Customary Use Will Happen On Sowal Beaches

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  1. Dave Rauschkolb

    Dave Rauschkolb Beach Fanatic

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    It appears the BCC have adopted the recommendations with some changes to the Customary Use Ordinance and it also appears the Ordinance will go into affect this Saturday, April 1st. Thank you Commissioners and the 10 Committee members who worked so hard to adopt changes. This is amazing and wonderful for OUR Walton County Beaches.

    "This sand is your sand, this sand is my sand!!" Yay!

    "1. The public’s long-standing customary use of the dry sand areas of all of the beaches in the County for recreational purposes is hereby recognized and protected. Except as stated in Paragraph 4 (15 foot buffer seaward from the toe of the dune), no individual, group, or entity shall impede or interfere with the right of the public at large, including the residents and visitors of the County, to utilize the dry sand areas of the beach that are owned by private entities for recreational purposes"
     
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  2. FactorFiction

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    No question that the Commissioners listened to the public and mostly gave the public what they requested. There is another hurdle outstanding: Might want to wait to celebrate until the judge rules in the outstanding court cases.
     
  3. gailforce

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    April Fools?
     
  4. Dave Rauschkolb

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    Everything is as it is until it isn't. I'm celebrating every day of Customary Use until and if it ever changes.
     
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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Beach without boundaries, only shores and wide open, natural beauty. Thanks to everyone speaking up, writing and showing up to protect the customary use of our beaches.


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    Seems reasonable and agreeable.
     
  7. FloridaBeachBum

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    Dave R, legally NOT your or anyone else's property/sand to the MHWL. Unless your name is on the title/deed. Might want to come up with another silly jingle.
     
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  8. John G

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    Yup, big hurdle to jump here.

    Let's hold off on the holding hands and koumaya till then....

    Sad day for anyone that had an investment in "Beach Front" property...

    You just had your property "taken" from you.

    Tourists Rule and Owners a Fool. Welcome to SoWal...:welcome::sowal:
     
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    No more beach vendors with exclusive rights from homeowners (below MHWL) to set up,and PAID $$$ kickbacks to homeowner for rights. Especially since no one OWNS below MHWL...let the fights begin..hope Beach Enforcement follows the law..
     
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    The BCC gutted the committee's recommendations. I do not believe any of them were accepted.
     
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    I was there yesterday and except for some trivial rewriting of verbiage for clarity....what was changed?
     
  12. FactorFiction

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    The Commissioners mostly kept the ordinance as it was in October. They reduced umbrella size to 7 feet from 10, at the recommendation of Sidney Noyes, Assistant County Attorney, not the committee. I think they also allowed the committee recommendation prohibiting tobacco on private property. Your impression of "gutting" the committee's recommendations is generally correct. The BCC clearly felt that their original version was the right solution with minor changes.
     
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    Walton Sun: Customary Use goes into effect April 1

     
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    What do any of the "Committee" members have to say?
     
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    Does anyone have the newest version? I'm curious as to how it differs from the committee.
     
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    Defuniak Herald has it in the paper this week.
     
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    Attached is the ordinance with revisions approved by the county commission on March 28. The ordinance goes into effect on Saturday, April 1.
     

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    I watched all 10-12 hours of the four Custom Committee meetings (I doubt Dave R did) and it was clear that the public committee members, BCC selected, included prohibitions, one was the use of alcohol and tobacco, to recognize private property rights that are NOT customary use. There are property owners that DO NOT drink alcohol and DO NOT smoke and would not permit uninvited persons to drink alcohol or smoke on their private property regardless if the person or persons were drunk, creating a nuisance, or littering, as is their right as property owners. Now they can not.

    The Walton attorney, Walton TDC, and Walton BCC just poked a huge finger in private property owners' eye by disregarding the committee members recommendations to recognize some basic property owner’s rights - because the TDC Brian Kellenberger whines that it is too difficult to enforce!!??

    Then stop this farce of common-law claim of custom on private property and save the Walton tax payers million$ of dollar$ that private property owners will probably win and Walton will probably loose.

    Commissioner Comander Oct 25, 2016 comments on customary use ordinance “...if it took spending $40 MILLION to $50 MILLION in tax payer’s money - if we [commissioners] have to, then we have to!” Heck the whole 2017 budget is $130 MILLION I understand. https://walton.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=369&starttime=3615&autostart=0&embed=1

    Drinking alcohol in public is not a crime. Drinking alcohol on private property without the property owner's permission is NOT customary use but it is a violation of property owners constitutional rights and trespass. See you in court Walton tax payer$.
     
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  19. FactorFiction

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    Not sure that your statement is correct. If the property owner chooses to allow vendors to set up on their property, they can still do that, I think.
     
  20. Easternlakefan

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    I and my husband did our homework before purchasing any thing on 30-A. My DEED reads my property goes to the MHWL. So who's paying/reimbursing me for my property tax for "customary use" of my deeded private property? I don't think chairs umbrellas and tents will last the whole day without getting in some waves and water(below MHWL). Which means they'll be on my property to stay dry.
     

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