Lore has it that 30A's
Blanketed with the native blue lupine flowers and some of the highest dunes on the
Susan Lucas's parents moved to
"Both of my parents had grown up on the coast and wanted to live on water," said Lucas. "So, when my dad retired, they took a map of the
At that time, there was nothing here but a scattering of little concrete-block houses.
They built a small house on the beach in
In 1965 it was not easy to get a phone man to come out to hook up service, and shopping had to be done in
Even on the 4th of July in the 1960s there would not be a soul on the beach.
"My mom would say, 'Harold, I told you there must be something wrong with these lots'," Lucas recalls now with a chuckle.
There was not a lot to do, but the Lucases had enough friends to get together with to play poker and golf, and they were active in their church, the
"They were busy," she said.
Lucas's parents became active in the community where they had chosen to live, and as the only registered Republicans around at that time, her dad was appointed to various positions when a need for a Republican arose.
"He was appointed to the county commission in 1968 when the lone Republican on the commission died," said Lucas. "He was also active in the Lion's Club, and helped found the Santa Rosa Beach Club and the chamber of commerce."
As for young Susan, however, she remembers standing on the beach and looking out over the water and longing for more young people to hang out with.
Until 1968 30A did not connect, but ended east of Grayton and east of Western Lake, which caused a social division between the west end and the east.
The old original
For years it was just a few little concrete block houses along the road, said Lucas, and families mostly were from south
The group of houses known as "The Brickyard" was originally part of Blue Gulf Resort, which was built in 1967-68 by Bob Davis, who lived in
On the highest point of BMB, where Adagio is now, there was a restaurant, pool, tennis courts, and a few motel-type rooms under the restaurant overlooking the beach.
Lois Maxon, who eventually bought the
"People at that time, late 1960s, marveled at the expanse and niceness of it," said Lucas.
In the early days, everyone pitched in to make the community work.
At some point, maybe the 1970s, residents provided their own emergency phone support.
"When you called 911, you got a volunteer neighbor," said Lucas. "Mom and dad took turns manning the phones at the fire station/community center on 393 near where the French Laundry is now and a pool place used to be."
In the 1980s, the community created its own library. The Walton County Library had sent the Bookmobile one day a week before that and when it was stopped, that was the impetus for the community to create a library of its own, which started out in the strip mall on 98 where the Post Office is located.
"Everybody pitched in to donate skills and finances," said Lucas. "Volunteers worked there every day. It was remarkably well-stocked, well run, and well used," she said.
The library was named the Coastal Branch Library.
After going away to college, marrying and starting a family of her own, Lucas only returned to Blue Mountain for visits until 1999, when she came back to live here full time.
Lucas has seen many changes and growth since the 1950s, but what has remained constant, she said, is the beauty of the beach and trees.
"It has built up so much and is bigger and fancier than it used to be. There used to be more beach and dunes, which we used to walk over to get to the water. I remember my dad getting a land rover and having a great time driving up the dunes. We used to drive on the beach all the way to Destin to get groceries. We lost so much in the hurricanes. We are so lucky to live here and that it has been preserved as well as it has. The people here are so nice and everyone is open to new friendships. No cliques. I always knew I wanted to end up here and it drew me back. I am glad it did," she said.