Alys Beach: A study in white

Alys Beach
Deborah Wheeler/The Sun
Published: Friday, August 22, 2014 at 05:43 PM.

Jane Comer's family discovered what is now known as the beautiful beaches of South Walton in 1948 and fell in love with the area.

In 1949 they purchased one of Seagrove founder Cube McGee's cinder-block houses, which they kept for about 20 years.

"My father discovered the property, but my mother was the beach lover," says Comer.

Comer's mother and father were Elton and Alys Stephens of Birmingham , Ala.

Comer grew up spending summers here in the quiet solitude of the emerald beaches.

"There wasn't anything here but the Seagrove Village Market Cafe and a couple of other cinder-block houses. No restaurants, but lots of sand dollars and wild pigs. No air conditioning. We had a lot more sea life than you see now. It was a different world," she said.

In the 1970s, Comer's father bought the land where Alys Beach now rests.

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