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Alys Beach Named Top 31 in Coastal Living

ALYS BEACH, Fla.–Aug. 9, 2012–Word is spreading quickly that Alys Beach, located along Scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida, is one of the best beach vacation spots in the world. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, partnered with Coastal Living to share his top beach retreats and Alys Beach is among the premier beach vacations featured on his comprehensive list.

“We’re honored to be recognized by Dr. Leatherman,” said town founder Jason Comer. “We’ve worked hard to create a beach town that is aesthetically pleasing and creates a sense of community. Alys Beach has become a town where families feel at home, relaxed and at ease while enjoying the beautiful surroundings, stunning architecture and diverse amenities.”

Alys Beach was listed among the best beaches with “High Style,” joining the ranks of luxury beach locales, including East Hamptons, Malibu and Barbados.  The listing for the top spot recognizes Alys Beach for its “luxe, European-feel” and recognizes that “the New Urbanist town takes full advantage of its gorgeous setting along white sands and emerald Gulf water.”

Each year, Dr. Leatherman picks America’s top 10 beaches after considering factors such as sand softness, water temperature, pollution, and views. He is currently the director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, and when he isn’t working, he retreats to his favorite seashores.


One of the most beautiful new towns in the world, Alys Beach is located on Scenic Highway 30A in Florida’s panhandle. The resort town’s extraordinary architectural vision drew inspirations from both Bermuda and the family courtyard homes of Antigua, Guatemala. When complete, Alys Beach will be home to 900 villas and courtyard homes, as well as restaurants, parks, shops and other resort amenities. Alys Beach is the firstFortified…for Safer Living® community in the world, and all homes are built to Florida’s Green Home Designation Standard. For home sales or vacation rental information, call 866-481-8387 or visit

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Alys Shoppe Style Soiree, Alys Beach Partner to Create a Luxurious Pop-up Shopping Event

July 17, 2012

Curated e-commerce site,, and scenic Florida beach destination Alys Beach combine their efforts to showcase a stylish pop-up shop, called The Style Soiree. Celebrating the soon-to-open ‘Alys Shoppe’, the event will showcase ten designers from the highly acclaimed online shopping site. is known for its exquisite, hard-to-find fashion apparel, jewelry, accessories, home décor, gourmet food products, gifts and more.

Noted for its award-winning architecture and new urbanist design, Alys Beach is a favorite destination among sophisticated travelers. Recognizing similarities within the Taigan audience and level of aesthetic, Director of Retail for Alys Beach, Megan Trent, asked Taigan to partner in the debut event for the Alys Shoppe, The Style Soiree.

“It is a perfect fusion of our brands, and a solid introduction to what one might expect to see in The Alys Shoppe- designers not found anywhere in the region,” said Trent. is pleased to have been selected by Alys Beach to create this unique shopping experience, and agrees that consumers still enjoy interacting with well-crafted items and individual designers in person as well as online.

“We really enjoy meeting our shoppers, particularly at a venue as exquisite as Alys Beach. We both share a passion for simple elegance, exquisite craftsmanship and hard to find discoveries,” said Taigan CEO, Elizabeth Nichols. “As an online business, our shoppers access us around the world, at any time. There is something special about connecting shopper and designer in this way, and featuring items we know will be wonderfully well received at this event.”

Since its launch two and a half years ago, Taigan has been recognized as the tasteful collection of lifestyle brands, making it easier for the sophisticated shopper to source for difficult to find items. Hosting 140+ merchants and growing weekly, the site has generated a healthy following among affluent shoppers, similar to the destination vacationers and homeowners at Alys Beach.

The Style Soiree is free and open to the public Thursday, July 26 from 4-8 p.m at the Caliza Pool Cabanas at Alys Beach. Vie Magazine is a headline sponsor of the event, serving a signature cocktail to attendees of the event. Taigan designers include 88 by Sandy Simonian designer jewelry of Honolulu, HI; Amaya Textiles women’s fashion apparel of Chapel Hill, NC; Bounkit designer jewelry of New York, NY; Glamourpuss NYC designer women’s fashion apparel and accessories of New York, NY; Jules Reid designer apparel of Virginia Beach, VA; Karen Adams designer stationary of Memphis, TN; Keiko designer men’s and women’s bathing suits of New York, NY; Lance Woven Leather designer home décor and accessories of East Norwalk, CT; S. Carter Designs designer jewelry of Atlanta, GA and Turkish-T designer home linens. An additional independent designer notable for their ‘Made in The USA’ classic Southern dresses, is Jolie & Elizabeth, of New Orleans, LA.

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2012 DG Festival Winners!

The clouds parted just in time for over 3,000 guests to enjoy the internationally-renowned Digital Graffiti Festival at Alys Beach on June 8 and 9th.

On both nights attendees were wowed by digital art submitted by 25 finalists from around the world as their installments were projected onto the white walls of Alys Beach.

