My Seaside story is the story that most dream of and others read in books. This story has been ten years in the making, and it has changed my life for the rest of my life. Ten years ago I was a Deputy for the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. I worked Seaside as a regular part of my patrol. I would perform security checks for the beachfronts, restaurants, and local business owners. One warm summer night I was checking the beach just off the boardwalk near Bud & Alley’s. I… Read More
For 30 years, our dream for Seaside has been the dream we have for life itself. Simplicity, grace, elegance. Fashions have changed. Wars have come and gone. And a wave of technology has changed the way we exist. But the fact remains that Seaside reminds us of what is truly real and significant in life. A simple connection to family and friends and the world around us. The story of Seaside is the story of lives touched by this simple philosophy. We are all Seaside, because we all share the same dream. And, perhaps, Seaside continues to help us live that dream. The dream of a simple, beautiful life. These are our Seaside stories. Stories of laughter and sadness. Romance and loneliness. Families and friends. Traditions and discoveries. My Seaside Story is a yearlong storytelling experience, a setting for us to share our stories. For the past three decades, hundreds and hundreds of them have washed ashore.
What is your Seaside story?
For one week, time slowed down. Our vacation to Seaside was our first beach vacation as a family of three. My wife, our one-year-old son and I met our parents, aunts and uncles here for a weeklong vacation. The town and the area are unmistakable. Alone in its beauty and imaginative properties. Planned communities and carefully designed blueprints of towns line Florida’s famed county highway 30A. Runners and bikers traverse the road and small businesses frame town squares like Modica Market which sells morning mimosas, chicken biscuits and fresh cut… Read More
Wow..We discovered Seaside many summers ago as if we were meant to find this charming “wish we could stay here forever” kind of place as if it were a tiny seashell on the long beautiful white sandy shore. Its there where my thoughts of life and living life somehow had changed forever. Thank you to the people of Seaside who are so hospitable to so many of us that start out as strangers and can end up being friends at the end of the day. Where else could you possibly… Read More
My first trip to Seaside was more than 15 years ago. I was in high school and we drove down to Florida from the farms of Illinois, a caravan of my aunts, uncle, grandparents, and cousins with us. We were celebrating my grandparents’ anniversary and spent the week in a huge beachfront home just east of downtown on 30A. With such a big group, young kids, and the beach at our fingertips, we spent most of the time right there at the house. Fast forward to 2010. Now with a… Read More
I want to share a story of true love of a place where my Mother felt at home! I brought my Mother many times to Seaside with my family over the past 14 years. But the 2009 trip will be our most memorable – we didn’t know it but it was to be her last trip. I remember her drive to do everything as she always did before – ride the bikes (of course with oxygen on her back), come to the ocean, paint pottery, etc… Nothing stopped her from… Read More