Jason and Kristi Beer have more than one reason to celebrate this year beginning with 10 years and a new location.

Pizza by the Sea was a young but popular pizza restaurant located in WaterColor next to the Publix on County Highway 395 when the Beers bought it from its original owners in 2011. This year, the WaterColor location celebrated its 10th anniversary.

During the seven years the Beers have owned Pizza by the Sea they have expanded three times. A second location was opened at Gulf Place five years ago, a third followed at Seacrest in The Village, and a fourth was opened at the Market Shops at Sandestin next to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream last month.

The Beers attribute their success to a great product and having a great team.

"We're blessed with a great team and you won't do well without that," said Jason.

However, their pizza is great too, as it has proven to be popular with locals and visitors alike year after year, especially the young set, and with the new location next to the large Sacred Heart doctors' office will likely prove to be a popular location.

Pictures of local children and youth are the artwork on most of the walls, with one wall dedicated to the artwork created by children on pizza pans.

On the menu find starters such as twisted breadsticks, cheesy and chipotle bread, and pepperoni rolls.

Choose between 14 different pizzas, such as the Kickin' Chicken, the Bleating Hearts, Cha Cha Chipotle, Spaghetti & Meatball, Billy Goats Yum, Chicken Bacon Ranch, Queen Margherita, Buffalo Chicken, One Mean Supreme, the Quadruple Bypass, Big D BBQ Chicken, the Rabbit Food, The Great White, or the White Veggie, whole or by the slice, all baked on a stone, which crisps the crust up nicely, said Jason.

While the crust is rolled thin, Jason said it is not true New York style, but similar and foldable.

"Surprisingly, our most popular has been the plain cheese pizza," said Kristi.

There are four different salads from which to choose, seven different sandwiches, six bowls, and six kids meals.

The restaurant also offers an assortment of beer and wine, and when plates are clean, enjoy a cookie.

"We try to use all fresh ingredients that are locally sourced," said Jason.

The Beers previously owned a business where they lived in north Indiana.

"We had been tourists here for a long time and thought we would slow down and move here," said Jason. "We moved and saw the former owners had the business for sale, bought it, but we haven't slowed down much."

However, owning a business does allow the Beers to go on a lot of mission trips, which they enjoy doing. When not on mission trips they float between their four restaurants.

What's next?

"We want to continue to grow the business as locations come available that are of interest to us," said Jason.