Editor's Letter

Join the Conversation

By Wendy O. Dixon, Editor

One of my favorite sections to read in the magazines I receive in the mail is the “Letters to the Editor” page. Whether it’s praise for an inspirational article about a breast cancer survivor, a criticism for misinformation regarding heart health or even thanks for tips on refinishing an old wooden table, I love to see readers’ responses.

National magazines such as Vanity Fair, In Style and More get hundreds of letters. We don’t get that many. Until recently, our magazine was mainly a one-way medium. But now there are more ways than ever for you to share your opinions and ideas.

We’re excited to be increasing our social media presence with sites like Facebook and Twitter. Become a fan of Emerald Coast Magazine at facebook.com/emeraldcoast. Or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/emeraldcoastmag. We update both sites regularly and welcome your feedback. You can share your opinions about our articles. (Have you ever worked with your spouse? Did it bring you closer or nearly lead to divorce?) You’ll meet other Emerald Coast Magazine fans, and they’ll meet you if you post your profile.

Also, let us know which restaurant has the best seafood or which beach spot along the Emerald Coast is your favorite.

As I was taking a tour of Grayton Beach to prepare for the feature story in this issue (“Saving Grayton Beach,” page 44), I found a new favorite beach spot—Grayton Beach State Park. I was charmed by the natural state of the massive sand dunes, the salt marshes of Western Lake and the scenic public beach. The quaint wooden homes, cozy streets and laid-back feel of the village are what differentiate Grayton Beach from other, more populated areas of the Emerald Coast.

The possibility that parts of the beach could have been filled with condos and high-rise buildings in the 1970s and ’80s prompted us to write about a few passionate crusaders who saved the nearly 900 acres of Grayton Dunes from development. Because of them, one of the last natural spots along the shores of the Gulf is preserved for generations to come.

A favorite beach spot for some since the 1950s, Seagrove Villas Motel in South Walton recently got a makeover of sorts and is celebrating its grand reopening this summer. (See our article on the history and renovation of the motel on page 64.) The Old Florida-style beach-front cottages and blue neon sign have welcomed those who come year after year to spend the lazy days of summer relaxing in the hammocks.

Even those of us who live here can play tourist for a week or a weekend. There’s something for everyone. From the state parks to hiking and biking trails, water sports and shopping, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

So get on Facebook and Twitter and tell us what you love about your Emerald Coast.