'Play like you're on vacation:' Monopoly game board features South Walton landmarks

Published: Friday, March 22, 2013 at 05:56 PM.

The game is also a great souvenir for tourists and second home owners to cure any South Walton homesickness.

"We hope they will take the game with them to their homes across the  U.S.  and be reminded of how they feel when visiting," Smith said.

“We hope it typifies their beach experience and allows them to play like they’re on vacation," Wickey added.  

Wickey had the idea to promote South Walton while watching his daughter create a game board for a school project. While doing research, he came across the many special editions of Monopoly featuring major cities such as  New York City Las Vegas and Miami .

"It just clicked," Wickey said. "The way the beaches are lined up on 30A, it's so much like a Monopoly board. It's too perfect."

Because South Walton is not a major city, game backers had to prove the area was worthy of the Hasbro name. As it turns out, there was a Hasbro executive who owned a beach house in  Miramar   Beach .

"He became an internal champion," Wickey said. "I never found out who it was though."

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