Main Street DeFuniak Blog

  • Old Lakeside Hospital Added to the National Register of Historic Places
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…Old Lakeside Hospital Building at 1290 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, Florida has been added to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior Tuesday, July 20, 2021.  The building opened as a one-story clinic in 1939 by Dr. Ralph Spires and later a two-story hospital in 1949 by Dr. Spires and business/medical partner Dr. Edgar Myers.  The hospital closed in 1972.  TheContinue reading “Old Lakeside Hospital Added to the National Register of Historic Places”
  • New Airport Director Takes on Rapid Airport Growth
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…DeFuniak Springs native Daniel Edwards assumed the airport director responsibilities at the DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport Wednesday, July 14. The position was previously held by Matthew Overton who left the post two months ago. Mr. Edwards is working on his Masters of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle University, specializing in aerospace operations.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University where he minoredContinue reading “New Airport Director Takes on Rapid Airport Growth”
  • City of DeFuniak Springs Earns Clean Audit Second Year in a Row
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…The City of DeFuniak Springs has earned another “clean” opinion from an external auditor on its handling of public finances—the highest opinion that can be received.  The firm of Warren Averett, LLC performed the accountability audit procedures to determine whether the City complied with applicable laws and regulations and the City’s own policies and procedures.   “We are delighted to earn this clean audit for the second consecutive fiscalContinue reading “City of DeFuniak Springs Earns Clean Audit Second Year in a Row”
  • Main Street DeFuniak Springs Partners with BancorpSouth to host free Small Business Seminars
    DeFuniak Springs, Florida • July 13, 2021 — Main Street DeFuniak Springs and BancorpSouth have partnered to host a series of free seminars geared towards small businesses. The first, titled Business Basics, will be hosted on Thursday, July 29, 2021, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the historic Florida Chautauqua Theatre, located at 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32435. The event is free to attend and includes complimentary breakfast catered by Perla BakingContinue reading “Main Street DeFuniak Springs Partners with BancorpSouth to host free Small Business Seminars”
  • Historic District Walking Tour
    The historic district of DeFuniak Springs, Florida is mostly comprised of a once-gated resort/campus opened in 1885 for a seasonal, multi-week event called the Florida Chautauqua Assembly.  The Assembly lasted until 1927 and was once marketed as “The Education Resort of the South.”  These grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places due to the historical relevance to American culture, the unique structures which comprised the once-gated resort/campusContinue reading “Historic District Walking Tour”
  • Main Street DeFuniak Springs Veteran’s Banner Program
    Main Street DeFuniak Springs and the City of DeFuniak Springs have partnered to honor past and present service men and women through their Veteran’s Banner Program. The application process opened on Memorial Day and will close September 30, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Cost to participate is $55.00. Up to 20 veterans will be displayed on one of ten lamp posts between S. 5th St. and S. 10th St. along Baldwin Avenue in Downtown DeFuniak Springs during the month of November.
  • Free Small Business Seminar
    THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2021 AT 8 AM CDT – 9:15 AM CDT: Main Street DeFuniak Springs and BancorpSouth have partnered to host a series of seminars in Downtown Defuniak Springs. The first, hosted on July 29 at the historic Chautauqua Theatre, will feature speakers from Main Street DeFuniak Springs, BancorpSouth, Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of West Florida and the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce. Breakfast willContinue reading “Free Small Business Seminar”
  • Free Smoke Alarms and Installation for DeFuniak Springs Residents
    DeFuniak Springs, FL… Firefighters in the City of DeFuniak Springs are distributing and installing free 10-year battery life smoke alarms to citizens within the city limits who call and ask for one.  Fire officials say citizens can receive up to three for their residence and will install the alarms at no charge. “Our goal is to make sure there is one smoke detector in every home in DeFuniak Springs,” saysContinue reading “Free Smoke Alarms and Installation for DeFuniak Springs Residents”
  • Main Street Market Continues Every Saturday 8AM – Noon
    Beginning Saturday, March 20, 2021, and running through Saturday, November 20, 2021, Main Street DeFuniak Springs hosts its weekly Farmer’s Market. Held between the S. 8th and S. 7th St. blocks on Baldwin Avenue, shoppers are invited to stroll the street while browsing food vendors, crafts & gift items, and of course local farm stands. Interested Vendors MARKET FEE: Main Street DeFuniak Springs collects a $75/season fee for participating vendors.Continue reading “Main Street Market Continues Every Saturday 8AM – Noon”
  • City Takes Steps to Save Historic Library
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…The City of DeFuniak Springs has secured a $50,000 grant from the Florida Division of Historical Resources to assess the structural integrity of the historic Walton-DeFuniak Library on Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs.   This is the oldest continuously operating library within its original structure in Florida – never closing since the day it officially opened on December 20, 1887, as a new addition to the Florida Chautauqua resort/campus. Continue reading “City Takes Steps to Save Historic Library”
  • Main Street DeFuniak Springs Hosts 4th of July Festival
    Main Street DeFuniak Springs is hosting its inaugural 4th of July Festival on Sunday, July 4, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Taking place on Baldwin Avenue between S. 7th Street and S. 8thStreet, the event will include a variety of food trucks and inflatable experiences for families to enjoy. Main Street will have picnic tables lining Baldwin Avenue, and guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.
