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  1. kurt

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    click here for Beach Access Map pdf

    Open Beach Access Points as of 7/19/05:
    • Dune Allen Regional Access: Located on 30-A; west of Oyster Lake at Fort Panick Rd.
    • Ed Walline Regional Access: Located at the intersection of Hwy. 30-A and County Rd. 393.
    • Grayton Beach Regional Access: Located at the end of DeFuniak Street in Grayton Beach.
    • Inlet Access: Located at the end of Lakeshore Drive, one block east of Orange St.
    • Walton Dunes: - Located at the end of Beach Front Trail east of Eastern Lake adjacent to Dunes of Seagrove.
    • Sugar Dunes: ? Off of Sanroy Rd., east of Eastern Lake in Lakewood Community
    • Area east of Pompano Joe?s off Scenic Gulf Drive
    • Area east of Whales Tale off Scenic Gulf Drive

    Here's what I've seen or heard - I will post official stuff above. The county is still evaluating accesses and should start cleanup ASAP but they are dealing with the larger issue of damaged houses I'm sure.

    Inlet Beach at Walton Lakeshore Drive - the drive on access is also a good place to walk on but not any parking.

    Rosemary Beach has an access open at Western Green.

    Seaside has access behind Roly Poly at Perspicacity market in the center of town.

    Seaside will have walk on access behind roly poly at wedding pavillion.

    WaterColor brought in a removeable metal WO after Arlene and they were able to remove it before Dennis and it is already back in place. It is main access behind beach club.

    WaterSound - plenty of places to walk on if you're staying there.

    Grayton - walk on, drive on with 4wd and permit.

    Ed Walline at 393 - walk on beside WO.

    Fort Panic Dune Allen - walk on beside WO.

    Grayton Beach State Park and Topsail Hill State Park have walk on access, Deer Lake has no access.
     
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    I posted picks somewhere in all of those photos. It was a 15'drop.
     
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    Anything close to the West side of Eastern Lake? South Gulf Street? If not, looks like Seaside may be the closest for the Eastern Lakers? Our pool maintenance gal said that she saw people using the one at S. Gulf at Eastern Lake today but I know from last week before Dennis that it was washed out since Ivan and there was a 3-4 ft drop (again before Dennis). Any status on that walk over would be great!

    Will the county post anything official anywhere about what is open or closed for renters? I don't want to tell someone to use one that is not official open or safe....
     
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    Typically the Tourist Development Council, TDC post the opened public accesses after they assess them for damage.
     
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    The eastern lake access was boarded but last year a lot of people used that one because there's no bluff.

    Yes the county will have a list. I expect the first list to be a walk on list since no walkovers survived. After Ivan they released a priority list telling us which ones would be rebuilt first.
     
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    Our renters have gone down the area next to the walkover behind Goatfeathers. Hard to get down. Almost impossible to get back up.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Again, you guys are great. :clap_1: The TDC site says that beaches of SoWal are "closed". I understand that any remaining dunes are unsafe (and should not be walked on anyway at anytime) and the gulf front houses and condos are dangerous too but will they enforce the closing? In other words, will they kick people off of the beach if people go on them? If really closed and enforced, how long will they stay closed typically? BRSW website says that they are prepared to honor guests starting this week (7/16). Just want to make sure I tell my renters the straight scoop since they are driving 2 days to come down to SoWal.
     
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    We still have no info on Hidden Dunes. By the looks of the photo on their site, their WO seemed very steep, anyone know? Anyone know of the damage there?
     
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    A lot of people were on the beaches today - well not a lot comapred to a normal July day.

    They are CTA for liability reasons and yes there is some real danger. Also there were some septic tanks uncovered here and there so they want the water to clear for a few days before allowing swimming.
     
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    Our house is on South Wall Street in Inlet Beach, about a block from Rosemary. After Hurricane Ivan, the closest access to us that was restored quickly was at Rosemary Beach Eastern Green. If anyone knows when that will be restored, I would be interested in knowing.

    My neighbor, who lives in Inlet Beach, reported to me that currently the only safe public access at Inlet Beach is at the end of South Walton Lakeshore, because there is no dune there (so they never had a walkover), but there is no parking there. The closest parking is at South Orange Street, but there are not very many spaces. (Several are handicapped spaces.)

    Here is a map that we placed on our web site to help our renters.

    http://www.sunsetdunesgetaway.com/beachaccessmap.htm

    Janet
     
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    How far is the beach access for the Cottages at camp Creek?
     
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    Sadly- there is NO PUBLIC BEACH ACCESS FROM EASTERN LAKE RD
    The 2 public accesses, at Ramsgate and at Eastern Lake on Gulf Dr are both CLOSED.

    PLEASE do not try to use them. There are gulf front homes near them that have sustained serious damage (even if you don't see it) They will be further damaged by people illegally walking to the beach through their property. It was difficult to keep people off the dunes before, now it will be even harder. Already last night there was a family trampling one home's damaged vegetation to get to the beach, then let their kids play in what was left of the dunes! :bang:

    The HOA at Summer's Edge is directing the owners and guests and others in the area to use the Lakewood Drive Beach Access. This is off Lakewood Drive just to the east of the lake. It is open.

    This is a temporary condition! The accesses will be rebuilt soon and it will again be easy to reach the beautiful emerald water. :clap_1:

    For now, educate your guests and neighbors. This will help keep them safe, the homes safe and avoid any unhappy confrontations with the sherriff who has been notified to remove trespassers who may be endangering themselves or the homes along the coast.
     
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    Is it correct then that the access @ Lakewood Dr. and Beachside Villas is usable and open?

    JC
     
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    Base Jumping? :D
     
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    That's a good plan for the trip down.:lol: What about the trip back up though? :eek:
     
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    We are coming down the 2nd week of August. We stay off 30A at Summer's Edge - Amazing Place. My question is this: will the beaches and businesses be back to some sort of normalicy or should we reschedule our trip?

    I'm still waiting from the property owner on how the house held up.

    Thanks from St. Louis
     
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    Yes, everything is basically normal now except beach accesses.
     
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    Walton Lakeshore at Inlet Beach is about a 5 min. drive east; Lakewood Drive is about a 5 min. drive west.
     
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