Stinky Deal

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  1. soappedaler

    soappedaler Beach Fanatic

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    So, the owners of Stinky’s Restaurant are selling two lots adjacent to the Restaurant to the County for a parking lot. The parking lot is to serve the Beach access across 30A. But we all know it will be a parking lot for the restaurant. Currently most of the business’s parking is in the County ROW along 30A. If that isn’t bad enough the owners of Stinky’s, and the future “beach parking lot” also want Woodward drive abandoned. This easement is the only way in and out of Serenity by the Sea Subdivision. The Owners of Stinky’s Restaurant own the land under the easement so the abandonment will give them more property to develop. The County, at tax payer expense, will then build a new road connecting Hilltop Dr. to Woodward on the northern portion of the lots they buy from the owners’ of Stinky’s Restaurant.

    Let’s review.

    County buys lots next to Stinky’s Restaurant from the owners of the restaurant. Puts in much needed parking for the restaurant. County abandon’s ROW so Stinky’s gains land. County builds new road on County property acquired from Stinky's Restaurant owner. Taxpayers build new road that inconveniences two residential neighborhoods.

    Why did so few citizens know about this? Meeting held in Defuniak Springs with advertisement as parcels numbers only, no description of location, no posting on property.

    This deal STINKS!


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  2. Bob Wells

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    Did this deal go through, or is it still in discussion?
     
  3. soappedaler

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    From watching the Tuesday meeting it appears that Jay Tusa will come back to the BCC with a contract. If you watch the video you will see how evasive Jay Tusa was with his presentation. The vote was 4 to 1
     
  4. James Bentwood

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    Sorry to be the realist but business owns the BCC and therefore runs Walton County. Voters either wanted it that way or were duped. Or at least enough were.
     
  5. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    Seems to me that during the busy season, Stinky's new lots will be full of beachgoers. I get it, it smacks of being dirty, but at least there will be some form of a "win"for beachgoers here and not a total slam dunk for the restaurant.
     
  6. Emerald Drifter

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    I'm going to guess that Nipper was the lone heroic "NO"?
     
  7. FactorFiction

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    You are correct, Emerald Drifter. I'm told that this will likely come up at the May 14 meeting. Now is the time to ask your questions, email or call Jay Tusa or the Commissioners. The biggest issue is probably closing Woodward Drive, which is going to affect the Serenity By the Sea neighborhood by closing their direct straight in access as well as the Beach Highlands neighborhood on the north side of 30A by significantly increasing traffic on Hilltop and likely increasing traffic through their neighborhood streets that currently use 30A.

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  8. soappedaler

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    PUBLIC WORKSHOP – DUNE ALLEN PARKING PROPERTY


    Please be notified that the Walton County Tourist Development Council will be holding a Public Workshop on the Dune Allen Parking Property onMonday, April 22, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be held in the South Walton Annex Board Room located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.


    The purpose of the workshop is to provide the opportunity of an open forum to discuss the proposed upcoming development of a parking lot located on Co. Hwy 30A W., between Hilltop and Woodward roads and discussion of redirecting Woodward Road traffic flow. This meeting is open to the public. For additional information, please contact Cindy Selph at 850-267-1216 or Cindy@visitsouthwalton.com.


    Walton County adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to the meetings upon request. Please call (850) 892-8110 to make a request. For the hearing impaired, please call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE). Requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to allow time to provide the requested services.


    Please be governed accordingly.
     
  9. ShallowsNole

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    I guess I'll find out when I get there, but is the workshop in the courtroom where BCC meetings are held, or the much smaller board room off to the side?
     
  10. FactorFiction

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    In the boardroom where the BCC meets.
     
  11. ShallowsNole

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    Obviously it was in the courtroom. The Board Room (aka Judge's Chambers, when the judge comes down, also the room where most constitutional officers take their employees to write them up or threaten them with termination) is a smaller room to the right in the "foyer" going into the Courtroom. Nitpicking, I know.

    It was interesting last night, but it appeared that it was more of a "this is what we are going to do, we're here to gather public opinion because we have to, but we are going to do what we want to do anyway" meeting. That being said, Chance Powell and Jay Tusa are generally very easy people to work with but IMHO it's done and their hands are tied.
     
  12. FactorFiction

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    I didn't mean to misdirect you on the boardroom ShallowsNole. For what it is worth, your assessment sound right on.
     
  13. ShallowsNole

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    No offense taken; I am just a smartass and somewhat cynical when it comes to things dealing with certain county offices because I worked there for a very long time. Nothing surprises me anymore. :)
     

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