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Learn surf fishing at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 13

Date/time: July 13, 2016 – 9-10 a.m. Join the ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a fascinating program while you learn to surf fish. Fishing is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, have some fun, and catch a tasty meal. Unfortunately not everyone that would like to try fishing knows someone that can teach the basics. Participants must have a valid Florida fishing license. A day license can be purchased at Walmart. This program starts at the beach access...

Blue Mountain beach advisory lifted, all South Walton beaches good

July 1, 2016 – 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...

Miramar Beach access health advisory lifted, Blue Mountain Beach access health advisory still in effect

June 30, 2016 – 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...

Health advisories issued for Miramar and Blue Mountain 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...

Co-existing with Florida’s beach-nesting birds

Be watchful and respectful of all nesting wildlife, it’s a matter of survival While we all enjoy the beautiful beaches of Northwest Florida, it is important to remember that we share the beach with nesting shorebirds. While you are at the beach, please remember to be respectful of wildlife. Their survival depends on you! Frequent disturbances of birds on the beach, especially disturbances that cause birds to take flight, may threaten their survival. Many species of Florida’s water birds, including...

Public workshop on Walton Dunes beach access June 8

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Workshop on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the South Walton Courthouse Annex located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach, FL. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Walton Dunes beach access. Walton County adheres to the American with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to the meetings upon request. Please call (850)...

Water health advisory issued for Grayton Beach

March 29, 2016 – 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...

Beach access workshop in Santa Rosa Beach March 16

Date/time: Wed., March 16 – 5 – 8 p.m. Walton County Board of County Commissioners are hosting beach access workshop on March 16. The meeting will be held at the Emerald Coast Middle School located at 4019 US Hwy. 98, Santa Rosa Beach. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss public access to the beach. Walton County adheres to the American with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to the meetings upon request. Please call (850)...

Discard used monofilament fishing line properly and don’t feed the birds

Check your tackle frequently and replace old line In Florida, fishing is an important part of our lifestyle as well as the economy. However, this enjoyable activity sometimes can lead to problems for birds and other wildlife, such as sea turtles and birds. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists, monofilament fishing line and fishing hooks that are improperly handled or discarded can entangle these animals, leading to injury and even death. The brown pelican is one species...

Two water quality advisories issued for south Walton beach locations

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...

International Coastal Cleanup Day in South Walton Sept. 19

Visit South Walton is hosting the 2015 International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the following beach accesses: Dune Allen, Ed Walline, Inlet Beach and Miramar Beach. It is easy to get involved, there is no age limit or special skills required — supplies and water to be provided to all volunteers. For more information on how you can support beach cleanup in South Walton contact Stacey Infinger at (850) 267-4578...