Walton County COVID19 Updates

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  1. MrSunshine

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    Thank you for being reasonable and responsible.
    As a local,I have established a savings account where money we would have spent on entertainment and eating out will be deposited (along with any money Uncle Sam may send). When this is over, every dime will be spent supporting local businesses that are being effected by this horrendous event.
    Thanks again for your understanding!
     
  2. RL41

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    Emily, good morning. While I would not quite have responded the way Mr Sunshine did, the underlying sentiment would have been the same. If you could see what is going on here right now....it's crazy. Literally thousands of teenagers swarming all over Seaside, Rosemary Beach, all up and down 30A. Given the current situation, it's quite an incredible sight. Many are hoping that with the beach closures, it will stem the flow of Spring Breakers, who seem determined to vacation no matter what. While it is terrible for the local economy, it is a necessary measure. You seem like a very nice, reasonable, considerate person. I hope that more visitors to our area will take a page from your book.
     
  3. outofadream

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    Sandestin resort should be ashamed of themselves for not closing down everything
     
  4. RL41

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    Hard to disagree with this. As long as they remain open, they are encouraging people to come. Disgraceful under the current circumstances.
     
  5. Kurt Lischka

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    A worker in Seaside this morning said Seaside was a ghost town last night. There was an 8pm curfew for the town so that may account for it because yesterday during the day it was crowded in town. It was quiet this morning but I was there about 730. Usually there are a lot of early risers and exercisers but mostly the town is quiet until after 10.

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  12. RL41

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    I think it will be much quieter around here for the next few weeks; I certainly hope so.
     
  13. James Bentwood

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    The amount of people leaving and coming this weekend will tell us a lot. I think it will be a lot quieter than it normally would be could be plenty of people who have paid a lot for a rental and will want to get away from their own homes. Being here and being able to see and smell the beach. Not being able to walk on it or go swimming in the gulf will be painful. Also there may be some locals' resentment towards them.
    Atlanta week will be interesting in early April.

    College students don't want to be at home or on campus.
     
  14. RL41

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    You'd have to think that if people know they can't go on the beaches, which will still all be closed during hellweek (Atlanta), and that many restaurants/bars are not supplying usual service, they will stay away. You'd *think*.
     
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    Panama City Beach staying open is a potential problem for us. I don't get it.
     
  16. jocean

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    Hi everyone,
    I understand everyones concern with closing the beach and deterring visitors from coming down to Walton County. For us, even though we were on the fence with the decision to close the beach, we did comply and told renters to cancel, which cost us to lose a lot of money. I listened in to all emergency county commissioner meetings and heard their sympathies with small local business etc, but I have not seen any actions to help these business. My question is, does anyone know of any work being done from the county with regards to helping out, such as postponing the property tax till June (similar to federal tax) with no penalties, forgiving tourist tax for the 30 days, etc I am sure there is a lot the county can do and I don't see any emergency meetings on that.
     
  17. RL41

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    Pretty sure Bay County is meeting this afternoon. Hard to see how they could keep the beaches open now.
     
  18. Ty Webb

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    Well when you immediately close the beach and push them off the beach, they will congregate where they did. Better move would have been to announce the beach closed at sundown, so people would naturally come off the beach at their own pace. How would you have handled this?
     
  19. Ty Webb

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    Hey....James...

    You reply to my question that was about Seaside, when you don't have an answer nor are in a position to know the answer, insert yourself, and chide me about attitude? I've got my answer, separate from this forum.

    Perhaps add to what you "practice" mind-my-own-business and share it with your community. Namaste....buddy.
     
  20. Teresa

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    Panama City News Herald
    March 20

    PANAMA CITY BEACH — Panama City Beach leaders voted to close the city’s 9 miles of beaches on Friday in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic.

    In a somber called meeting, the council unanimously agreed to close the sandy beaches for a week, starting a 7 p.m. tonight and lasting through Thursday — at which point the council will reconvene and determine if the closure should be extended. The decision comes as other communities around the state have closed their beaches in an attempt to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

    Under the terms of the emergency ordinance, police will have discretion in how to enforce the closure, such as blocking the beach access points. Failure to comply with the closure could result in a $500 fine or up to 30 days in jail.
     

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