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DIY coastal dune lake clean-up day July 21

Help preserve our rare coastal dune lakes on Wednesday, July 21 with a do it yourself clean-up day. The event will be held from 9 – 11 am. Step 1: Pick your favorite coastal dune lake (by land or by water). Step 2: Bring your own bucket, mess bag, reusable gloves and trash pickers. Step 3: Place all trash collected at the closest Walton County TDC trash collection areas. Trash will be collected by Walton County TDC workers after 11:00...

Wheelchairs available at several South Walton beach accesses

High tech chairs offer beach enjoyment for mobility challenged Being mobility challenged can be frustrating, especially when one wants to enjoy our beautiful beaches in South Walton. However, five South Walton Fire District Lifeguard Stations offer beach wheelchairs for public use, making access much easier. This service is offered at no charge through a partnership between South Walton Fire District (SWFD) and the Walton County Tourist Development Council. The beach wheelchairs are located at the following accesses from west to...

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...