The storied history of Seaside: Davises talk about building a town together

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 01:08 PM.


 The town of Seaside began with a story.

"The power of a story is pulling from the past and projecting it into the future, like a message in a bottle," said Seaside Founder Robert Davis.

Davis and his wife, Daryl, spoke Tuesday to the local chapter of Florida Public Relations Association about the town they built.

As Davis tells it, the story of Seaside began 70 years ago, as he grew up making family trips to the beach. He always remembered sitting on the porch and stoop of those simple houses at night, waiting for the inside to cool off enough to go back indoors since there was no air conditioning. While they waited, his elders told stories as the younger ones listened.

"Those times of stoop sitting and the storytelling became some of my favorite memories," he said.

As an adult, with the addition of air conditioning and modern entertainment, Davis found himself missing the old ways he grew up with. When he inherited 80 acres of undeveloped land along County Road 30A in South Walton, Davis envisioned creating a place where the lifestyle he experienced at the beach as a child was the norm.

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