Sept. 22 - 28
20 years ago — 1993
A .186 millage increase was approved by the Walton County Board of Commissioners to cover part of the $22,984,193 county operating budget for 1994.
Nineteen travel journalists representing various national and regional publications explored the Beaches of South Walton, sponsored by the South Walton Tourist Development Council.
To meet the growing demand for water and the projected water needs in South Walton County, South Walton Utility Co., Inc., looked at increasing tap fees and water usage fees.
Seaside Swim and Tennis Club hosted the Seaside National Invitational Croquet Tournament followed by the Gatsby Garden Party on the croquet lawn.
Sandestin Beach Resort broke ground on phase I of Tivoli Terrace, 34 homes to be built on the dunes near the beach on the south side of U.S. 98.
10 years ago — 2003
Eighty-four dogs, most old and standing in dirty, rusted cages, were rescued by the Walton County Sheriff’s Office in a Santa Rosa Beach home.
Drawings of the planned 28,324-square-foot middle school wing at Butler Elementary School were displayed at a projected cost of $2,974,020 as the Walton County School Board approved fee of $195,070 for designing the middle school.
The new Butler pavilion, to be used for outdoor activities, nears completion.
Marlin Grill at Baytowne named Best of the Emerald Coast 2003 for best martini, best dessert, best service, best corporate citizen and best hostess. Hilton Sandestin won for best brunch, best hotel and best tennis facility, and Lovelace Interiors was voted Best Interior Designer for the fourth straight year.
A giant frog sitting on a bench, another holding a lantern and a boy feeding a goose were sculptures donated to the Coastal Branch Library from Karen and Guy Davidson.
Freeport Lady Bulldogs continue to dominate District 2-2A as they ran their record to 5-0 with a defeat of the Holmes County Lady Devils.