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Monthly TDT Information

Tourist Development Tax collection showed a 6.44% increase in South Walton for December 2019 compared with the previous year.

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. 


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Feb. 13: My Furry Valentine

Dog Harmony is hosting its annual doggie social, My Furry Valentine, Feb. 13 at Grand Boulevard from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Show your canine love - and dress in Valentine-themed matching attire - at this dog social featuring live music, light bites from JC's Gourmet and drinks. Judges will award prizes for the best costumed duos! No prong, choke or shock collars, please.

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Feb. 14: SunQuest Cruises Valentine’s Dinner Cruise

SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS yacht offers a majestic and romantic alternative for Valentine’s Day. Our Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dancing cruise includes a decadent three-course meal that makes dining a lover’s delight. The culinary voyage begins with a Smoked Tomato-Artichoke Bisque. Entree choices include Filet de Madeira, Trout Meuniere, Apricot-Fig Glazed Chicken or Vegetable Harvest. End your meal on a sweet note with a delicious Red Velvet Cake.

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Feb. 15: Sandestin Gumbo Festival

This winter festival favorite is back for the 31st Annual Sandestin Gumbo Festival.  Sample a variety of gumbo and vote your favorite as the “People’s Choice” winner! Dark or light roux? Chicken, sausage or seafood? Celebrity judges will name the “Area’s Best.” Gulf Coast restaurants will be featured along with live music from Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe and children’s activities.

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Feb. 16: Crenscendo!  

This year's theme is La vie en rosé (life in pink): enter into an elegant setting of rosé-inspired decor and fashion. This energy-infused experience will celebrate the cultural and culinary arts by showcasing world-class vintners, expert spirit purveyors, amazing auction items, and an electrifying musical performance by Violectric.

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Feb. 19-23: 30A Wine Festival 

The ninth annual 30A Wine Festival returns to the beautiful community of Alys Beach Wednesday, February 19 through Sunday, February 23, 2020. Showcasing renowned vintners and beloved culinary personalities, the five-day celebration will benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

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Feb. 23: Mardi Gras Parade

The streets in the Village of Baytowne Wharf will be filled with costumed dogs and their humans along with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, and pick up trucks. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as our four-pawed friends and parade participants shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.

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Feb. 25: Mardi Street Party 

Prepare to let your hair down on what many call the most festive day of the year, Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. "Laissez les bon temps rouler" (let the good times roll) with the Baytowne Mardi Street Pardi. Starting at 6 p.m. join us for a Village Street party complete with music, street performers, entertainers and more. The post-parade celebration continues into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments. So break out the beads and get ready for a night to remember.

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Feb. 28: Taste of the Race

Join Chef Emeril Lagasse live and in person and enjoy cuisine from many of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants in the beautiful Seaside Lyceum.

Proceeds from your purchase and participation in our annual Taste of the Race event directly supports our culinary program at the Seaside Neighborhood School! Through this opportunity students will have the opportunity to continue to expand their knowledge about food and healthy habits in our very own Seaside Neighborhood School Culinary Garden.

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Feb. 29: Caring & Sharing Fashion Show

Join us February 29 for the 11th Annual Caring & Sharing Fashion Show. The theme this year is Paris in Spring. Caring & Sharing volunteeers will model items found in the organization's thrift store. Enjoy lunch, a fashion show, a boutique featuring items from the thrift store, a silent auction and door prizes. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at the Caring & Sharing office located at 112 Lynn Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.


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