Coronavirus Information in Regards to 30A / South Walton Travel

30A Coronavirus Updates and Information

 Coronavirus Information in Regards to 30A / South Walton Travel

UPDATE Tuesday 5/19/2020 - The short-term Rental Ban has been Lifted in Walton County!  Walton County Commissioners are holding an emergency meeting today at 2 p.m. CST to discuss.  Watch Meeting Live YouTube

Update Tuesday 5/19/2020 - WALTON COUNTY Board of County Commissioners APPROVES LIFTING OF SHORT-TERM RENTAL BAN.  During the Emergency Meeting held on Tuesday, May 19th, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to lift the short-term rental ban immediately under the guidelines approved by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis...

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The 30A Escapes Team is closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 in Florida, more commonly known as Coronavirus.  A couple of the ways in which we’re monitoring COVID-19 are via the Florida Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control.  In addition, we’re working with local officials to stay up to date on the most current information and how it affects 30A / South Walton.

Our team is taking many preventative measures to mitigate the chance of spreading any such virus. These measures include but are not limited to:

– Wiping down all electronics, drawer pulls, door knobs, handles etc.

-Washing hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

-Using hospital-grade hand sanitizer.

-Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth, as well as shaking hands.

-Advising all employees who display any symptoms of the flu or a cold to seek medical assistance and avoid the workplace.

-Our housekeeping policy includes sanitizing measures provided by the American Chemistry Council’s guidelines for cleaning in commercial settings list in between guest stays.   In addition, we launched a new "CLEAN Escape" initiative that takes our cleaning and safety to the next level.

The safety of our guests, owners, and employees is now and always our highest priority.

We’ll continue to monitor this unprecedented moment in time closely as it relates to South Walton / 30A FL and make adjustments as needed.  In addition, we will continue to update this page over the coming days so feel free to check back.

Thank you all for your time and we hope to have you stay with us on 30A.

Best Regards,

30A Escapes Team

Update 6/2/2020 - The Rosemary Beach Board has acted to re-open the 4 community pools (Barbados, Cabana, Coquina, and Sky pools) not later than this Friday, June 5th at 9AM.  These pools will be then be open daily on a “first come, first served” basis (no reservations) and as follows:

  • The pools will be open from 9AM to 5PM each day for general use.  A POA staff person will be present to check amenity passes, generally monitor activity, and to keep furniture and supplies in order. 
  • Social distance and personal hygiene per CDC guidelines (see link below) will be required as a condition of entering the facility, and patrons not complying will be asked to leave.  Masks are discretionary, and should not be worn while swimming.
  • Additionally, the SKY pool will be open from 6AM to 9AM each morning for Lap Swim only, and POA staff will monitor on an hourly basis to check amenity passes and generally monitor activity. 
  • Seating capacity (furniture) will be reduced to provide 6 feet of spacing between sets of loungers.  Furniture may not be moved without staff permission and assistance.
  • Staff will sanitize frequently touched surfaces such as door/gate hardware, restrooms, pool railings, and furniture not less than once daily, and will ensure that there is an adequate supply of hand sanitizer and wipes available for patron use while using the facility.
  • Staff will have the discretion to limit the number of patrons/bathers or temporarily close a pool if conditions are such that social distance and personal hygiene are excessively difficult to maintain, such as due to excessive numbers of patrons present, running out of sanitizing supplies, or a need to clean or re-establish furniture layout.

We will open each pool as soon as signage, supplies, and furniture layout are in place, not later than this Friday, June 5th.

Update 6/2/2020 - Walton County releases results from drive-thru testing sites...

Update 6/1/2020 - Endless Possibilities: The Beaches of South Walton...

Update 5/29/2020 - 30A Seaside commercial district reopens...

Update 5/19/2020 - Walton County Board of County Commissioners is holding an Emergency Meeting this afternoon at 2 p.m. CST to discuss the End of the Short-Term Rental Ban.  The purpose of this meeting is to discuss and take appropriate action on the lifting of the Short-Term Rental Ban.  You can watch it live on Youtube here...  Watch Walton County Board Discuss Official END OF SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTAL BAN

Update 5/20/2020 - Vacation short term rentals open in Florida Panhandle...

Update 5/19/2020 - Ban lifted on short-term vacation rentals in Florida Panhandle...

Update 5/19/2020 - Florida Governor reopens short-term rental properties in Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties...

Update 5/19/2020 - Rosemary Beach shared the following via Instagram... "We’re open! Walton county’s plan to reopen vacation rentals was approved this morning." @rosemary_beachfl

Update 5/19/2020 - The HUB 30A shared the following... "OPEN daily 11am-10pm - Live Music with the Mile 0 Band TONIGHT 6-9pm!" @hub30a

Update 5/18/2020 - Walton County officials submit plan to reopen vacation rentals...

Update 5/17/2020 - Walton County submitted their plan for re-opening vacation rentals to the Florida Governor.  Read Walton County Reopening Plan

Update 5/16/2020 - As many as 15,000 Walton County jobs at risk under current COVID-19 conditions...

Update 5/15/2020 - Here's the Florida Re-opening Full Phase 1 Plan graphic which includes info on vacation rentals...  Full Phase 1 Florida Re-opening

Update 5/15/2020 -  Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference today in which he announced gyms can re-open in Florida.  In his initial statements the Governor did not address the short-term rental ban.  However, a reporter asked him about the vacation rental ban and he said the following... 

 “For the vacation short-term rentals… What we’re doing is telling Counties if you want short term rentals, you request it to be authorized through the State and provide your safety plan.  If you tell me you’re going to rent them out to people from New York City, I’m probably not going to approve that, OK?  If you’re saying that, you know you’re going to rent it out to people in other parts of Florida or something that could be manageable… If there's ways in that clearly you have an eye for safety then I’m fine.  I’m also mindful of the fact that this epidemic, and I said this from the beginning, was not something that was affecting the State in an even way.  You had different parts (of Florida) that were more significantly affected.  Parts of the Panhandle have been incredibly lightly affected.  So they want to be able to do some of these things.  So, it’s going to be done on a case by case basis but I am giving them (Counties) the option of submitting a plan, but the plan has got to include you know… How are you going to approach this?  What are the safety precautions going to be?  Some of them have been upset because we never shut down hotels in Florida.  The thing is I have National Guard members I have to put up.  I’ve got other people I have to put up.  So we needed to have an ability to have hotels. So it’s a little bit of a different situation.”

Update 5/15/2020 - Governor Ron DeSantis is Live talking about Coronavirus / COVID-19 as it relates to Florida... Youtube

Update 5/15/2020 - Governor DeSantis opens the door to return of vacation rentals...

Update 5/15/2020 - PHOTOS: Beach Tourism in South Walton...

Update 5/14/2020 - The Meltdown on 30A in Seaside shared the following via Instagram... "We're back! Meltdown on 30A will now be OPEN 11am-7pm daily for pick up orders ONLY. Order and pay online for a safe and contactless experience. We ask our patrons to not congregate outside and to follow social distancing practices when picking up." @meltdownon30a

Update 5/14/2020 - Drive-through Coronavirus / COVID-19 testing begins in Walton County, Okaloosa County...

Update 5/13/2020 - The Hub 30A next to WaterSound Beach shared the following... "Hub Style! Relax & enjoy some live music with us tonight featuring The Shakedown Duo!  6-9 pm in the covered pavilion!"... @hub30a

Update 5/13/2020 - The Pearl in Rosemary Beach shared the following via Instagram... "Join us at Havana Beach Bar & Grill with limited seating for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Call 850.588.2882 to place your order for curbside pickup." @pearlrb

Update 5/12/2020 - The Walton County Board of County Commissioners voted to extend the current declared state of emergency, but allow beach vending to resume (rental of beach chairs and umbrellas) provided social distancing guidelines are taken and equipment is disinfected between users. Permits for special events will still not be issued at this time.

Update 5/12/2020 - The Walton County BCC voted to send a letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis using economic data asking that the ban on short term rentals be lifted.

Update 5/12/2020 - Interesting comments regarding the Florida Short-Term Rental and 30A Beach Vendors in today's Walton County Board of Commissioners meeting...

Update 5/12/2020 - CORONAVIRUS: Walton County commissioners allow beach vendors to return to work...

Update 5/11/2020 - Emerald Coast Magazine shared the following via Instagram... "The Seaside Commercial District will begin phased reopening on May 29 while continuing to make health and safety the top priority. That being said, the ‘Seaside Experience’ will look and feel different this summer." @emeraldcoastmag

Update 5/10/2020 - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Walton County records 6 new cases; almost 600 new cases detected in Florida...

