Blue Mountain Beach: A local's haven

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 04:01 PM.

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.

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