- 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.
Regional Beach Access Updates:
Staff has completed the design and permitting phase for the Scenic Gulf Drive Regional Beach Access (Miramar Beach — Across from the Amalfi Coast Resort) and the project is scheduled to receive construction bids this month. Construction is expected to begin in December and should take 8-9 months to complete. This RBA is expected to open in summer 2021.
The proposed Seagrove Beach Regional Beach Access, located across the street from Café Thirty-A, is nearing completion of the design and permitting. Construction is expected to begin by spring 2021 and last 8-10 months.
Efforts are underway to enhance the Walton Dunes (Beachfront Trail) beach access. Work is expected to be completed by March 2021. Improvements will include 16 parallel ROW parking spaces, restrooms and an ADA-accessible boardwalk.
The existing Santa Clara Regional Beach Access, located in Seagrove Beach, will see renovation work begin in December. Work on the boardwalk and dune walkover is expected to take 90-120 days to complete.
The recently closed 395 Neighborhood Beach Access has reopened after repairs were made following tidal erosion caused by Hurricane Sally. The Holly NBA and Seacrest NBA are closed due to structural deficiencies related to the storm, but repairs are expected to be completed by the beginning of December.
The previously closed Nightcap NBA is now open for public use, after closure for repairs due to erosion.
Capital Improvement Updates:
Progress continues as the county and representatives from NUE Urban Concepts work through plans that would add additional parking for visitors and residents at four properties in South Walton. The Board of County Commissioners gave the green light in October to move forward design and permitting for the CR 283 project, which includes paving, a shelter for passengers awaiting the Grayton Beach Shuttle and a restroom facility.
- 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 the Gulf Place Town Center on the west side of County Road 393.
- The County Road 283 parcel, also referred to as “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 more than 300 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 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.
Managed Beach Vendor Program:
The 2020 Managed Vendor Program experienced another successful summer season, as the programs wrapped up for the season last month. A total of 12 vending companies are currently serving both South Walton visitors and locals. In 2019, the pilot program began at the Ed Walline RBA, Inlet Beach RBA and Grayton Beach NBA and with much success. In 2020, the program was expanded to all regional beach accesses.
As the program continues to prove successful, expansion to neighborhood beach accesses will be considered. During the winter months, staff and vendors plan to look for ways they can improve the program moving forward.
The Managed Vendor Program, overseen by the South Walton Beach Service Association, is now in effect at all regional beach access points, as well as the Grayton Beach Neighborhood Beach Access. This program has drastically reduced the amount of “ghost chairs” and has been well received by the public. With multiple participating vendors, the program has proven to be effective. As mentioned above, discussion to expand the program into neighborhood access will be considered as the program progresses.
So how does this new program work? Beach Vendors all have equal opportunity to participate in the managed vendor program. They have to be a permitted vendor in Walton County; sign the Association’s Agreement; drop off/pick up equipment as needed or store their equipment in the association’s storage boxes on the beach; are not allowed to set up/tear down equipment on their own; and pay a fee based on how many beach sets rented out.
A beach attendant, who is on site daily, works directly with guests to set up their beach equipment, whether it be chairs, or an umbrella. When the guest is done with their equipment, the attendant removes the equipment from the beach. This is designed to alleviate the issue of "ghost sets" or empty chairs on the beach.
The program regulates Walton County beach vendors for beach chairs/umbrellas. The program does not regulate or have any association to Special Event Permits/vendors, (including photographers, officiants), sandcastle lesson vendors, bonfire vendors or the like.
For more information about the program, contact Phillip Poundstone at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 832-8715.