As we near the spookiest night of the year, our thoughts turn to all things frightful.
The Sun thought we would ask some of our loyal readers what the scariest thing is that they have encountered in South Walton. We received some interesting responses. It appears that ghosts and goblins are not the only scary things to be encountered in our little slice of paradise. In fact, in all the responses, not one claimed to have seen a ghost.
Point Washington resident Bob Steeno remembers the two days a bank robber with a gun was loose in Daughettes Subdivision a few years ago as pretty scary.
Stallworth Lake resident Brenda Radtke said the scariest thing she has seen here besides snakes and alligators are the "tourons."
The scariest thing for Freeport's Joan Vienot was the BP oil spill.
Santa Rosa Beach's Sara Markey said living through Hurricane Ivan with her blind and deaf dog was pretty scary. Sara and her dog crouched in a dark closet blocked (as closely as possible) by a chest of drawers against the door. "That, my friend, was about as scary as it gets!" she says years later.
Santa Rosa Beach's Chick Huettel's scariest incident was when his boat broke down in the Bay and he had to pull it with a rope by foot in shallow water for hours with stingrays zooming by, and Cathy (his wife) screaming from the boat, or so he says.
For Ann Morrell, she thinks that perhaps the scariest thing she has encountered is how our county's government has allowed more businesses to take up occupancy in our residential neighborhoods and turned a deaf ear to the objections or concerns of the residents who appear before them at county meetings. "We are now dealing with loud street noise at all hours, outside music, parking issues, large wedding parties, boats parked along our main street trying to sign up charters, along with an abundance of garbage Dumpsters being emptied at 5 a.m., or earlier. As one of the neighborhood's older residents, I remember when we were just that little quaint, sleepy beach community with friendly dogs," she said.
Kitty Whitney says she thinks the question in itself was scary!
The scariest thing for Sandestin resident Dawn Moliterno has encountered was a very large wolf at 5 a.m. while going for her morning walk. "It was still dark out and we both stopped, stared, and went opposite directions. I don’t walk in the dark anymore," she said.
For Tricia Northcutt, the answer was an easy one: trying on a bathing suit while looking in a three-way mirror. "I scared myself all the way to the gym. (I think it was my new contacts)," she said.
What's scary to Eastern Lake's Peggy Jones is trash on our highway, especially during peak season. "It looks like trash alley with bundles and bags exploding all over our beautiful scenic highway," she said. "This would never be tolerated in other resort areas. It needs to be addressed by our local politicians and improved upon. It's scary!"
What scares columnist Ron Hart is the prospect of a Democrat property assessor, or a registered letter.
Realtor Bobby Johnson remembers one time working with some fellows who had on ties. "Very scary and disrespectful. The vision still haunts me," he said.
Sandestin resident Ampy Cox said the only scary thing she has encountered since living here is “just some scary looking women who've had either too much, or bad plastic surgery! Haaa!”