  • DeFuniak Springs Appropriated $650,000 for Airport Runway Expansion
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…Governor Ron DeSantis signed the FY 2021-22 state budget totaling $101.5 billion which includes $650,000 in funding for the extension and widening of Runway 9-27 at the DeFuniak Springs Municipal Airport.  The runway is just over 4,000 feet.  The additional length will enable larger planes to fly into DeFuniak Springs increasing demand on the airport facility and expanding economic growth.  The airport is the only one in WaltonContinue reading “DeFuniak Springs Appropriated $650,000 for Airport Runway Expansion”
  • Historic District Tennis Courts to Re-open by End of July
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…The City of DeFuniak Springs is upgrading the tennis courts in the historic district at Clay and Plateau Streets.  The courts will be closed until the week of July 20th.  The $30,860 project began May 10th at the request of City Councilman Kevin Crystal. “These are the only tennis courts in the City limits,” says City Councilman Kevin Crystal.  “I think it’s important that the city keep up its public amenities.  By doingContinue reading “Historic District Tennis Courts to Re-open by End of July”
  • Proposed Permanent Farmer’s Market Structure
    Main Street DeFuniak Springs has conceptual plans for a permanent structure to host our weekly Farmer’s Market. The period-correct structure would drastically improve the aesthetics of downtown and encourage walkability for patrons. The structure has the added benefit of allowing the street to remain open during Farmers Markets instead of the current method of closing the street to provide space for vendor tents. Additionally, the covered structure allows events toContinue reading “Proposed Permanent Farmer’s Market Structure”
  • 4th of July Festival
    SUNDAY, JULY 4, 2021 AT 4 PM CDT – 9 PM CDT:  Join us Sunday, July 4 from 4 PM to 9 PM for family friendly fun on Baldwin Avenue. Along with a variety of food trucks & vendors, we’ll have assorted craft vendors, guests can enjoy the beautiful fireworks by the DeFuniak Business Professional Association.
  • City Manager Seeks to Fill Numerous Municipal Positions
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…Newly appointed City Manager Robert Thompson is seeking to fill 14 positions within the City as COVID is ending and the economy is recovering.  Career opportunities advertised are: 2 Maintenance Workers in the Facility Maintenance Department 2 Temporary Municipal Workers in Sanitation 1 Automotive Mechanic in the City’s Shop 1 Welder in the City’s Shop 1 Airport Director 1 Airport Maintenance Technician 3 Part-time Volunteer/Firefighters 2 Utility Workers inContinue reading “City Manager Seeks to Fill Numerous Municipal Positions”
  • City of DeFuniak Springs Welcomes New City Manager
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…Robert Thompson, former assistant county manager of Las Cruces, New Mexico, is now the city manager of DeFuniak Springs, Florida.  Mr. Thompson started his new role Tuesday, June 1. Mr. Thompson brings to the City more than 30 years of management experience in different settings in the United States and overseas.  During his leadership role in New Mexico, he also served as senior vice president of Shewa AmbaraContinue reading “City of DeFuniak Springs Welcomes New City Manager”
  • Main Street DeFuniak Springs Recognized as Leading Program by Main Street America™
    DeFuniak Springs, Florida • May 25, 2021 — Main Street DeFuniak Springs announced today its designation as a 2021 Main Street America™ Accredited program. This is the local programs third year to receive the distinguished honor. Main Street DeFuniak Springs is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities throughContinue reading “Main Street DeFuniak Springs Recognized as Leading Program by Main Street America™”
  • DeFuniak Springs Mayor Declares May 16-22, 2021 Public Works Week in DeFuniak Springs
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…Mayor Bob Campbell signed a proclamation with members of the DeFuniak Springs Public Works Department declaring May 16 through 22 Public Works Week in DeFuniak Springs.  Mayor Campbell signed the proclamation in accordance with the tradition of the American Public Works Association where those who work in professions that provide and maintain public services and utilities will be honored during National Public Works Week 2021, May 16-22. “WeContinue reading “DeFuniak Springs Mayor Declares May 16-22, 2021 Public Works Week in DeFuniak Springs”
