Customary Use Public Hearing September 8, 2018, 9a.m.

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  1. SoWal Staff

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    NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO ADOPT A FORMAL NOTICE OF INTENT TO AFFIRM THE EXISTENCE OF RECREATIONAL CUSTOMARY USES ON PRIVATE PROPERTY

    The Walton County Board of County Commissioners proposes to adopt a formal Notice of Intent to affirm the existence of recreational customary uses on beachfront property in Walton County, Florida.

    You are hereby notified that a Public Hearing on the Notice of Intent will be held on September 8, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m., or as soon as possible to that time, at the South Walton High School located at 645 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.
     
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    How can this call to action go nationwide? Think of the thousands of people over the years that have taken photos on the beaches of SoWal?

    Beach photographers, can you submit en masse?

    I know I have plenty of photos in front of the former Seagrove Villas, which are where the mega mansions now seem to be. :)
     
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    Good overview of Customary Use ,where we are now and what Walton County is pursuing in the upcoming Sept 8 meeting at South Walton High School at 9am.

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    Walton County to Hold Public Hearing on Customary Use

    Walton County to Hold Public Hearing on Customary Use

    Customary Use is a big issue in the state of Florida.

    It’s the belief that beaches have been public property as long as humans have used them, which is why counties across Florida have passed customary use ordinances allowing access to both public access points and in front of beachfront homes.

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    Beachgoers walk past a sign recently in Walton County warning people not to trespass.
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    In April 2018, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 631. The bill, which received bipartisan support, authorizes a person with “superior right to possession or real property” and “prohibits local government from enacting or enforcing ordinance or rule based on customary use.”

    The Walton County Board of Commissioners is moving forward to restore public beach access along the South Walton beaches under new provisions of the House bill.

    On September 8 at 9 a.m., commissioners will hold a public hearing at the South Walton High School auditorium to “affirm the existence of recreational customary uses on beachfront property in Walton County.”

    Public Information Officer for Walton County Louis Svehla said the hearing is the first step toward a customary use ordinance.

    "Based on the legislation passed this year by the state of Florida, House Bill 631, it requires that we hold a public meeting regarding our intent to move forward with the customary use ordinance," he said.

    A draft of the ordinance will be presented at the hearing, Svehla said.

    "That would be the ordinance that would be presented along with all of the other information to a judge who would ultimately then decide whether customary use could exist in the forum that we’re trying to have."

    In 2016, Walton County Commissioners passed a customary use ordinance giving the public the right to enjoy privately-owned beaches without fear of prosecution.

    "We had issues with property owners putting up fences and signs and chaining off and roping off their private property which was an environmental issue as well," Svehla said. "And that really led the board to look at our beaches, how they’ve been used customarily; what they felt was right for this area."

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    A sign on a South Walton Beach alerts people of private property lines.
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    On July 1 of this year, HB 631 went into effect voiding the 2017 customary use ordinance and causing issues for both residents and visitors.

    "We’ve had several property owners say they do not want us crossing their property in order to pick up trash that we would normally pick up on private property throughout our beach," Svehla said. "That has caused us to have to stop picking up trash in certain areas. We’ve got about 70 percent of our private property now that we’re unable to collect trash from because we are unable to traverse certain areas of the beach."

    Another issue is, of course, the confusion of which beaches are public or private.

    "Certainly visitors coming in, even residents, who have been going to places they’ve been used to going to and being told by homeowners that they’re going to have to move — that it’s private property," Svehla said.

    Svehla said the proposed customary use ordinance will be similar to the one passed in 2017.

    "We don’t anticipate it to be much different," he added. "Really, this is the process we have to go through based on the legislation. So the board will look at a draft ... and if they would like to make any changes or see something different in an ordinance."

    And again, the Florida Legislature could pass another bill.

    "The State legislature could certainly pass something different," Svehla said.

    Svehla said the county is planning on a large crowd for the public hearing, which is why he advises anyone interested in going to arrive as early as possible. The public will be given the chance to speak at the hearing.
     
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    Walton County to Stream Customary Use Hearing on YouTube

    In order to provide the public with access to the September 8th Customary Use Hearing, Walton County will stream the meeting on YouTube.

