These are the most beautiful waters and sugary white sands that you may ever see. Only the Caribbean will rival the blues and greens of our water , no where will you see sand so white you may confuse it with snow. But please be careful. There are rip tides, jelly fish, sharks and other dangers that can ruin your vacation, take the life of your loved one or just simply scare you to death. Living in this unique and beautiful place, the locals have seen all of the above and just want you to enjoy everything offered here. Flags on the beach warn you when the water is rough ( Red or 2 Red Flags) marine pests are present ( Purple Flags can mean jelly fish or Sharks) or rip currents have been spotted. These warnings are serious and are there to protect you. How many times these warnings are ignored and swimmers are pulled to the shore by local lifeguards, rescue personnel and/or a brave bystander on the beach. It will only be a lucky day if someone is in trouble in the water and another beach goer jumps in to save them. It happened yesterday. The Mom whose 5 yr old child was rescued wrote the local newspaper asking for help to locate the man that swam out in rough seas and saved her son. Today, 5 teens upset their sea kayaks and were exhausted swimming against the rough current. Two ambuances, a Firetruck, several police cars with personnel and many Walton Beach life guards came to the rescue. Thank goodness everyone made it to shore OK- Many watched this all happen and only when everyone was safe did the thought cross - did these people NOT SEE the red flags warning them of rip currents and rough seas. What were the costs to our county to send rescue personnel out to save them. Last year a young man on his honeymoon drowned with his father trying to save his younger siblings from a rip tide that had dragged those two young children out to sea. His Mom, wife of the father and his new bride stood and watched as their husbands struggled and eventually were beaten by Mother Nature. Although this is a solemn and sad message, please pay attention to the conditions when you are here. The Gulf is an unpredictable force of nature, teaming with living creatures that belong there and with the ability to harm you and your loved ones. There is nothing more beautiful than the sea, especially ours - but it is a formidable force of nature that must be respected.
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