The 30A Trolley Company has announced a vintage trolley bus service on Scenic Highway 30A in Walton County.
The trolley service will begin operations on March 1, providing scenic tours and transportation between Gulf Place and Inlet Beach, connecting beachgoers to the 12 beach communities and over 250 merchants and restaurants comprising the 30A marketplace.
They will have four fun, open-air vintage trolley buses, each named after a local fish and branded “The Beach Trolley,” the service will operate continuously between the hours of 10 a.m.-10 p.m. from March 1 to Oct. 31. The 30A Trolley Company will be a hop-on/hop-off service, arriving and departing every 20 minutes, with planned trolley stops in Gulf Place, Blue Mountain Beach, Grayton Beach, WaterColor®, Seaside®, Seagrove Beach, WaterSound®, The Hub®, Alys Beach®, Seacrest Beach, Rosemary Beach® and Inlet Beach.
Not only will it provide a fun educational one-and-a-half-hour scenic tour for 30A visitors, the trolleys will help alleviate the overcrowding at public beach parking areas by serving the nine regional public beach accesses along the route. The trolley will also reduce car and golf cart traffic by an estimated 500 vehicles a day, providing a viable alternative to drinking and driving while enjoying the area’s local restaurants and nightspots.
South Walton has 15 rare, unique coastal dune lakes along its 26 miles of coastline. Only a few places in the world have them.
They are (moving from west to east): Fuller Lake, Morris Lake, Campbell Lake, Stallworth Lake, Allen Lake, Oyster Lake, Draper Lake, Big Redfish Lake, Little Redfish Lake, Alligator Lake, Western Lake, Eastern Lake, Deer Lake, Camp Creek Lake and Lake Powell, adjacent to Camp Helen and Inlet Beach.
South Walton’s coastal dune lakes are said to be as much as 10,000 years old and were formed by winds that redistributed sand and created the shallow basins (with most lakes averaging only about 5 feet deep).
These lakes are very unique in that the mostly fresh water and sit within just a few feet of the Gulf’s salt water, separated only by a natural berm of sand. Following a heavy rain or other inflow, the sand berms are suddenly breached, causing a flood of fresh water to pour openly into the Gulf. This event is known as an “outfall,” and it’s a time when salty seawater can also flood back into the dune lake, until the levels stabilize. The result is a rare brackish ecosystem that’s home to both fresh and salt water species.
Almost all lakes and rivers contain some form of tannic water. But here on 30A, the crystal clear green waters of the Gulf make the contrast with the tea-colored lakes all the more stark. It is common for people to make the mistake of thinking the water is “dirty” and maybe even harmful, especially when the lakes break open into the Gulf. Tannic water isn’t harmful.
Brackish water is a mixture of saltwater and freshwater, and while most of the coastal dune lakes are brackish, that’s not what gives the lakes their color,
For the 5th year in a row, Gulf Place Community will host the annual Polar Bear Plunge on January 1, 2018. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. on the corner of S. Co Hwy 393 and Scenic Hwy 30A at Gulf Place. A $20.00 donation is requested. All proceeds will benefit the SWFD Department Relations Committee. The DRC purchases fire and life safety items for community based educational programs that are held throughout the year.
The plunge will start promptly at 1 p.m. at Ed Walline Regional Beach Access across from Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach.
So gather your craziest outfit or costumes. Get ready to get wet, then get cozy by the bonfire! Come one, come all! Can’t wait to see you all there!
This is the outfall from Oyster Lake one of 30A’s rare coastal dune lakes. Walton County has 15 coastal dune lakes along 26 miles of coastline. These lakes are very unique and only found in a few other places around the world. Madagascar, Australia, New Zealand, Oregon and Walton County in Santa Rosa Beach, FL!
The outfall is flood control which takes lake water into the Gulf.
The shape changes often due to wind and rain. It is so beautiful! I always stop to take a picture!