750 passionate locals made their voices heard regarding the public use of beaches.
The Walton County Board held a public meeting at South Walton High School with the issue of customary use in the spotlight.
“This was the meeting to consider the customary use ordinance for Walton County,” said Daniel Uhlfelder, Florida Beaches For All attorney.
The first half of the meeting was originally planned to have county attorneys and representatives present their evidence of affirmation of public use, such as signed affidavits.
However, it was postponed due to 13 properties not receiving their required certified mail notifications.
“Unfortunately due to some issues with some notification of a couple properties that didn’t get the certified mail required notification. They pulled that back,” explained Louis Svehla, Walton County Public Information Manager.
“Under the statute there’s three ways to get noticed and apparently one of the ways was not provided for certain Gulf front owners,” noted Uhlfelder.
Despite that, the meeting still proceeded and allowed the public to comment on the issue to the board.
“The customary things that have always been done whether it would be walking on the beach, fishing from the beach, laying on the beach,” added Svehla.
The postponed evidence presentation is planned to be held on November 3rd.