  • Gary Woodham Selected as Grand Marshal For LakeFest 2021 Parade
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…The LakeFest 2021 organizing group selected Gary Woodham, owner of the DeFuniak Springs Herald-Breeze as the grand marshal of the LakeFest 2021 parade scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 3pm on Circle Drive.  Woodham is the third grand marshal followed by the City’s PIO Christopher Mitchell in 2018 and WMBB-TVs Amy Hoyt in 2019. “As owner of our local paper, Gary has done so much for so many nonprofitContinue reading “Gary Woodham Selected as Grand Marshal For LakeFest 2021 Parade”
  • Mayor Declares May 6 as National Day of Prayer in DeFuniak Springs
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…Mayor Bob Campbell signed a proclamation declaring May 6, 2021 as National Day of Prayer in DeFuniak Springs.  Members of the local committee for National Day of Prayer program joined him in council chambers Monday as he signed the document. “Citizens of all faiths are welcome to come out May 6 to the Amphitheatre on Circle Drive to join in prayer,” says Mayor Bob Campbell, “a freedom whichContinue reading “Mayor Declares May 6 as National Day of Prayer in DeFuniak Springs”
  • Madagascar Jr. at Florida Chautauqua Theatre
    Based on the smash DreamWorks animated motion picture, Madagascar – A Musical Adventure JR. follows all of your favorite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien’s Madagascar.
  • Country Singer Jeff Bates to Open LakeFest 2021
    DeFuniak Springs, FL…Country Singer Jeff Bates will kick off LakeFest festival on Friday, May 14, 2021, with a concert at the DeFuniak Springs Amphitheatre.  LakeFest 2021 is a 3-day event in Chipley Park celebrating safe, outdoor recreational activities for the entire family.  The event is hosted and orchestrated by the City of DeFuniak Springs in collaboration with numerous government agencies and nonprofit organizations. There is no charge for parking orContinue reading “Country Singer Jeff Bates to Open LakeFest 2021”
  • “Music on Main” Continues in May
    Main Street DeFuniak Springs, in partnership with Visit South Walton, will continue its “Music on Main” concert series. Taking place every Friday in May from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a listening room experience at the historic Florida Chautauqua Theatre, located at 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32435. The concerts are a continuation of the non-profits inaugural events held this past February. “We wereContinue reading ““Music on Main” Continues in May”
  • Walton County Mobility Plan – Proposed
    Mobility Overviews WC Mobility Plan and Mobility Fee FAQ 1.2 Walton County Mobility Plan & Fee Executive Summary Mobility Fees Draft Mobility Fee 1/6/2021 Central & North Walton 2021 Central North Walton Mobility Plan Central and North Walton Future Multimodal Projects for Consideration Supporting Documents 2020 CNU Report on the “Future of Mobility – Reimaging Walton County’s Route 30A” July 2018 CR 30A Corridor Intermodal Strategic Mobility and Transportation FeasibilityContinue reading “Walton County Mobility Plan – Proposed”
  • LakeFest 2021
    LakeFest is an annual festival in DeFuniak Springs, Florida celebrating safe, recreational activities for the entire family on the water and banks of beautiful Lake DeFuniak, one of the world’s rare, naturally round spring-fed lakes.  The 2021 event is comprised of live entertainment, kayak/water sport races, outdoor evening movie, fish fry, hilarious cardboard boat races, water demonstrations, booth exhibits, water slides, bounce houses, kids activities, an historic district bicycle tour,Continue reading “LakeFest 2021”
  • Children’s Chalk Walk
    Saturday, March 20 at 9 AM CDT – 12 PM CDT: Main Street DeFuniak Springs is proud to have partnered with local elementary schools, Maude Saunders and West DeFuniak, to host our first Chalk Walk Competition. Local children in K-5 grade submitted “spring themed” artwork for consideration. School art teachers have chosen the winning students from each grade. Winning students will be partnered with area artists to bring their visionContinue reading “Children’s Chalk Walk”
  • Easter Bunny Photo Hop
    Main Street DeFuniak Springs will host a complimentary Easter Bunny Photo Hop at The Opinion Place on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 10 AM CDT – 12 PM CDT . Photos are free to capture – just remember your camera or smart phone! Arrive early and enjoy shopping local farmers, makers and bakers.
