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Staying Safe at the Beach in South Walton

At SoWal.com, we are committed to helping locals and visitors stay safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches. The beach is such a wonderful place to relax. At the beach, life is beautiful and we slip into a state of mind where we feel comfortable, carefree, and secure. That's what a vacation is all about!

However, the gulf waters can be dangerous and it's important to always put safety first. For detailed information about Beach Safety go here >

How To Get A Walton County Beach Driving Permit

For this year, all driving on the beach permits until August 1st, due to limited county operations because of COVID-19. The beach permit lottery application process will begin later than usual, on June 1st.

Click here to apply on the Walton County website.

For a high-level overview, please see the Beach Driving and Charter Fishing Permits 2019 fact sheet.

Restore Customary Use Town Hall Meeting Jan 30

Local Public Beach Use advocates will come together to share information about proposed HB6063 and SB1068 that repeal the 2018 HB631. Learn about why this is important, and how you can help show your support for this legislation and love for our beaches! Restore Customary Use - #RestoreCU - is a project that many organizations and people are supporting by getting involved locally in South Walton, Florida.

Visit South Walton 2018 Economics & Visitor Studies

Stats, stats, and more stats - excellent information compiled for South Walton tourism for 2018. The projected total dollar impact of tourism for Walton County is nearly $5 billion from more than 4 million visitors, providing more than 29,000 jobs with over $650 million in wages.

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The economic impact of tourism on Walton County is based on data collected from 3,208 visitors to Walton County during 2018. Interviews were conducted
throughout South Walton.

Customary Use Battleground in Walton County, Florida - Public Hearing Nov 3

Many visitors to SoWal are shocked to find out that much of the stretch of beach between Miramar Beach and Inlet Beach is deeded to beachfront owners. As parking has gotten scarce and chair vendors have taken over much of the public space, competition for a place to relax is getting heated.

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