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Kurt Lischka

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Notice of Emergency Meeting - Walton County BCC - Thursday, April 23 @ 11:00 am
Please be advised that the Walton County Board of County Commissioners will hold an Emergency Meeting on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:00am. This meeting will be held at the Walton County Courthouse, located at 571 US Highway 90, DeFuniak Springs, FL.

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The purpose of this meeting is for the Walton County Board of County Commissioners to discuss options regarding Walton County beaches in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

This meeting will be open to the public on a limited basis in order to adhere to proper social distancing protocols.

Due to the limited seating capacity, this meeting will also be accessible to the public via “Zoom”.

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leeboy

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Tony Anderson talking about how everybody he knows will social distance properly as he is seated 3 feet from stenographer. :doh:
 

leeboy

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Jay Tusa, TDC:

Occupancy currently 2% (on the books).

May bookings by week 8% , 14%, 18%, 24% , 21%
Usually double these numbers for May
 

jodiFL

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I just read that they dont open til May 1st. When the closure was set to expire anyway. So basically they put on a show for nothing. They could have just as easily (probably more so) by just letting it expire when it was scheduled to.
 

justhavinfun

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Were there any restrictions attached to the decision? It looked like it passed 5-0 and I would guess it will have to be brought to the next BCC meeting next week for comments and a full formal vote
 

Kurt Lischka

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Walton County BCC Directs County Attorney to Draft Language to Open Beaches on May 1st

During their 11:00 a.m. meeting on Thursday, April 23rd, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) voted to direct the County Attorney, Sidney Noyes, to draft language regarding the opening of Walton County's beaches, and to bring he language forward at the April 28th BCC meeting for a vote.

As part of the direction, Noyes will be drafting language that would allow all Walton County Beaches to open on May 1st with no time restrictions regarding access. Additionally, the following items are to be included in the language:

Continue the ban on all beach vending Require that social distancing guidelines as put forth by the CDC are being adhered to Limitation of allowed activities in accordance with Governor's Executive Orders.

This item will be included on the agenda for a final vote during the BCC's regular meeting on Tuesday, April 28th at 9:00 am in the DeFuniak Springs Board Room located at 571 U.S. Highway 90 in DeFuniak Springs.
 
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Mark Edmonds

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So May 1st, the first day of a month, is a magical date when it’s suddenly safe to open beaches? If it’s safe now just open them right now. If it’s not, what is so magical about the start of May? This is what causes doubt in public policy, when the days of the month are used to make determinations instead of a data driven response. Millions of dollars are lost everyday with these closures, give the confidence to believe you are operating out of safety not convenient dates.
 

Kurt Lischka

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So May 1st, the first day of a month, is a magical date when it’s suddenly safe to open beaches? If it’s safe now just open them right now. If it’s not, what is so magical about the start of May? This is what causes doubt in public policy, when the days of the month are used to make determinations instead of a data driven response. Millions of dollars are lost everyday with these closures, give the confidence to believe you are operating out of safety not convenient dates.
Agree about being safe and data driven and being prepared for the rise in cases. The situation in SoWal is that we have very little testing, treatment capabilities, and very few hospital beds like in a larger city. And yet we get the population of a very large city this time of year when rentals and beaches are open.

May 1 coincides with the expiration of the ban on vacation rentals. If rentals are open the beaches will effectively be also because we will be inundated without the ability to enforce closed beaches. It seems our state government is intent on opening Florida.

If you look at the state and county numbers at the link below, you'll see a lot of declining bell curves, good news for sure, and probably what will be used to re-open. Unfortunately, declining infections are just a piece of the puzzle.

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