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

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

"People were not familiar with the area, but little by little the events caught on and people brought their friends and more people came," said Daryl.

Daryl began hosting weekly Seaside Saturday Markets, and they had shrimp boils, cooked gumbo and kosher hot dogs — anything to lure people out to the lonely stretch of road known as 30A.

Eventually, the Davises' homegrown marketing paid off and people began flocking to their little town, staying, making their own memories, and telling their own stories on the porches.

And, the town grew and grew.

"Everything we did had a story in it; we could weave a good tale," said Daryl. "Such as, how the 'soldiers of night crew' architects lived on the porch of the yellow house or in Quonset huts in Point Washington. The stories continued to grow as more people participated in building the town. Now, Seaside is made up of one story after another, and we are still making them."

As for the town's building code, it was drawn up on a sheet of paper over dinner by Davis and town architect Andres Duany.

With so much talk these days about accessibility and making it easier for people to get here, the Davises found that the people who would come here found the area's inaccessibility charming.

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