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South Walton sea turtle nesting season May 1 – October 31

 Sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on earth, and have remained essentially unchanged for 110 million years. However, they face an uncertain future. Illegal harvesting, habitat encroachment, and pollution (physical and light) are only some of the issues sea turtles face as the beautiful creatures struggle to survive. Each year from May – October, there are four species of Florida sea turtles that nest along the beach in South Walton County – Loggerhead, Green, Leatherback and Kemps Ridley. Each...

Help sea turtles survive: FWC offers tips on helping hatchlings

Sea turtle hatchlings are beginning to appear on beaches throughout the Sunshine State, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is asking the public to help ensure these tiny turtles reach the ocean by following a few simple guidelines. During sea turtle nesting season (March 1 – Oct. 31), it is important to keep your distance from these protected marine reptiles and their nests. You should allow hatchlings to crawl toward the ocean on their own. Any interference...

Panhandle area Florida State Parks continue to reopen for day use

May 9, 2020 – The Florida State Parks in the Panhandle area are continuing to reopen with limited use. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has opened for day use only. It will be for 50% capacity and there will be no tram service to the beach. The park will close once 50% capacity is met. To protect the health of the staff and volunteers only exact change or credit cards will be taken at the ranger station. No change will...

All Walton County parks and beaches now open

May 1, 2020 – During the Walton County Board of County Commissioner’s (WCBCC) meeting that took place April 28th, 2020, the following action was taken by the WCBCC regarding the opening of the Beaches of Walton County. The WCBCC has passed Resolution 2020-35, which updates the County’s Local State of Emergency. This Resolution was passed with the following language regarding the opening of Walton County’s beaches and parks which will become effective on Friday, May 1st. Beginning on Friday, at...

South Walton beaches to open on May 1st with strict restrictions

During the Walton County Board of County Commissioner’s (WCBCC) meeting that took place beginning at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 28th, 2020, the following action was taken by the WCBCC regarding the opening of the Beaches of Walton County. The WCBCC has passed Resolution 2020-35, which updates the County’s Local State of Emergency. This Resolution was passed with the following language regarding the opening of Walton County’s beaches and parks which will become effective on Friday, May 1st. Beginning on Friday,...

Walton area recreation closures, opens

As of March 19, 2020 many area recreation sites have been temporarily closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. It is difficult to keep up with all the changes, however here are a few closed areas: WALTON COUNTY BCC CLOSES BEACHES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC; SHERIFF’S OFFICE CHARGED WITH ENFORCEMENT. Walton parks beyond the beach remain open March 19, 2020 WALTON COUNTY, Fla— A vote early Thursday morning has closed beaches to the general public in Walton County. At their...

Regional beach access now open in Dune Allen area of Scenic Hwy. 30A

The Walton County Tourist Development Council has just completed a new regional beach access in Santa Rosa Beach. Located in the Dune Allen area on the west end of Scenic Hwy. 30 A the new access includes 18 parking spots, bike racks, golf cart parking, restroom facilities and a lifeguard station. The 1.51-acre property has 220 feet of beachfront and was purchased for $7.4 million in 2016. Two more regional beach accesses are expected to open in 2020, in Miramar...