    While this is being done as a public service, the County cannot guarantee the full quality of the stream due to using a third part provider, as well as any unknown issues that may arise with internet service at the location.

    The meeting will be able to be viewed at the following: Walton County

    The stream will begin at 9:00am CST and will be stopped during any breaks as well as for lunch. When the meeting resumes following breaks, a new stream will begin.

    The Walton County Customary Use Hearing will be held at South Walton High School, located at 645 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. The meeting will begin at 9:00am.
     
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    Walton County Customary Use Meeting Location and Venue Information – Parking, Traffic, Security & Food Trucks

    The Walton County Customary Use Hearing will be held at South Walton High School, located at 645 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. The meeting will begin at 9:00am. Doors to the venue will be open at 8:00am.

    The following information is being presented in order to provide the public with information about the meeting location and venue.


    Traffic – The following will be closed due to the Sandestin Triathlon.

    · One eastbound lane of U.S. Highway 98 from Sandestin Blvd South to West County Highway 30A will be closed.

    · County Highway 30A from U.S. Highway 98 to S. County Highway 83.
    According to the Sheriff’s Office, there will be delays, however they will be allowing egress from 30A but not ingress during the closure period. Exit from 30A will be allowed, but return is prohibited until the road is reopened.

    Parking – The parking for the meeting will be located behind the high school in the student parking lot. There will be volunteers on hand to assist the public with parking. Additionally, there will be a reserved lot in which the public will not be allowed to park.

    Security – Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputies will be on hand to scan those entering the building. Please plan accordingly and do not have any items on your person that would not be allowed in the BCC board rooms during any regular meeting.

    Food and Drink – The only beverage that will be allowed in the auditorium will be bottled water. NO food or any other beverages will be allowed.

    Food Service for Lunch - In order to assist the public during lunch hours, the County has invited 2 food truck vendors to be on site between the hours of 11am and 1pm that will be available to provide lunch to the public. These food trucks will be open for self-pay service. Additionally, the school cafeteria will be open to allow lunch to be eaten indoors.

    Menus – Cash Sales Requested – Drinks will be an additional cost

    Smokin’ Hot Wheels


    · BBQ Pork Sandwich ------$10

    o With homemade baked beans and fresh made cole slaw

    · Smoked Chicken Quarter------$10

    o With homemade baked beans and fresh made cole slaw

    City Streets Food Truck


    · (3) Thai Tacos------$8

    o Korean style pulled pork, Asian slaw, Sriracha aioli & cilantro

    · Grilled Chicken Sandwich------$7

    o Marinated w/ garlic, lemon & thyme w/ mayo, Baby organic greens, red onion & tomato on toasted ciabatta

    · ALL BEEF GRILLED HOT DOGS—

    o Plain--------------------$3

    o Chili /Cheese---------$4

    o Carolina---------------$4

    § (Chili-cheese sauce- coleslaw-onions & mustard)

    · The “ORIGINAL” Philly Cheese Steak----$9

    o Black Angus Beef, sautéed mushrooms, onions & Cheddar Cheese Sauce

    Please reference the attached map for location information.

    Additionally, if there are large groups that are planning to attend the meeting, we recommend that those who can carpool take that opportunity.
    A live stream of the meeting will be available on YouTube at: Walton County
     
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    Saturday Sept 8th is the Walton County Customary Use Public Hearing at South Walton High School at 9am. You can complete an affidavit and submit any photos at the meeting.

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    out 60 days. Old Walton Trick. Delay extend delay
     
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    I just read somewhere that is still happening. Just moved to 9:30.
     
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    Not true. It IS happening now!
     
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    Meeting IS going on right now!!!
     
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    Decision moved to November 2 or 3rd.....response happing now.. live on FB WMBB
     
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    Public comments are being taken now. It is unclear whether this will be considered evidence at the final hearing. The lawyers will also speak at the final hearing.
     
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    Chapman showing his a$$, caught on video...PRICELESS!
     
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    The meeting was standing room only.

    The Affidavit Blitz will continue all over town. Also if you live out of town please go to the Walton County website for everything you need to complete the Affidavit and mail it in!!!!
    Walton County, FL - Home Page | Official Website

    Today's affidavit haul!

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