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Your Monthly South Walton Tourism Update

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Monthly TDT Information

Tourist Development Tax collection showed a 6.82% increase in South Walton for January 2020 compared with the previous year.

The Tourist Development Tax, or bed tax, is a five 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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March 12: Bubbly Baytowne

Head on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an evening full of FREE champagne and shopping during our Bubbly Baytowne. Sip and Shop through the village streets! Stop in various retail merchants as you enjoy a selection of premium champagnes. This event is free and for 21 and up only. The village will be open to the public during this event.

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March 12: Whose Wine is it Anyway? A Blind Wine Event

FPRA's Northwest Florida Coast Chapter presents this year's fundraising event: Whose Wine Is It Anyway? A blind wine event! Grab your team of 4, get your tickets, and bring the same bottle of red wine to play a game of Blind Wine. Don't want to play? We welcome you to join and celebrate the evening with beer, wine, cheese boards, silent auction items, and a special champagne toast anyway.

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March 17: St. Patty's Day Delight -- Paint the Village Green

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Featuring Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and Live Music from The Blenders!

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March 17: St. Patrick's Day Rooftop Celebration

Wear your best green accessory and join Havana Rooftop Lounge for a special St. Patrick’s Day celebration and menu – complete with themed cocktails and Havana Beach’s twist on classic Irish food. This event is 21-plus and weather permitting.

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March 22: Art in the Park

Welcome to the 15th annual Art in the Park held at WaterColor Cerulean Park and Town Center. WaterColor is the ideal backdrop for the open-air art festival where visitors and locals are invited to spend the day exploring a wide spectrum of art, enjoying live music, socializing over a fun beverage and bite to eat, or just relaxing in the park.

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March 27: Annual Sand & Starlight Supper Club

Join the Seaside School Foundation for the 2nd Annual Sand & Starlight Supper Club on Friday, March 27 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Bud & Alley’s Restaurant. The evening begins with cocktail hour in the sand, followed by an amazing multi-course meal and special musical entertainment throughout the night curated by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. Less than 100 tickets are available for this exclusive performance. Grab yours early... they will go so fast!

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March 27: Cocktails & Canvases at The Gathering Spot 

Grab your apron, invite your friends and join The Gathering Spot for a fun night of painting and sipping. Hone your artistic skills with an instructor-led class and your very own masterpiece on canvas. Open to the public. $65++per person; includes art instruction and supplies, one complimentary welcome champagne and one additional alcoholic beverage, plus light fare. Reservations required: Call (850) 534-5028. +Service charge and sales tax not included.

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March 28: The Emerald Ball at Hilton Sandestin

The Sacred Heart Foundation is once again rolling out the green carpet for the 2nd Annual Emerald Ball on Saturday, March 28 at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. The black-tie gala, presented by Howard Group, will benefit the expansion of the cardiac and spine programs at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast.

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March 28: Festa Del Vino Italian Wine Tasting

A celebration of one of the oldest & most famous wine regions in the world, this tasting event at the Wine Bar WaterColor features up to 40 Italian wines alongside Italian cheeses and "canapes!" Tickets are $25 and all ticketholders will receive an instant $5 rebate to use on their favorite featured wine!


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