied guests. Reservations are required. Call 850.249.3015 for more information.

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membership

St. Joe Club & Resorts Member HOW TO BECOME A

Lifestyle Membership

Experience all-inclusive, unlimited golf at Camp Creek Golf Club, Shark’s Tooth Golf Club and Origins, as well as Member access to the WaterSound Beach Club. You’ll enjoy fitness facilities, tennis and other unique Member events throughout the year. There are a variety of dining options with a Member-only discount for food and beverage. Not to mention an extensive list of outdoor amenities the whole family will enjoy!

Signature Golf Membership

If golf is your passion, a Signature Golf Membership is the perfect match for you. You’ll enjoy endless rounds of golf at any of the St. Joe Clubs including Shark’s Tooth, Camp Creek and Origins Golf Clubs. To join today or for more information about each Membership, please call 850.213.5181 or send an email to memberships@stjoeclub.com.

*Information in this Membership section provides a summary of the St. Joe Club & Resorts membership program. As this information is only summary in nature, you should read the Membership Plan and Rules and Regulations for a complete understanding regarding Membership rights and privileges. Membership privileges and benefits are subject to change from time to time.

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information

St. Joe Club & Resorts Member

PHONE DIRECTORY CONTACTS

REHEARSAL DINNERS/WEDDINGS/MEETINGS

ST. JOE CLUB Mike Jansen, Director of Club Operations.............................. 850.249.3045 Carly Sostheim, Director of Membership................................ 850.213.5182 Carolyn Webre, Director of Club Events & Member Relations...............................................................850.213.5179 Leanne Strickland, Membership Marketing Coordinator..... 850.213.5183 Jan Kramer, Membership Accounting ....................................850.641.0009 Madison Smiedendorf, Wedding Sales & Service Manager ... 850.249.3042

WaterColor Inn....................................................................... 850.231.7773 WaterSound Beach Club......................................................... 850.249.3042 Shark’s Tooth Golf Club......................................................... 850.249.3042 Watersound Origins............................................................... 850.249.3042 The Pearl Hotel......................................................................850.460.9040

CONCIERGE Concierge Service................................................................... 850.534.5008

SERVICES

CAMP CREEK® GOLF CLUB Golf Shop................................................................................ 850.231.7601 19th Hole Grille.......................................................................850.231.7603 Jaxon Hardy, Director of Golf..................................................850.231.7602

SHARK’S TOOTH GOLF CLUB Golf Shop................................................................................850.249.3041 Grille/Lounge/Reservations.....................................................850.249.3015 Curtis Brooks, Club Manager................................................. 850.249.3048 Christopher Waycuilis, Executive Chef....................................850.249.3011 Mike Pazakis, Head Golf Professional.................................... 850.249.3046 Lee Moran, Assistant Golf Professional...................................850.249.3017

WATERSOUND® BEACH CLUB WaterSound Beach Club ........................................................ 850.534.2500 Stacey Billera, Club Manager .................................................850.534.2078 Brad Dees, Executive Chef .....................................................850.534.2076

WATERSOUND ORIGINS® GOLF CLUB AND CAFÉ Golf Shop................................................................................850.213.5090 Watersound Cafe.....................................................................850.213.5093 Rick Ayers, Club Manager.......................................................850.213.5094 WaterSound Origins Real Estate.............................................850.213.5092 WaterColor Bike Barn.............................................................850.534.5959 WaterColor BoatHouse (Canoe/Kayaks/SUPs).......................850.419.6188 Fish Out of Water Restaurant..................................................850.534.5050 The Gathering Spot................................................................850.534.5025 WaterColor InnSpa.................................................................850.534.5010 WaterColor Workout Facility...................................................850.534.5950

THE PEARL HOTEL Havana Beach Bar & Grill ..................................................... 850.588.2882 Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge ............................................. 850.588.2882 Spa Pearl................................................................................ 850.460.9041

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Camp Creek 19th Hole Grille..................................................850.231.7603 Fish Out of Water...................................................................850.534.5050 Havana Beach Bar & Grill...................................................... 850.588.2882 Havana Rooftop Lounge......................................................... 850.588.2882 Shark’s Tooth Clubhouse.........................................................850.249.3015 The Gathering Spot................................................................850.534.5025 WaterSound Beach Club......................................................... 850.534.2500

WATERSOUND ORIGINS Café.........................................................................................850.213.5093

RELAX WaterColor InnSpa.................................................................850.534.5010 Spa Pearl.................................................................................850.588.2881

GOLF Camp Creek Golf Club............................................................ 850.231.7601 Shark’s Tooth Golf Club..........................................................850.249.3041 Origins Golf Club....................................................................850.213.5090

OUTDOOR

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Bay Point Marina.................................................................... 850.235.6911 WaterColor BoatHouse...........................................................850.419.6188

ACTIVITIES WaterColor Workout Facility...................................................850.534.5950 WaterColor Bike Barn.............................................................850.534.5959 Pontoon Boat Rentals.............................................................. 850.235.6911

GET MORE ST. JOE CLUB INFORMATION AT: stjoeclub.com


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