Santa Rosa Beach wins Florida's 2013 E-City Award

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Santa Rosa Beach is known for its outdoor assets.

But now it's known for all the work going on in-doors, where business owners are busy improving websites and social media pages.

“It is very important with any business to keep clients and the public updated with new features you have, never specialties and anything that you do,” said Melanie Gordan, owner of Bella Flora.

With business owners like Gordan, Google has named Santa Rosa Beach with its e-city award for Florida.

Google selects cities in all 50-states, with the strongest business communities.

Walton area chamber leaders are proud of the recognition.

“The more we can get out in our community with the things that we do it brings people to our area both tourism and locals around the area so that is what helps promote throughout our county. So we are more than pleased to have won this award and excited to share the news with the world,” said Wendy Morton, of the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce.

Some of the deciding factors are that 90 percent of business owners have websites and social media, and are willing to use them all year round.

“It’s a platform really for our visitors and guests to the emerald coast to check us out learn a little more about us and as well as people who are far away from us, who are wanting to get into standup paddle boarding or further themselves where they are already with it,” said Tresha Brown, of Yolo Board.

Morton says the award itself helps expose the area to more people across the United States.