  • Main Street Quarterly Clean-Up
    Saturday, March 13 at 9 AM CST – 12 PM CST: Main Street DeFuniak Springs is seeking volunteers to help with our Quarterly Clean-Up hosted on Saturday, March 13 from 9AM to noon. Want to clean & contribute? Meet at The Opinion Place at 9AM. Bring gloves if you have them. Special thanks to Consolidated Ace Hardware Defuniak Springs for their donations to our event.
  • Sprint Triathlon in DeFuniak Springs
    Historic DeFuniak Springs, Florida is the site of a Sprint Triathlon this May 15, 2021.  The event is hosted by Forward DeFuniak, Inc., a 501c3 organization focused on the progress and preservation of DeFuniak Springs.  Details and registration information can be found at dfstriathlon.com.  Business sponsors, to date, are Triangle Chevrolet and Buick, Consolidated Ace Hardware, Soiree, and TechPlanet.  If you or your business would like to support this event, contact Suzanne Kallenbach, SponsorshipContinue reading “Sprint Triathlon in DeFuniak Springs”
  • Main Street DeFuniak Springs Farmer’s Market Begins with Tractor Parade
    DeFuniak Springs, Florida • February 23, 2021 — Main Street DeFuniak Springs will kick off its 2021 Farmer’s Market Season on Saturday, March 20, 2021, on Baldwin Avenue. In addition to the variety of vendors, the opening day will include a tractor parade with numerous rare and restored tractors. Patrons are invited to shop the market beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. Hosted weekly theContinue reading “Main Street DeFuniak Springs Farmer’s Market Begins with Tractor Parade”
  • Tractor Parade
    Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 10 AM CDT – 12 PM CDT: Beginning at 10:00 a.m. the Main Street Tractor Parade will travel along Baldwin Avenue starting from S. 5th St. near Firestone Service Center. The parade of rare and restored tractors will travel west through the Main Street district and loop back to S. 7th St., where the tractors will be parked and on display until noon.
  • The Pink House Aesthetics & Wellness Boutique Opens on Main Street DeFuniak Springs
    Nestled in the heart of Historic Defunik Springs, The Pink House Aesthetics & Wellness Boutique welcomes you with the elegance, hospitality, and history of this beautiful city. Uniting a modern touch with traditional spa treatments, The Pink House provides a cultivating experience with true southern hospitality at heart. Located at 760 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32435. You can call (850) 520-4373 to book your services. The boutique will celebrate itsContinue reading “The Pink House Aesthetics & Wellness Boutique Opens on Main Street DeFuniak Springs”
  • Music on Main Feb. 5: Anthony Peebles
    A native of the northwest Florida panhandle, Anthony Peebles has the gift of an expansive range and tone which goes from pure and soothing to soaring and edgy.  In 2015, Anthony signed with First Note Entertainment, and spent the next year recording with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Brainard.  Having recently opened for multiple national artists, Anthony is an artist fast gaining followers across the south. This year he has had placements on ABC’s Grey’sContinue reading “Music on Main Feb. 5: Anthony Peebles”
  • Music on Main 2021
    Intimate listening room concerts to be held every Friday in February Main Street DeFuniak Springs, in partnership with Visit South Walton, announced today its “Music on Main” concert series. Taking place every Friday in February from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., guests are invited to enjoy a listening room experience at the historic Florida Chautauqua Theatre, located at 840 Baldwin Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, Florida, 32435. The concert series comes onContinue reading “Music on Main 2021”
  • Voters to Decide Future Governance of DeFuniak Springs Jan. 26
    Referendum Asks Citizens Whether to Update a 120-Year-Old Charter DeFuniak Springs, FL…Registered voters of the City of DeFuniak Springs will have an opportunity to vote on a new city charter Tuesday, January 26, 2021, to replace a 120-year-old governing document.  The newly proposed draft charter provides for nine charter-level positions defined as the following: five councilmembers consisting of the City Council, the City Manager, the Mayor, the City Marshal, andContinue reading “Voters to Decide Future Governance of DeFuniak Springs Jan. 26”
  • Sunday Matinees Continue at The Florida Chautauqua Theater
    The Florida Chautauqua Theater will continue their Sunday Matinee Series this January with two screenings. Join us Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 3 PM CST at the The Florida Chautauqua Theater for the Sunday Matinee showing of Disney’s Frozen. When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer,Continue reading “Sunday Matinees Continue at The Florida Chautauqua Theater”
  • Hotel DeFuniak Treasure Hunt
