Walton County Land Development Code Change

Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. - Walton County may soon strengthen its broadband connectivity through a proposed policy, called 'Dig Once.' 

During today's Walton County Commission meeting, a possible change in the Land Development Code was proposed. The policy will require contractors to bury fiber optic cables and conduit, the first time they break ground, in order to help expand broadband capability. 

However, the Commissioners said more specifics on the development requirements will be needed, before a decision is made to change the code. 

"We want to provide an environment for our residents to live, learn, work, play, with that, internet speeds that they need. So, what our Commissioners did is, they directed us to bring back language that would specify what development requirements will be," said Rick Wilson, Walton County Programs and Projects Manager.

At the next Walton County Commission meeting, Wilson and his team are expected to present specific numbers and language for the 'Dig Once' policy. That meeting will be held in DeFuniak Springs on June 13th.

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