Update 5/8/2020 - The following info is via the WaterColor HOA Newsletter... 

WaterColor Beach Access:

It has been a week since Walton County Commissioners allowed the beaches to open, and there has been no change in that area. All beach access points in WaterColor are now open. Beach chair service is not available at this time per the county's resolution. We will update you if/when that changes. Beach goers should adhere to CDC guidelines and maintain at least 6 feet distance from other groups and not gather in groups larger than 10 people. Towel service is not available at this time to reduce unnecessary contact.

Bathrooms at Beach Access:

There is no bathroom access at the WaterColor Inn. Access to the bathrooms is available on the Beach Club main pool deck, however, entrance must be made at the front entrance of the Beach Club, and only a limited amount of people will be able to enter at a time. A gate attendant will be at the Beach Club entrance from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. to provide access.

WaterColor Pools:

The Sand Hill, Marina and Dragonfly pools are open from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Camp WaterColor is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. The Canteen Restaurant at Camp WaterColor is serving food and beverage from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. No towel service will be provided to reduce unnecessary contact.

WaterColor 30A Tennis Center COVID Operations:

The WaterColor Tennis Center is now open 7 days a week with some guidelines. They are allowing singles and doubles play and doing lessons for groups up to 4 people per court. The pro shop is currently open from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be someone on site to help with taking payments. merchandise sales, racket restringing requests. etc.  You can reserve courts after 2 p.m. by calling the shop at 850-400-3696 or on the online booking system.

There will be a waiver to be signed before tennis play or lessons can begin for each individual.

The Tennis Center is following USTA guidelines (which are listed in the link below) as well as the following: 

• No water, cups, towels etc. provided to help prevent the spread of Covid-19

• Ice machine stays locked

• Pro shop remains closed

• Private lessons may be scheduled by phone, 850-400-3696

• Charges can be made over phone or at the tennis center

• On-court lesson guidelines: limit of 4 people per court plus 1 pro

• Individual hoppers for each person (sanitized after every lesson)

• Lesson participants must leave area before next lesson begins

• No social gathering before or after play and/or lessons

• Pro feeds all balls to limit touching by participants

WaterColor Boathouse COVID Operations:

The BoatHouse is open for paid kayak and paddle board rentals with the limited hours of 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Rentals will be "contact-free" and following social distancing guidelines as well as extra caution in keeping all equipment sanitary.

Kayak and SUP rentals can be made by texting 850-419-6188. All rentals will be available for one hour only. They ask that you be prompt for your reservation.

Kayaks and SUP's on the dock will be spaced accordingly as well as organized launch times to ensure they do not go over the 10-person maximum on the dock at one time..

The Boathouse will begin easing back into their fitness programming schedule. Classes are held outdoors and space is limited. CDC guidelines continue to be followed for the safety of customers and staff. Email or go to for signup. Two classes will be offered the week of May 11.

Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. Bootcamp

Friday - 8:30 a.m. TRX Suspension

Update 5/8/2020 - Grayton Beer Company shared the following via Instagram... "30 gallons of sanitizer from @distillery98 made with #graytonbeer deployed to officials from @wcsofl & #southwaltonfiredistrict assisting those families displaced by the wildfire"... @graytonbeer

Update 5/7/2020 - Florida's Emerald Coast Businesses and public areas are opening in phases...

Update 5/7/2020 - South Walton Fire Department shared the following via Twitter...  "WALTON COUNTY COVID-19 TESTING SITES - DOH announced that they will be offering multiple drive-thru COVID-19 testing opportunities throughout the County beginning 5/14/2020. COVID-19 testing is free to all. For more info contact DOH-Walton at 850-401-6453."  @SWFDINFO

Update 5/7/2020 - City by City COVID-19 Cases from the Florida Department of Health May 7...

Update 5/5/2020 - BEACH GUIDE: Is the beach open? Your guide to Panhandle beaches from Panama City to Pensacola Beach...

Update 5/5/2020 - Here's a list of Florida State Parks opened (or partially opened) in phase one...

Update 5/5/2020 - Destin, FL Crab Island Photos from Saturday May 2nd...

Update 5/5/2020 - Okaloosa to fully reopen its beaches today...

Update 5/5/2020 - The Hub 30A located next to WaterSound Beach shared the following... "Happy #CincoDeMayo!!! Get your fiesta on with 1/2 price Hub margaritas & $5 off nachos from local smoke ALL DAY!! Hours: 11am-9pm" @hub30a

Update 5/5/2020 - amici 30A Italian Kitchen in Inlet Beach at 30Avenue shared the following... "In honor of Cinco de Mayo we will be serving our famous handmade amigos 30A margaritas tonight along with our Italian margarita! ?? come celebrate with us from 11am-9pm!" @amici30a

Update 5/5/2020 - Chiringo in Grayton Beach shared the following... "Take your quarantined Cinco de Mayo festivities up a notch! From 12-8pm, we’re serving up Fiesta Pizzas, Queso, Guacamole, Salsa and Margs to-go. Our full take out menu will also be available." @chiringograyton

Update 5/4/2020 - South Walton Beaches photos at Dune Allen, Gulf Place and Okaloosa Island...

Update 5/4/2020 - Florida Vacation rental ban violations continue to be issued as local beaches reopen...

Update 5/4/2020 - Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar in Rosemary Beach announced the following... "We are opening this Thursday, May 7! The outside terrace is going to be seated on a first come first serve basis. We are not taking reservations for terrace. All tables will be six feet apart. Our Inside dining room will only have 25% occupancy inside and is reservation only. Our bar is not open and there is no standing area around the bar. For reservations, call 850-213-4600" @pescado30a

Update 5/4/2020 - Margaret Ellen Bridal at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach announced the following... "It’s FINALLY THE DAY! Recharged and ready to dress some brides. Our doors are back open!" @margaretellenbridal_30a

Update 5/3/2020 - Big Bad Breakfast in Inlet Beach shared the following... "Beginning tomorrow at 7am we will be back open for dine-in business! We have missed you all and can’t wait to see so many familiar faces!" @bigbadbreakfastinletbeach

Update 5/3/2020 - The Zoo Gallery Grayton Beach shared the following... "We sure have missed our Z00 people! Doors open tomorrow with a Customer Appreciation 20% OFF BACK-OPEN SALE!  10-6pm both locations." @thezoogallery

Update 5/3/2020 - South Walton Fire District to offer help to local businesses reopening...

Update 5/2/2020 - 30A Seaside Chapel board uses wedding revenue, donations to assist displaced workers...

Update 5/1/2020 - PHOTOS: Beaches open in South Walton, Destin and Okaloosa Island...

Update 5/1/2020 - Beginning May 4, 2020, Last Call Restaurant Group will reopen Shades Bard & Grill Inlet Beach @shades30a and Shaka Sushi & Noodle Bar @shaka30a to the public at 25% capacity inside and abide by the outdoor rules set forth by Governor DeSantis as well.  Shades will be open from 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily. Parties of 10 or more cannot be seated and the bar will remain closed. Outside seating will be open with tables six feet apart. Info at  Shaka will be open from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. daily. Parties of 10 or more cannot be seated and the bar will remain closed. Outside seating will be open with tables six feet apart. Info at  Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar in Rosemary Beach @Pescado will be open daily - Monday - Saturday 4:00 - 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. (1:00 - 4:00 raw bar only). Reservations are required. Parties of 10 or more cannot be seated and the bar will remain closed. Outside seating will be open with tables six feet apart. Info at  @shaka30a

Update 5/1/2020 - The Great Southern cafe in Seaside shared the following...  "Chef Joyce, the Paella Queen, is back again this Sunday May 3! Grab your paella TO GO in Seaside! With TWO PICK UP TIMES (5:30-6:00) & (6:30-7:00) and deliver, all through our online store! (Link in bio) $15 per serving, or four servings for $50 (family meal). ?We will also offer a mediterranean salad that feeds two people for $7, or four people for $12. You can pickup behind Great Southern on Sunday at your chosen time (you must choose your time when you order) OR we will deliver with a $30 minimum plus delivery fees and it will arrive between 6-7pm".  @greatsoutherncafe

Update 4/30/2020 - Governor Ron DeSantis extended the Short-Term Rental Ban with Executive Order Number 20-112 (Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-step. Plan for Florida's Recovery) - this order will take effect on May 4th, 2020.  This executive order banning short-term rentals will remain in place indefinitely until subsequent action is taken by the Florida Governor... The following "Frequently Asked Questions for Executive ORder 20-112" help provide some clarity to this new development.... More answers to FAQs about Gov. Ron DeSantis plan to re-open Florida...

