A group of angry residents blocked county officials from buying beach front property. In the heat of the public verse private beach battle, a new turmoil has started.
Walton County is on the hunt to buy beach front property for public access but, some residents didn’t want it in their neighborhood. Residents on Spooky Lane and Shell Seekers Cove in Santa Rosa Beach, prevented Walton County from purchasing, The Highland House property.
This parcel would have given the County a large chunk of sand. So, the residents banned together, swooped in and outbid the County. Tourist Development members say, this set back won’t stop them from finding other properties.
“We’ll once again bring them before the board and it will be public and we will announce the amount that we spend, as is required by law. We will hope that we will get them. We have been very successful in buying parcels of beach front land over the past three years but, we missed out on this one,” David Demarest, Visit South Walton.
Another parcel still on the table, is in Seacrest Beach, known as The Murphy Parcel. Walton County officials are negotiating the price, with hopes that the County will be able to purchase it in the future.