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Headline news 10.23.2014

    BCC APPROVES LAND SALE IN MOSSY HEAD             Industrial Park would have large distribution center             _____   DEFUNIAK CITIZENS DISCUSS PROPOSED “BLIGHT ORDINANCE”             Public meeting finds common ground on approaches             _____   APPELLATE COURT REVERSES SANDESTIN INVESTMENTS INJUNCTION             Remands to judge to review required criteria for injunction             _____ [...]

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Commissioners approve sale of land for distribution center

By DOTTY NIST Development at the Mossy Head Industrial Park looks likely to move forward in a big way with county commissioners’ recent approval of the sale of land for a large distribution center. At an Oct. 17 special meeting at the Walton County Courthouse, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the [...]

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Freeport’s Council talks about a non-voting mayor

By BEN GRAFTON At the beginning of a longer than normal meeting for the Freeport City Council on Oct. 14, City Planner Latilda Hughes-Neel recommended acceptance of a revised entrance landscaping plan for the property being developed as Cross Creek Phase I. The Council approved the recommendation. Interim Fire Chief Tom Palmer reported that 45 [...]

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Citizens speak out at DeFuniak Springs city blight ordinance workshop

By REID TUCKER Thoughtful suggestions and constructive criticisms were the result when city government officials and citizens alike met to take the first stab at crafting a blight ordinance for DeFuniak Springs.
            The workshop, which took place the evening of Monday, Oct. 20, at the city Community Center, came about after several recent City Council [...]

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Appeals court reverses granting of injunction to Sandestin Investments

By DOTTY NIST The First District Court of Appeal has found that an order granting a temporary injunction to Sandestin Investments failed to meet necessary criteria or set forth findings supporting the criteria. The order had been issued by Judge Kelvin C. Wells in Walton County Circuit Court on May 9. It had been to [...]

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South Walton wins district crown

By PATRICK CASEY Senior quarterback Johnathan Ortner threw for 233 yards and four touchdowns while adding a 42-yard scamper for the first score of the game as South Walton wrapped up the District 3, Class A championship with a 63-6 win over Holmes County on Friday night. The Seahawks wasted little time in jumping out [...]

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Headline news 10.16.14

DFS CITY COUNCIL OCT. 13 MEETING Proposed plan to bring zoning designations into compliance _____ SCHOOL BOARD OCT. 7 MEETING New math standards, board spending addressed _____ TDC OCT. 7 MEETING GETS UPDATE ON DECK GRAPHICS SIGNS Safety messages in use at beach accesses maintained by TDC _____ BEACH RESTORATION WORKSHOP OCT. 7 Proposed storm [...]

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WCSB meets, new CFO addresses board spending, parents question new maths

By ALICIA LEONARD The Walton County School Board (WCSB) met for a series of workshops and their regular meeting on the afternoon of Oct. 7, 2014. All board members were present with the exception of Sharon Roberts. The board moved quickly through the opening agenda items, including approval of the agenda itself and the adoption [...]

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TDC deck graphics safety signs now available for walkovers

By DOTTY NIST Signs, displaying beach safety messages directly on the floor planks of dune walkovers, are now in use at beach accesses maintained by the Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC). These unique signs are also being made available to local properties for their own walkovers. Developed by TDC staff, the signs are the [...]

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Funding for Walton County projects announced through NRDA Phase III

By DOTTY NIST More than $1 million of funding has been announced for Walton County projects as part of the third set of early restoration projects approved through the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. NRDA is a legal process that seeks to compensate the public in five Gulf Coast states for harm to natural [...]

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