Officials to take up ordinances and ordinance changes, new sports complex, North Walton County Advisory Board
By DOTTY NIST
Proposed ordinances and ordinance changes, along with other topics of interest to the community, are scheduled to come before county commissioners in May.
On May 13, as part of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting, commissioners are scheduled to hear recommendations from Walton County Administrator Larry Jones on the proposed South Walton Sports Complex. The report is to include an analysis of a number of properties offered for purchase by the county for the facility and their advantages and drawbacks, along with options for funding property purchase and sports complex construction.
Also at the May 13 BCC meeting, commissioners are scheduled to appoint members to serve on the newly-created North Walton County Advisory Board to the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC). The nine-member board is to provide recommendations to the tourism council on a portion of the TDC budget to be used for promotion of events taking place in Walton County but outside of the TDC’s south-of-the-bay taxing district. The TDC has set aside $15,000 for this purpose from its current fiscal year budget, and $30,000 is expected to be so designated in the TDC’s 2014-15 fiscal year budget.
The North Walton Advisory Board is to consist of one person appointed by each of the five commissioners, along with one representative each from DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Paxton, and the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, the adoption hearing for an ordinance establishing a permitting procedure for land clearing on parcels in the Coastal Dune Lake Protection Zone is set for the May 13 meeting, as well.
The May 13 meeting is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and take place at the South Walton Annex.
Later in the month, the county has scheduled an additional BCC meeting at the South Walton Annex, a special meeting for quasi-judicial and legislative items, including land use proposals. This meeting is set for 4 p.m. on May 20. First on the agenda are public hearings on two ordinance proposals.
One proposed ordinance change would add two county-designated scenic corridors, Scenic Gulf Drive and U.S. 98, to areas where roadside fund raising is not allowed. In January, in response to community concerns about traffic congestion and possible danger to fund raising participants, including children, the BCC approved the initial ordinance regulating this activity. The measure placed a prohibition on roadside fund raising on CR-30A and all the intersections of that county road.
Roadside fund raising is possible on other county roads under certain conditions, which include a county-issued permit.
A public hearing is also scheduled at the May 20 meeting on a proposed ordinance which would replace several existing noise ordinances in effect south of the bay. With certain exceptions, the proposed ordinance would prohibit excessive noise throughout the county. Currently, the area north of the bay is not regulated by a county noise ordinance.
The ordinance would prohibit noise disturbances between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. To determine a noise disturbance, the ordinance would use the standard of the noise being “plainly audible from within an occupied residence not the residence of the person making, causing or permitting the making of the noise disturbance.”