Blue Mountain Beach: The governor's choice

30a Huckabee

Some business owners say Mike Huckabee played a key role in getting the local artery fixed in Walton County.

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 04:08 PM.

In 2008, former presidential hopeful and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was looking for a new home — hopefully with a nice view of water.

Huckabee and a close friend who he describes as a tenacious researcher who had a similar desire began an extensive search that encompassed every beach community from Galveston to Apalachicola .

Following the tenacious research, Huckabee and his friend determined that the sweet spot was going to be somewhere along 30A in South Walton.

When two lots were found side by side that overlooked the Gulf on Blue Mountain Beach , an offer was made for both, which was accepted.

"We just looked at each other and said, 'It looks like we just bought an expensive sand pile in Florida ,'" Huckabee says now.

Before the purchase Huckabee had never been to Blue Mountain , but he had known about the area for 37 years and had visited Destin as a kid.

The men each set out to build their dream home, hiring the same contractors and builders.



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