More than 1,000 Snowbirds sign up in Walton

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

Whitton stays at Surfside in Miramar Beach every year and originally joined both the Destin and Walton Snowbird clubs. Now, he and his wife only belong to the Walton group.

"I golf or do nothing while here. I think of this as my winter home for 10 weeks," he said.

The Whittons usually eat out once a week with Carrabba's being their favorite.

Bill Neidel is from Rochester, N.Y., and this is his seventh year wintering here. He learned of our area from friends in Rochester who wintered here and came down to visit eight years ago. He and his wife spend two and a half months here before heading back in mid-March. They left behind four grandchildren, who they miss, but they occasionally come to visit.

Besides escaping the snow, the main Panhandle plus for Neidel is hitting the links.

"I'm a big golfer. That's my main activity," he said.

His wife paints, plays golf, and exercises while here, and they eat out a lot, with their favorite being Mitchell's at Grand Boulevard.

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