Beach Access Updates:

The Grayton Beach Community Center is located at 44 Hotz Avenue in Grayton Beach. The design has been completed and the application for the Development Order has been submitted.  Once completed, the 1600 +/- square foot building will house a local information station, restrooms, observation deck, a boardwalk to the beach, and access to our transit shuttle. Work is anticipated to begin this winter.


Seagrove RBA, The development order has been received and we are preparing to place the project out for bid.  Located at 3910 E. Co. Hwy. 30A, construction plans include parking for automobiles, ADA, LSV, and bicycles, a 1000sf +/- restroom facility, handicap-accessible dune walkover and connectivity to the multi-use path. Construction is anticipated to begin Winter 2023 and be complete by Summer 2024.

Walton Dunes Regional Beach Access is located at 258 Beachfront Trail. Currently under appeal with the Zoning Board of Adjustments, the Walton Dunes project is on hold until a final determination of the validity of the Development Order can be made. Improvements are expected to include 14 parallel ROW parking spaces with dedicated ADA, LSV, and bicycle parking, restrooms and an ADA-accessible boardwalk.
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners continues to take an active approach to improve parking and transportation throughout the county. Here's a look at some projects currently undergoing or preparing for improvements:

The 393 Municipal Parking Facility is on 2.3 acres and is located north of the Gulf Place Town Center on the west side of County Road 393. The project is out for bid with a bid closing date of Dec. 13, 2023.  This project will add 83 parking spaces with dedicated parking for ADA, LSV, bicycles and a 1,300-square-foot transit building with a restroom facility. Construction is expected to begin in Winter 2023 and be completed by Summer 2024.

The Cessna Landing Park Improvements project is located at 1689 Co. Hwy. 393 in Santa Rosa Beach and is ready to go out for bid January 2024. Plans are to add two additional docks, additional pavilions and reconfigure existing driveways and parking areas. Additional work will include hardscape, landscape, site utilities, site grading/drainage and stormwater systems. Work is expected to begin Winter 2023 and be completed by Spring 2024. 
Updates on Other Capital Improvement Projects:
  • The Driftwood Road Municipal Parking project is on a 1.119-acre parcel located at 76 Driftwood Road in Miramar Beach. Design and permitting have been completed and on Dec. 20, 2023, the Technical Review Committee will review the development order application for approval to move forward.  Plans include a parking lot containing 67 spaces with dedicated parking for ADA, LSV, bicycles, a public transit stop, and a restroom facility.

  • Kellogg Park Project at 855 Nursery Road in Santa Rosa Beach, this proposed community/nature center will be a 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 Canoe & Kayak Launch is located at 121 S Camp Creek Road South just north of 30A. This coastal dune lake access park will include ADA and bicycle parking, landscape, an ADA-accessible pier with canoe/kayak launch, and stormwater systems. Status: Currently reworking the design to be compliant with both ADA and Coastal Dune Lake Protection Zone guidelines.
  • Headland Street Neighborhood Beach Access is located in the South Headland Avenue right-of-way and will provide improved pedestrian access with a new sidewalk, boardwalk, dune walkover, and connectivity to the multi-use path. Status: Design/permitting efforts continue. Construction is expected to begin in early Winter 2023.
  • Miramar Beach Municipal Parking Project is a 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 HERE.
Beach Access & Customary Use Reminder:
While there have been changes for customary use of private beachfront property, much is still evolving. If guests have concerns, we hope the below information will be helpful.
Things to keep in mind:
  • Walton County Tourism currently maintains 58 public beach access points, including 10 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 Office 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. 

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