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South Walton Email Newsletter

Rules of the Beach

South Walton’s 26 miles of sugar-white sand beaches provide an oasis for relaxing, enjoying recreational activities, and creating lasting memories. In an effort to ensure your vacation is as perfect as can be, we encourage you to adhere to the following beach ordinances and state statutes.

Beach Restoration and Nourishment

Beach Ordinances:

  • No glass containers on the beach
  • No littering
  • No swimming or wading on double red flag
  • No dogs on the beach, unless resident with valid permit* during approved times and must be leashed at all times
  • No vehicles on the beach, except within designated area in Grayton Beach for residents with valid permit*
  • No camping on the beach
  • No excessive noise
  • Removal of sand or water from the beach is strictly prohibited
  • Personal belongings left on the beach overnight will be removed and discarded per the Walton County ordinance
  • Beach bonfires are allowed with a permit**

State Statutes:

  • Unlawful to pick sea oats
  • Keep off the dunes
  • Indecent exposure (nudity), prohibited
  • All visitors who are fishing in either salt or fresh water are required by the state to have a Fishing License, unless they are participating in a licensed fishing charter. Licenses can be obtained online by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision.
For questions pertaining to the Rules of the Beach, contact one of our Code Enforcement Officers.
Code EnforcementJeff McVay(850) 428-0089
Code EnforcementHarold Taunton Jr.(850) 428-7814

* permits may be obtained through the Walton County Clerk of Courts for more information visit their website or call (850) 267-3066.

**permits may be obtained through the South Walton Fire District (850) 267-1298 violations of the beach ordinances may result in civil fines and/or other penalties