Walton County reschedules adoption hearing for new customary use ordinance

WALTON COUNTY is moving forward with a process set forth in recent state legislation to affirm customary use of the beach by the public. (Photo by Dotty Nist)

By DOTTY NIST

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) has voted to reschedule the public hearing for adoption of a new customary use beach ordinance for 9 a.m. on Sept. 8 (a Saturday) at South Walton High School

The hearing had previously been set for two days earlier, and the change was made in order to allow for the meeting to take place at a large venue so that the anticipated large number of attendees may be accommodated.

The officials approved the rescheduling of hearing at the request of Sidney Noyes, county attorney, during the course of their July 24 regular meeting.

Noyes has indicated that the adoption hearing is in line with the procedure set forth in HB 631. This was legislation approved in the 2018 legislative session and signed by Governor Rick Scott on March 23.

Taking effect on July 1, HB 631 voided Walton County’s existing customary use ordinance and specified a process that local governments may use to seek to affirm customary use of the beach by the public.