Beach Boys may return to South Walton more than 30 years later

William Hatfield

Were the “good vibrations” too good to be true?

On Monday morning, the buzz around Facebook and tourism websites was all about the Beach Boys playing a Memorial Day concert in South Walton at Gulf Place on May 26. While a South Walton venue isn’t listed yet on the Beach Boys' official site, fliers for the event made the rounds online, promising that tickets would be available soon.

By Wednesday the fliers had been pulled down from public relations firms like Proffitt PR, which represents the Merchants of Gulf Place. Stories on, and were rerouted to blank pages.

Michelle Uhlfelder, whose 98 Republic marketing firm produced the flier, said the promotion had to be “pulled back” because of “unauthorized” images used by a social media site.

“We are still working out the particulars,” she said of the concert.

A Facebook post by Gulf Place Thursday morning aimed to shed further light on the situation: “Since the flyer announcing the Beach Boys concert was released, lots of social media sites picked up on the news. Unfortunately, some used unlicensed images and reports that had to be taken down. Some Facebook fans who ‘liked’ the concert may have received a note saying “event cancelled” when the story was taken down — that is an automatic response from Facebook whenever stories are removed online. New information will be announced in the next week so stay tuned for more details.”

A Beach Boys’ concert would mark a triumphant return for the legendary group. They played Sandestin more than three decades ago and the show is still talked about.

“Hope it’s still true,” wrote Jan Stanko of the concert. “Very excited...”

A message left for Capitol Records, which represents the Beach Boys, was not returned by press time.

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