    In celebration of Hotel DeFuniak’s 100 year anniversary, guests are invited on a treasure hunt! During his stay in 1928, Al Capone lost his wallet somewhere in the hotel. Find the wallet and you will receive a 100th year commemorative coin, a free night stay in one of Hotel DeFuniak’s signature rooms, and a $100 gift card to Cafe Nola. Here’s how you play: Sign up at Hotel DeFuniak toContinue reading “Hotel DeFuniak Treasure Hunt”
  • Baldwin Holiday Block Party
    Mark your calendars for the Baldwin Holiday Block Party. Held on Friday, December 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. a number of our Main Street Merchants have joined forces to host a number of fun in-store promotions. Fisher’s Pharmacy will have photos with Santa, stop by Soiree for hot chocolate, bring the kiddos by Katie Beth’s Boutique & Spa to drop their Christmas wish-list in Santa’s mailbox, and don’t forget Praline & Co. on S. 10th St. to try theirContinue reading “Baldwin Holiday Block Party”
  • Merry Main Street
    Main Street DeFuniak Springs Hosts “Merry Main Street” Brings free holiday festivities to Downtown DeFuniak Springs DeFuniak Springs, Florida • November 16, 2020 — Main Street DeFuniak Springs has announced its “Merry Main Street” schedule of events to begin on Small Business Saturday, November 28, 2020. Taking place every Saturday before Christmas in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs, events include in-store specials, visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus, photo opportunities with theContinue reading “Merry Main Street”
  • Festival of Trees 2020
    Festival of Trees 2020 is a display of beautifully decorated Christmas trees at the historic Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood, 95 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, FL. Free admission. This event is hosted and orchestrated by the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood Foundation in partnership with the City of DeFuniak Springs.   Donations and funds collected from organizations and businesses submitting a decorated tree go to the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood FoundationContinue reading “Festival of Trees 2020”
  • Historic Florida Chautauqua Theater Announces Matinee Series
    The Florida Chautauqua Theater, located in Downtown DeFuniak Springs, recently announced a Sunday Matinee Series. The first movies to be shown in the historic theater in over 35 years, the series will begin on Sunday, November 29, 2020, with a collection of holiday films beginning at 3:00 p.m. weekly.
  • Christmas Reflections
    Enjoy a holiday family tradition in DeFuniak Springs, FL as Chipley Park lights up with the annual Christmas Reflection displays.
  • Cafe Nola Defuniak Debuts New Breakfast Menu
    Reminiscent of Rick’s Café in Casablanca, Cafe Nola delights patrons with lunch, dinner and now breakfast! The new menu, debuted this week on Cafe Nola’s social media, includes beignets, Build Your Own Omelets, Breakfast Plates and a la carte options. Breakfast will be offered from 6:30AM to 10:30AM every week. Address: 400 East Nelson Ave. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433Phone: (850) 610-8849 Hours:Mon 10:00am – 10:00pmTue 10:00am – 10:00pmWed 10:00am –Continue reading “Cafe Nola Defuniak Debuts New Breakfast Menu”
  • 2020 City Government Week to Highlight Major Developments in DeFuniak Springs
    City uses online technology to communicate message during COVID DeFuniak Springs, FL…Leaders of the City of DeFuniak Springs are using the upcoming state-wide celebration of City Government Week to announce various changes impacting community growth, tourism and education through daily website updates, Facebook postings, YouTube uploads and livestreaming online school presentations.  The 2020 City Government Week state-wide observance is October 19-25.   City government leaders have traditionally participated in City GovernmentContinue reading “2020 City Government Week to Highlight Major Developments in DeFuniak Springs”
  • Vote “FOR” North Walton TDT
    Walton County voters registered north of the Choctawhatchee Bay and Intercoastal Waterway will vote this November 3, 2020, on a referendum approved by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners to pass a North Walton Tourist Development Tax, more commonly known as a “bed tax”, to be collected from visitors staying in hotels, condos and other short-term rentals (periods of time less than 6 months). As such, this is notContinue reading “Vote “FOR” North Walton TDT”
  • Preservation & Renovation: Perla Baking Co.
    Commercial Preservation & Renovation completed by McWhorter Vallée Designs
  • City Council Adopts Downtown Streetscape Improvements
    “Creating streets for people starts with creating a safe, sustainable, and healthy place for residents and visitors to connect, engage, and support the local economy. Truly the front porch of our communities, successful Main Street’s embrace human-scale design and offer seating areas, inviting public spaces, and streetscape amenities that enhance the overall human experience. They are also easy and safe to navigate, with infrastructure and programming that prioritize and accommodateContinue reading “City Council Adopts Downtown Streetscape Improvements”