Lupin Beach Development in Inlet Beach Approved
October 28, 2012 by Ellie Avery
A seven acre Inlet Beach development has been given the green light by the Walton County Planning Commission, and so begins its evolution from the initial planning stages to a potentially impressive new SoWal community.
The provisionally named “Lupin Beach” will consist of approximately twenty new homes ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 square feet each, and included in that number will be at least nine properties that sit gulf-front.
As exciting as this sounds and as inspiring as it is to see new construction once again, the development has been met with some controversy primarily because of the gulf-front location.
Some local residents fear the plans are contradictory to the designated building restrictions and will ultimately aggravate the erosion of the dune system and the beach. Others are concerned that any dune restoration efforts would essentially end up being a waste of time as historically previous attempts have not withheld storm damage. Perhaps some are simply sad to see what has long been untouched beach finally become developed.
Behind the development is the town planner of Alys Beach, Jason Comer. The project is close to his heart, as Lupin Beach is to be built on a parcel of land that has been in the Comer family for 50 years.
Says Comer; "Our family had the great fortune of owning this property as far back as 1968, when Inlet Beach barely had six or seven homes.” "We spent the summers here, often without another soul in sight. My father was CEO of Avondale Mills, which owned Camp Helen at the time, and it was used as a summer retreat for Avondale employees. My grandfather owned three homes on this property, one of which is still standing today. That home is called Lupin."
Officials state that the project complies with all regulation and follows code implicitly. On Nov. 13, 2012 the project will go before the County Commission. Watch this space for updates.
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