The coastal dune lakes in Walton County that so define our community are the least contaminated and least corrupted left. The coastal dune lakes that once adorned Bay and Okaloosa Counties have been blocked off, filled in, walled and contaminated to the point that they are becoming eyesores and detriments in their communities. On Tuesday, June 23rd, at 9:00am at the DeFuniak Springs courthouse the BCC is to vote to reduce and/or eliminate the existing protections on the rare and beautiful Walton County Coastal Dune Lakes. The proposed relaxed language to be used to modify the existing protections in both the Land Development Code and the Comprehensive Plan is at a minimum poorly structured and poorly worded. As it is currently proposed it is open to misinterpretation and allows variances that would not be scientifically supported. The proposed modifications and reduction of protections have not been publicly posted, nor have they been publicly vetted in public meetings or workshops. The South Walton Community Council urges its members to write and call the county commissioners urging them to: Postpone any impending decisions and/or votes pertaining to Coastal Dune Lakes; Publicly post any proposed changes to the Coastal Dune Lake protections well in advance of any meetings; Provide public workshops to present and review any proposed changes to the Coastal Dune Lake protections; Hold any and all future meetings on this topic in south Walton. The commissioners’ contact information can be found at http://www.co.walton.fl.us/Index.aspx?NID=112 In addition, The South Walton Community Council urges its members to attend the BCC meeting this Tuesday, June 23rd, at 9:00 in DeFuniak Springs to express your concerns and insist that any vote be postponed. The courthouse is located at 76 N. 6th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. The rare and beautiful Coastal Dune Lakes are the pride of Walton County and one of the most important economic engines of our area. Any changes in their protections must be carefully examined scientifically and publicly. For more information, contact SWCC at firstname.lastname@example.org.