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Learn about coastal dune lakes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Feb. 15

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance on February 15, 2019 from 10 – 11 a.m. Come learn about the rare coastal dune llakes in Walton County. Meet at the clubhouse. This program is free with regular park admission.  Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park on the third Friday of the month at 10 am in the clubhouse.  Future dates and topics are...

Public meeting regarding Topsail Hill Preserve State Park beach access Dec. 5

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Recreation and Parks, announces a public meeting to which all persons are invited. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Central Time) at Northwest Florida State College, South Walton Center, Rooms 119-120, 109 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459 All members of the public will have the opportunity to state recommendations and exchange information regarding beach access in Topsail Hill Preserve State...

Walton County commissioners vote unanimously in favor of affirming customary use on beaches

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously on Nov. 3 to adopt a formal Notice of Intent to affirm the existence of recreational customary uses on beachfront property in Walton County, Florida. The vote is to repeal H.B. 631, Possession of Real Property adopted in 2017, which prohibited beach goers to transverse, sit, or recreate on dry sand areas along beachfront private homes. Customary Use Ordinances are local ordinances that recognize, regulate, and protect existing public beach access...

Beach water health advisory issued for Inlet Beach

The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of October. The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water...

Health advisory issued for Grayton Beach

The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of October. The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water...

Public hearing on customary use in Santa Rosa Beach Sept. 8

Public hearing to adopt a formal notice of intent to affirm the existence of recreational customary uses on private property • The Walton County Board of County Commissioners proposes to adopt a formal Notice of Intent to affirm the existence of recreational customary uses on beachfront property in Walton County, Florida. You are hereby notified that a Public Hearing on the Notice of Intent will be held on September 8, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m., or as soon as possible...

Wheelchairs available at five 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...

Gov. Scott takes executive action to protect access to Florida beaches

Gov. signs executive order calling on counties to not limit access to Beaches TALLAHASSEE, Fla. July 12, 2018 – Governor Rick Scott today issued Executive Order 18-202, which urges Florida counties to protect public beach access and directs the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to support these efforts. The executive order specifically calls on counties to not limit access to beaches. In March, Governor Scott signed HB 631, sponsored by Senator Kathleen Passidomo (R-Naples) and Representative Katie Edwards–Walpole (D-Sunrise), which passed the Florida Legislature with...

Health advisory issued for Grayton Beach

The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) conducts regularly scheduled saltwater beach water quality monitoring at seven sites through the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. Samples are collected from March through the end of October. The water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals, which may cause human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution, which may come from storm water...

Federal lawsuit could bar public from beaches and recreation areas

From the Walton County Public Information Office A federal lawsuit, filed on behalf of a beachfront homeowner, attempts to block Walton County, Florida’s efforts to legally recognize customary use, or the public’s long standing right to use the beaches for recreational purposes. This lawsuit has national implications and, if successful, could deny the public’s traditional right to use recreational sites throughout the United States. Walton County takes this threat very seriously, and is prepared to aggressively defend customary use and...