Update 4/30/2020 - Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-111 (Limited Extension of Essential Services and Activities and Vacation Rental Prohibition) - This order extends until May 4th executive order 20-111  after which Executive Order 20-112 will take effect, which will continue to impact many South Walton businesses including short-term vacation rentals, restaurants and retail businesses.

4/30/2020 - Rebuilt Red Bar taking shape in Grayton Beach...

Update 4/29/2020 - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112 regarding Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.  Click the following link to read, "Executive Order 20-112 (Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery)"

Update 4/29/2020 - Watch live: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds coronavirus briefing... YouTube

Update 4/29/2020 - CORONAVIRUS: Walton County advising potential visitors of ‘new normal’ in beach vacations...

Update 4/29/2020 - Rosemary Beach announcement regarding their community pools:  The Barbados, Cabana, Coquina, and Sky Pools will remain closed through May 15

Update 4/29/2020 - Seacrest Beach Village update regarding the lagoon pool and beach tram...  Walton county has opened up the beaches effective Friday, May 1st.  Seacrest will commence Tram activity on that day.  However, the tram will be limited to one party at a time.  So, expect to walk to the beach or experience long waits for the tram.  Further, the beach area we are allowed to go on is only 120 feet so depending on the number of people attempting to use the beach Seacrest may impose limits on the number of people or limit different unit and house numbers to certain times.  Social Distancing rules are still in effect. The pool will open on Friday, May 1st.  Half of the chairs have been removed.  Capacity will be monitored by staff and overcrowding of the pool will not be allowed.  We will be disinfecting the area as much as possible.  The six feet rule applies to the pool deck and in the pool.  The pool hours will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The pool heater will not be on. 

Update 4/28/2020 - The Walton County Commission voted Tuesday to reopen their beaches May 1st... 

  • Beaches open May 1 - no time restrictions
  • Personal beach chairs and umbrellas allowed as long as you are sitting, not laying down
  • You can sit on a towel but not lay down
  • No beach vending - revisiting this May 12
  • County parks will be open
  • Boat ramps will be open
  • Golf Courses will be open
  • Social distancing will be required in all areas
  • Activities include: swimming, walking, jogging, boating, fishing, surfing, paddle boarding, water sports activities
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will make a statement tomorrow (Wed 4/29) regarding the phased reopening of the state
  • HOA's will have control of pools and sitting at pools
  • Walton County Sheriff's Office will enforce social distancing to make sure people don't gather in groups of more than 10 or more

Update 4/28/2020 - Walton County beaches to open without time restrictions...

Update 4/28/2020 - Walton County beaches, parks to reopen May 1 with normal hours...

Update 4/28/2020 - The County Commission unanimously voted to reopen under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order allowing recreational activities. Those activities include running, walking, swimming and fishing...

Update 4/28/2020 - The Walton County Board of County Commissioners is meeting today 9 am CST to vote on opening the beaches.  You can watch live on Youtube here... Watch Here

Update 4/28/2020 - CORONAVIRUS: 30A Seaside Florida taking careful approach to issues of reopening commercial district...

Update 4/28/2020 - 30A bookstore shines amid COVID-19 - Hidden Lantern bookstore in Rosemary Beach remains open for curbside and private shopping experiences...

Update 4/28/2020 - CORONAVIRUS BY CITY/COUNTY: Santa Rosa deaths up to 7, FWB and Navarre report more cases...

Update 4/26/2020 - Santa Rosa, Bay record small increases in COVID-19 cases...

Update 4/26/2020 - COVID-19 City by City Cases from the Florida Department of Health April 26...

Update 4/24/2020 - Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson suggests contingency plan for any beach reopening...

Update 4/23/2020 - Walton County beaches could reopen on May 1, with some usage restrictions...

Update 4/23/2020 -  The result of the Walton County Commissioners emergency meeting was a motion to open all beaches May 1st without time restrictions.  The beaches will be open for normal activities but folks must adhere to federal social distancing guidelines. Beach vendors will not be allowed.  That motion will be voted on in their next meeting on Tuesday April 28th.  You can watch the meeting on Youtube here… View Emergency Meeting

Update 4/23/2020 - Updated Walton County emergency declaration could help businesses with Coronavirus crisis...

Update 4/23/2020 - Navarre, Santa Rosa County beaches to reopen in May...

Update 4/22/2020 - Governor Ron DeSantis’ Re-Open Florida Task Force full list...

Update 4/22/2020 - Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold an Emergency Meeting on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:00am. This meeting will be held at the Walton County Courthouse, located at 571 US Highway 90, DeFuniak Springs, FL.  The purpose of this meeting is for the Walton County Board of County Commissioners to discuss options regarding Walton County beaches in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This meeting will be open to the public on a limited basis in order to adhere to proper social distancing protocols. Due to the limited seating capacity, this meeting will also be accessible to the public via “Zoom”. To participate via Zoom,  please see the directions that follow.  Please click the link below to join the webinar:  -- You can also watch today's Walton County Board of Commissioners Emergency meeting on...  YouTube

Update 4/22/2020 - Florida Continues Reopening Beaches, With Social Distancing...

Update 4/22/2020CORONAVIRUS BY CITY/COUNTY: FDOH adjusts local numbers lower since morning report, statewide deaths at 927...

Update 4/22/2020
- Exemption approved to allow farmer’s markets again on Walton County scenic corridors...

Update - 4/22/2020 - More Florida beaches set to reopen... There’s a lot of talk about reopening beaches in Northwest, Florida. Okaloosa County commissioners have voted to reopen beaches on May 1st from 6:30 am to 9:30 am and then again from 4:30 to 7...

Update 4/22/2020 - CORONAVIRUS FLORIDA: Okaloosa votes to reopen the beaches with limited hours...

Update 4/22/2020 - CORONAVIRUS: South Walton boardwalk becoming beach on Scenic Gulf Drive... Folks are enjoying sunsets from the back of their trucks in Miramar Beach FL...

Update 4/22/2020 - Clay Garden & Gifts in Seagrove Beach shared the following... "Happy Earth Day from Clay Garden + Gifts! Stop by and pick up a complimentary Earth Day quarantine project kit to celebrate (while supplies last). We are open today from 10:00am to 5:00pm and are continuing to practice socially distancing at our garden. Visit our “Earth Day Kit” highlight reel for full instructions. Enjoy!" @clay30a

Update 4/21/2020 - Bay County Florida reopens beach at limited times... PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. — The Bay County Commission voted Tuesday to reopen the portion of Panama City Beach that is under their authority in a limited capacity...

Update 4/21/2020 - Chef Jim Shirley shared the following in regards to Farm & Fire in Santa Rosa Beach... "We are so excited to re-open the grocery store at Farm & Fire! We will be open starting April 21 every day from 12:00 noon until 8 PM nightly. We are offering a contactless delivery within a six mile radius as well as curbside pick up. We look forward to serving you again and hope you will shop local! We offer pizzas, burgers, groceries, beer, wine, and much more. Check our website to order." @chefjimshirley

Update 4/21/2020 - Here's a great Instagram post by because it asks important questions and shows just how many opinions there are in regards to Coronavirus and 30A Florida... "SoWal Beaches still closed. Sad times for beach lovers. Should beach front owners be allowed? What about locals? Discussion rages on the SoWal forum at"... @sowalbeaches

Update 4/21/2020 - The HUB 30A next to WaterSound shared the following... "You can’t go wrong with #friedchicken! Call ahead #family style meals available! 850-213-3884 - O P E N for #takeout - Tuesday to Saturday 11am-6pm" @hub30a 

Update 4/20/2020 - CORONAVIRUS: 30A Seaside commercial district won’t reopen April 30...

Update 4/20/2020 - CORONAVIRUS BY CITY/COUNTY: A third death reported in Okaloosa County - Walton, Holmes unchanged overnight, statewide deaths approach 800...

