‘Spectacular gems’: Learn about our dune lakes in new book

Ginger Jackson Sinton
Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

As a frequent visitor to South Walton, Ginger Jackson Sinton knew there was something truly special about the county’s Coastal Dune Lakes.

Needing a writing project to complete her masters program at Kennesaw State University, Sinton chose to research and write about the lakes.

The Atlanta resident has been coming to the Gulf her whole life and visiting this area for about 25 years.

"I chose the Dune Lakes because I was always intrigued with their rarity," she said.

Sinton spent time here and learned all she could from the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and the park rangers at Topsail and Grayton Beach State Parks. She also visited Coffeen Nature Preserve and interviewed between 15 and 20 people during her research.

She learned there are 15 Coastal Dune Lakes in South Walton, and they are so rare they are found in only one or two other places in the world.

After turning in her project, Sinton realized she had enough information that she could write a book.

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