Tents Size Allowed On the Beach in South Walton

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  1. Abby Prentiss

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    Many people don't know that tents larger than 6 feet square aren't allowed as of April 1. Violations bring $100 fines.
     
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  2. Purrmaid

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    I thought it was no tents larger than 6X6 on private property? And no tents larger than 6X6 vended . The beach, private and public is covered in tents and code enforcement drives on by.
     
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    It could be a $1,000 fine...and BCC and TDC would order "Hands Off" on all tourist. Beach are even parking in No Parking spots
     

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    Deputies and code enforcement are giving people warnings not to bring them back the next day or get fined. I think this is fair sine it is new. It's best for all for us to limit stuff on the beach. And vendors need to be curtailed. Maybe we should charge for their privilege.
     
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    ORDINANCES:

    1990-06 Jet Skis prohibited in Coastal Dune Lakes
    1997-27 Walton County Public Nudity Ordinance
    2003-07 Beach Ordinance
    2014-16 Noise Ordinance
    2004-07 No Vending on Public Beaches Ordinances
    2004-08 Adult Entertainment, Enterprises, & Establishments
    2005-24 White Sands Protection Zones
    2006-08 Dogs on Beach & Dog Tags
    2008-24 Walton County Animal Control Ordinance
    2008-26 Point Washington Building Height Limitations Ordinance
    2008-29 Outdoor Event Ordinance
    2009-02 Multi-Use Path Ordinance
    2009-03 Wildlife Conservation Ordinance (Turtle Lighting)
    2009-10 Walton County Height Limit Ordinance
    2009-14 Dogs on Beach Ordinance
    2010-05 Obstructions on the Beach Ordinance
    2010-09 Temporary Beach Bon Fire Permits
    2011-01 Parking Ordinance
     
  6. John G

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    If this is serious, then we may have finally gotten our message across. Enforce the Rules that are already in place.

    One warning is acceptable. Two or three gets a bit questionable. Follow rules or don't. Rules have consequences, maybe they will here.

    I have to question if this is being driven by vendors? If a tent was on "my" beach, I'd loose space or god forbid, a tourist got up earlier than I did and put a tent in front of my special spot? What now. Wondering what is driving this "new" attitude.
     
  7. John G

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    Those cars should be towed immediately.

    Revenue ($$$) to County and relief to community. Too much politricks here to do that...
     
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    Where exactly are code enforcement officers telling people to not come back with the tent or be fined? I own gulf front and when they have shown up for tents on my property , I have watched code enforcement help move the tents onto neighboring property. Those same tents continue to go up the rest of the week , with code enforcement driving by. Beyond that , how on earth are these tourists supposed to have any clue of the rules ? Every day it looks like a refugee camp up and down the beach . Most times the people coming over the neighborhood walkover are toting tents and lots of times before sunrise .
     
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    In front of Emerald Hill in Seagrove just now. 9 tents altogether. Notice the six all strung together in left hand side of picture Two rows of three tents. Hard to say for sure from my vantage point but looks like all exceed size limit. And it's not even 7:30 am yet.
     
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    Doubt anyone will be giving or receiving fines on Father's Day.
     
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    Tourist Upset About New Walton Beach Ordinance

    "We are extremely upset about this. It is a hugely stupid idea. We can't afford $100-plus in fines for protecting ourselves."

    www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20170618/tourists-upset-about-new-walton-beach-ordinance

    Ironically of the 2 tents shown in the image only 2 people are "standing" under one.

    P.S. From the article...“We don’t have to come here. There are other beaches we can go to. We have been to beaches all over Florida and we have never encountered this. People are going to stop coming here because of this.”

    BUH BYE!
     
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    And no one is under any of them from the view shown.
     
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    It's before 7:00am. YOU must arrive shortly after 6:00am to find your Squat Spot. Vendors are usually finished their Squatting by 5:50am.
    Don't like the rules. Go someplace else next summer. There are thousands in life me waiting.
     
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    Photo said it was 7:30 but regardless, this is what those ordinances were designed to prevent.
     
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    I had three tents in front of my house by 7 AM this morning. The tents will be there until sunset. The group will go up for lunch and/or dinner and the tents will sit empty for parts of the day. No one else can sit there though because they've set up camp. Drives me nuts. In the event that I get to go to the beach I sit on the beach with my chair and my cooler and stay a few hours and then pack my stuff up and leave, then there is a spot for anyone coming down after I leave. If I want to go sit today, I'll have to walk a good ways to find a spot to sit. As I look out, two more tents have popped up in front of the house.
     
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    Tents take up more space than their dimensions too. There is the size of the tent plus an extra few feet around for the ropes and stakes.
     
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    The beach at Emerald Hill is privately owned. If I am reading the ordinance posted above correctly then the tents are allowed. I guess tourists need to figure out how to identify the owner of a beach, county or private??
     
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    Ah, the karma of the Customary Use coming to roost. What will it be? The will of the touron or that of the chair-slinger (beach vendor)?

    Now we have to deal with Tourons that violate rules (why? because they are not enforced) and now that "allegedly" a TDC Code Officer attempted to enforce, we have a touron uprising over it.

    It proves things already spouted here and other sites. Walton County has a Code Enforcement PROBLEM. Rules have been on the books but the highly paid officers did nothing (at the direction of someone) and now that that they try, the push back comes and an article comes out in a local fish wrapper (news paper).

    It also proves that tourons think they run this place. I can give my opine that the CURRENT tourists visiting are more than welcome to leave. I'd like to have the people that were here pre-Katriana and the TDC mass spending on advertising....
     
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    Hasn't the County established that the beaches are public to the mean high tide? Tents to the water line is not (I suspect) what they had in mind.
     
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    "What they had in mind" is such a great statement. It summarizes everything wrong. :bow:

    Exactly the point. Its a mess regardless what side anyone is on and it will not get better, only worse. Tourons use some network of communication to advise others of how to "get away" with things. This nut needs to be cracked.
     

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