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Florida Trend Magazine Showcases Sustainable Communities in the State

Florida Trend magazine recently highlighted 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) rating system evaluates buildings based on their environmental impacts and encourages 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:

“Alys 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.

 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.

 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 homes’ green features are spray foam insulation to reduce air leakage and energy- and water-efficient appliances.”

For more information, or to read the article in its entirely, please click here.

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Tickets now available for the 2018 30A Wine Festival

Swirl, Sip, Nosh, Repeat 

Join us for the seventh annual 30A Wine Festival Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25. Cleanse your palate and prepare for four days of exquisite wines, delectable dishes, and beautiful surroundings. Purchase your tickets before they’re sold out!

 Schedule

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, Ancien Co-Founder and Winemaker and Tournesol Winemaker, will introduce each wine and discuss tasting notes and the history of the vineyard. The dinner will be held in the Red Loggia at Caliza Pool. Must 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 by Marc Broussard will keep the party rocking all night long.

 

Seminars

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.

Grand Tasting

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.

Rosé & 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 rosés. 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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Alys Beach Announces New State-Of-The-Art Fitness Center

A Birmingham, AL-based architecture firm designs luxury community amenity, scheduled to open fall 2018

Alys Beach announces the addition of a highly anticipated design project in the community, the Fitness Center. Designed by Nequette Architecture & Design, a Birmingham, AL-based architecture firm, the Fitness Center at Alys Beach encompasses an expansive 15,000 square feet, and it is scheduled to be completed in Fall 2018.

The design of the Fitness Center at Alys Beach was inspired by the peaceful location with a strong focus on natural light in every room of the building. Surrounding courtyards will be visible to the Fitness Center visitors through large glass framing. Every detail of the Fitness Center was designed with the community in mind to not just be a gym, but a gathering place for all individuals.

“From the street corner, you will enter the fitness center through a carved timber screen wall into a forecourt garden that is designed to calm and decompress you as you arrive,” says Louis Nequette, Lead Principle of Nequette Architecture & Design.

Once inside the lobby, guests will be able to view the inner courtyard, which is framed by several main functions: the lift room, a glass-like box consisting of strength training on the first floor and cardio on the second floor with an outdoor terrace fitness classroom; an indoor-outdoor covered pool with supporting lockers and treatment rooms; the recovery room with group exercise, yoga, and meditation area with its own outdoor court; the movement room featuring TRX and spin bikes, and the tennis court area.

“Fitness is such an important part of our homeowners’ daily lives, and the Fitness Center at Alys Beach will be one of the most impactful developments for our town,” Vice President of Sales Tom Dodson says. “Alys Beach is excited and pleased to move forward with the construction of this long-awaited amenity.”

Located at the corner of North Castle Harbour Drive and Nonesuch Way, the Fitness Center will feature top-of-the-line equipment, an indoor recreational pool, a steam room, and massage therapy. Guests will also be able to participate in a variety of fitness classes including yoga, spin, and suspension training.

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ALYS BEACH ACCEPTING PET SUPPLIES FOR HURRICANE RELIEF

Alys Beach is collecting donations of pet supplies to help shelters affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Supplies will be collected now through Saturday, September 23 and will go directly to First Coast No More Homeless Pets and Best Friends Animal Society. A complete list of acceptable donation items can be found below:

  • Duct tape
  • Canned dog/cat food
  • Small plastic storage bins
  • Small dog/cat toys
  • Dog/cat leashes
  • Collars
  • Water

Homeowners and guests of Alys Beach can drop off items at the Guest Services/Rental Office during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, please call 850.213.5555.

WHEN: Ends Saturday, September 30
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Guest Services/Rental Office
60 McGee Drive
Alys Beach, FL 32461

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Noche de Los Muertos 2017

Show off your most spooktacular ensemble! Alys Beach’s annual Noche de Los Muertos (“Night of the Dead”) costume party takes place at Caliza pool on Friday, October 27, 8-11:30 p.m. rain or shine. Featuring music by DJ Jason Jani and a cash bar, this 21+ event is costume required—plus there is a $1,000 cash prize for “Best Costume.”

Purchase tickets ($50 in advance) online at nochedelosmuertos.com until 5 p.m. on Friday, October 27, or at the Alys Beach Bike Shop, the Alys Shoppe, or Fonville Press until close of business on Friday, October 27. Tickets at the door are $60. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

Bottle service in private cabanas is also available ($1,500 per cabana). Bundle includes 10 tickets per cabana, 10 official Noche tumblers, first bottle of liquor and mixers, bottle service, use of cabana, and 6 passes for guests (Please note: The cabana pass does not serve as guest’s event ticket. Event ticket must be purchased, and guest must have both wristbands to access cabana area). Limited quantity available; purchase online only.

Ticket prices include tax and A&E fee (online fees are not included in the ticket price). Tickets are non-refundable.

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2017 Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Results

THE 2017 ALYS BEACH 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN RACE RESULTS ARE IN:

2017 Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Awards

2017 Alys Beach 5K Results

2017 Alys Beach 1 Mile Fun Run Results 

Congratulations to all who participated!
Mark September 2, 2018 for the 7th Annual Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run.

*Please note that results will be available after both races and award ceremony have concluded.

