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Walton County TDC to Break Ground on new Dune Allen Regional Beach Access

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. – February 7, 2019 – Visit South Walton invites the public to attend a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Dune Allen Regional Beach Access on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. The new regional beach access will be located at 5999 W. County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach.

“Our goal is to ensure continued ease of beach access in South Walton so both locals and visitors can experience our beautiful beaches,” says Visit South Walton Executive Director, Jay Tusa. “By giving beach goers more options, we can ease pressure off of any single stretch of beach and ensure a great beach experience for everyone.”

Since August 2016, Visit South Walton has purchased seven beachfront parcels for a total of 748 feet of beachfront to be used as three new regional access points, along with 2 inland properties. Those inland properties include a site on Driftwood Road for a planned parking and stormwater project, and a 7.35-acre property that currently serves as additional parking in the Grayton Beach area.  The total spent for these properties is $25.6 million.

“Providing our residents and visitors access to our beautiful beaches is critical to Walton County’s economy and way of life,” says Walton County District 5 Commissioner Tony Anderson. “This is something that’s very important to me, and it’s taken a tremendous amount of hard work and cooperation from a lot of people to make it happen. I’m glad to be moving forward to open a new regional beach access, and look forward to following through with our plans to add more in the future.”

When all 3 of the newly purchased beachfront properties open as regional beach accesses, the total number of regional beach access points in South Walton will rise from eight to 11. Each regional beach access point includes parking, bathroom facilities, and a lifeguard station. The three new regional beach access points will be located in Miramar Beach, Seagrove Beach, and Dune Allen Beach.

The properties were purchased and will be maintained using bed tax dollars, a 4 percent tax collected on short term rentals.

For additional information regarding the ground breaking, please contact Cindy Selph at 850-267-1216 or Cindy@visitsouthwalton.com

Walton County adheres to the American with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to the meetings upon request. Please call (850) 892-8110 to make a request.  For the hearing impaired, please call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE).  Requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to allow time to provide the requested services.