Oct. 27 – Nov. 2


30 years ago — 1983

The state Department of Transportation budgeted $1 million toward the repair and eventual replacement of the causeway/bridge over U.S. 331 in Walton County.


20 years ago — 1993

While the South Walton Conservation and Development Trust started its work on determining the best use for land in South Walton, a faction of state officials believed the state needed to acquire more land, rather than return some it already owned to private development.

South Walton County was once again the center of attention in the athletic world with the seventh annual South Walton Sportsfest, with a thousand people from across the state and other states competing in one or more of nine major sporting events.

Only one month into the fiscal year, the city of Freeport depleted all its funds budgeted for donations, with requests from the Tri-County Community Council, the Town Planters Society and the “Londonaires.”

Development at Sandestin continued at a strong pace with the addition of a $1.5 million project to expand a residential community. The project, awarded to Southshore Construction of Santa Rosa Beach, extended Baytowne Avenue to open up 74 lots valued at approximately $3.9 million.

Sandestin Resort broke ground on the Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin, with an 18-hole championship golf course and exclusive clubhouse.

Sandcastle Shores at Sandestin, an assisted living retirement community, expanded its facilities with 10 more apartments.


10 years ago — 2003

Walton County School Board voted to allow the block, or 4x4 scheduling, at three area high schools.

Walton County Commissioner Lane Rees pulled ahead of a growing pack of candidates in fund raising for the 2004 election, with more than $22,000 raised from July 1 to Sept. 30.

Van Ness Butler said that as a planning commissioner, he won’t allow special interest groups in South Walton to derail projects that abide by the county’s rule books.

Sea Shells Resort advertises that the family oriented condo is coming soon, but doesn’t answer where or what it is.