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With BeLocal, there’s no need to wonder where longtime residents go for fun, food, shopping, activities, and more. Simply flip through the pages of your free BeLocal magazine to discover local favorites.

Thousands of new movers (and locals) have turned to BeLocal for guidance. Our magazine shares stories and descriptions of community gems — and so much more. BeLocal is the perfect resource to find dependable businesses to suit whatever needs you may have. As your go-to guide for all things local, we’re so happy you’re here.

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Marta Rose Thorpe

Marta Rose Thorpe

Marta Rose-Thorpe is an Area Director in the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast Region and runs two publications, Grand Lagoon Life in the Bay Point community of PCB and BeLocal Bay County. Prior to joining The N2 Company, Marta’s career included advertising, marketing, public relations, and events. After graduating from UCF in Orlando, she relocated to Los Angeles and worked at numerous advertising agencies, both large and boutique.

She moved back to Florida in ’04 and became Director of Communications for the Panama City Beach Chamber for nine years, followed by running marketing and events for a local PCB dealership for four years. Marta is married to her “lifemate and rock” Jimy Thorpe, and the two enjoy life with their teenage son Leo. When not working Marta enjoys dancing, singing, jogging, cooking, creating music, and traveling.

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Lambert Ware visited St. Andrews in 1877, and then returned in 1879. His brother Francis joined him in 1882, and they operated Ware Mercantile and Ware’s Wharf, on the present Harbour Village and St. Andrews Marina sites. The town flourished with salt, fishing, boat building and shipping along the gulf coast. 

About this time, the St. Andrews Bay Railroad, Land, and Mining Co., locally known as the Cincinnati Company because they were based in Cincinnati, Ohio, advertised mail-order real estate with this descriptive:
 
“The loveliest location in all Florida. In a land where the genial climate of a winterless round of years will reward your every effort with the most bountiful harvests… There is but one Florida, and St. Andrews Bay is its brightest jewel.”
Everyone loves a little nostalgia! This week we’re looking at Historic Saint Andrews and learning a little about the background and history.

St. Andrews has been an excellent place to live for as long as people have inhabited the Americas. Locally found artifacts attest to the fact that Native Americans have been in our area for at least 13,000 years.
 
Local Native Americans had a rich and varied culture that changed through time in response to climate conditions, resource availability, and population increases. When the Spanish arrived around 1500, our area was inhabited by the Chatot and Yucci tribes. Shortly after contact, the Chatot became extinct (as did more than 90% of Florida native peoples) and the Yucci escaped such a fate by dispersing to the north and west. The area gradually became peopled again around 1700 AD and later by Creeks and Cherokees who had evaded relocation to the West that culminated in the Trail of Tears in the 1830s. By this time many Anglo settlers had moved into the area, and a new Native American tribal group was organized in south central Florida. They became the Seminoles.
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The online ShareFaith.com guide provides a listing of Christian churches, cathedrals, and other places of Christian worship in Bay County, Florida. The guide serves as a starting point of information for residents, visitors, and those considering moving to the area. You may want to attend services at several different churches to find the right church leadership, congregation, ministries, observances, and other aspects of church life that appeal to you. Here are several popular churches but for a full list, go to sharefaith.com/guide/church-directory/florida/bay-county/index.html.
Meet local Bay County residents, Stephen and Christina, who are sharing a few of their
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