Northwest Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A, or just 30A, as residents call it — is a place that possesses an entirely original vibe. This 19-mile stretch of panhandle road, tucked between Destin and Panama City, is actually a string of small beach communities. Deliberately arranged fixtures, from a grove of live oaks, to a promon- tory that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico; this is what sets 30A apart from the rest. The history of 30A begins in 1979, when Robert Davis inherited an 80-acre lot of white-sand beachfront and turned it into a new kind of coastal oasis. The town he built is Seaside.