Time is of the essence - the Walton County Commissioners will vote on 3/10/2020!!The Walton Dunes Neighborhood Beach Access is one of the few natural dune covered accesses along 30A. The Tourist Development Council is proposing the destruction of the dunes to create a parking lot and restroom deep within a neighborhood. The parcel of land is 2.43 acres, of which 1.69 acres are protected dunes (which have been identified as domain habitats to the endangered Beach Mouse and Snowy Plover), .046 acres are designated as an emergency vehicle easement - which leaves .69 acres of usable beach area for neighborhood beach patrons. With over 300 homes, this public beach serves a few thousand beach goers from within the neighborhood during peak tourist weeks. A public parking lot exists north of the access, however, the main mode of transportation for the neighborhood is walking or cycling, which is preferred due to the safety issue of no turnaround areas at the beach access (this lack of infrastructure was due to a series of land abandonment decisions made by the county resulting in 46 homes being land-locked).
Also, there are no safe sidewalks for all the pedestrians and cyclists in the neighborhood, so keeping vehicular traffic to a minimum is paramount to the safety of tourists and residents. Several commissioners and proponents of the destruction of the dunes for a parking lot indicate this development is not meant to add traffic or use, but instead it is meant to enhance the access for our neighborhood. This begs the question, if the access is not meant to increase usage over the existing usage of the neighborhood, and the neighborhood overwhelmingly is opposed to the destruction of these dunes for this purpose...why spend taxpayer dollars for no benefit? Along with being a habitat domain for endangered species, these dunes were pivotal during Hurricane Michael in 2018 in protecting the home structures north of the access.
Please join us in preserving and conserving the natural dune structure of the Walton Dunes Neighborhood Beach Access and oppose any development proposed by the Tourist Development Council to the Walton County Commissioners.
The commissioner meeting where they will make the decision whether or not to move forward with the dune destruction for a parking lot. Please consider helping us further by emailing the commissioners directly:Bill Chapman - [email protected] Danny Glidewell - [email protected] Melanie Nipper - [email protected] Trey Nick - [email protected] Tony Anderson - [email protected]
Thanks again for your help preserving the DUNES of Walton Dunes!