2020 Beach Driving Permits Extended

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  1. Kurt Lischka

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    All driving on the beach permits are extended until August 1st. The beach permit lottery application process will begin on June 1st.

    Beach Driving, Charter Fishing, Dogs on the Beach Permits | Walton County, FL - Home Page

    For a high-level overview, please see the Beach Driving and Charter Fishing Permits 2019 fact sheet.

    Driving on the beach is only allowed on Grayton Beach, and two different types of permits are available, one for driving only, and one for driving and launching a boat. Driving on the beach is also allowed on a 66-foot stretch at the Phillips Inlet Access at Inlet Beach, which doesn't allow room for parking so it is mainly used as a boat launch and drop off site.

    In the past beach driving permits were available to all Walton residents, but the rules for driving on the beach have changed in recent years.

    Walton County holds a lottery for 150 one-year beach driving permits available only to county residents and property owners. The Walton County Beach Activities Ordinance 2019-06 outlines the procedures for applying and receiving a permit to drive on the beach.

    The lottery limits beach driving access, while providing residents with an opportunity to take part in driving on the beach. Lottery winners and grandfathered permit holders pay $135 for the one-year permit. Grandfathered permits are available to Walton residents and property owners who have had a permit since before the lottery started. If the grandfathered permit holder fails to renew their permit they lose grandfather privileges would have to enter the lottery the next year.



     
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    The Board of County Commissioners has issued an 8 week extension on all current beach permit expiration dates. Any beach permit with an expiration date of June 1, 2020 will be valid until August 1, 2020.

    Currently Walton County offices are closed. We will reopen Tuesday, May 26th. However, we are accepting renewal applications and processing permits to be mailed out beginning May 18th.

    You may submit your application and the required documents listed at the top of the application by mail, fax, email or online at the following link. https://www.co.walton.fl.us/896/Beach-Driving-Charter-Fishing-Dog-Beach- 2020 applications have not yet been uploaded to the website, but you may complete the 2019 form until it has been updated.

    If you wish to renew in person at the Walton County Administration office located at 76 North 6th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433 you may do so beginning May 26th. No dates have been schedule for permit processing at the South Walton Annex at this time.. Notification will be sent when SWA dates are available . Please be patient as we are working diligently to get permits processed and to you in a timely manner. Should you have any questions feel free to contact me at the following.

    Best Regards
    Candy Posey
    Walton County Administration
    Administration Clerk
    850-892-8155 ext. 1025
    poscandy@co.walton.fl.us
     

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