- 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
New Regional Beach Access Updates:
- Dune Allen RBA: Visit South Walton hosted the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first, new regional beach access in South Walton in the last decade Dec. 10. The Dune Allen RBA is now open for both locals and visitors to enjoy, complete with additional parking, restroom facilities, a lifeguard station on the sandy beach and a new dune walkover to the Gulf. Street Address: 5999 W County Highway 30A
- Miramar Beach RBA (Scenic Gulf Drive): Staff continues to work through the permitting and design phase for the Miramar Beach RBA. This access is scheduled to open in late 2020, with a 10-month construction phase. Amenities include additional parking, a revised pavilion, a dune walkover and a lifeguard on the sandy beach. Street Address: 907 Scenic Gulf Drive
- Seagrove Beach RBA: Staff continues to work through the permitting and design phase for the Seagrove Beach RBA, with applications submitted to their respective agencies in December. Construction for this project plans to begin in 2020 and will be ready to welcome visitors later in the year. Street Address: TBD, Located Across from Café Thirty-A
Beach Access Renovations:
Nine neighborhood and regional beach access points are undergoing a facelift this fall and winter, including improvements or replacement of decking and railing, addition of bike racks, or if needed, a complete rebuild. Some accesses have already been completed, with more underway throughout the coming months.
To make accessing the beaches easier for both visitors and locals, no more than two neighborhood beach access and/or regional beach access points will be under construction at a given time.
The five neighborhood beach accesses receiving improvements this season are located in the Seagrove Beach neighborhood and will be completely inaccessible during their respective construction periods. Please note, some dates may have changed from the initial announcement of construction.
- 395 NBA: Substantially completed; ready to welcome guests
- Hickory NBA: Substantially completed; ready to welcome guests
- Live Oak NBA: 12-7-19 through 1-7-20
- Dogwood NBA: 12-14-19 through 1-14-20
- Nightcap NBA: 12-31-19 through 2-29-20
In addition, staff has started on renovations at four regional beach access points, including: Inlet Beach, Gulfview Heights, Ed Walline, and Fort Panic (formally known as “Dune Allen Regional Beach Access”).
As previously mentioned, some of the dates may have changed since the initial announcement of construction, please plan accordingly.
- Inlet Beach: Closed from 12-21-19 through 2-29-20
- All three neighborhood access points in Inlet Beach will be improved this winter, but at least one access will always remain open for visitors to access the beach. The bathhouse and some parking will be available throughout this renovation. The western access will undergo construction first, as it will be limited in scope and should be finished in one week, it will then remain open while the other two are being reconstructed/renovated.
- Ed Walline: Closed from 12-12-19 through 2-29-20
- Demolition began on 12-23-2019 and completion is estimated to be within 60 days. This RBA will allow for beach access through the emergency access drive just west of the main walkway. Although the boardwalks will be closed for these renovations, the bathhouse, sand beach entrance and parking will be available.
- Fort Panic: Substantially completed; ready to welcome guests
- Gulfview Heights: Substantially completed; ready to welcome guests
Additional Beach / Bay Access Improvements:
The Walton County TDC Beach Maintenance team has been hard at work this season to make updates to various neighborhood and regional beach access points throughout South Walton. In addition to the nine renovation projects, the bathhouses and landscaping have been updated to prepare for the quickly approaching spring season.
Alligator Lake Multi-Use Path Project:
The Walton County Public Works department is working to install a new, pre-cast bridge structure for locals and visitors to enjoy while exploring the Timpoochee Trail. The project is progressing on schedule and is expected to reopen in spring of 2020.
Please note, as crews continue to improve this area, both pedestrians and vehicles will not be able to pass through the lake crossing and an alternative route will need to be taken.
Bay Access Renovations:
Pilcher Park, one of South Walton’s boat launches located under the Clyde B. Wells Bridge, has reached substantial completion from damage in Hurricane Michael. The Bay Access is ready to welcome visitors and locals alike.
Capital Improvements Update / Workshop Schedule:
Earlier this summer, the Walton County TDC was given direction from the Walton County BCC to develop capital improvement plans and schedule public workshops for the four purchased properties, including: Driftwood, Highway 393, Highway 283 and Eastern Lake Road. A comprehensive plan then be presented to the Walton County BCC, which will include recommendations from staff and the public for the best use of each site.
Please see below for the schedule of public workshops pertaining to the capital improvement projects. These workshops are open to the public, and all residents, visitors or business owners of South Walton are encouraged to attend. All public workshops will be hosted at the South Walton Annex, located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
- Wednesday, Jan. 8, 5 p.m.: Grayton Grand Parking Project
- Wednesday, Jan. 15, 5 p.m.: Eastern Lake Parking Project
- Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5 p.m.: 393 Parking Project
- Wednesday, Jan. 29, 5 p.m.: Driftwood Parking Project
In addition, Walton Dunes NBA and Headland Avenue RBA conceptual designs will be presented to the Walton County BCC at the Jan. 14 meeting. Multiple public workshops were hosted for these two projects in 2019, where feedback and direction were given by residents, partners and staff.
If you are interested in learning more about the improvements to the destination, we encourage you to attend the Beach Management Committee and/or Destination Improvement Committee meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity for community leaders, staff and the public to discuss opportunities to enhance the South Walton experiences for our visitors.
The TDC committees were created to provide recommendations to the Walton County TDC Advisory Board. All meetings will 2020 year will be located in the South Walton Annex. For more information, please visit our website.
- Thursday, Jan. 9, 1 p.m.: Destination Improvement Committee
- Tuesday, March 3, 9 a.m.: Beach Management Committee
- Wednesday, March 4, 1 p.m.: Destination Improvement Committee