Rosemary rising: Community to break ground for amphitheater this spring

Rosemary amphitheater

“I don’t think anybody’s going to have anything quite like this,” said Rosemary Beach Town Manager Jim Bagby.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 05:41 PM.

Rosemary Beach will soon join the ranks of Seaside and Alys Beach with its own amphitheater.

The plan that has long been in the works is finally coming to fruition for the town, with the groundbreaking tentatively set for early  2013.

“We have greens, but we don’t really have a venue,” said Town Manager Jim Bagby of the need for an outdoor amphitheater within the town.

The project started in the early 2000s as a shared facility between Rosemary, Seaside, and Alys Beach. The thought was to create a multi-million dollar performing arts facility to host productions by the Northwest Florida Ballet and Sinfonia for all of South Walton to enjoy.

“All of South Walton needed a performing arts facility,” said Kathy Kemp, marketing director for Rosemary Beach.

“When we did our feasibility study, it was going to be a performing arts” space like the Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville, said Bagby of what was to be a $20 million state-of-the-art facility. “Things were roaring along.”

But when the housing market tanked, the partnership and plans were scaled back to the current design, a beautiful, multipurpose outdoor amphitheater and pool space for Rosemary owners and guests.

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