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BEACH MAINTENANCE

 
 
Walton County TDC Beach Maintenance Department

924 County Hwy 83 S
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 267-4578

Deliveries are received between 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. 

Beach Maintenance includes beach cleaning, construction/maintenance of regional and neighborhood beach access facilities, construction/maintenance of the multi-use trail, and beach re-nourishment projects. 

  • 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 Access Updates:

With the design and permitting phase completed for the Scenic Gulf Drive Regional Beach Access in Miramar Beach (907 Scenic Gulf Drive), the project is expected to go out for bid again this month with construction contingent on the bidding timeline. Original bids had exceeded budgeted costs.

The proposed Seagrove Regional Beach Access, located across the street from Café Thirty-A, has reached 95% completion within the design and permitting phase, with anticipation to wrap up these efforts next month. Construction is expected to begin by late spring or early summer.

Efforts are underway to enhance the Walton Dunes (258 Beachfront Trail) beach access. Design and permitting has reached 30% completion and construction is expected to begin this summer. Improvements will include 16 parallel ROW parking spaces, restrooms and an ADA-accessible boardwalk.

Work is underway at the Santa Clara Regional Beach Access located in Seagrove Beach. Boardwalk and dune walkover renovations are expected to take 90-120 days to complete. The boardwalk and dune walkover are closed while repairs are made.

 

Capital Improvement Updates:

As we move through 2021 crews continue to work their way through ongoing capital improvement projects in South Walton. In addition to the improvements (paving, a shelter for passengers awaiting the Grayton Beach Shuttle and a restroom facility) at the parking lot in Grayton Beach (CR 283), the board of county commissioners gave the green light to move forward with design and permitting on three other projects that will add additional parking for visitors and residents. 

  • The County Road 283 parcel, also referred to as the “Grayton Central” parking lot, is 6.995-acres and located on the eastern portion of County Road 283 South, across from the Shoppes at Grayton.
    • This property has been leveled and improved with 238 designated parking spots currently used by visitors to Grayton Beach, employees and patrons, as well as a shuttle location for Grayton Beach, Seaside and other nearby businesses.
  • The Driftwood Road parking project is on a 1.119-acre parcel located at 76 Driftwood Road in Miramar Beach.
    • As part of the design and permitting phase, plans will include a parking lot, public transit and a restroom facility.
  • The County Road 393 parcel is 2.3-acres and located north of the Gulf Place Town Center on the west side of County Road 393.
    • As part of the design and permitting phase, plans will include a parking lot, public transit and a restroom facility. 
  • 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, a .215-acre parcel, 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.
    • As part of the design and permitting phase, plans will include a parking lot.

 

Beach Access & Customary Use Reminder:

While there have been changes for customary use of private beachfront property, much is still evolving currently. If guests have concerns, we hope the below information will be helpful.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Visit South Walton currently maintains 58 public beach access points, including nine Regional Public Beach Accesses complete with parking, restroom facilities, and lifeguards. South Walton also enjoys additional miles of public beach thanks to our State Parks. The customary use changes do not affect our public beaches, only privately-owned beachfront property.
  • A user-friendly interactive map of public beach access points can be found here: https://www.visitsouthwalton.com/beach-and-bay-access-locations
  • Many beach neighborhoods and resorts already have dedicated beach areas available for guests staying with them.

What is customary use?

  • Customary use is a common-law term referring to the public access of the privately-owned beachfront property. Some Gulf-front properties in Florida have a property line that extends to the mean high-water line.

What is changing?

  • Essentially, some beachfront homeowners are restricting access to the dry sandy areas behind their homes. All wet sand areas remain undisputed public property and beachgoers cannot be excluded from these areas. The Walton County Sheriff’s Department will be the governing force for any conflicts or complications that may arise on the space in front of properties now considered private property.

Does that mean I can't walk all 26 miles of our white sand beaches?

  • No, you can absolutely still walk our beautiful beaches for as far as you wish. There will still be plenty of space in the wet sand area for beach-walkers to enjoy, and plenty of public beach where access is in no way under dispute. 

Customary Use Information:

Walton County Beach Maintenance Department has been denied access to collect trash on private property by some beachfront property owners. As a result, beach garbage pickup by TDC crews is no longer available on about 40-percent of beaches. That percentage not only includes the beachfront properties that owners will not allow access to or across their property but in some cases also adjacent properties that can no longer be accessed for garbage collection because crews are blocked on either side by property owners that will not allow collection crews to cross their property. The affected owners were notified. Public Regional and Neighborhood Beach Accesses will not be affected, and garbage collection will continue as usual on those beaches.

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