Blue Mountain Beach: A local's haven

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

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.

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