PARTY LINE: As tourists flood into South Walton, locals hit the road

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 01:13 PM.

Fred and Ampy Cox just returned from a health retreat led by radio show host Gary Null in Mineola, Texas.

I am back home after six days in central New York state where I attended my son Brett's wedding, along with his sisters Ashley and Summer.

Claire Bannerman and John Czapleski are back from New Orleans, where John beat out five others to win a Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest at Maison as part of El Pobre de Mi And Running of the Bulls New Orleans festival.

Others who have reason to celebrate:

Congratulations to Jami Ray, chief communicator for her public relations firm, Outright Social, who recently won the designation of Communicator of the Year in the For-Profit category.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Destin announced it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award.

Sandestin Wine Fest has been recognized on Yahoo Finance as an event that donates more than $50,000 to local charities.

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