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Bay front park on the Choctawhatchee Bay inches closer to reality

With the recent purchase of close to 6.6 acres on the northwest end of the Clyde B. Wells (Hwy. 331) bridge corridor, Walton County is getting closer to creating a new park on the Choctawhatchee Bay. Known as bayfield or “bay fill” to some locals, the first parcel purchased by the County is 2.14 acres on the water. The additional parcels are adjacent to the north and are collectively 4.436 acres. The second purchase will be announced at the Walton...

New enhancements installed at Choctaw Beach Park

The long awaited improvements to the Choctaw Beach Park and boat ramp have been completed. The project consisted of construction of a new more accessible boat ramp, improved paved parking area and the construction of new bathroom facilities. Walton County Facility Maintenance crews have also provided some additional landscaping to the site. Funding for the project was provided by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission through the Florida Boating Improvement Program, and the Board of County Commissioners. More than a boat...

Morrison Springs swimming advisory rescinded

Water now safe for swimming, diving Effective Feb. 12, 2014, the Florida Department of Health in Walton County is rescinding the May 31, 2013 swim advisory for the Morrison Springs bathing place. DOH Walton feels that water quality in this area has improved considerably due to the reduction in bacteria levels. DOH will continue to monitor the water quality in this area monthly and routinely advise the public of results.  For more information contact the DOH Walton at 850-892-8021. Morrison...

Kellogg Bayfront Park in Santa Rosa Beach open to the public

Kayak, canoe, and stand up paddle board launch on the Choctawhatchee Bay A new waterfront park is open on the Choctawhatchee Bay. The long awaited Kellogg Bayfront Park in Santa Rosa Beach boasts panoramic vistas, along with easy access to the bay for kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards. Amenities include vessel ramp, several picnic tables, shower, water fountain and water spigot. The fenced park area does not include vehicle parking, however you may facilitate the ramp area while...

Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail grand opening June 21

Join the Walton County Master Gardeners, Northwest Florida State College, and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance  for the grand opening of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden and Trail at the Northwest Florida State College South Walton Center. The event will be held on June 21, 2013 at 4 p.m. Both the Walton Area & Destin Area Chambers of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting to open the garden and trail, which everyone is invited to enjoy. Immediately following, from 5 –...

Ribbon cutting held for new Padgett Park Community Center

Center open, play area completed On Nov. 19, Walton County District 5 commissioner Cecilia Jones hosted a ribbon cutting for the new Padgett Park on J.D. Miller Road in Santa Rosa Beach. The park is named after Timothy Padgett, a Special Forces medical sergeant from Walton County who died in the line of duty in Afghanistan in 2007. Also in attendance was Padgett’s mother Glenda Penton and newly elected District 5 commissioner Cindy Meadows. The Community Center is the first...

Early autumn in Walton County abounds with color

Autumn brings colorful display to forest floors Fall brings a colorful time to explore the outdoors in  Northwest Florida. In Walton County, we are fortunate to have several State Parks and the Point Washington State Forest providing and abundance of seasonal wildflowers and migrating butterflies. To name just a few native flowers in bloom this time of year are wild buckweat (Eriogonum tomentosum), hairy jointweed (Polygonella basiramia), senna symeria (seymeria cassioides), goldenaster (Chrysopsis sabrella), goldenrod (Soldago tortifolia), figwort (Agalinis satacea)...