Update 4/20/2020 - Grayton Beer Company shared the following... " Remember, we are still offering #curbsidepickup. Email your order to and we’ll get back with you to coordinate pickup."  graytonbeer

Update 4/20-2020 - WaterColor Inn shared the following, "Head over to @FOOW30A to check out Chef Matt Moore as he demonstrates how we make our cathead biscuits! Available for breakfast daily from 8 - 11 AM. Call 850.534.5050 to order your meal to-go with curbside pickup or delivery. Featured here is the Deep South Biscuit with fried green tomatoes, country ham, hot pepper jelly, cheddar and smoked bacon- YUM!?" @watercolorinn

Update 4/20/2020 - The Art of Simple in Seaside, Florida shared the following... "Happy Monday, Happy 31 days of quarantine, Happy 420... happiness to all find your happy today!!" @theartofsimple

Update 4/18/2020 - CORONAVIRUS BY CITY/COUNTY (April 18): Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Santa Rosa Beach and PC with the most cases per county...

Update 4/18/2020 - When are Florida beaches reopening? Here's a live look along The Panhandle and beyond.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and a task force look at ways to reopen the state's economy, the governor is allowing for some beaches and parks to reopen.  At a news conference, DeSantis said cities should feel free to open these areas so as long as social distancing guidelines remain in place.  "Do it in a good way. Do it in a safe way,” DeSantis said...

Update 4/17/2020
- South Walton property owners and management companies feel the impact of Governor Ron DeSantis Executive Order temporarily pausing short-term rentals...

Update 4/17/2020 - Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson says Airbnb rentals remain a problem.  He addressed questions during a Sheriff Live interactive social media broadcast.  Specifically, he addressed issues related to the statewide short-term rental ban...

Update 4/17/2020Jacksonville, Florida beaches are reopening for limited hours starting today... --

Update 4/17/2020 - CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Another death reported in Santa Rosa - Okaloosa and Bay see more cases, Walton County case numbers update, statewide deaths at 633...

Update 4/17/2020
- Shades Bar and Grill in Inlet Beach shared the following... "Crawfish Boil Special THIS WEEKEND! Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th only. Pick up and delivery available (we deliver up to 5 miles) 11am - 6pm.To order, please go online to or call 850-231-9410" @shades30

Update 4/17/2020 - Farmer's Markets deemed essential business in Walton County...

Update 4/17/2020 - Pizza By The Sea announced new store hours for their WaterColor, Gulf Place, Seacrest Beach and Market Shops locations... @pizzabythesea

Update 4/16/2020 - Walton County Tourism officials and locals react to potential out-of-state visitors...  Tourism officials Visit South Walton say they understand concerns residents have about potential out-of-state visitors, but according to reported numbers they might not be visitors, but residents...

Update 4/15/2020 - CORONAVIRUS BY CITY/COUNTY: Death toll approaches 600, Gulf Breeze, Crestview and Destin see more cases.  The Florida Department of Health has released the Wednesday April 15, evening report...

Update 4/15/2020 - Walton County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to take farmers markets off the list of activities prohibited due to Coronavirus / COVID-19... - You can watch the Walton County Board of Commissioners April 14 meeting here... YouTube

Update 4/15/2020 - Disco in Rosemary Beach shared the following, "the prettiest books + journals are 30% off on" @disco30a

Update 4/15/2020 - Shaka Sushi & Noodle Bar in Inlet Beach shared the following, "Let us make something amazing for you! And deliver it right to your house (within 5 miles of course). Menu at" @shaka30a

Update 4/14/2020CORONAVIRUS BY CITY/COUNTY: Another death in Bay County, no new cases overnight for Okaloosa and Walton, 25 more people die statewide...

Update 4/14/2020 - Santa Rosa Beach – Seaside 30A Listed among the best Florida family beach destinations for when spring break returns...

Update 4/14/2020 – Big Bad Breakfast in Inlet Beach shared the following… “Being stuck at home is so much better with an order of our Chicken and Waffles! Pickle-brined chicken tenders, hand breaded and fried to golden brown, on top of a fluffy waffle and drizzled with local @honeyhutch honey. Order through our bio link for curbside pickup!”… @bigbadbreakfastinletbeach

Update 4/14/2020 – George’s restaurant in Alys Beach shared the following… “Grab lunch to-go! ?? Order online at from 12-7pm daily.”… @georgesatalys

Update 4/13/2020 – Florida Department of Health in Walton County announces COVID-19 case transfer…

Update 4/12/2020 – COVID-19 Santa Rosa County records 4th death in pandemic, statewide cases approach 20K…

Update 4/11/2020 – Governor Ron DeSantis extends suspension of vacation rentals until April 30…  —  Executive Order Number 20-87 temporarily suspended vacation rentals in the state of FL which obliviously includes Walton County / 30A.  On Friday 4/10, Governor DeSantis extended that executive order another 14 days with Executive Order Number 20-103 (Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Extending Executive Order 20-87 on Vacation Rental Closures)

Update 4/11/2020 – George’s in Alys Beach shared… ” We’ll do the cooking today! ? Visit to order or give us a call for takeout 12-7pm.” @georgesatalys

Update 4/11/2020 – Clay Garden & Gifts in Seagrove Beach shared the following… “? Easter weekend is one of our favorites at Clay 30A. We hope this year is just as memorable for you than any other. Enjoy 25% off of Easter decor today (succulents excluded)!” @clay30a

Update 4/11/2020 – Shades Bar & Grill 30A shared… “Crawfish Boil and BBQ Ribs Special – THIS WEEKEND! Enjoy all the fixings 11am-6pm Friday, April 10th – Sunday, April 12th! Pick up and delivery available (we deliver up to 5 miles!) To order, please go online to or call 850-231-9410.”  @shades30a

Update 4/11/2020 – Charlie’s Donuts in Alys Beach is open! After much consideration, Charlie’s Donuts has decided to stay open during the Covid-19 crisis. We are re-opening Friday morning and taking every precaution with our bakers and staff. We know our customers will observe social distancing guidelines. ?
We feel like remaining open is a small way that we can contribute to maintaining some normalcy and something fun that families can look forward to!  @southwaltonnetwork

Update 4/10/2020 – CORONAVIRUS: Walton County sheriff addresses potential loosening of COVID-19 restrictions…

Update 4/10/2020 – Fort Walton Beach Golf Club course to re-open amid coronavirus…

Update 4/10/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY: 30 inmates now infected in Santa Rosa prison, Bay sees 4 more, Destin at 23 cases…

Update 4/10/2020 – Black Bear Bread co Grayton Beach shared the following… Holiday weekend special! Angel Food Cake with strawberries + cream ?. Limited quantities available! Call or walk-up to order. $15 loaf/$20 bundt; $15 for macerated strawberries and whipped cream… Learn more @blackbearbreadco

Update 4/9/2020 – Coronavirus: What You Need To Know – Here’s the latest information on COVID-19 in Northwest Florida…

Update 4/9/2020 – amici Italian Kitchen in Inlet Beach at 30Avenue shared the following… “GOOD NEWS ALERT: you asked and we listened! ?All amici 30A and amigos 30A Gift Cards are now redeemable at BOTH restaurants! why choose one when you can have both!? ?If you’re looking for tacos on a Tuesday and then fettuccine on a Friday this card is for you, one gift card can get you both amici 30A and amigos 30A. Don’t worry, all previously purchased amici 30A and amigos 30A gift cards are now also redeemable at either restaurant!?” @amici30a

Update 4/9/2020 – 30A Olive Oil in Inlet Beach shared the following… “We are continuing to offer curbside pickup, USPS shipping and $5 local delivery within a 10-mile radius via our website. Browse our selection of cheeses, bottled wine and more at and choose your preferred method of delivery at checkout!” @30aoliveoil

Update 4/9/2020 – Beach and Brew on 30A in Seacrest Beach shared the following… “While we wish you could join us in the taproom for a cold brew, we’re happy that we can still serve you your favorite beer and wine to-go! We are OPEN today from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m., so come stock up for the weekend!” @beachandbrew30a

Update 4/9/2020 – Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach just shared… “will be offering a takeout Crawfish Boil and BBQ Ribs special during Easter weekend! ??Enjoy all the fixings 11am-6pm Friday, April 10th – Sunday, April 12th! Pick up and delivery available (we deliver up to 5 miles!). To order, please go online to or call 850-231-9410.”  @shades30a

Update 4/9/2020 – Pescado restaurant in Rosemary Beach just shared… “Enjoy sushi, noodles & more from our sister restaurant, @shaka30a! Order online at Tuesday – Saturday 4pm-8pm ???? @pescado30a

Update 4/9/2020 – Pizza By the Sea just announce… “We have great news to share! Our Market Shops and Seacrest locations are re-opening for take out tomorrow? (Friday)! Stay tuned for updated store hours! @pizzabythesea

Update 4/8/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY CITY/COUNTY: Fort Walton Beach sees 8 more cases overnight, 13 people died statewide, Holmes and Bay with more…

Update 4/8/2020 – Rosemary Beach POA Team provided the following update via email…

Earlier today, in a unanimous action via email (as provided in the Bylaws), the Board of Directors extended the closure of the beach and all pools, to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. The closure applies to all owners and guests, and will now extend through Thursday, April 30, 2020.
This action is based, in large part, on the following information:

  1. That it conforms with and supports state and local emergency directives relating to COVID-19, including Executive Orders from the Governor and the closure of all beaches by Walton County.
  2. That it supports recommendations by experts regarding the potential benefits to the health, safety and welfare of our owners, their guests, and the general public, by encouraging all persons to maintain proper social distancing and to comply with various orders for many persons to “stay at home”.
  3. That it supports efforts to “flatten the curve” to avoid the overburdening of the limited health care facilities in Walton County and the surrounding areas, as infections are projected by experts to peak in the coming weeks.
  4. That by taking this action, safely reopening our pools and beaches will potentially happen sooner than if we did not take this action.
    We will continue to monitor this situation and will take additional measures as necessary to protect our community.

