Stand Your Sand on South Walton Beaches
Stand Your Sand! It's a local walk together along SoWal beaches on June 4 starting at 8:30am. Meet at Camp Helen State Park (just east of Inlet Beach) or Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Dune Allen Beach) and walk to Grayton Beach State Park to join in the Coastal Dune Lakes Day event.
Walk 10 miles of South Walton's Beaches for the Customary Use of OUR BEACHES for all. Let no barriers or signs impede us on our beaches on this day or ever.
"This sand is your sand, this sand is our sand", says local Dave Rauschkolb, event organizer.
Stand Your Sand, Love Your Lakes, Love Your Parks!
STAND YOUR SAND!
Won't you join together on June 4th for Stand Your Sand and have a walk on the beach? Join hands and walk 10 miles from the east and 10 miles from the west and enjoy South Walton's Beaches to establish our customary use for all. If you don't want to walk 10 miles you can join in at any point along the way. ￼Suggested starting point at Topsail State Park from the west and Camp Helen State Park on the east at 8:00 a.m.. Let no barriers or signs impede us on our beaches on this day or ever. "This sand is your sand, this sand is our sand"
LOVE YOUR LAKES!
Celebrate and enjoy our fragile Coastal Dune Lakes along the way and join up from the east and the west at Grayton Beach for Coastal Dune Lakes Day! Walton County's Coastal Dune Lake Advisory Board (CDLAB) is hosting a celebration of South Walton area coastal dune lakes on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The event will be held at Grayton Beach State park from 10:00 a.m. til 3:00 p.m. http://sowal.com/story/celebrate-coastal-dune-lake-day-at-grayton-beach-state-park-jun-4.
LOVE YOUR PARKS!
Celebrate and support your State Parks for the treasures they are. We are so fortunate to have so many amazing State Parks along South Walton's beaches. Show your support for your beach Parks on June 4th and pay the entrance fees that keep them thriving. Start your walk at Topsail or Camp Helen State Parks and finish at Grayton Beach State Park
Traverse and ignore any and all barriers, signs, ropes and chains that are in violation to the Walton County Beach Activities ordinance "(Items left on the beach overnight will be discarded. (Ordinance 2013-04 Section 22-54) "Obstructions also include fences, ropes, chains, or signs unless properly permitted by county, state, and federal agencies as appropriate.". We reserve the right to stop for a rest to stay properly hydrated to ensure good health and to enjoy the view at any point along the way.
Please do not litter. Please behave responsably and leave only your footprints. Please be respectful of beachfront homeowners and avoid confrontations. Be respectful of the Walton County Beach Activities ordinance. Do use and enjoy the beaches as people have for centuries.
The walk on the beach is in no way an official event of any kind. It is only an idea. All people have the free will to choose to act on an idea or not. We all have the right to walk on the beach; no permit needed.
Please be aware and avoid any contact with post and roped off sea turtle nesting areas. Also near and within the State Park boundaries and inlet/outfalls avoid crossing or trampling posted and roped areas that provide barriers to protect nesting shorebirds and waterbirds.
Stay hydrated water stations will be placed at marked beach accesses along the way. Wear appropriate sunscreen, headwear and clothing for protection from the sun.
Meet up at Grayton Beach State Park and celebrate our beaches, State Parks and coastal dune lakes!
June 4 is also National Trails Day
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