A panel of judges including Digital Graffiti Curator, Brett Phares; Jason Eppink, Assistant Curator of Digital Media at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City; Max Watman, National Endowment for the Arts Literary Fellow and author; and Lucia Fishburne, Florida’s State Film Commissioner all judged the finalists and awarded six artists $10,000 in cash prizes.

Best of Show ($5,000)
“Star Cycle #1” by Yoshi Sodeoka of New York, New York

Curator’s Choice ($1,000)
“Fermata (Dive)” by Brian Patrick Franklin of Normal, IL

Florida Grown ($1,000)
“Zombie Dragonfly Discotheque” by David Montgomery of Fernandina Beach, FL

Best Animation ($1,000)
“Tableau Viviant” by Tomasz Wlazlak of Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland

Most Innovative ($1,000)
“Neons Melody” by Jean-Michael Rolland of Paris, France

Most Experimental ($1,000)
“The End” by Joel Swanson of Denver, CO

Alys Beach thanks all of the artists who submitted entries to this year’s festival, congratulates the 25 finalists and the six ultimate winners.

For additional information, please visit and

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Digital Graffiti is ON! June 9th Gates open at 8:30 PM

Digital Graffiti and Alys’ Beach are thrilled to announce that the show will go on tonight!

Gates open at 8:30pm and be sure to wear your dancing shoes if you dare…DJ Chachi from NYC will be cranking out some amazing music from Caliza Pool and ticket holders will enjoy all of the art and culture that this festival brings!

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Digital Graffiti Details!

A red carpet party, DJ from New York, signature cocktails, surprise displays and interactive exhibits all make for the most exciting weekend on 30A with the Fifth Annual Digital Graffiti Festival scheduled for June 8-9th at Alys Beach.

“We have traffic on the Digital Graffiti website from all over the world – nearly 100 countries! It is amazing how Digital Graffiti has put Alys Beach, 30A, Florida, and the US on the map for digital art,” said Kelli Siler of Alys Beach.

Music has always been an integral part of Digital Graffiti, particularly when the party on Saturday night is in full swing at the Caliza Pool. This year will be no different with guest DJ Chachi flying in from New York to spin tunes from a very special location at the pool on Saturday night. Check him out at

In addition to the juried works of art are several interactive exhibits including JD’s Funhouse from Panama City. A video image of yourself is projected, filtered and then you are portrayed as rock star, circus performer, or avatar option. This display will be placed in Central Park for all guests to enjoy.


Guests are encouraged to download the 30A App prior to attending the festival.

“We’re working with again this year to create the ultimate mobile companion for the Digital Graffiti festival,” said Siler. “The free mobile app will feature information about all exhibits, enabling attendees to learn a little about each artist and entry real-time, at their own pace. The mobile Digital Graffiti guide will also feature useful facts about event parking, ticketing and other festival-related info.

Siler said that the information will be available during the festival on June 8th and 9th, on both the 30A iPhone app and the 30A Android app. Both mobile apps are available for free download now at


Friday night’s Gallery Stroll will allow guests to interact with the artists in a more intimate salon-style setting with the Caliza Restaurant taking a limited number of reservations for dinner. There will also be a cash bar at the Caliza Pool, but no party.


Join VIE magazine as they team up with Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach, Florida to introduce “me + vie = dg: Meet me at the Red Carpet,” a pre-party for all festival attendees. The red-carpet event will be held at Fonville press on Saturday, June 9 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.—until the gates open for the Digital Graffiti festival. Kick off the night with pre-festival cocktails, tapas, and photo opportunities, all to the music of a live DJ. Along with VIE’s complimentary signature “VIEtini,” wine, beer, champagne, and tapas will be available for purchase. Photos of the party will be published in the JULY/AUGUST 2012 issue of VIE and online at The party is free for Digital Graffiti attendees. Meet me at the Red Carpet” at Fonville Press with your friends to kick off the evening.


Adult tickets are $30 for Friday night’s Gallery Stroll, and $50 for Saturday night.

Children’s tickets (12 and under) may be purchased for $10 for each night online at or at Fonville Press in Alys Beach. This event will sell out so advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended.

For more information, please email Kelli Arnold at, call (toll-free) 1-866-481-8390 or visit

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Congrats to the 2012 Digital Graffiti Finalists!

From hundreds of submissions from around the world, Alys Beach announces today the 25 digital artists finalists who will now compete for $10,000 in cash prizes at the Fifth Annual Digital Graffiti Festival on June 8th and 9th at Alys Beach.

Prizes will be awarded in various categories and judged by a panel of art and industry experts. The winning categories include Best of Show, Most Innovative/Experimental Submission, Best in Florida, Best Animated Submission and Curator’s Choice. All winners will be announced on the evening of June 9th at the Caliza Pool.

