Walton County Heritage Museum

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Headline News 8.14.2014

DFS CITY COUNCIL AUG. 11 MEETING Votes to accept bid on CNG fueling station _____ SCHOOL BOARD AUG. 5 MEETING Approves dual enrollment program, hires new CFO _____ AUG. 6 CANDIDATE FORUM, PART ONE Audience “by far the biggest” yet for this election. _____ JUDGE FINDS COUNTY IN VIOLATION OF COURT ORDER Sandestin Investments seeks [...]

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DFS City Council awards contract on compressed natural gas plant

By REID TUCKER After years of on-again, off-again talks, the DeFuniak Springs City Council voted to accept a bid of nearly a million dollars for the construction of a compressed natural gas fueling station. Though the motion moved forward, it wasn’t a unanimous call. Councilmen Ron Kelley, Mac Work and Kermit Wright voted in favor [...]

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Freeport Council approves four-day work week trial

By BEN GRAFTON At a special Aug. 7 Freeport City Council meeting attended by a number of city employees from the Water, Sewer and Fire Departments and from the office staff, Councilwoman Janice McLean initiated a discussion about changing employee work hours to a 10-hour day, four days per week. To cover essential services some [...]

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Biggest-ever bed tax collection month reported at tourism council meeting

By DOTTY NIST For the first time ever, monthly bed tax revenues have exceeded $4 million in Walton County, tourism council members heard on Aug. 5. This was part of a financial report presented by Jennifer Vigil, Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) director of administration, at the TDC’s bimonthly meeting at the South Walton [...]

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Changes to construction easement language announced at workshop

By DOTTY NIST Construction easements in connection with the Walton County Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction (beach nourishment) project will not be perpetual, it was announced at an Aug. 5 workshop on the project. This represented a change in the construction easement language. The public workshop, the fifth of a series, was held at the [...]

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Judge finds Walton County in violation of court order

By DOTTY NIST Walton County Circuit Judge Kelvin C. Wells has found Walton County in contempt of an order that he had issued three months earlier. Judge Wells issued the finding of violation at an Aug. 6 hearing at the Walton County Courthouse. His original order had been issued on May 9. Walton County has [...]

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Headline News 8.07.2014

PLANNING COMMISSION TO REVIEW ST. JOE SECTOR PLAN Proposed plan covers 13,284 acres in Walton County _____ PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED TOPSAIL BEACH ACCESS Some support, lots of opposition voiced _____ COUNTY HIRES NEW LANDFILL MANAGER Former Jackson County Chamber of Commerce president ____ FREEPORT CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING Sets tentative ad valorem tax rate [...]

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Public sounds off on potential Topsail Preserve beach access, other accesses

By DOTTY NIST Beachview Heights resident Norman Froeschner’s statement, “This is a bad, bad, idea,” was the overwhelming sentiment at a July 30 public workshop at which most of the discussion involved a potential public beach access across Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Held at the South Walton Annex, the workshop included a presentation on [...]

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Freeport Council sets tentative ad valorem tax rate

By BEN GRAFTON At a special meeting in City Hall at 6 p.m., July 29, City Attorney Clayton Adkinson advised the City Council that the Certificate of Taxable Values for the 2014 – 2015 budget has been received  and that the tentative ad valorem tax rate for the coming fiscal year must be set that [...]

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Walton County Planning Commission to review St. Joe sector plan

By DOTTY NIST On the Walton County Planning Commission agenda for Aug. 14 is a long-term master plan proposal by the St. Joe Company that includes 13,284 acres in Walton County. The majority of St. Joe’s 46,192-acre Bay-Walton Sector Plan is located in Bay County. The Bay-Walton Sector Plan is an expansion of the development [...]

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