And the winner of the Seaside Prize is … Bob Graham

Published: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM.

Graham was considered as a possible running mate for both Al Gore and John Kerry.

During his tenure as governor, his administration focused on economic diversification and environmental policies. Gov. Graham initiated studies and plans that focused on critical state resources.

Graham launched the most extensive environmental protection program in the state's history and focused on preserving endangered lands. During his tenure, thousands of acres of threatened and environmentally important lands were brought into state ownership for permanent protection. One parcel in particular hit home for Walton County residents.

"His mom was from Freeport and he came to Grayton Beach to see the land for himself because Kelly's (Buzzett's wife) mom was vocal about protecting it. He was responsible for the state buying it and it becoming state land," said Buzzett.

During his 18 years in the Senate, Graham also served on environment committees.

Graham now concentrates on the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at his alma mater, the University of Florida. He serves as Chairman of the Commission on the Prevention of WMD proliferation and terrorism and advocates for the recommendations in the commission report, “World at Risk.”

On Feb. 1, a symposium featuring Graham will be held in Seaside. The topic of discussion will be "Seaside/South Walton County: Reflections on the Region's Past and Future Opportunities."

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