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Seaside Timeline: 35 Important Happenings

Posted on Sep 01, 2016 in Timeline , History , September-October 2016 , 35 Important Notes

Red House, is built on Tupelo Street. The house serves as the original sales office.

35 important notes and historical happenings that made Seaside what it is today


Seaside’s first house, the Red House, is built on Tupelo Street. The house serves as the original sales office.


The Seaside Institute opens. Its purpose is to document the founding and development of the community of Seaside, which is widely considered the birthplace of new urbanism.


Started by Seaside co-founder Daryl Davis, Perspicasity opens as a Saturday market offering shrimp, fresh baked bread and produce.


The first six Honeymoon Cottages, designed by Scott Merrill, are built. Inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s honeymoon cottage, they are built into a hill so that it appears to be one story from the lawn above and two stories from the hillside below.


Pizitz Home & Cottage opens as the town’s stylish home décor shop.


Dawson’s Yogurt & Fudgeworks opens, just in time for Seaside’s Independence Day celebrations.


Modica Market opens as Seaside’s gourmet grocery store, with three family generations to continue the tradition of providing top quality foods and Southern hospitality.


Suevaneer’s (now called Seaside Classic) opens.


The Seeing Red Wine Festival, the only event of its kind in the South Walton area, is a forerunner to other fine wine tasting festivals that follow.


4Kids (now called Seaside Kids) opens as the original children’s store, with fun fashions, toys and accessories.


The first Seaside Prize is awarded to Vincent Scully, Andrés Duany, and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk.


Escape to Create (E2C) begins as a multidisciplinary artist residency program, offering two-month-long creative retreats for emerging and established artists.


Following the architectural accolades for the first group of Honeymoon Cottages on the east side of town, the second set of cottages on the west side is built.


Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant premiers the Rooftop Bar, where customers have the best view in town of the Gulf’s most spectacular sunsets, heralded each evening by the ringing of a brass bell.


Airstream Row opens with Frostbites, and will eventually feature a line of Airstream trailers that serve as tiny restaurants.


Hurricane Opal ravages Northwest Florida with 115-mph winds and a storm surge of 8-14 feet. Yet Seaside is virtually undamaged, thanks to the town plan of building Gulf-side cottages behind the sand dunes.


The Seaside Neighborhood School opens with 36 students in grades 5 through 8, two faculty members and one administrator.


Filming begins for “The Truman Show,” with many locals acting as extras for the movie.


The Seaside Repertory Theatre (The REP) is founded as Northwest Florida’s premier professional theater company.


The Seaside Interfaith Chapel is built. The church board asked only that the design serve all members of the community, that it have an element that could be seen from a distance, and that it is made of materials characteristic of the region.


Seaside Beach opens, adding to the group of Seaside Style shops.


The Seaside Farmers Market opens, offering locally grown vegetables, fresh baked bread, grass-fed beef and other goods.


The Shrimp Shack opens on the Gulf side of town, servingfresh shrimp and delicious lobster rolls.


Seaside founder and patron of the arts, Daryl Davis invites Alpharetta Dance Theatre to perform the first Nutcracker in Seaside. And with the second year’s performance, Davis makes the Nutcracker a Seaside annual holiday tradition.


The Academic Village opens, allowing the Seaside Institute to focus on its mission of providing continued leadership in the multi-disciplinary field of new urbanism and educating other practitioners in the fields of planning, architecture and development.


The Seacoast Collegiate High School campus opens at capacity, with 80 students in grades 9 and 10. In 2014 grade 11 is added. Grade 12 is added the following year.


Seaside is named The World’s Best Beach for Families by Travel + Leisure magazine.


Seaside announces a new, private-label collection of wines from Kokomo Winery in Sonoma County, Calif., called The Seaside Wine Project. Hand-selected by Seaside founders Robert and Daryl Davis, there are seven varietals sold by Seaside merchants.


Seaside is awarded the Travel Channel’s “World’s Best Beach for Families.”


Seaside is featured on the Cooking Channel’s “Emeril’s Florida” and on “10 Towns that Changed America,” airing on PBS.


The Seaside Visitors Bureau and Information Center opens in the Holl Building.