WaterSound: Where all paths lead to the sea (PHOTOS)

Micheline & Tony Riggio

WaterSound residents Micheline and Tony Riggio get to enjoy this view daily.

Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 02:37 PM.

As most all of 30A has been discovered and locals suffer through the busy and packed tourist season, there is one beach community that does not have to deal with the crowds experienced at other communities.

On a quiet stretch of County Road 30A between Seagrove and Seacrest, WaterSound Beach rests on 210 acres and mostly behind three different gated entrances into its three beach communities.

A relative newcomer to 30A, WaterSound was established in 2001 by the St. Joe Company and 13 years later only has 326 homes and 130 condos on its large acreage, and most are home to full-time residents.

One such household is the home of Tony and Micheline Riggio, who are some of the earliest residents.

The Riggios have called WaterSound home for seven years.

The couple first discovered the area in 1995 when they came down the week after Hurricane Opal hit.

"The building we were booked into was gone and the rental agent put us up in Beachcrest instead. The National Guard was here directing traffic, and this was our first time down," recalls Tony. "But, it was beautiful on the beach after the storm. The water was turquoise and there were sea shells everywhere. This was our first vacation in 25 years and we were like two little kids. We fell in love with the area. I saw the devastation around me in Panama City and Destin, but everything around me had survived and we knew this was where we would retire. We have no regrets."

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