“The Truman Show” was filmed in Seaside 15 years ago, with its first screening in June 1998. To celebrate, Seaside is hosting a contest for all Truman Show fans who want to explore Seaside and the various sites and artifacts left behind from the set.

To play, contestants simply grab their cameras or camera phones and find each of the 15 Seaside sites listed. Each contestant should take a photo of someone in his or her party at each site and email photos to truman.seasidefl@gmail.com.

The list of scavenger hunt sites can be found in the latest edition of The Seaside Times newspaper and also on the Seaside website www.seasidefl.com under the ‘News’ section. A monthly winner will be randomly-drawn from the entries through December 2013. Each month’s winner will receive a copy of The Truman Show DVD and a framed print of Seaside’s Coleman Pavilion. In addition, winners will be published in The Seaside Times newspaper.

The Truman Show is an important piece of Seaside history. Not only did it bring fame to the New Urbanist beach community, but it also contributed significantly to the town’s funds as the production helped to revitalize the local economy. In addition, the site fees received for hosting The Truman Show set helped finance the construction of the Seaside Neighborhood School.

The school began in 1996 as one of the first charter schools in Florida with 36 students, two faculty members and one administrator. In 17 years, the school has grown to 136 students, 15 faculty and staff members and two administrators.

In 2007, the school received the national No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools award, and in 2011 it was recognized again for its excellence in education by earning a high performing charter school status from the Florida Department of Education. Along with this, the school is ranked third among 583 middle schools in the state of Florida and has excelled in its robotics program, which competes in the B.E.S.T. competition.