Category Archives: Environment

Public hearing regarding proposed changes to coastal dune lake protection zones May 18

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 5 p.m. or as soon thereafter as may be heard at the South Walton County Courthouse Annex, at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd, … Continue reading

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Yellow flies are back!

It’s that time of year again, and those nasty yellow flies are biting… here are some tips for armoring yourself In Florida, the name “yellow fly” is used to describe about a dozen different species of yellow-bodied biting flies. “Yellow … Continue reading

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World Turtle Day event at South Walton County Coastal Branch Library May 19

Date/time: May 19, 4 p.m. Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles an all-volunteer nonprofit group is kicking off efforts to meet their mission of sea turtle conservation through awareness and education with a special event to celebrate World Turtle Day … Continue reading

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Health advisory rescinded for Morrison Springs

Swimming now open May 6, 2015 Walton County — Effective immediately, the Walton County Health Department is rescinding the April 21, 2015  health advisory for the Morrison Springs bathing place. The Health Department feels that water quality in this area … Continue reading

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Take a guided tour of the Choctawhatchee River and Morrison Springs May 18

Date/time: May 18, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. The Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA), in partnership with Northwest Florida State College, announces the spring season of its popular eco-tourism initiative, Eco Adventures of Walton County. Learn about unique places tucked away … Continue reading

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Forest Service to restore 85 acres in Point Washington State Forest

The Florida Forest Service is in the process of restoring a historical, native Longleaf Pine (Pinus Palustris) ecosystem within Point Washington State Forest.  Initially, this will involve the complete removal of off-site Sand Pine (Pinus Clausa) on 85 acres.  A … Continue reading

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Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Grasses in Classes program educates while protecting our environment

It is easy to understand why most of us enjoy living in Northwest Florida. The beautiful beaches, creeks, rivers and the Choctawhatchee Bay offer extraordinary opportunities to fish, explore, swim and thrive in the diverse ecosystems that surround us. Have … Continue reading

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Health advisory issued for Morrison Springs

High Bacteria Count at Morrison Springs Walton County – A health advisory is issued April 22, 2015, for Morrison Springs.  The Advisory is issued based on the criteria for fecal indicator bacteria. This should be considered a potential health risk … Continue reading

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FWC moves forward with comprehensive draft bear management rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to build on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, FWC Commissioners approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action … Continue reading

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Gulf coast lupine blooms along South Walton area beaches

Beautiful blue shrub a welcomed sight In the springtime, sand dunes along the beaches in South Walton are dolloped with beautiful blue lupine. The gulf coast lupine (Lupinus westianus) is a native plant and endemic to Florida. Lupine habitats are … Continue reading

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