Seaside Aims to Improve Visitor Experience
Droves of South Walton visitors are heading to the famed holiday town of Seaside. Seaside Community Development Corp. (SCDC) has implemented a parking and transportation strategy with the goal of helping to improve traffic congestion and the Seaside experience.
Visitors and employees alike can park their vehicles at a public parking lot and ride a free shuttle delivering passengers directly to Seaside. The locals call the parking area Grayton Central. You will easily spot the public parking area directly across the road from Hurricane Oyster Bar on 283 South.
Catching the shuttle will allow you to take in the stunning views of Western Lake, a rare coastal dune lake directly on your path to Seaside.
Shuttles run from 5 a.m. to midnight, every day through September 3, 2019. The shuttles drop off and pick up about every 15 minutes.
In addition to the free shuttle service, SCDC has contracted with a local company to offer a paid valet service. Visitors can choose to have their vehicle valeted, or ride a free shuttle when making a trip to Seaside. The Beach valet operates from 9 AM to 10 PM, every day through Labor Day.
“We want visitors to have options. We carefully researched how to best mitigate traffic congestion and feel these services are a welcome change,” says Jeremy Barnes, director of security for SCDC.
Since implementing the valet service in March, Beach Valet has serviced nearly 5000 Seaside guests. The Seaside Shuttle has provided free transportation to and from Seaside for 15,000 employees and guests since March 2019.
"This Memorial Weekend kicks our transportation plan into high gear. We want to remind guests these services are available as we aim to improve the visitor experience," says Barnes.