The internationally significant Walton County Coastal Dune Lakes are under siege. On Tuesday, September 8, the Walton County Commission will hold an adoption hearing on a plan amendment that, contrary to state law, will have a grave adverse impact to this very unique ecosystem which is only found in Walton County and areas in Australia and New Zealand. Please act now as the vote will happen TODAY September 8th. SWCC of South Walton County Florida believes this is an issue of statewide concern and that more analysis is needed to ensure that any Commission action preserves the integrity of this internationally significant state resource for future generations. ACTION NEEDED: Walton County Commissioners need to hear from you NOW. Tell them the proposed amendment should be denied or the vote postponed until the protection of these lakes can be ensured. Individual contacts: District 1: William "Bill" Chapman, email@example.com, (850) 835-4860 District 2: Cecilia Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, (850) 892-4020 District 3: Bill Imfeld, email@example.com, (850) 892-8474 District 4: Sara Comander, firstname.lastname@example.org, (850) 835-4834 District 5: Cindy Meadows, email@example.com, (850) 231-2978 More Information on Walton County Coastal Dune Lakes Both the Department of Economic Opportunity and the Department of Environmental Protection commented that eliminating protective plan policies within the dune protection zone would cause significant harm to these resources. Similar comments were provided by US Fish & Wildlife Service and the West Florida Regional Planning Council. Offers of technical assistance from these agencies for reasonable changes have been ignored by the County. With no credible data and analysis to support the amendment, no meaningful and predictable standards to guide development applications, and no resolution of conflicts with other comprehensive plan policies, the County is poised to act TODAY September 8th. These lakes are a national and international treasure which Walton County must protect. For more information see 1000 Friends' July 16, 2015 comment letter, 1000 Friends and Florida Wildlife Federation's July 30 comment letter, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's August 6comment letter, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's August 11 comment letter, the US Fish and Wildlife Service's July 28 comment email, the Regional Planning Council's August 27 comment letter, and the August 25 objection letter sent by 1000 Friends of Florida and the Florida Wildlife Federation. We will provide additional updates as they become available. The subject of a nationally acclaimed video produced for PBS by videographer Elam Stolfus, these unique lakes occur nowhere else in Florida, and are listed as globally impaired by the Florida Natural Areas Inventory. You can watch a brief overview video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfdbwgqshYk. Also see comments submitted regarding flaws in a report used by Walton County to support the plan amendment. For regular updates on this issue, please visit 1000 Friends' Coastal Dunes post.