We also want to thank all the owners that have offered their comments, concerns, suggestions, and support during this time.

Best regards,

The POA Team

Update 4/8/2020 – Local Northwest Florida commercial fishermen and fish markets feel affect of COVID-19…

Update 4/8/2020 – Surfing Deer restaurant in Seagrove Beach shared the following… “Did you know we do cocktails to-go? ? Add some fun to your order! Takeout & delivery from 5P-8P tonight!!” @surfingdeer

Update 4/8/2020 – Mercantile in Seaside, FL shared the following… “Calling all locals! We are offering local curbside pick up – perfect for all your last minute Easter basket needs! Use code “pickup” at checkout on to omit the shipping cost.” @mercantileseaside

Update 4/8/2020 – The Art of Simple shared the following… “Our little shop in SEASIDE misses everyone! Private FaceTime shopping available … DM us or schedule a time by emailing – Sending love to all ?!!!” @theartofsimple

Update 4/8/2020 – Southside Slice 30A shared the following… “Can’t pick-up? We’ll come to you! ? ? Order delivery online”… @slice30a

Update 4/7/2020 – One additional COVID-19 case in Walton county; 13,629 total cases in Florida…

Update 4/7/2020 – WaterColor Inn via Instagram “Get your mimosas TO-GO from @FOOW30A! Visit the link in bio to view the to-go menu and call 850.534.5050 to place your curbside pickup or delivery order”… @watercolorinn

Update 4/7/2020 – Merchants of Rosemary Beach shared the following via Instagram… “We’re starting a new sale called DEAL OF THE DAY.  Everyday we will post featured items that will be 35% OFF for 24 hours only!”… @merchantsofrosemary

Update 4/6/2020 – Beachy Blooms, a mobile floral vendor on 30A, is providing safe porch deliveries to local residents in their bright yellow retrofitted 1962 Ford F-250 pickup truck…

Update 4/6/2020 – duckies shop of fun in Seaside shared the following via Instagram… “We know our local friends are celebrating Easter at home this week, so if we can help fill your baskets, we’re happy to deliver your purchases.?? Free delivery from west to east end of 30A including Port Washington and Inlet Beach… @duckiesseaside

Update 4/6/2020 – Grayton Beer shared the following… “Matt wants you to know we are still here for you! Need beer? Just email ? and we’ll get your order ready for pickup. We can do it all – cans, bottles, and growlers ?… @graytonbeer

Update 4/6/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY: Almost 1,000 more overnight in state, FWB, Milton and Santa Rosa Beach see new cases…

Update 4/6/2020 – A drive-thru food pantry helps more than one thousand unemployed Walton Countians’ with food and basic supplies…

Update 4/6/2020 – Food truck brings Santa Rosa Beach neighborhood together…

Update 4/6/2020 – Shades Bar and Grill will be offering a takeout Crawfish Boil and BBQ Ribs special during Easter weekend! ??Enjoy all the fixings 11am-6pm Friday, April 10th – Sunday, April 12th! Pick up and delivery available (we deliver up to 5 miles!)… @shades30a

Update 4/6/2020 – Clay Garden & Gifts on 30A shared the following… “Spring has arrived on 30A and our spirits are encouraged by all of the beauty of nature around us. We want to thank you for your support and understanding during a rapidly evolving situation as we make every effort to support our customers, staff, and community. We are continuing to follow the COVID-19 developments closely, and we are fortunate that our garden will allow for ample space for guests to have a calming experience while still following CDC guidelines. We will be open during this time with adjusted hours for our customers who are looking to us to bring plants and peace back to your homes and backyards. We will make adjustments as we see fit in order to continue following best practices for our staff and guests. Our hope is to continue supporting the local community in the safest way possible.”… @clay30a

Update 4/6/2020 – Georges restaurant in Alys Beach shared the following… “Find what you’re craving on our menu online! ?Visit to order or give us a call for take out 12-7pm daily.” @georgesatalys

Update 4/5/2020 – If you’re looking to shop local, Niceville Farmers Market is still open…

Update 4/5/2020 – Two Panhandle women share the impact of coronavirus on their lives…

Update 4/4/2020 – Pizza By the Sea via Instagram… “Yes we are open at Gulf Place and Watercolor locations for lunch special pick up! Just call your order in!”… @pizzabythesea

Update 4/4/2020 – freshii in Inlet Beach at 30Avenue shared the following via Instagram… “NEW- Order groceries through freshii! Skip the grocery store and long online delivery wait times. We’re making it safe for you to stay stocked up on your essentials. Get a box of fresh produce through freshii.” @freshii

Update 4/3/2020 – Walton County Board of County Commissioners – Apr 02 2020 – Emergency Meeting… Commissioners voted to amend Emergency Ordinance 2020-08 to now close all Walton County Beaches in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19…  It is now unlawful for people to enter or remain upon any sandy beaches in Walton County Florida… Youtube/WaltonCountyCommissioners  —

Update 4/3/2020 – Grand Boulevard at Sandestin shared the following… Missing chips + guacamole? ? @cantinalaredo is doing Top Shelf Guacamole for $8 all weekend long!! To-go & delivery with @postmates are available! ? Call 850-654-5649! Don’t forget you can get happy hour prices on house margaritas to-go!! ? @grandboulevard

Update 4/3/2020 – WaterColor Community Association sent an email that included the following… “This week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide safer-at-home executive order that went into effect today. See the graphic below from the South Walton Fire District that outlines what this means for residents. In keeping safety and health a top priority, and following guidelines from local, state and federal agencies, all pools and the WaterColor Beach remain closed until further notice. This measure will be monitored daily and the Board will evaluate regularly”. South Walton Fire District “SAFER AT HOME ORDER” graphic…

Update 4/3/2020 – Mercantile in Seaside, Florida shared the following in Instagram… “You most likely know by now how much we love @headbandsofhope. We carry their line at all 3 shops. They donate a headband to a child in the hospital for every product sold. HOH is now donating a mask to a hospital for every product sold due to the urgent need during the pandemic. We are proud to support this company and invite you to shop their selection on ??” @mercantileseaside

Update 4/3/2020 – Merchants of Rosemary Beach made the following announcement… “This years 30A Cornhole Tournament has been postponed to a later date. Now you have more time to sign up and create a punny team name! Sign up and find more information at the” @merchantsofrosemary

Update 4/3/2020 – Walton County Closes Private Beaches To Reduce COVID-19 Spread…

Update 4/2/2020 – Beachy Blooms on 30A in Inlet Beach shared the following via Instagram… “Extending a stem to bring sunshine ? Even in uncertain times Beachy Blooms is here to bring you a smile. We are out delivering fresh blooms to your porch today and tomorrow. With a portion of the profits benefiting the @foodforthoughtfl we hope to blossom joy in your home and the community.” @beachyblooms30a

Update 4/2/2020 – SoWal’s Craig adjusting to social distancing, online schooling…

Update 4/2/2020 – 30Avenue in Inlet beach shared the following regarding 30A Burger… “Sometimes you just find that perfect??sized cheeseburger for exactly your appetite and sometimes that cheeseburger is the 30A Double! @30aburger Order online for no-contact delivery & pickup orders 11-8:30pm daily.”… @30ave

Update 4/2/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY: Destin has highest concentration in county, statewide numbers spike over 8,000, Franklin still at zero…

