Beach Access Renovations Updates

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  1. Visit SoWal

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    Dec 26, 2019
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    South Walton
    Nine neighborhood and regional beach access points are undergoing a facelift this fall and winter, including improvements or replacement of decking and railing, addition of bike racks, or if needed, a complete rebuild. Some accesses have already been completed, with more underway throughout the coming months.

    To make accessing the beaches easier for both visitors and locals, no more than two neighborhood beach access and/or regional beach access points will be under construction at a given time.

    The five neighborhood beach accesses receiving improvements this season are located in the Seagrove Beach neighborhood and will be completely inaccessible during their respective construction periods. Please note, some dates may have changed from the initial announcement of construction.
    • 395 NBA: Substantially completed; ready to welcome guests
    • Hickory NBA: Substantially completed; ready to welcome guests
    • Live Oak NBA: 12-7-19 through 1-7-20
    • Dogwood NBA: 12-14-19 through 1-14-20
    • Nightcap NBA: 12-31-19 through 2-29-20
    In addition, staff has started on renovations at four regional beach access points, including: Inlet Beach, Gulfview Heights, Ed Walline, and Fort Panic (formally known as “Dune Allen Regional Beach Access”).

    As previously mentioned, some of the dates may have changed since the initial announcement of construction, please plan accordingly.

    • Inlet Beach: Closed from 12-21-19 through 2-29-20
      • All three neighborhood access points in Inlet Beach will be improved this winter, but at least one access will always remain open for visitors to access the beach. The bathhouse and some parking will be available throughout this renovation. The western access will undergo construction first, as it will be limited in scope and should be finished in one week, it will then remain open while the other two are being reconstructed/renovated.
    • Ed Walline: Closed from 12-12-19 through 2-29-20
      • Demolition began on 12-23-2019 and completion is estimated to be within 60 days. This RBA will allow for beach access through the emergency access drive just west of the main walkway. Although the boardwalks will be closed for these renovations, the bathhouse, sand beach entrance and parking will be available.
    • Fort Panic: Substantially completed; ready to welcome guests
    • Gulfview Heights: Substantially completed; ready to welcome guests
    Additional Beach / Bay Access Improvements:

    Seasonal Maintenance
    The Walton County TDC Beach Maintenance team has been hard at work this season to make updates to various neighborhood and regional beach access points throughout South Walton. In addition to the nine renovation projects, the bathhouses and landscaping have been updated to prepare for the quickly approaching spring season.

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