South Walton Businesses Prepare for Summer Season

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South Walton has become one of the premiere vacation destinations for people from all over the United States, even the world.

In just a few weeks, businesses, resorts and restaurants will be filled with tourist.

After a somewhat slow shoulder season, some business owners may be worried about the quick turnaround for a busy six months.

"Most of the businesses here use spring break as a practice, to be honest with you,” said Jim Bagby, Director of the Walton County Tourist Development Council. They kind of shake their operation out, see new folks get trained and things like that."

Bagby says the Tourist Development Council has been staging more winter time events to help businesses stay busy year round.

"We have grown our shoulder season twice as fast as our summer season in the past several years,” stated Bagby. “What we do is we have a program where we do grants for events to help them market the events in the shoulder season."

But 30A Business Center's General Manager, Nate Youngbeck says he doesn't feel like business owners will have a problem getting back into the swing of things.

"Look at how you did last year, and start thinking about ok, I want to make more money this year,” said Youngbeck.

According to Bagby, The TDC does not promote Spring Break.