Update 4/2/2020 – Shades 30A Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach shared their TO-GO + Delivery Menu and said the following, “Here is today’s Take Out menu update! ?4/2/20. Open 11am-9pm. Please order online at or give us a call (850) 231-9410. We are offering delivery up to 5 miles!” @shades30a

Update 4/2/2020 – Mr. Freeze at The Hub 30A posted the following via Instagram… “Beautiful spring weather calls for Ice Cream! ??? Good news….Mr. Freeze Ice Cream is now available To-Go! ?? Order from the take out window at Mile Marker Fifteen! Hours of operation: 11am-9pm”… @hub30a

Update 4/2/2020 – List of South Walton events postponed, canceled…

Update 4/2/2020 – Black Bear Bread Co in Grayton Beach shared a delicious looking photo as well as updated hours via Instagram… @blackbearbreadco

Update 4/1/2020 – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issues statewide stay-at-home order to curb coronavirus.  The order will go into effect at midnight Thursday and last for at least 30 days.  The order mandates that Floridians stay home unless they’re going out for “essential services or activities.” – You can read Governor DeSantis’s executive order here…  STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 20-91 (Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency)

Update 4/1/2020 – Local News Channel 7…  Walton County tourism numbers are way down after beach and rental closings…

Update 4/1/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY: Statewide deaths surpass 100-Okaloosa, Bay and Santa Rosa see more cases…

Update 4/1/2020 – Coronavirus: South Walton neighbors team up to create sidewalk mural… Two families from a local SoWal neighborhood were brought together Sunday through a sidewalk chalk art mural…

Update 4/1/2020 – CORONAVIRUS in FLORIDA: Residents and visitors yearning for sand between toes…

Update 3/31/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY: Destin, Crestview, Bay, Walton and Santa Rosa, see more cases…

Update 3/31/2020 – VIE Magazine posted the following via Instagram… “An update from our friends at the @emerilorg and local Northwest Florida philanthropists: “Earlier this month, we made the difficult decision to cancel the Chi Chi Miguel Weekend fund-raiser in light of COVID-19. For 13 years, Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown has supported charities along the Gulf Coast to inspire, mentor, and enable youth to reach their full potential. There are still so many young people that need our help, and your support is more important now than ever. By continuing our efforts online, we can continue to positively impact youth programs at times when they need it most.” Join Chi Chi Miguel Throwdown on Facebook on April 4 from 5–7 PM for the Chi Chi Miguel Virtual Throwdown & Online Auction!”  @viemagazine

Update 3/31/2020 – The Hub 30A posted the following via Instagram… “Get a second helping of #greatamericantakeout! All across the #usa! If you’re on #30a drop in, call in or order online. Open 11am-9pm. ?? 850-213-3884” @hub30a

Update 3/31/2020 – WaterColor Inn posted the following via Instagram… “Breakfast in bed – delivered by The Gathering Spot. Well, we’ll deliver it to your doorstep and you can set up the rest. ??  Call 850.534.5025 between 8 – 11 AM to place your to-go delivery order!”? @watercolorinn

Update 3/31/2020 – The Pearl in Rosemary Beach posted the following… “The Cuban ? Available for to-go curbside pickup from Havana Beach! Call 850.588.2882 to place your order between 11 AM – 7 PM daily.”  @pearlrb

Update 3/31/2020 – amici Italian Kitchen at 30Avenue in Inlet Beach posted the following via Instagram… “now serving alcoholic beverages with food to-go orders… wine by the glass or bottle… bottled or canned beer… daily-special “hand-crafted” margaritas & cocktails… (our famous margaritas are back!)”  @amici30a

Update 3/30/2020 – Florida works to enforce incoming out-of-state travel order… With a rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in New York’s tri-state area, there’s growing concern of visitors flocking to Florida.

Update 3/30/2020 – Updated from Rosemary Beach POA Team… We are writing to provide you with a brief update on the current impacts of COVID-19 on activity here in Rosemary Beach. In short, the town remains relatively quiet, with some owners and guests moving about the town in small groups, and construction activity continuing.  The POA administrative staff are either working from home or working in shifts to maintain social distancing guidelines. Security and Walton County “detail” deputies continue to patrol the town, and our beach and pools remain closed.  While some of our merchants have closed until further notice, please be aware that others continue to offer curbside take out service, delivery service, and online options – please follow this link to a Google Doc that is updated regularly, to learn more about and to support our merchant activity… Rosemary Beach Merchants Open / Closed List

Update 3/30/2020 – Stinky’s Fish Camp in Dune Allen Beach cancels annual pompano tournament…

Update 3/30/2020 – Sweet Henrietta’s in Seagrove Beach announced the following via Instagram… “Pete and I have closed our Seagrove Beach retail store until further notice. HOWEVER, we are still taking custom orders for any of our baked goods. Please call/text 850.420.4566 or online at to place your order including free delivery!We appreciate the continued support of the 30A community. Stay safe and healthy! We will be back soon!? ” @sweethenrietta

Update 3/30/2020 – The Hub 30A is offering a FREE Hub Burgers and fries To-Go for all medical staff today in celebration of #NationalDoctorsDay…  @hub30a

Update 3/30/2020 – Bud & Alley’s in Seaside announce via Instagram they are closed until further notice.  However, Pizza Bar and Taco Bar in Seaside are still open for takeout and delivery… @budandalleys

Update 3/30/2020 – Grayton Beer Company has moved to Curbside Pickup only out of an abundance of caution.  Call (850) 399-7003 when you arrive & we’ll bring out your beers ? Packaged year-round styles plus growlers and specialties available!  @graytonbeer

Update 3/30/2020 – Beach & Brew 30A in Seacrest Beach announced new hours via Instagram…  @beachandbrew30a

Update 3/29/2020 – Northwest Florida Daily News… CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY/CITY on SUNDAY, MARCH 29: Santa Rosa, Bay counties see new cases…

Update 3/29/2020 – This via The Melt Down on 30A Instagram… All Chef Jim Shirley operations are closed until further notice.  We appreciate your ongoing support both pre and during COVID-19.  We look forward to reopening when this passes…  @meltdown30a

Update 3/29/2020 – Florida Department of Health Releases COVID-19 Cases by City as of March 29…

Update 3/29/2020 – Art brings Coronavirus humor to Callaway lawn…

Update 3/29/2020 – George’s At Alys Beach posted the following via Instagram… “View our limited menu online ~ We are now offering online ordering! Visit to order or give us a call for take out 12-7pm.”  @georgeatalys

Update 3/29/2020 – Merchants of Rosemary Beach posted the following via Instagram… “start your morning off with Amavida Coffee to-go!”  @merchantsofrosemary

Update 3/29/2020 – gigi’s fabulous kids’ in Rosemary Beach is offering free local delivery and free shipping while their storefront is closed…  @gigisfabkids

Update 3/28/2020 – Black Bear Bread company in Grayton Beach posted the following via Instagram…  “Extra thankful for these beautiful days ??! Come by our to-go window today, and enjoy your BBBC in a quiet spot outside. NEW HOURS: 7-1 M-Sat and 8-1 Sun until further notice. Online ordering is available!”  @blackbearbreadco

Update 3/28/2020 – Hardships abound as Emerald Coast isolates – COVID-19 has caused Emerald Coast visitors to leave and residents to self isolate and take shelter in their homes…

Update 3/27/2020 – FL Governor Ron DeSantis issued the following…  State of Florida Office of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-87 (Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Vacation Rental Closures) – Read here…EO 20-87

Update 3/27/2020 – FL Governor Ron DeSantis issued the following…  State of Florida Office of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-86 (Emergency Management – COVID-19 – Additional Requirements of Certain Individuals Traveling to Florida) Read here… EO 20-86

Update 3/27/2o2o – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis press conference on coronavirus Friday 3/27.  Govorner DeSantis is requiring visitors from New Orleans Louisiana to self-isolate for 14 days just like visitors from New York.  Florida will be authorize the use of check points on the roads coming in.  The Governor also announced the state will suspend any new vacation rentals for the next 2 weeks… Fox10New Youtube

Update 3/27/2020 – Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson fields questions on COVID-19… “We don’t want people in the jail, because we don’t want COVID-19 in the jail.” Watch Sheriff Adkinson here…

Update 3/27/2020 – Great Southern Cafe in Seaside announced they are closing until further notice.  Chef Jim Shirley posted the following via Instagram… “We will be closing Great Southern Cafe until further notice. In the meantime, check out our sister restaurants North Beach Tortilla Co. and Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria, they are still open with to go food (including sushi from The Bay and the world famous Grits á Ya Ya) PLUS online groceries, TP, booze and more.” — @chefjimshirley

