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OFFICIALS TAKE UP BEACH DRIVING AND DOG PERMITS

Sep 18th, 2009 | 0

By DOTTY NIST
“Visiting dogs,” properly permitted, will soon be welcome on “The Beaches of South Walton,” and minor revisions to county code provisions regulating dogs on the beach have been approved. Following some discussion, consideration of proposed changes to the county ordinance regulating driving on the beach have been put off for a later date.
The approval and discussion took place at the Sept. 8 Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) regular meeting.
Currently only dog owners who are either Walton County property owners or permanent, year-round residents are eligible to apply for a permit to take their canines on the beach during specific hours. No unpermitted dogs are officially allowed on nonprivate property along the beach, and the state parks in the county bar all dogs from their beachfront property.
Last month, when county commissioners voted to set a public hearing to consider the beach-related changes, County Commission Chair Sara Comander had asked staff to provide for consideration draft provisions that would make “visiting dogs” eligible for permits to be taken on the beach in Walton County….
Read the full story in the Sept. 17, 2009 edition of the Herald Breeze.

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