This one of a kind juried festival allows digital artists to explore how their fluid forms intersect with technology and wrap the architecture of Alys Beach to create entirely new art forms. Guests who attend Digital Graffiti are able to view these installments and glimpse the latest in digital art and technology.

2012 Digital Graffiti Finalists

1. “becoming” by Belinda Haikes of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2. “BFF” by Elisa Harkins

3. “chiral” by Robert Seidel of Berlin, Germany

4. “Doodle Defense” by Andy Wallace of New York, New York

5. “Emergence” by Jaysen Haibech of Collingwood, Australia

6. “Faces, Places, and Body Parts” by Francis Sileo of Annapolis, Maryland

7. “Fermata (Dive)” by Brian Patrick Franklin of Normal, Illinois

8. “Flight of Memory” by Victoria Febrer & Pedro J. Padilla of Astoria, New York

9. “Full Moon” by Yandell Walton and Tobias Edwards of Collingwood, Australia

10. “In Vitro” by Brian Ratigan of Jacksonville, Florida

11. “Magnetic Field” by Dmitry Kmelnitsky of Venice, California

12. “Neons Melody” by Jean-Michael Rolland of Paris, France

13. “Passing By” by Andres Koczka of Copenhagen, Denmark

14. “Please Call Stella” by Black & Jones of Clarksville, Tennessee

15. “Secret Lives” by Alessandro Perini of Malamo, Sweden

16. “Star Cycle #1” by Yoshi Sodeoka

17. “Stutter Light” by Ann Catherine Cater of Nashville, Tennessee

18. “Suspension” by Steven Grambergs of Suwanee, Georgia

19. “Switch” by Liat Berdugo of Providence, Rhode Island

20. “Tableau Viviant” by Tomasz Wlaźlak of Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland

21. “The End” by Joel Swanson of Denver, Colorado

22. “The Pig” by Mark Franz of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

23. “Untitled” by Kate Shannon of Mansfield, Ohio

24. “Zombie Dragonfly Discotheque” by David Montgomery of Fernandina Beach, Florida

25. “1,111 Windows to the Soul” by Michael Bowen of St Petersburg, Florida

Digital Graffiti expands to two evenings…

Friday night’s Gallery Stroll will allow guests to interact with the artists in a more intimate salon-style setting with the Caliza Restaurant taking a limited number of reservations for dinner. There will also be a cash bar at the Caliza Pool, but no party. The festivities will continue on Saturday night with VIE Magazine’s Meet me at The Red Carpet from 6:30-8:30pm at Fonville Press, then the festival gates open and the evening ends with the traditional pool party at the architecturally acclaimed Caliza Pool.

Adult tickets are $30 for Friday night’s Gallery Stroll, and $50 for Saturday night.

Children’s tickets (12 and under) may be purchased for $10 for each night online at or at Fonville Press in Alys Beach. This event will sell out so advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended.

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Digital Graffiti 2012

Alys Beach opens its doors, courtyards, and pedestrian paths to groundbreaking international artists who literally transform the entire resort town into a living work of art. The annual festival allows digital artists to explore how their fluid forms intersect with technology and wrap the architecture of Alys Beachto create entirely new art forms.

An additional evening at this year’s festival includes an open air Salon, where artists are available to discuss their work with attendees. During the festival weekend, various art workshops, hosted by Alys Beach in conjunction with the Cultural Arts Alliance, are available for all to attend.
Florida Travel and Life lists Digital Graffiti Festival in their January/February 2012 issue as one of the must-not miss “52 Amazing Weekends” for 2012.
“The homes of Alys Beach create the perfect canvas to project these brilliant works. Digital Graffiti is an illuminating celebration that focuses on the art of our time!” says Daniel Garcia Sales Operation Manager of Florida Travel and Life
Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the world’s first outdoor projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to create original works that are then projected across the town’s iconic white walls and will take place June 8 & 9, 2012.

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‘A Poem for South Walton’ Wins One Lucky Traveler the Vacation of a Lifetime
Central Florida Resident Wins “Find Your Perfect Beach” Contest
Ashley Spencer of Gotha, Fla. was named the grand prize winner of South Walton’s “Find Your Perfect Beach” Contest, which celebrated the tradition of the family beach photo by encouraging South Walton visitors to post photos and memories of their beach vacations. A panel of judges selected her photo and creative poem entry from among 15 finalists (after receiving hundreds of entries), giving her and her family an amazing week-long vacation in the South Walton beach neighborhood of her choice.
The vacation package – valued at more than $15,000 – includes transportation for four, a six-night, seven-day stay in one of 15 distinct beach neighborhoods, and a number of activities unique to the area.
            Spencer and her family chose Alys Beach! We are excited to welcome Spencer and her family this summer, and many thanks to Ms. Spencer for choosing Alys Beach!


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