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Fish Out of Water Wins Prestigious Golden Spoon Award

WaterColor Inn & Resort’s flagship restaurant among 64 selected by Florida Trend Magazine

(Santa Rosa, FL) – WaterColor Inn & Resort’s AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Fish Out of Water known for its virtuoso cuisine has another distinction: the restaurant has been named one of the 2012 Golden Spoon Award winners. Florida Trend Magazine annually bestows Golden Spoon Awards to Sunshine State restaurants that offer diners the very best in food, service and décor. Fish Out of Water is one of three northwest Florida restaurants to receive this special recognition.

Executive Chef & Director of Food and Beverage for WaterColor Inn & Resort Wayne Alcaide says the Golden Spoon Award will draw even more attention to the quality of food and service Fish Out of Water is known for. “We pride ourselves on preparing and serving only the freshest ingredients possible for our select menu.” Alcaide says it’s because of the relationships he has built with the fishermen, oystermen and local farmers that allow Fish Out of Water to serve such high quality meals. “Being able to procure the freshest ingredients possible is instrumental to the success of any dish.”

Fish Out of Water sets a glamorous scene overlooking the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, providing stunning views from the floor to ceiling windows. A private dining room is available, lined with bottles from the restaurant’s collection of wines. Enjoy breakfast in a casual atmosphere with favorites including Shane’s Shrimp & Grits or a classic Quiche Lorraine.

For more information about WaterColor Inn & Resort please call 850.534.5000 or visit www.watercolorresort.com. For more information about Camp Creek please call 850.231.7601 or visit www.campcreekgolfclub.com.



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About WaterColor Inn & Resort
WaterColor Inn & Resort has a long list of awards and accolades: Selected in 2012 as a Conde' Nast “Gold List” recipient and AAA Four Diamond Award along with the 2011 awards for a “Top 20 Family Resort” in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and 12th best in Condé Nast Traveler’s “Top Mainland U.S. Large Resorts”. WaterColor has also been recognized as one of the top 30 in Travel + Leisure’s “Best Beach Hotels in America” & “Top 500 Hotels in the World”; selected as second best by readers of Travel + Leisure in the “Top 50 World’s Best Family Hotels and Cruises in the U.S. & Canada” and the “Top 500 Hotels in the World” in 2009 and 2010; voted number 15 in the “Top 100 Mainland U.S. Resorts” by readers of Condé Nast Traveler in 2010 ; and “Best Hotel in Florida” by the readers of Travel + Leisure in 2007.

The WaterColor Inn & Resort offers luxurious accommodations at both the exclusive 60 room Inn and well appointed residences and charming cottages. The resort has award-winning dining at Fish Out of Water, a full service spa, Kids Camp, golf, tennis, biking, kayaking and fishing. WaterColor Inn & Resort is managed by Seattle-based Noble House Hotels & Resorts and developed by The St. Joe Company. For more information about WaterColor visit www.watercolorresort.com or call 866-426-2656.

About WaterSound Beach
WaterSound Beach is a 256-acre gated residential community sitting directly on the Gulf of Mexico, along Scenic Highway 30-A between Camp Creek Lake and Deer Lake State Park in Northwest Florida’s South Walton County. Developed by the St. Joe Company, it stretches for a mile along the Gulf Coast’s crystal white sands and emerald waters, with pedestrian bridges and footpaths linking the community are various neighborhoods, complemented by the property’s dramatic dunes and lush, natural spaces. Amenities include the private WaterSound Beach Club, with a 7,000 square foot free-form swimming pool and seasonal Dunesider Grille. Two miles east of WaterSound Beach is Camp Creek Golf Course, a private, 18-hole, par 72 championship course configured by renowned designer Tom Fazio. For WaterSound vacation rentals, call 800-413-2363 or visit www.watersoundvacationrentals.com.

About Camp Creek
Since opening in 2001, Camp Creek has been consistently cited as one of Tom Fazio's most thought-provoking, aesthetically-stunning design credits. Featuring a unique “dunescape” appearance, the layout is framed by sand dunes and native grasses. From the back green tees, the course plays to a championship caliber yardage of 7,159 and a formidable slope rating of 152 (one of the highest in the state). Camp Creek’s five-tee configuration, which also includes gold (senior) and red (women’s) tees, accommodates players of all skill and experience levels. It is ranked among the top courses in the state by Golfweek, GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest. It has also been recognized for its environmental stewardship through designation as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System (ACSS). Superintendent Larry Livingston was similarly distinguished as a certified Audubon Steward. Camp Creek is operated by Troon Golf, the leader in upscale golf course-management.

About Shark’s Tooth
Designed by Greg Norman and voted the second best new private course by Golf Digest in 2002, Shark's Tooth Golf Club was purchased by The St. Joe Company to bolster its high-end, golf course holdings. The course stretches to 7,204 yards from the back tees and features five fairways that border scenic Lake Powell, two holes that play toward the water and numerous wooden cart path bridges that cross over streams and estuaries. Tucked among the oaks and pines along the shores of the historic lake, which has been designated an Outstanding Florida Waterway, Shark's Tooth is a challenging course that co-exists with its surroundings. Grass from the Greg Norman Turf Company was used on the fairways, approaches and rough. The course is a Silver Signature Sanctuary Course as accredited by the Audubon Signature Program and is operated by Troon Golf, the leader in upscale golf course-management.

About St. Joe
The St. Joe Company, a publicly held company currently based in Jacksonville, is one of Florida's largest real estate development companies and Northwest Florida's largest private landowner.  St. Joe is primarily engaged in real estate development and sales, with significant interests in timber.  More information about the Company can be found on its website at www.joe.com.

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