 

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2017 Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Race Reminders

2017 Alys Beach 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run Race Reminders

 Packet Pick Up

Saturday, September 2, 2017

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Fonville Press Park

Sunday, September 3, 2017

6:00 AM – 6:45 AM at the Amphitheatre

Race Day

Sunday, September 3, 2017

7:00 AM Certified 5K Start at the Amphitheatre

8:15 AM 1 Miler Start north of the Amphitheatre

Race Day Reminders:

Please arrive no less than 30 minutes prior to your race start time. Park in designated areas including the parking lot just east of George’s at Alys Beach and as directed by signage and security team members.

Attach your bib to the front of your shirt with the safety pins provided in your race bag. Additional safety pins will be available at packet pick-up.

Water will be provided.

The course runs through the Nature Trail and is not entirely paved.

Please, no dogs or strollers are allowed in the race.

Stick around for the awards presentation at 9am to listen to tunes by DJ Shane from Rock the House, enjoy a beer compliments of Idyll Hounds Brewing Company (for racers of age), cool off in the splash pad, and play in the giant bounce house.  Additional food beverage will be available for purchase and the Alys Shoppe will be open.

Awards will be presented at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre at 9:15am in the following categories:

Overall Male and Female for 5K

Overall Male and Female for 1 Miler

Male and Female in 5K: Ages 19 & under, 20-35, 36-50, 50 & up

Male and Female in 1 Miler: Ages 5 & under, 6-9, 10-12

All proceeds from the race benefit Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Stop by their table and learn more about the work they’re doing in our community.

 

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Digital Graffiti Announces 2018 Dates!

Mark your calendars! Digital Graffiti returns to Alys Beach for its 11th annual festival of lights, sound, and movement Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, 2018. Stay tuned to the blog here at digitalgraffiti.com for news, artists’ updates, and the announcement of ticket sales.

Still relishing this year’s fest? We are, too—especially with this gorgeous wrap-up video of the 10th annual celebration.

 

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2017 Aurora Awards – Alys Beach Construction

On Friday, July 28th, Alys Beach Construction was honored with six awards from the Aurora Awards, including the Golden Aurora for best overall Community Design.

Hosted by the Southeast Building Conference and currently in its 36th year, the Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers, and other housing-related professionals. Residential and Commercial construction professionals actively involved in projects are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and the Eastern Caribbean.

Featuring 55 categories, the Aurora Awards encompass all facets of the residential, commercial, and remodeling industries. From overall design to sustainability, the awards program offers categories for each participant in the construction industry.

In addition to the Golden Aurora, Alys Beach is proud to have received both Silver and Grand honors in the following categories:

 

Grand Aurora, Best Custom Home – 6,000 to 8,000 square feet

 

Silver Aurora, Best Multi-Family Housing Community

 

Silver Aurora, Best Single-Family Detached Home – 2,500 to 2,999 square feet

 

Grand Aurora, Best Single-Family Detached Home – 3,000 to 3,499 square feet

 

Grand Aurora, Best Single-Family Detached Home – 3,500 to 3,999 square feet

 

Alys Beach looks forward to submitting these entries for consideration into The Nationals – a sales, marketing, and design competition to be held on January 9th, 2018.

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6th Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

THE ALYS FOUNDATION AND VISIT SOUTH WALTON TO HOST  6TH ANNUAL ALYS BEACH 5K & 1 MILE FUN RUN

The family-friendly races benefiting Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center take place Sunday, Sept. 3

Runners and families gather in Alys Beach for the Sixth Annual 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run on the Sunday before Labor Day, September 3, 2017. The certified 5K starts at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre and winds through the Gulf-side community and nature trail. Following the 5K, the 1 Mile Fun Run for children ages 12 and younger kicks off. After the races, runners can gather in the Amphitheatre for the awards presentation at 9 a.m., followed by music from DJ Shane of Rock The House, a giant bounce house, and beverages available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC), a non-profit organization that providesservices to treat and support children in abusive situations. For more information and to register, please visit alysbeach.com/5K.

WHEN: Sunday, September 3, 2017
Certified 5K starts at 7 a.m.
1 Mile Fun Run starts at 8:15 a.m.

WHERE: Alys Amphitheatre at Alys Beach
E. County Hwy 30A and Somerset Street
Alys Beach, Florida 32413

COST: Before Sunday, Aug. 27: 5K $35, 1 Mile Fun Run $15
Monday, Aug. 28-Friday, Sept. 1: 5K $50, 1 Mile Fun Run $25
Any remaining registrations will be sold on Saturday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Fonville Press during packet pick-up. Runners can receive a complimentary t-shirt at registration; limited quantity.

REGISTER: Online

ABOUT THE EMERALD COAST CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER
The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center (ECCAC), a non-profit organization, provides services in a child-friendly environment to help identify, treat and support children in abusive situations. ECCAC helps prevent child abuse through education, protects child victims from future abuse, and provides resources at no cost to restore the lives of the impacted child and the child’s family. The non-profit organization is located in Niceville, FL, with a second center, the Pierce Family Children’s Advocacy Center, in DeFuniak Springs, FL. ECCAC serves Okaloosa and Walton counties in Northwest Florida and houses representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Protection Team, State Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement, and licensed mental health counselors. For more information or to support the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, please visit www.eccac.org If you suspect abuse, call the Florida Abuse Hotline 1-800-96-ABUSE.

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