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Beach Ambassador Program Updates

The New Year brings changes to the Walton County Tourist Development Council's Beach Ambassador program.

In 2020, we'll be aligning the beach ambassador program with our Visitor Information Center, creating a more seamless visitor experience for our guests. Click on the button below to learn more. 

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Monthly TDT Information

Tourist Development Tax collection showed a 26 percent decrease in South Walton for November 2019 compared with the previous year. This decrease is in part related to Hurricane Michael's affects on increased room nights in 2018. Compared to 2017, with no hurricane impact, November's collection rates were a 13 percent decrease. 

The Tourist Development Tax, or bed tax, is a four percent tax collected on hotels, condos and other short term rentals. It is the best way to gauge visitation and demand trends in South Walton. The revenue supports tourism marketing and beach operations including cleaning and maintaining beaches, lifeguards, destination improvements and preservation initiatives.


  • South Walton in the News
  • Press Release Round-Up
  • Local News Articles
  • Help South Walton's Social Team Promote Your Business
  • Beach Flag Magnets
  • What's New in South Walton?
  • Expert Guide


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  • Beach Access Updates
  • Capital Improvements / Workshop Schedule
  • Meeting Reminders
  • Code Enforcement
  • Managed Vendor Program
  • Customary Use



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  • November Website Stats
  • Event Marketing Support Program
  • Print Publications
  • Book Direct Accommodations Search Engine
  • Highlight Your Special Events
  • Promote Your Business on the South Walton Website
  • This Month's E-Newsletter


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  • Group Sales Missions and Events
  • Visitor Center Updates
  • Merchandise Spotlight: Comfort Colors crew neck sweatshirts



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Jan. 11: Sip, Stretch & Savor at Beach and Brew 30A

Beginning at 11 a.m., join Courtney Connell, owner of Cour Yoga, for a relaxing one-hour and 15-minute yoga session followed by a complimentary beverage of choice from Beach & Brew along with an acai bowl brunch courtesy of Raw & Juicy. 

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Jan. 16: Crescendo! Kick-Off Fashion Lunch

Help us kick off Crescendo! 2020 in style at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits. Enjoy an incredible lunch prepared by award-winning chef/co-owner Jack McGuckin, sip elegant wines provided by Bouchaine Vineyards, and indulge in delectable desserts,and all of the must-have accessories of the season.

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Jan. 16: Six Course Sushi and Sake Tasting at Shaka Sushi and Noodle Bar

Breakthru Beverage sake specialist will walk attendees through the menu, describing the sake and how it is suited to accompany each course. Space is very limited and the cost is $85 a person plus tax and gratuity. Email to reserve a seat. 

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Jan. 17-20: 30A Songwriters Festival 

The perfect mix of cool beach weather and red-hot music is what you will find during the 30A Songwriters Festival. More than 175 artists perform in this truly collaborative event, allowing some of the craft's most talented songwriters to offer an in-depth look into the creative process.

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Jan. 18: ECTC'S Gileah Taylor: A Life Lived in Song

Along with accomplished musician and husband Chris Taylor and a few very special guests, Gileah will be telling the stories behind selected songs from each era of her life. Don’t miss this one night only event as Gileah breathes new life into her favorite songs on stage.

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Jan. 17: Grayton Beer Company Pints & Paint 

Join Grayton Beer Company and Eye Catchers Artworks while getting creative. All supplies included and no experience necessary. Event will take place from 6-9 p.m., and your first beer is included.

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Jan. 24: Destin Ice Market 30A Wine Tasting 

Looking for a great way to start the weekend? Join Destin Ice Market 30A for their free wine tasting event from 4-6 p.m.

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Jan. 24: Team Trivia at The Gathering Spot

Test your knowledge with Team Trivia at The Gathering Spot in WaterColor. Not only can you test your brain, you can enjoy food specials and Happy Hour from 6-7:30 p.m.

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Jan. 25: Love Tracks: 5K Fun Run/Walk

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for Love Tracks, a 5K Fun Run/Walk on Jan. 25, 2020.

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