Public Notice: CR30A Multi-Use Path Bridge Closure

A portion of the multi-use path along CR30A, east of Butler Elementary, will be closed Wednesday, Feb. 8, through Wednesday, Feb. 22, to repair a section of the bridge. Signage will be placed on both the east and west sides of the bridge. Please use caution in the area.

Blue Mountain Beach RBA is Open to Public

The Blue Mountain Beach Regional Beach Access construction of repairs is complete. The access is now open for use to the public. 

The Eastern Lake Road Municipal Parking Facility 

The Eastern Lake Road Municipal Parking Facility is the first of five Municipal Parking projects to be developed near larger public beach accesses in Walton County. This facility, located at 406 Eastern Lake Road in the Seagrove neighborhood, was purchased a few years ago with the goal of relieving congestion for visitors and residents while providing adequate beach access. Plans include 16 parking spaces, 12 low speed vehicle parking spaces, and a bike parking area. This construction project was awarded to Gum Creek Farms, Inc. in Dec. 2022, and is expected to commence in Feb. 2023, with completion by Summer 2023.

The 393 Municipal Parking Facility 

This project is the second of five municipal parking facilities to be added this year and is on 2.3-acres at 1668 S. Co Hwy 393, north of the Gulf Place Town Center on the west side of County Road 393. Currently in the permitting stage, this project will add 83 +/- parking spaces with dedicated parking for ADA, low speed vehicles, bicycles, electric cars and will be home to a 1,300 square foot transit building with restroom facility. Construction is expected to begin Spring 2023 and completed by Summer 2023.


The Grayton Beach Community Center is located at the junction of 44 Hotz Avenue and DeFuniak Street. It is currently in the design/permitting stage and once completed, the 1,600 +/- square foot building will house a local information station, restrooms, observation deck and access to our transit shuttle. Work is anticipated to begin in Spring 2023 and be completed by Spring 2024.



TDC Visitor Center / Discovery Center/ DMO Administration Facility

This 20,000 square foot building, located at 24604 U.S. Highway 331 in Santa Rosa Beach, will house a museum, public assembly room, retail space and offices. Currently in the final bidding stages, the contract is expected to be awarded by early Feb. 2023, with completion in Spring 2025.


Updates on Other Capital Improvement Projects:

  • Seagrove Regional Beach Access, in the core of the Seagrove neighborhood, will be the 11th RBA when completed. Plans include 23 +/- parking spaces, including dedicated ADA and bicycle parking, a 1,000 +/- square foot restroom facility and dune walkover/boardwalk. Pending finalization of permitting, an invitation to bid has been approved for advertisement. Status: Construction featuring coastal architecture is expected to start in early Spring 2023 and take about one year to complete.
  • The Cessna Landing Park Improvements project, located at 1689 County Highway 393 in Santa Rosa Beach, is in the final design and permit stages. The park, with its large Bay access, is popular for water sports and charter fishing enthusiasts, and is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Plans are to add two additional pavilions, reconfigure existing driveways and parking areas as well as new piers for boat passenger loading and unloading, as well as temporary dockage. Work is expected to begin in Spring 2023 and be completed by Summer 2023. Status: TRC has conditionally approved a development order pending finalization of plan details and permitting.
  • Grayton Beach Municipal Parking Facility ­- located on the eastern portion of County Road 283 South, across from the Shoppes at Grayton. Temporary restroom facilities, landscaping and sail shades have been added to the area; final plan improvements include 118 +/- parking spaces, dedicated ADA, electric car, low speed vehicle and bicycle parking areas, restrooms, public transportation facilities and connectivity to the multi-use path. Status: Construction is expected to begin in early Spring 2023 and be completed by Summer 2023.
  • Driftwood Road Parking Project - located at 76 Driftwood Road in Miramar Beach; plans include a parking lot, public transit and a restroom facility. Design and permitting efforts continue. Status: Design development is at 90 percent and construction is expected to begin in Spring 2023.
  • Kellogg Park Project - Located at 855 Nursery Road in Santa Rosa Beach, this proposed community/nature center will be an 1,800 square foot assembly-style building for nature watching and community gatherings, with access to the kayak launch. Status: Design development with coastal cottage architecture is ongoing.
  • Camp Creek Lake Public Access - This Coastal Dune Lake Access project is to be located on the east side of Camp Creek Lake, north of 30A. Status: Design/permitting efforts continue with construction anticipated to begin in Spring 2023.
  • Headland Street Neighborhood Beach Access - Design and permitting efforts continue with the development order application under review. This neighborhood beach access will provide improved pedestrian access with a new sidewalk, boardwalk and dune walkover. Status: Construction is expected to begin in early Spring 2023.
  • Walton Dunes Beach Access – located at 258 Beachfront Trail. Improvements will include 14 parallel ROW parking spaces including dedicated ADA, low speed vehicle and bicycle parking, a 1,300 square foot transit/restroom building, and an ADA-accessible boardwalk.  Status: Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2023.
  • Miramar Beach Municipal Parking Project - This recently acquired 4.5-acre parcel in Miramar Beach is to be used for a beach-related municipal parking project. Status: Task order for master planning has not been issued pending coordination with Public Works engineering efforts.

More detail about Beach Operations Capital Improvements, including beach access, existing beach/bay renovation projects and other projects, is available by CLICKING HERE.


Beach Access & Customary Use Reminder:

While there have been changes for customary use of private beachfront property, much is still evolving currently. If guests have concerns, we hope the below information will be helpful.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Visit South Walton currently maintains 58 public beach access points, including 11 Regional Public Beach Accesses complete with parking, restroom facilities, and lifeguards. South Walton also enjoys additional miles of public beach thanks to our State Parks. The customary use changes do not affect our public beaches, only privately-owned beachfront property.
  • A user-friendly interactive map of public beach access points can be found here:
  • Many beach neighborhoods and resorts already have dedicated beach areas available for guests staying with them.

What is customary use?

  • Customary use is a common-law term referring to the public access of the privately-owned beachfront property. Some Gulf-front properties in Florida have a property line that extends to the mean high-water line.

What is changing?

  • Essentially, some beachfront homeowners are restricting access to the dry sandy areas behind their homes. All wet sand areas remain undisputed public property and beachgoers cannot be excluded from these areas. The Walton County Sheriff’s Department will be the governing force for any conflicts or complications that may arise on the space in front of properties now considered private property.

Does that mean I can't walk all 26 miles of our white sand beaches?

  • No, you can absolutely still walk our beautiful beaches for as far as you wish. There will still be plenty of space in the wet sand area for beach-walkers to enjoy, and plenty of public beach where access is in no way under dispute. 

  Twitter  YouTube  0  0

Visit South Walton
25777 US Hwy 331 S | Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 | (850) 267-1216