This week in Walton history

Staff Writer
Walton Sun
The community of Dune Allen is known for its nice, hilly dunes.

Nov. 22 - 28

35 years ago — 1979

Noted South Walton developer Eric Allen passed away Nov. 27.

30 years ago — 1984

About 500 guests attended the first Emerald Christmas benefit at Sandestin Beach Resort.

A small group of South Walton residents organized to push for the incorporation of South Walton.

The Walton County Commission discussed the hiring of a county manager by mid-December.

Citizens for a Bike Path continued planning a 17-mile path along CR 30A in South Walton.

25 years ago — 1989

On the recommendation of its solid waste committee, the Walton County Commission authorized a committee to negotiate the implementation of a county-wide composting program as its long-term solution to solid waste disposal.

20 years ago — 1994

After reviewing state nudity law, Walton County Sheriff’s Department officials decided deputies will arrest people who are completely naked in public.

Children at Creative Learning Center II in South Walton wore Pilgrim and Indian costumes they made while they enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal with dishes brought by parents.

10 years ago — 2004

An experimental process that uses porous groines to trap sand began at Inlet Beach.

Students at the Montessori Academy at Rosemary Beach celebrated their first Thanksgiving with a picnic at St. Augustine Green while the young bunch at St. Rita’s donned handmade Native American costumes or their celebration that included pin the tail on the turkey.

The newly organized Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters meets each week at a different location to paint in the open air.

Bark Park Inc. and fellow dog owners began a search for land to establish an off-leash area in South Walton.

The Howard Group broke ground for two Marriott hotels at Grand Boulevard, a Marriott Courtyard and a Marriott Residence Inn, the first of their kind in Northwest Florida.

Jim Wood was the 15th new member in 2004 for the Sandestin Lions Club.