Mike Matz

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Watercolor Beach Cottage

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70 Spartina Circle is a quaint beach cottage in Watercolor

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70 Spartina Circle Watercolor, Florida

and is listed for sale!  The property is close to Camp Watercolor and Wood Fern Park. With 4 berooms, 4 baths, hardwood floors and an open floor plan, it is a perfect beach home for family vacations.  Enjoy the beautiful outdoors on the front and back porches.  The home is being sold fully furnished and is rental ready. Enjoy all that Watercolor has to offer.

MLS 583153

Sq. Footage 2,189

4 Bedrooms

4 Baths


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Phase II Watercolor Home

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This phase II Watercolor

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69 Running Oak Circle Watercolor, Florida

home has a front porch with a swinging bed! The floor plan is dramatic, with vaulted ceilings and wood beams. The kitchen is open to the living and dining areas and is complete with Viking appliances, pantry, breakfast bar, granite counters and ample cabinetry. Two bedrooms and two baths complete the first floor. The second floor has a large master suite and the 4th bedroom.  There is an open porch on the back of the house and a walkway leading to the park.

MLS 575569

Sq. Footage 2,484

4 Bedrooms

3 Baths


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Fully Furnished Watercolor Home

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This fully furnished Watercolor

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360 Red Cedar Way Watercolor, Florida

home is in a very private location backing onto open space. The first floor of the home has a kitchen, open dining and living area and a bedroom with bath. The guest room and large master bedroom are on the second floor, along with a laundry room.  Beauty is everywhere, as the home backs a nature preserve and fronts a small park. There are many details built into the home which make the home  incredible.

MLS 577699

Sq. Footage 2,101

3 Bedrooms

3 Baths


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Short Sale in Watercolor

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This short sale in Watercolor

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22 Pine Needle Way Watercolor, Florida

is  a stunningly beautiful beach home in a fabulous community. Few homes in Watercolor offer the amount of outdoor space as this home. The back yard has an oak tree that provides shade for the home and gives a cozy feel.  The master bedroom is on the first fllor and its bath has claw footed tub and a separate travertine shower. Two additional bedrooms are on the second floor of the home. The kitchen has stainless appliances, a hand hammered  copper sink and a copper sink at the breakfast bar. Elevated ceilings throughout and  a custom in floor vacuum.

MLS 549033

Sq. Footage 2,360

3 Bedrooms

4 Baths


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Charles Modica, Sr. Hospitality Way

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A portion of Scenic Highway 30A has been renamed Charles Modica, Sr. Hospitality Way in honor of one of Seaside’s most beloved citizens, Charlie Modica. Mr. Modica and his wife, Sarah relocated their sucessful grocery business from Alabama to Seaside about 30 years ago. Modica Market

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Charles ans Sarah Modica

was the first business in Seaside and has always been considered the anchor of the Seaside community. Mr. and Mrs. Modica and their family have poured love, dedication and hard work into their business and have been very generous in giving back to the community. Mr. Modica passed away in 2010 and is greatly missed by so very many people who considered him to be a friend. The store is now run by Mrs. Modica and their children, Charles and Carmel.
The ceremony was patriotic, with and opening prayer given by Fr. Tom Collins and a presentation of color by Walton High School ROTC. The Modica grandchildren led the pledge of allegiance and the singing of God Bless America. Speakers talked about Charlie’s genteel manners and his welcoming spirit that made so many feel comfortable and at home. Mr. Modica was referred to as Seaside’s “unofficial mayor” and is greatly missed by so many, but it can be said that his spirit live on.

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Upcoming Events

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There are several upcoming events you will want to be aware of and attend. E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10A.M. until 3P.M. and is offering some interesting presentations for the public. On Saturday, June 30, Mike Kay will conduct two presentations with marine touch tanks to allow you to get up close and personal with marine life. Mr. Kay is a saltwater fish expert and he will talk about the importance of aquaculture and its influence on the conservation of saltwater coral reefs. If you have an aquarium you must attend this session.
On July 7 there will be a presentation on Beekeeping in the Panhandle. Gordon Clauss is a professional beekeeper and the owner of Camp Flower Honey and will be talking about the craft of beekeeping and the importance of bees in Northwest Florida. He will be bringing some of his honey for purchase.
The Biophilia Center offers education on a better understanding of our environment, with a focus on the importance of biodiversity, ecosystems, conservation, preservation and restoration of our natural resources.
You may learn about our coastal dune lakes at Topsail on June 29. Park at the day use area in Santa Rosa Beach and walk to the clubhouse for the meeting. The rogram fee is included in the $6 entrance fee to the park. There will also be a similar program held at Eden Gardens State Park

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Saltwater Fish

on July 11. Such a nice way to learn something new and enjoy the flowers and landscaping at Eden Gardens!

