- Operates 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Maintains and cleans 60+ beach, lake and bay accesses. All regional beach access restrooms and pavilions are cleaned and restocked daily.
- Maintains and services 600 garbage collection stations located on the beach, at the regional/neighborhood accesses, and along the multiuse trail. All garbage collections stations are emptied daily.
- Maintains and cleans 26 miles of multi-use trail. The entire trail and adjacent right of way is cut, edged, and cleaned of litter, sand, and debris every seven days.
- Coordinates and manages architect/engineers/consultants for capital improvement projects and beach re-nourishment projects.
Beach Operations Capital Improvement Projects | New RBA Access Updates / Neighborhood Access Renovations
Walton Dunes Regional Beach Access
258 Beachfront Trail
The Walton Dunes Regional Beach Access conceptual designs will be presented to the Walton Co. BCC at the March 10 meeting in Freeport. Once a formal design is decided by the county commission, design and permitting efforts will begin, with an anticipated completion of construction in 2022.
Miramar Beach Regional Beach Access
907 Scenic Gulf Drive
The Miramar Beach RBA has reached 90% completion in the permitting and design phase, with plans for the construction phase to begin in fall 2020. This access will not begin construction until after the summer season and will remain open for visitors and locals to use during the busier months. Amenities to this access include additional parking, a revised pavilion, a dune walkover and a lifeguard on the sandy beach.
Seagrove Beach Regional Beach Access
Address TBD, Located Across from Café Thirty-A
Staff continues to work through the permitting and design phase for the Seagrove Beach Regional Beach Access. Formal permit applications have been submitted to the respective federal and state agencies, with construction planned to begin in late 2020. This access will include additional parking, a bath house, a dune walkover and will be ready to welcome visitors in 2021.
Beach Access Renovations
Starting in November 2019, the Walton Co. TDC staff began renovations on nine beach access points, including the replacement of decking and railing, the addition of bike racks, or a complete rebuild, if necessary.
Five of the beach accesses were located in the Seagrove Beach neighborhood and the four regional beach accesses were located throughout South Walton. To make accessing the beaches easier for both visitors and locals, no more than two neighborhood beach accesses and/or regional beach accesses were under construction at a given time.
The 395 (1), Hickory Lane (2), Live Oak (3), and Dogwood (4) neighborhood beach accesses have all reached substantial completion and are ready to welcome visitors. Nightcap(5) is still under construction and will reach substantial completion mid-March.
In addition, the Fort Panic, (1) Gulfview Heights, (2) and Inlet Beach (3) regional beach accesses have reached substantial completion, with Ed Walline (4) reaching substantial completion in early March. The beach at the Ed Walline is still accessible during construction, and guests are welcome to access the beach.
Capital Improvement Updates
Per direction from the Walton County BCC, staff was assigned to develop capital improvement plans and schedule public workshops for the four purchased properties, including:
- The Driftwood Road parking project is on a 1.119-acre parcel located at 76 Driftwood Road in Miramar Beach.
- The County Road 393 parcel is 2.3-acres and located north of Gulf Place Town Center on the west side of County Road 393. The official address is to be determined upon construction. The parcel will be used for additional parking.
- The County Road 283 parcel, also referred to as “Grayton Grand” parking project, is located on the eastern portion of County Road 283 South, across from the Shoppes at Grayton. This 6.995-acre parcel is the largest of the capital improvement projects and is currently being used for parking by both locals and visitors. The official address will be determined upon construction.
- The Eastern Lake Road parking project consists of two neighboring parcels, located at 392 and 406 Eastern Lake Road in the Seagrove neighborhood. 392 Eastern Lake Road, .215-acres, is located just south of Williams Street on Eastern Lake Road. 406 Eastern Lake Road, a .278-acre parcel, is located just next door (east) of 392 Eastern Lake Road. Once finished, this project will provide almost a half-acre of parking.
Based off the feedback of residents and community members, TDC staff are taking the next steps in compiling information collected and developing comprehensive plans for each location. These plans will be presented to the Walton Co. BCC in the near future and will represent the best use for each site. The BCC will ultimately decide the most appropriate plan for each project based on these comprehensive plans.
Multi-Use Path Projects
Planning and construction of updating the South Walton multi-use paths will be done in collaboration with the Beach Operations department and Public Works department. Currently, studies are being conducted for upcoming improvements.
The Alligator Lake Multi-Use Path project included a pre-cast bridge structure, located on the Timpoochee Trail in Grayton Beach. Both Highway 30A and the pedestrian bridge are currently open to motor and foot traffic.
If you are interested in learning more about improvements to the destination, we encourage you to attend the Beach Management Committee and Destination Improvement Committee meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity for community leaders, staff and the public to discuss opportunities to enhance the South Walton experience for our visitors. These committees serve as advisory boards to the Walton County TDC and BCC.
Meetings are held every other month in the South Walton Annex.
- Tuesday, May 5, 9 a.m.: Beach Management Committee Meeting
- Thursday, May 7, 1 p.m.: Destination Improvement Committee Meeting