Well.......let me tell you. I got the shock of my life. I knew south Walton County had been growing in popularity for years but nothing prepared me for what I saw. Every single foot of the gorgeous white beaches I grew up with and loved has now been plastered with condos, houses, restaurants and shops. Public access to the beach is almost non-existent. I was driving so I didn't get a single picture but you can go to some websites to find out just exactly what I saw. Rosemary Beach Watercolor Seaside and others including Sterling Properties. Some of these have been in existence for many years, but the spaces between have all filled up.
The traffic was unbelievable, both on the 4 lane divided highway parallel to the coast and on the inner roads, and this was on a random Friday in early November! Knowing what happens in the summer, you couldn't pay me enough money to go there then. Makes me so sad to see places I loved become inaccessible to a whole lot of folks who actually live in that county. Perhaps had I not grown up in that county I wouldn't look at it as a bad thing, but I did grow up there and it hurts.
Since I got no pictures on this trip, let me see if I can find something in the archives, so to speak.
|Hubby with friends from Germany|
Oh, well. I'll just stick to my little town in the mountains and proudly proclaim I've become a curmudgeon. Oh, and there wasn't a bird in sight.
Y'all take care