Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) March 26 special meeting and regular meeting and March 28 land use meeting

A yes vote was to approve the motion

March 26 special meeting on the Florida Teepee v. Walton County lawsuit, case no. 2022-CA-511

This is related to the Horse Power Pavilion property. There was a motion by Glidewell to reject a proposed settlement in the case.

The motion was approved unanimously: Tony Anderson-yes; Brad Drake-yes; Danny Glidewell-yes; Donna Johns-yes; Boots McCormick-yes.

March 26 regular meeting

Request on behalf of Walton County Emergency Management to apply for the Hurricane Idalia Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. It was explained that Walton County is eligible to apply for this funding with a 25-percent match and that funds received may be used for facility hardening, putting generators at facilities used as emergency shelters, and other public safety infrastructure.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Update by Tony Cornman, Walton County code compliance director, on potential vending (of beach equipment) on the county-owned beach property on Eastern Lake and request for direction.

Approved unanimously after BCC and staff discussion and public comment was a motion by Drake to call the question for a vote on allowing vending on the Eastern Lake property.

Also approved unanimously was a motion by Glidewell to deny the use of the property for vending during the 2024 calendar year and not to allow vending at the location until further action of the BCC.

Request on behalf of Walton County Engineering to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign change order to contract with RBM Contracting Services, L,L,C., for the East County Road 30A Road and Bridge Construction Project at Deer Lake due to additional work being added during construction, including increasing the contract amount by $147,453.25.

The project had been completed prior to the May deadline. Walton County Administrator Stan Sunday explained that the cost increase was due to the substitution of an aggregate base for lime rock base, which allowed asphalt to be applied more quickly, along with the purchase of concrete barricades that were used to open the roadway while guard rails were being installed.

A motion by Glidewell for approval of the change order carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of Walton County Environmental Services for approval to ratify the county administrator’s signature on a contract for the purchase of property located at 2909 E State Hwy. 20, two miles east of the U.S. 331/State Hwy. 29 intersection (Parcel ID# 19-1S-18-14000-011-0000), for the construction of a new solid waste transfer station and request to approve and authorize the Walton County Purchasing Department to obtain appraisals for the property.

There was a motion for approval by Glidewell with the condition of all the county’s standard contract language being included, as some had been inadvertently omitted.

The motion was approved unanimously after BCC and staff discussion and public comment.

Proposal presented by Sunday, following up on a previous BCC directive, on behalf of Waste Management, for addition of once-a-month bulk item pick-up service to Service Area A for the company for single-family homes only.

Sunday described Service Area A as including south Walton County, Freeport, the north shore of the bay, Choctaw Beach, and Villa Tasso. This level of service for bulk items would match that provided for the other service area for the company in Walton County, Service Area B in the north end. The cost for the addition of bulk service pick-up in Service Area A was stated as $1.39 per residence.

The additional service as offered would be within Waste Management’s current contract with Walton County for trash collection, which is funded through an existing countywide sales tax.

Sunday said there are approximately 27,500 residential units in Service Area A and that the total financial impact (contract amount increase) would be about $38,000 a month or approximately $460,000 a year.

There was a motion by Glidewell for approval of the contract modification proposal.

The motion was approved unanimously after BCC and staff discussion and public comment.

Request by Clay Adkinson, acting county attorney, for approval to schedule and advertise to hold a public hearing on April 9 to consider an ordinance adopting the official seal of Walton County and establishing standards for the use of the seal.

A motion for approval by Johns carried unanimously.

Two regular meeting agenda items were deleted at the outset of the meeting. These were: A request to approve records disposition request as submitted by the clerk’s office; and a request to approve and authorize the BCC chairman to sign a renewal agreement with Granicus for Host Compliance Software utilized for the Short Term Vacation Rental Program in the amount of $251,665.73, effective March 29, 2024 through March 28, 2025.

Match 28 land use meeting

Request on behalf of South Walton BC, L.L.C., for approval of revised final order for the Drevinskas Commercial center, consisting of 34,414 square feet of commercial space, including general business, office, and warehouse use, and infrastructure on 2.27 acres east of Don Bishop Road and west of Mussett Bayou Road on the south side of U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa Beach.

The request for the March 28 meeting was for a revision to the previously approved project providing for a revised traffic study issued by DRMP, the county’s contract engineering reviewer, and a reduction from 57 trips added to 52 traffic trips added, along with an accompanying reduction of proportionate fair share requirement from $115,892.86 to $107,584.66.

There was a motion by Johns for approval of the revised final order.

The motion was approved unanimously.

Second reading/adoption hearing for the Commerce Park Planned Unit Development (PUD) Amendment #2, a request on behalf of Carey Properties, L.L.C., to add a 7/10-acre parcel to a previously-approved PUD property consisting of approximately 15 acres—and to add 30 townhome units to the third phase of the development.

        The PUD property is located at 153 Veterans Road in Santa Rosa Beach, near the northwest corner of Veterans Road and U.S. 98. The future land use classification for the property are Mixed Use and Residential, and it is in Village Mixed Use and Neighborhood Infill zoning districts. The total number of units was proposed to be 73 units, a reduction from 136 units. The proposal was also to result in an increase in preserved wetlands on the site from 2.91 acres to 5.33 acres.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of the St. Joe Timberland Company for approval of South Walton Commerce Park PUD Amendment Phase 3, consisting of 28 commercial lots and infrastructure on 98.93 acres east of Serenoa Road and north of U.S. 98 in southeastern Walton County. This is the third phase for the commerce park.

Phase 3 was proposed to be located south of Phase 2 and east of Phase 1, and the Phase 3 request was for 300,000 square feet of commercial spread across the 28 lots. The new phase was proposed to interconnect with Phase 2, and a roadway connecting to Serenoa Road in Phase 1 was also proposed.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of the Watersound Company, L.L.C., for approval of the Longleaf Park Phase I Replat, consisting of the replatting for lot line adjustments of lots 27-53 on 25.31 acres within Longleaf Park, also part of Watersound Origins. This was for the purpose of changing the shape of the lots to meet market demand, with no new density created.

A motion for approval by Johns carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of The Watersound Company, L.L.C., for approval of Powell Landing at Watersound Phase 1A Replat, consisting of the replatting of lots 1 through 17 and lots 38 through 53 for lot line adjustments on 46.44 acres located north of U.S. 98 within the southeastern Walton County Watersound Origins development. As with the previous request, no change in density was proposed with the replat, only a change in lot shape to meet market demand.

A motion for approval by Johns carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of Move It Fund II Santa Rosa Beach, L.L.C., for approval of the Avid Storage Plat, consisting of the platting of three commercial lots and infrastructure on 7.90 acres on the north side of U.S. 98 West, east of Veteran Road and west of the Publix Shopping Center in Santa Rosa Beach.

         According to the project staff report, a development order had been issued for property containing the 7.90 acres in September 2022 for 92,037 square feet of mini storage, 7,000 square feet of fast food restaurant and 4,000 square feet of medical office in two phases.

A motion by Glidewell for approval of the plat carried unanimously.

Request on behalf of DR Horton, Inc., for approval of the Parkside Subdivision Plat, consisting of the platting of 124 single-family lots and infrastructure on 22.36 acres at 7279 CR-30A West in Santa Rosa Beach, near the western intersection of CR-30A and U.S. 98.

A motion for approval by Glidewell carried unanimously.