kurt said:As for traffic, don't blame visitors, blame those that allow overdvelopment without adequate infrastructure. Or those that ignore the sensible option of controlling and/or limiting development in order to limit impacts.
Before we bought in 2000, we heard from a number of sources (a couple of contractors and realtors) that Walton County was one of the most anti-development places in Florida, and I considered that a real bonus. Since then, I haven't seen a lot of evidence to support that view, and much more to support the contrary view. The lots are getting smaller, the setbacks are getting narrower, and guidelines in the comprehensive development plan are either being ignored or somehow sidestepped.
I think one of the problems with most of the tourists -- aka absentee owners -- is that we have no official vote in what goes on in SoWal. I wish we did have a vote in things like the development of boys and girls clubs, controlling development, and protecting the quality of life in SoWal for future generations. Unfortunately, we don't.