Government

Kids Before Politics Campaign Aims to Improve Walton County Schools

The Walton County School District has voted to place a referendum on the August ballot that will give voters the opportunity to change the way the school superintendent is chosen. Currently the position is an elected one, the referendum changes the Position to an appointed one based on experience, education, and qualifications.

Please visit the website to learn more at www.kidsbeforepolitics.com.

Walton County Beach Nourishment Project Update

The Walton County Hurricane & Storm Damage Reduction Project, also known as the federal beach nourishment project, is in the third phase- the Preliminary, Engineering, and Design Phase (PED). The PED phase includes the all of the steps necessary to prepare the project for the next phase- Construction. Currently, surveyors hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are surveying all five of the project reaches. Almost half of the surveying is complete and we anticipate the final survey work to be completed in October.

Walton County TDC Accepting Applications for Volunteer Committees

Here's your chance to get involved and help our community by doing your part to strengthen tourism and business here in South Walton. It's also a great way to keep up with what's going on with tourism, network, and make new friends.

The Walton County Tourist Development Council is accepting applications for citizens to serve on volunteer committees to assist the TDC with tourism development and creative initiatives. The TDC is currently looking for citizens/representatives to serve on the following committees:

Walton County Beach Nourishment Project Enters New Phase

The Walton County, Florida, Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project (Beach Nourishment Project) reached another milestone recently with the signing of the project’s Feasibility Study Report by General Thomas Bostick, Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The chief’s favorable report marks the culmination of the Corps of Engineer’s development and review process for the project, and the study will now be submitted to Congress and the Administration. The next step for the project is Congressional approval for construction authorization.

Positive News for Walton County Beach Nourishment Project

The Walton County, Florida, Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction Project (Beach Nourishment Project) reached another milestone Tuesday, July 16 with the signing of the project’s Feasibility Study Report by General Thomas Bostick, Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The chief’s favorable report marks the culmination of the Corps of
Engineer’s development and review process for the project, and the study will now be submitted to Congress and the Administration. The next step for the project is Congressional approval for construction authorization.
 

Community Clean-up March 8-10 Hosted by Commissioner Sara Comander and Public Works

Beginning Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10, from 8am to 4pm, District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander will be hosting a community clean-up weekend in Miramar Beach at Legion Park on Ponce de Leon Street.

The Walton County Public Works Department will be providing dumpsters for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances and other miscellaneous items. There will also be a crew and equipment to offload heavy items.

South Walton Tourism Exploded in 2012

South Walton tourism is booming. A record number of folks enjoyed our beaches this year as evidenced by the record-breaking bed tax numbers. The South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC) just released the yearly report citing an average collection increase for fiscal year 2012 at an astounding 22%. If you've been to SoWal in the past 12 months, then you know the secret is out! Our towns have been busy, beaches full, and our vacation rental properties have been fully occupied.

MC and Stella Davis Honored with Van Ness Butler Award

The Souh Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC) has named MC and Stella Davis as its 2012 Van Ness Butler Hospitality Award recipients. This award was first presented to Van Ness Butler Jr. in honor of his visionary leadership and the continuation of his family's legacy in making South Walton a premier tourist destination.

Gulf Place Approved as Official Beach Neighborhood by Walton County

Gulf Place, at the corner of Scenic 30A and Scenic 393, has been added to the list of beach neighborhoods by the South Walton Tourist Development Council (TDC). The Walton County Board of County Commissioners approved the move at a recent meeting.

Adding Gulf Place to signs and other marketing materials will cost an estimated $250,000. 

The report below is by Dotty Nist for SoWal.com Partner, The Beach Breeze:

Join Us for Coastal Cleanup Day September 15

Looking for a way to support the beaches we love? Need community service hours for scholarships or merit badges? Join the South Walton TDC for the 28th Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15. The first 100 volunteers will get a commemorative t-shirt. Stay tuned for details regarding hours and locations. Meanwhile, please contact Amanda Barkley at (850) 267-4578 with questions.

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