By Rachel Kyler Debris washing along the shores is causing concern for area residents and the county believes it could be a potential problem. ?We feel that this is a serious public threat,? said Walton County Planning Director Pat Blackshear. After Tropical Storm Alberto, debris, such as boards and construction supplies, was scattered along area beaches. ?For all we know, it could be from New Orleans,? Blackshear said. ?Some was left from private projects,? added Commissioner Cindy Meadows. The Planning Department is hoping to obtain a one-time cleanup permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The Walton Board Of County Commissioners voted to pursue the necessary permits at its Tuesday meeting. With turtle season underway, construction work is not allowed on area beaches. However, Blackshear assured commissioners the Planning Department would work with the Turtle Watch group to ensure the protection of the species. In the future, Meadows does not want residents to use the nesting period to shirk their responsibility of maintaining their beachfront property. Meadows wants the county to put residents on notice before turtle season begins and not allow homeowners to ?use it as an excuse to leave (the debris) there.? ?We have to make sure folks have their yards cleaned up,? Meadows said.