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Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

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The Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is ranked as one of the Top 10 Big Money Tournaments in the world and is held each year in Sandestin’S Baytown

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Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic

Marina. This weekend the docks were alive with interested onlookers and wannabe anglers as everyone waited anxiously for the boats to arrive with their catches to be weighed in.
I was fascinated by all the interest and excitement that a fishing tournament creates and how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement. Anticipation ran high when it was announced that the boat Done Deal had just passed under the Mid Bay Bridge in Destin and would be arriving at the Baytown docks in a matter of minutes! Everyone scrambled to get spots to stand where they would be sure to see all the action when the boat arrived and the fish were weighed. Done Deal glided into sight with flags flying in the breeze to indicate their catch. The captain and crew looked tired, but very happy, as well they should. They won over $225,000 in prize money and a lot of prestige from the tournament. Their Blue Marlin was a record breaker, weighing in at 783 pounds – the biggest fish that most attendees had ever seen.
Tropical storm Debbie created rough seas for the anglers, with waves from 6 to 8 feet high. Caleb Brown, with Wynsong, reported that he slept in the open on Thursday night and was awakened by a thunder and lightning storm. He was so tired that he simply pulled the pillow over his head and went back to sleep. We met Caleb after Wynsong pulled into dock at Destin and had a wonderful dinner at Harbor Docks overlooking the bay. He looked so tired, but he also looked like a man who enjoys what he does for a living – fishing.
I would recommend that you go to the tournament when it’s held again next year and become a part of the action and enjoy Baytown Marina and the wonderful array of boats on display!

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July 4th Events in South Walton

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In addition to the huge July 4th celebration at Seaside, there will be all sorts of fun things happening all over South Walton from which to choose. Eden Gardens State Park

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July 4th on 30A

will host a Family Day program which includes a chance for your family to build your own pirate ship to sail in the park’s reflection pond. Anyone can participate and the event is free with the cost of admission to the park! All ship building supplies will be provided, so all you need to bring is yourselves and maybe a picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful park while you admire the flowers.

Baytowne Wharf will be celebrating the day with face painting, balloon sculpting and crafts for kids. Expect live music and fireworks over the lagoon at night.

Rosemary Beach has big plans for the 4th of July! At 7:30A.M. there will be a bike decorating breakfast and bike parade at North Barrett Square. There will be red, white and blue decorations for the bikes and donuts and juice for the participants. The parade will begin at 8:45 and wind around town.Prizes will be awarded for the most original use of deorations, most patriotic theme, best 6 and under bike, best family entry and best overall decorated bike.

Western Green will be the spot for the family field day from 9 – 11A.M. Field events will include three legged races, a water balloon toss, sack races, hula hop contests, music, air brush tattoos, go fish, balloons and moonwalks. What fun!

There will be a barbecue on the Eastern Green from 5 -7P.M. old fashioned food will include pork, chicken and brisket along with potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, cobbler and ice tea. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for kids.

The concert on Western Green will begin at 6;30 and end at 8;30 and be followed by fireworks at 8;45. The best place to view them will be on the beach!

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You’re So Sowal If…

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You’re so Sowal if…

you consider a long distance relationship dating someone in Destin.

all your friends are realtors or photographers.

you know how Blue Mountain Beach got its name.

you YOLO to work.

you haven’t driven your car in two days, yet you’ve been out and about.

you plan your day around the color of the beach flag.

you know the off season is the best season to go to the beach.

you listen to 30A Radio religiously.

you don’t own a watch or a tie.

you don’t mind the fine layer of sand in your bed.

you carry a beach towel, a swimsuit and a beach chair in your car at all times.

you become a vegetarian for a meal so you can eat at Hibiscus

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South Walton Beach


you’ve had your birthday party at Nick’s on the Bay.

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Beach Wrack on 30A

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Beach wrack is the official name of the scattered clumps of stranded seaweed on the beach along the high tide line and are a pivotal part of the beach ecosystem. In fact, it’s the wrack that actually brings the beach to life and is the best place to find sea shells and other seaborne curiosities! Beach wracks keep beaches from becoming barren places because they provide the nutrients, moisture and protection to the unique life of the beach creatures. In the wrack you’ll find ghost crabs, beach tiger beetles, and many species of birds.

Beach wrack is made of sea grass, reeds, and algae that have drifted at sea before washing ashore, especially after storms. When ashore, the wrack becomes  host to insects and tiny crustaceans, which provide food for other creatures. Migrating shorebirds fly here each year to eat the nutritious meals found in the stranded seaweed. Wrack also provides a safe haven for animals in which to hide from predators. Shorebirds can rest in the wrack and seem to disappear by blending with the similar shads of browns and grays.

Beach wrack is critical to the health of the sand dunes, too. They provide nutrients and stabilize windblown sand. The wrack carries seeds from dune plants, such as morning glory and sea rocket. As these seeds take root and sand builds up, new dunes will grow.

A natural beach on which the wracks are not raked is far healthier than a beach that is groomed. The beach with wracks is much more interesting and diverse than a sterile, raked beach. I have seen beach wrack while walking at Blue Mountain Beach

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Beach Wrack on 30A

and found it fascinating. I also saw a strip of wrack on the beach at Grayton and the children were carefully examining it and I’m sure they learned a lot from their curiousity. The next time you see a clump of seaweed, don’t kick it aside – take the time to enjoy the benefits that wrack provides the beach and us.

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