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30 11, 2009

Live Like a Local on The Forgotten Coast


“Live Like a Local on The Forgotten Coast” Cape San Blas, Mexico Beach Florida If you want to get away this winter, The Forgotten Coast of Florida seems pretty enticing. But don’t just plan a week, why not plan to stay for a month or two and live like the locals. While this sounds like what we would do when we retire, it’s actually becoming more mainstream for people who just need a change of scenery. If you are one of those fortunate enough to work from any location, this may be a great opportunity to experience something different this [...]

22 10, 2009



The St. Joe Company Leads Regional Effort to Facilitate Service at the Newest International Airport in the U.S. Jacksonville, Florida, October 21, 2009 — The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) today announced a strategic alliance providing for the commencement of air service to Northwest Florida’s new international airport near Panama City Beach, Florida in May 2010. The airport, currently under construction, is the first international airport built in the U.S. in the last 16 years. Southwest’s service at the new airport will consist of at least two daily nonstop flights from Northwest Florida to each [...]

18 05, 2009

St. Joseph Peninsula Named One of America’s Best Restored Beaches


St. Joseph Peninsula (Cape San Blas), FL – The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced today that St. Joseph Peninsula is a winner of its 2009 Best Restored Beach Award. “ASBPA created the Best Restored Beach award in 2001 as a way of highlighting the value of America’s restored beaches,” said Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach, N.C., and ASBPA president. “As Americans flock to our coastline during the upcoming beach season, most don’t even realize they may be enjoying a restored beach.” The St. Joseph Peninsula beach restoration program began after repeat storm events eroded the natural [...]

19 03, 2009

Points North Recommends-Travel


Point North Magazine Written By Julie Hostetter Wednesday, 17 December 2008 Indian Pass Raw Bar - Port. St. Joe Don’t Pass Up this Oyster Oasis on Florida’s C-30A Hidden away in Florida’s Forgotten Coast is an oyster oasis not to be missed. In many ways, it’s like an oyster itself — rough on the outside, but darn tasty on the inside. If you went on appearances only, you’d probably roll up your windows, lock your doors and whiz right by, looking nervously in your rearview mirror. The building itself looks like a … well … uh … like an abandoned [...]

2 02, 2009

Letter to the Editor


The News Herald Letter to the Editor by Marie Strapp I just read the letter signed by Judith Mitchell ("Winter residents are receiving rude welcom," Feb. 18). My home is also in Grand Bend an I have come to Florida every winter for 25-plus years. My experience has been the exact opposite. I have felt welcomed and quite "at home" in all that time in the beautiful coastal city of Mexico Beach. The local residents and the snowbirds who return annually in happy anticipation of their stay here make my winter totally comfortable and enjoyable. I guess Panama City Beach [...]

9 09, 2008

Great American Beach Towns


Enough with your fancy remote beaches. The Maldives? St. Tropez? With the economy what it is, we'll be lucky to get to the next state on a $73 tank of gas. We want close. We want old-fashioned. We want a town where we can park the car, drag a beach chair and a book to the sand, and then shuffle down the boardwalk in our flip-flops for fried clams and an icy-cold can of beer: a place with fireworks, friendly locals, and sticky scoop shops. So we dug up 11 great American seaside escapes, from classic fun-in-the-sun California to New [...]

4 08, 2008

Florida’s Panhandle Beaches


By Terry Ward For: Travel Planning a Florida vacation without doing your research is likely to land you in expected destinations such as packed-to-the-gills South Florida or not-so-delightfully tacky Daytona Beach. To experience Florida’s most pristine and beautiful beaches away from the masses, consider passing on the perpetually populated peninsula and set your sun-loving sights on the state’s loneliest region – the panhandle – instead. Most people associate that northernmost thin stretch of Florida, which fronts the Gulf of Mexico, with the raucous spring break crowds of Panama City. The busy resort town is the heart of an area [...]

31 07, 2008

Save money on U.S. and international travel


Flexibility, surfing Internet best way to snag deals By LYNN SELDON For the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 07/27/08 With soaring gas and food prices, additional airline fees (from a checked bag to a Coke), and the declining U.S. dollar, it’s becoming more difficult to travel on a budget. However, today’s value-oriented travelers do have the advantages of the Internet and lots of competition to make smart travel still affordable. “I firmly believe that you can go anywhere you want to, though you may have to make certain sacrifices to do it on your budget,” says Erik Torkells, former editor-in-chief at [...]

16 04, 2008

Tired of the big city? Head to a small town for vacation


Ashland, VA., Lynchburg, TN and Mexico Beach, FLA have a lot to offer By KELLY WILLIAMS For the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 06/15/08 Soon it will be summer — officially, June 21 — and for many people, time for their annual vacations. Where to go? Miami? Boston? Washington? We have another idea: This year, why not take in the beauty and history of the Southeast’s small towns? Here are three towns, all with something special to offer no matter what your interests. And most are less than 300 miles from Atlanta. Ashland, Va. Fifteen miles north of Richmond, and originally [...]

4 04, 2008

New airport could put Florida’s Forgotten Coast on map


By MELISSA NELSON Associated Press Published on: 04/27/08 Mexico Beach, Fla. — Marilyn Theus peddles costume jewelry, chipped china plates and other “junktiques” on the roadside between Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach. On Tuesdays she’s joined by a friend who markets fresh shrimp from the site overlooking the turquoise waters of St. Josephs Bay. The vendors are part of the local charm of Florida’s Forgotten Coast, which stretches along the Gulf of Mexico from Mexico Beach to about 100 miles east to St. Marks. Mom and pop motels, bait shops and undeveloped beaches dot the coast south of the [...]