Update 3/27/2020 – South Walton neighborhood enjoys social distancing party where everyone stayed home…

Update 3/27/2020 – Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach posted the following via Instagram…  “Enjoy your favorites from Shades at home! Thanks for sharing @heandsheonwine ??” @shades30a

Update 3/27/2020 – Southside Slice in Rosemary Beach posted the following via Instagram… “Stay at home ~ we’ll come to you! Now offering delivery up to 5 miles”… @slice30a

Update 3/27/2020 – Pizza By The Sea – Today’s the day!! We are excited to announce safe delivery from our Gulf Place and Watercolor locations! Here is what you need to know… @pizzabythesea

Update 3/26/2020 – Local 30A businesses feel the impacts of coronavirus.  Watch as local News Channel 7 interviews Rosemary Beach store owners…

Update 3/26/2020 – South Walton posted the following via their Instagra… “Our #VirtualBeachVibes series is back this evening with a lineup you don’t want to miss! Be sure to tune in from home (#socialdistancing) as TK Bardwell, Clint Weninegar and Matt Miller perform with Chris Alvarado of @driftwoodguitars. Visit South Walton’s #Facebook page is hosting a live Watch Party TONIGHT at 7:30pm!”… @southwalton

Update 3/26/2020 – COVID-19 RESTAURANT GUIDE: Restaurants in Destin, FWB, South Walton offering delivery, takeout…

Update 3/26/2020 – Pizza By The Sea announcement via Instagram today… “Quick but important update! Our Watercolor and Gulf Place locations are still open for safe carry out and we are working on a safe delivery option! However, because of these unprecedented events, our Seacrest and Market Shops locations are temporarily closed. We would love it if you directed your business to the two open locations!” — @pizzabythesea

Update 3/26/2020 – ou can private message Gigi’s or Stellar to put in an online order! Take a look at the “kids quarantine kits” they have put together. They are offering free shipping and local delivery.  Learn more via Merchants of Rosemary Beach Instagram… @merchantsofrosemary

Update 3/26/2020 – Southside Slice in Rosemary Beach is open for Pick Up and Delivery only.  Learn more via Southside Slice Instagram here… @slice30a

Update 3/26/2020 – CORONAVIRUS BY COUNTY: Over 500 cases confirmed in 24 hours in Florida, Santa Rosa confirms 3 more…

Update 3/25/2020 – WaterColor Inn posted an update on Instagram saying they remain closed but The Gathering Spot and Fish Out of Water are still offering to-go… @watercolorinn

Update 3/25/2020 – South Walton area Event Cancellations / reschedule info via The Northwest Florida Daily New…

Update 3/25/2020 – The Pearl Rosemary Beach announced they remain close but Havana Beach is still offering to-go curbside pickup…  @pearlrb

Update 3/25/2020 – Pure Barre 30A is running an “InstaSale” today at 5 pm.  They’re offering huge savings on new retail item.  Learn more on Instagram @purebarre30a

Update 3/24/2020 – Walton County commissioners have suspended beach vendor permits as part of an ongoing effort to combat the spread of coronavirus…

Update 3/24/2020 – Walton County beach vending permits suspended…

Update 3/24/2020 – Duckies Shop of Fun in Seaside is offering FaceTime shopping as well as online via…  @duckiesseaside

Update 3/24/2020 – Walton County – Board of County Commissioners Meeting – Mar 24 2020 – watch via Youtube

Update 3/24/2020 – The North Beach Tortilla Co. and Farm & Fire Pizzeria in Santa Rosa Beach are converting part of their operations to an online grocery store for the time being…

Update 3/24/2020 – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is ordering travelers coming to Florida from New York and other areas with “substantial community spread” to self-isolate for 14 days…

Update 3/24/2020 – Fish Out of Water restaurant in WaterColor is offering To-Go Curbside pickup… @foow30a

Update 3/24/2020 – Thank you 30A Eats for supporting local restaurants.  You’ll find a large list of 30A Local Restaurants To-Go / Take-out / Delivery on their website here…

Update 2/24/2020 – Walton County COVID-19 Coronavirus update and list of closings…

Update 3/23/20 – Duckies Shop of Fun in Seaside announced the following via Instagram… “We are thrilled to introduce you to a new way to shop our stores while our doors are closed (( We will be adding new inventory daily and showing you even more looks on our stories. This site has some of our favorites from Duckies, @mercantileseaside and @disco30a . The best news of all is that everything is 30% off – and the discount will be automatically calculated for you when you check out!”…  @duckiesseaside

Update 3/23/2020 – shared some great info here… The Situation in South Walton

Update 3/23/2020 – Area beaches are nearly deserted Monday after Okaloosa, Walton counties vote to close beaches to public to prevent the spread of coronavirus…

Update 3/23/2020 – amici Italian Kitchen in Inlet Beach announced temporary hours 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  They are open for take-out ONLY at both amici30a & amigos30a… They are currently serving FOOD, BEER, and WINE to-go… tomorrow they will begin serving CANNED MARGARITAS and COCKTAILS to-go as well ? please order online at or OR call ahead to 850-909-0555 or 850-909-0444… @amici30a

Update 3/23/2020 – The Bay South Walton – Our online grocery store is now open! You can now order to go food from Farm & Fire and North Beach Tortilla Co and groceries, then pick up by simply pulling up to the red curb at NBTC. We will handle the rest, you don’t need to get out of your car! We have toilet paper, paper towels, meats, cheeses, groceries and more. Plus liquor, beer and wine at cost or under prices. You can order and pay online… @thebaysouthwalton

Update 3/23/2020 – The Bay restaurant has announce they are closed until further notice via Instagram… @thebaysouthwalton

Update 3/23/2020 – Blue Mountain Bakery has adjusted their business hours to 8 AM to 2 PM Monday through Saturday- They also are limiting the amount of people coming in the store front as well as limiting the amount of staff they have working. ?Starting 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM tomorrow and each day going forward they will have 125 free sack lunches available for local school kids or anyone who needs a quick meal. ?Learn more via Blue Mountain Bakery’s Instagram feed… @bluemountainbakery

Update 3/23/2020 – Black Bear Bread co in Grayton Beach is taking online orders of cafe menu items per their Instagram feed…  @blackberbreadco

Update 3/23/2020 – George’s at Alys Beach is open for Takeout Only per their Instagram feed…  @georgesatalys

Update 3/22/2020 – Villages of South Walton pool has been closed…  “The Board of Directors has decided with the counsel of the Association attorney to close the pool for 30 days to help in the prevention of the spread of covid-19. The policy will be continually evaluated as the situation evolves. The board feels this is the best action to protect our owners and guests.”

Update 2/22/2020 – Lifting spirits with music in isolation.  Through a partnership with Visit South Walton, Chris Alvarado’s “Virtual Beach Vibes” helps local musicians and the community…

Update 3/22/2020 – 30A Burger is open for deliver.  Learn more via their Instagram feed here… @30aburger

Update 3/21/2020 – CORONAVIRUS: A by-the-numbers look at Walton County…

Update 3/20/2020 – South Walton beaches are closed and being monitored…

Update 3/20/2020 – Navarre Beach closing amid coronavirus, Santa Rosa restaurants take-out and delivery only…

Update 3/20/2020 – Alys Beach beaches will close at sunset tonight, Friday, March 20, for the 30-day period in solidarity with the Walton County decision to close public beaches.  Learn more via the Alys Beach Instagram feed here… @alysbeachfl

Update 3/20/2020 – Bay County close beaches to stop COVID-19 spread – Panama City Beach closed effective 7 pm March 20…

Update 3/20/2020 – Okaloosa County beaches close, effective end of day Friday, March 20.  Learn more here…

Update 3/20/2020 – South Walton announced via Instagram tonight’s “Virtual Beach Vibes Series”… Live Local music virtually via Facebook 7:30 pm tonight. Learn more here…  @southwalton

Update 3/20/20 – George’s at Alys Beach will be offering TO-GO ONLY tonight, Friday, March 20.  Learn more via Instagram here… @georgesatalys

Update 3/20/2020 – Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach is open for Pick Up and Delivery only.  On site dining is closed.  @shades30a

Update 3/20/2020 – The Bay restaurant is offering TO-GO ONLY with alcohol available for purchase… @thebaysouthwalton

Update 3/20/2020 – Southside Slice in Rosemary Beach offering Pick Up and Delivery.  On-site dining is closed… @slice30a

