Dave Rauschkolb [ CHAIRMAN ]
A Gulf Front business owner, Dave has lived in South Walton since 1986. Dave owns 3 restaurants in Seaside and a bakery/cafe in Grayton Beach. His flagship restaurant, Bud & Alley’s is the longest established restaurant in South Walton County—on the beach in Seaside.
Dave has been a passionate advocate for the Walton County community for 33 years, active in community affairs in the following leadership roles: Seaside Merchants Advisory Board, Seaside Institute, co-founder/board member of The Scenic 30-A Business Association, Board of The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association/Northwest FL Chapter, Founder of the 30A Scenic Pride Initiative, Founder of Hands Across the Sand. Board Member and founder of A Better South Walton and board member of the Seaside School.
In 2010 Dave founded and directed a state-wide initiative called Hands Across The Sand to discourage the expansion of oil drilling in Florida’s waters. On February 13th, 2010 Dave’s initiative organized 10,000 Floridians join hands for 15 minutes on 80 Florida beaches to influence the Florida Legislature to abandon a Bill to allow for offshore drilling in Florida’s waters. Two months later in April, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf. Soon after the disaster Dave led a National and Worldwide Hands Across The Sand event held in all 50 US States and 48 countries across the world.
Dave strongly believes sharing the beaches we hold dear in South Walton and all of Florida is critical to the well-being of citizens, visitors and economic interests.
pete foley [ secretary + Vice-Chair ]
Pete is President of a business consultancy focusing on communication strategy and business writing; including executive speeches and ghost-blogging, web copy, video scripting, ad copy, media releases, etc. He had an extended career as an award-winning Creative Director/Senior Producer at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta where he wrote and produced hundreds of programs across America and in 31 countries.
Pete has vacationed in South Walton for three decades and has been a property owner for more than 20 years. As a child growing up in Coastal New England, he was accustomed to free use of beaches and is a strong proponent of the doctrine of Customary Use.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Pete splits time between Atlanta and Santa Rosa Beach with his wife, Sharon. He has four children and six grandchildren, and enjoys UGA football, Jimmy Buffett music, and all things coastal.
peteR MOHYLSKY [ treasurer ]
Peter is originally from Bethlehem, Pa., but quickly fell in love with the Gulf Coast and their beaches courtesy of the USAF. He first visited this area in the late 70’s but managed to spend much of his USAF career in this area. He has traveled the world and maintains that our beaches are the WORLDS FINEST. Now a retired officer, professional pilot and small business owner, he has found home here in South Walton County. He stays active in local charities and the local music scene. Previously, he served as the Board President for the Destin Charity Wine Auction, Executive Board Member for Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation and is an active member of the Destin Rotary Club. He firmly feels the need to preserve the quality of live here in SoWal.
He has two very lovely daughters who don’t live here full time but visit their dad at the beach when their busy schedules allow. Two granddaughters are beach lovers as well but do need some education in Beach etiquette. Both daughters are part of his ties to this area because they both competed college at local institutions and have kept sand in their shoes.
samantha herring [ board member ]
Samantha Herring is a Florida resident, small business owner and Public Insurance Adjuster. She's spent her adult life advocating for community issues that truly matter., accumulating decades of experience in developing “cradle to grave” advocacy campaigns, strategic planning, development, and related consultancy work.
Samantha has dedicated her focus and recent work on organizing and developing tools and resources for groups working to protect Florida’s precious environment. Her passion and statewide focus on public policy, research, outreach, and organizational support is focused on protecting and preserving Florida’s public beaches, regardless of how the public realizes that use.
liz mcmaster [ board member ]
Liz has lived in Florida on and off since childhood, but her love of the beach has never wavered. In 2007, she and her husband made Destin their permanent home. “You may leave for a while, but you always come back.” Liz remains in awe of the power of the ocean….”I’ve seen it at it’s calmest and it’s roughes,t and understand the need to always respect it.”
She's enjoyed a long-standing career in the financial and real estate industries as both an agent and investor. Liz is passionate about volunteerism and puts her heart into the renovation of investment properties—most recently in Miramar Beach.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. We give back because it teaches us to find compassion within ourselves and to stay attached to values that are linked to the common good." —Gandhi