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Headline News 7.17.2014

NO VENDORS AT CAMP HELEN STATE PARK State withdraws plans following public objection _____ BEACH VENDING DISCONTINUED ON SECTION OF GRAYTON Property owners seek relief from “out of control” situation _____ BCC APPROVES COUNTYWIDE NOISE ORDINANCE Discussion planned on 2003 ordinance still in effect _____ DFS CITY COUNCIL JULY 14 MEETING Approves sidewalk merchandise display [...]

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Officials approve countywide noise ordinance

By DOTTY NIST The first noise ordinance applying to all the unincorporated area in Walton County has been approved by county commissioners. The decision took place at the July 8 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting at the South Walton Annex. In response to public comment, the ordinance had undergone some changes since [...]

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DFS City Council passes sidewalk merchandise display ordinance 3-1

By REID TUCKER The DeFuniak Springs City Council members were split on the matter of approving Ordinance 842 – an amendment to the municipal code laying out the rules for merchandise displays on public sidewalks. The councilmen cast a 3-1 vote in favor of adopting the ordinance, with Councilman Mac Carpenter returning the nay vote. [...]

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Beach vending is discontinued on a section of Grayton Beach

By DOTTY NIST Beach vending has been discontinued on a section of Grayton Beach at the request of beachfront property owners, according to Jim Bagby, Walton County Tourist Development Council executive director. Bagby said the section in question extends from the western drive-on entrance to the beach to the west toward the western section of [...]

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State nixes plans for new vending at Camp Helen State Park

By DOTTY NIST The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has withdrawn plans for new vending at Camp Helen State Park. DEP announced the decision on July 9. The decision was on the heels of DEP’s withdrawal of a call for business plans for Grayton Beach State Park in Walton County. Walton County citizens had publicly [...]

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Casey Cuchens and Eddie Farris elected to Freeport City Council

By BEN GRAFTON July 8, 2014 was election day for the city of Freeport, so before the Council meeting was called to order, Walton County Supervisor of Elections Bobby Beasley and one of his staff completed counting absentee ballots and added this count to the totals from the voting machines. The results gave candidate Casey [...]

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State cancels plans for new vending at Grayton Beach State Park

By DOTTY NIST A call for vendors to submit business proposals for Grayton Beach State Park has been rescinded in the wake of opposition from the public. On June 24, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had issued a news release calling for potential vendors to submit business plans for services “to enhance visitor [...]

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Gabe Moore qualifies for Team USA, will compete in World Junior Championships decathlon

By REID TUCKER The hits keep on coming for Freeport High grad and University of Arkasas signee Gabe Moore, as he repeated last year’s feat by qualifying to represent Team USA in international competition. Moore finished second in the junior decathlon at the 2014 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships, held June 25-26 in Sacramento. [...]

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Headline news 7.10.14

NO VENDORS AT GRAYTON BEACH STATE PARK             State withdraws plans following public opposition             _____   FOURTH OF JULY EXPLODES IN WALTON COUNTY             Photos of parades and festivities             _____   HERE’S YOUR BEACH SIGN             Privately placed signs and markers cause controversy             _____   SCHOOL BOARD JULY 1 MEETING             Taxpayers [...]

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WCTA requests plan for general fund from WCSB

    The Walton County School Board(WCSB) met on the evening of July 1, 2014 at 5 p.m., for their first of two regularly scheduled monthly meetings.
        Board members approved the agenda before them and adopted the prior meeting’s minutes before opening the floor to public comments.
       Executive Director for the Walton [...]

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