Update 3/20/2020 – 723 Whiskey Bravo Restaurant and Rooftop Bar in Seagrove Beach has announced they are closed until further notice… @723whiskeybravo

Update 3/20/2020 – The Art of Simple in Seaside has announce FREE Shipping on all purchases until they reopen.  You can learn more @theartofsimple on Instagram

Update 3/20/2020 – The Pearl in Rosemary Beach has made the decision to close their property.  Learn more via The Pearl RMB Instagram…  @pearlrb

Update 3/19/2020 – Walton County Emergency Meeting Board of County Commissioners begins at 9:00 a.m. CST today.  You can watch it Live on Youtube here…  Watch Walton County Board Meeting

Update 3/19/2020 – Walton County Beach Closure Ordinance – Walton County Commissioners have voted to TEMPORARILY CLOSE all 26 miles of beach in Walton County in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus among our guests and residents… You can read the Beach Closer Ordinance here…  co.Walton.fl.usOrdinance 2020-08

Update 3/19/2020 – The High Pointe Board of Directors held an emergency meeting to address concerns related to COVID-19 and have made the difficult decision to close High Pointe amenities temporarily.  As of 5:00 PM on Friday, March 20th, beach service and bike service operations will cease until Sunday, April 12th. Also, when the amenities (pool, hot tub, wading pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard, golf practice range and playground) close at their normal time of 10:00 PM on Friday, March 20th, they will remain closed until Sunday, April 12th.

Update 3/19/2020 – Visit South Walton created a “COVID-19 Travel Updates” page that includes a lot of good info in regards to restaurants, accommodations and events.  Learn more here…

Update 3/19/2020 – 30A Businesses and tourists react to beach closing in south Walton County…

Update 3/19/20– Bud & Alley’s announced they are offering online ordering.  Learn more via their Instagram here…  @budandalleys

Update 3/19/2020 – Seaside has issued an 8 pm All Ages Curfew.  Learn more via their Instagram… @seaside_asimplebeautifullife

Update 3/19/20 – CORONAVIRUS: Florida briefing for March 19 via NWF Daily News

Update 3/19/2020 – Last Call Restaurant Group is running a Gift Card Special… “Receive $25 Bonus Gift-Card for Every $100 Gift-Card Purchased”.  Learn more via Shades Bar & Grill Instagram…  @shades30a

Update 3/19/2020 – Trattoria Borago serving To Go orders.  Their team will bring your food out to you curbside… @boragorestaurant

Update 3/19/20 – Margaret Ellen Bridal in Inlet Beach announced they are temporarily closing the store.   “As of this morning, my mom, Barbara, and I have decided that it was time to close the store for the rest of March. We will re-evaluate on April 1 for a reopen date”.  Learn more about Margaret Ellen Bridal located at 30Avenue via Instagram…  @margaretellenbridal_30a

Update 3/19/2020 – Seacrest Beach update via mass email…  “Walton County Board of County Commissioners voted to shut down county Beaches this morning. There is some confusion over their authority to enforce this on private beaches. The Seacrest Beach Board of Directors just had a meeting and have decided to close their pool, tram service and the beach for 30 days. This decision applies to The Village as it is the Seacrest Beach we use. Our pool facilities remain open at this time. Guests and owners should stay in groups of less than ten and follow social distancing rules while using the pool.”

Update 3/18/2020 – Walton County Board of County Commissioners Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 3/18 4 pm cst – Link to watch it here… or on Youtube

Update 3/18/2020 – Rosemary Beach announced it is closing amenities including community pools (starting Friday, 5/20 at 5pm), beach chair service (starting Friday, 5/20 5pm), fitness center and Rosemary Beach Racquet Club (starting Thursday, 3/19).   You can learn more about this latest Rosemary Beach update as it relates to Coronavirus on their website here…

Update 3/18/2020 – Alys Beach and WaterColor announce amenity and event closings.  Learn more via local news 7 “30A Beach Communities Make Changes in Response to COVID-19

Update 3/18/20 – An update from the Hub 30A regarding their menu and carry out options… @hub30a Instagram

Update 3/18/20 – 30A Burger posted an update via Instagram saying they are open for pickup and delivery…. @30aburger Instagram

Update 3/18/2020 – Ji·Shi Kitchen, The Melt Down on 30A, Great Southern Cafe, Farm & Fire Southern Pizzeria, North Beach Tortilla Co and The Bay Restaurant are ready to take To-Go orders… @chefjimshirley Instagram

Update 3/18/2020 – 723 Whiskey Bravo is implementing the 50% capacity limitation per state issue order.  Also, they are offering take out / to go orders and delivery within a 5 mile radius.  Learn more @723whiskeybravo Instagram

Update 3/17/2020 – The Rosemary Beach Merchants Association will suspend events through March 31st.  This includes the “Spring It On Concert Series”, “Magic in the Air”, “Kids Theater”, “Moonlight & Movies” and “Kids Karaoke”.  Learn more @merchantsofrosemary Instagram

Update 3/17/2020 – Hub 30A has suspended their schedule of events through March 31st.  That includes the live music, DJ dance party and family movie nights.  Learn more @hub30A Instagram

Update 3/17/2020 – Seacrest Beach Board of Directors and HOA provided a really insightful 30A area update… Seacrest Beach COVID-19  Update

Update 3/17/2020 – 30% OFF Everything sale to help support local shops starts today through Friday 3/20… Learn more @mercantileseaside Instagram

Update 3/17/2020 – Shades Bar & Grill, Southside Slice, Pescado and SHAKA are open and have posted an update via Instagram… Learn more @slice30a

Update 3/17/2020 – Beach & Brew on 30A in Seacrest Beach will be open from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. via Instagram…  Learn more @beachandbrew30a

Update 3/17/2020 – Black Bear Bread Co in Grayton Beach will only be providing to-go service and curbside pick-up effective immediately.  Learn more @blackbearbreadco on Instagram

Update 3/16/2020 – Local news ABC 13 interviews restaurant workers at Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar and AJ’s Grayton Beach… Walton County restaurants taking precautions, tourists not concerned

Update 3/16/2020Seaside Commercial District is Closing Temporarily

Update 3/16/2020 – NWF Daily News video interview with Clemson University College students at Miramar Beach: CORONAVIRUS: Okaloosa and Walton spring breakers crowd beaches, take some precautions

Update 3/16/2020 – (via Walton County Tourist Development Council)….

Update following the Walton County BCC Emergency Meeting:

  • – The WCBCC did not close Walton County’s beaches.

During the Emergency Walton County Board of County Commissioners (WCBCC) meeting held March 16, 2020, the WCBCC issued a Local State of Emergency (LSE). This LSE will be in place for seven days and must be re-issued on a weekly basis.

The WCBCC has taken the following actions:

  • – Cancellation of all BCC and TDC permitted outdoor events and beach activity ordinance special events.
  • – Cancellation of all work-related travel outside the county for BCC employees without special permission from Director and County Administration.
  • – Suspension of the rental of all county owned public facilities.
  • – Extended all current dog beach permits for 8 weeks. No new permit processing until June 1st.
  • – Extended all driving on the beach permits until August 1st. Beach permit lottery application process will begin June 1st.
  • – All Walton County Volunteer Board meetings have been cancelled for the remainder of March and the month of April. At this time, these meetings are expected to continue in May.

The WCBCC encourages all Walton County citizens and visitors to be mindful and adhere to all direction distributed by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Additional Information and Cancellations (as announced by tourism partners):

  • – South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival has been cancelled
  • – The Sandestin Wine Festival has been cancelled
  • – The Village of Baytowne Wharf has cancelled upcoming events
  • – Beginning March 16, the Bayou Arts Center will be closed and the CAA team will work remotely remaining available via email, phone and virtual meet-ups.
  • – Gulfplace has cancelled their Wine Walk (Usually held on Thursdays)
  •   – WaterColor is suspending Art in the Park, Easter Sunrise Service, and the Easter Egg Hunt and Toss
  • – Emerald Coast Theatre Company is closed through March 31
  • – Beginning Friday, camping in Florida State Parks is suspended until May 15
  • – All meetings, classes and workshops at The Bayou Arts Center will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
  • – The Foster Gallery at Grand Boulevard will be temporarily closed beginning March 16.
  • – The Under the Sea fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art scheduled for Thursday, May 7 will be postponed for a later date.
  • – ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival scheduled for May 9 & 10 is rescheduled for October 10 & 11 in Grand Boulevard Town Center.

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