Florida Trend magazineÂ recently highlightedÂ Alys Beach as the first community in the state to be certified LEED green by the Florida Green Building Coalition. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)Â rating system evaluatesÂ buildings based on their environmental impacts andÂ encouragesÂ sustainability efforts. Developments pursuing LEED certification earn points for incorporating sustainable elements into their projects, including energy-efficient lights, solar panels, and native landscaping.
The article cites:
â€śAlys Beach, a master-planned beachfront community in the Panhandle, features buildings with white roofs and walls to reflect heat from the sun. Cobblestone streets allow rainwater to naturally filter into the soil below, reducing problems associated with runoff. Native plants are used to minimize the need for water, fertilizer and pesticides.
Â Although construction on the first houses in Alys began in 2004, the development was slow to take off because of a spate of hurricanes, the recession and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Today, the community includes 125 residences and 18,000 square feet of commercial space.
Â Developer EBSCO, based in Birmingham, Ala., requires all homes to be certified as green by the FGBC, making Alys the first community in Florida to do so. Among the homesâ€™ green features are spray foam insulation to reduce air leakage and energy- and water-efficient appliances.â€ť
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Swirl, Sip, Nosh, RepeatÂ
Join us for the seventh annual 30A Wine Festival Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25. Cleanse your palate and prepare for four days ofÂ exquisite wines, delectable dishes, and beautiful surroundings. Purchase yourÂ tickets before they’re sold out!
An Evening with Ken Bernards – SOLD OUT
Thursday, February 22, 6-9pm
The dinner will feature Ancien and Tournesol wines alongside a four-course meal prepared by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak. Ken Bernards,Â AncienÂ Co-Founder and Winemaker andÂ TournesolÂ Winemaker, will introduce each wineÂ and discuss tasting notes and the history of the vineyard. The dinner will beÂ held in the Red Loggia at Caliza Pool. MustÂ be purchased with a festival weekend pass.
Mix ‘n Mingle
Friday, February 23, 4:30-5:30pm
Join us for the opening act full of libations, tunes, and light bites.
Bourbon, Beer & Butts
Friday, February 23, 6-9pm
Enjoy a night of bourbon, beer, and barbecue tastings from distilleries from across the country, local and national breweries, and barbecue from top culinary talent. Live music byÂ Marc Broussard
Â will keep the party rocking all night long.
Saturday, February 24, 1-3:30pm
Swirl, sip, learn, repeat. Master your wine knowledge with help from the country’s best vintners while enjoying tastings, small bites, and stories de farce.
Saturday, February 24, 3:30-6:30pm
Gather along South Charles Street and sip wines from across the globe. More than 80 wines will be showcased. Local and regional eateries will provide small bites.
RosĂ© & Croquet
Sunday, February 25, 11:30-3pm
The highlight of the festival returns with the sixth Annual Croquet Tournament. Don your croquet whites and gather your best players for a boozy brunch prior to the match, complete with elegant rosĂ©s. Included in the weekend pass. Want to play in the tournament? Purchase a slot when you purchase tickets. Space is limited and must have a team of four to play.
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