Jan. 26 – Feb. 1



20 years ago — 1994

Members of the Freeport Assembly of God Church wanted the alcoholic beverage sales license revoked for nearby Lamberto’s restaurant.

A development company withdrew its request to seek approval of a miniature golf course in the Seagrove Beach area after it met with a great deal of opposition from surrounding businessmen and restaurant owners.

Walton County Board of Commissioners approved Environmental Waste System’s and Dayco’s request to raise collection fees $1.20 a month to compensate for the county’s landfill tipping fee increase. Also approved were requests by both companies for an additional 60-cent service fee per one cubic yard of trash.

Winner of the People’s Choice award at the fifth annual Great Southern Gumbo Cook-Off was Sunset Bay Cafe & Grille. Santa Rosa Golf and Beach Club Executive Chef Justin Gaffrey’s gumbo received the Critics Choice award.


10 years ago — 2004

A groundbreaking for the new SFWD station at WaterColor, with land donated, architectural services furnished and company to build provided by St. Joe/Arvida.

Garrett Horn of Seagrove Beach found a message, dated 1983 from San Andreas, Columbia, in a bottle as he was clearing trash and debris from his property. The bottle most likely was pushed ashore by Hurricane Opal in 1995.

Plans for the 10,000-square-foot, two-story Montessori Academy of Rosemary Beach, were presented to residents.

Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast opened its Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitative Unit.

Residents of Rosemary Beach were set to receive a fully signalized intersection with both a vehicular and pedestrian activated signal at Barrett Street and a pedestrian activated light at Water Street.

The long used beach access on Pine Street in Grayton Beach is now off limits.

About 100 snowbirds, who live up to six months a year at Topsail Hill State Preserve RV park, say they will move elsewhere in 2005 as the state has said maximum stay is 30 days.