Your Monthly South Walton Tourism Update

Your Monthly South Walton Tourism Update

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COVID-19 Response

The safety of Walton County is at the forefront of our minds. We've created a COVID-19 Travel Updates page on our website to share the latest information related to accommodations, restaurants, events, and travel safety. This page is updated regularly as new information becomes available. 

 

Monthly TDT Information

Tourist Development Tax collection showed a 5.95% decrease in South Walton for June 2020 compared with the previous year. This decrease can be directly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tourist Development Tax, or bed tax, is a five percent tax collected on hotels, condos and other short term rentals. It is the best way to gauge visitation and demand trends in South Walton. The revenue supports tourism marketing and beach operations including cleaning and maintaining beaches, lifeguards, destination improvements and preservation initiatives. 

On Aug. 11, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners voted to move forward with scheduling a referendum on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot, that, if approved by the voters, would expand the Tourist Development Taxing area to all currently untaxed areas of the county, creating a North Walton TDC, which would collect a 2 percent bed tax on hotels, condos and other short term rentals north of the Choctawhatchee Bay. 

Tourist Development Council Applications

Beginning Aug. 31, the Walton County Tourist Development Council will be accepting applications for the Tourist Development Council. The guidelines and application can be found at www.WaltonTDCApplication.com. Applications may be submitted by mail on in person to the TDC at 25777 U.S. Hwy. 331 South, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 until Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

There are specific requirements for each council seat and terms are for 4 years. TDC Meetings are held at 9 a.m. on the first Tuesday of even numbered months at the South Walton Courthouse Annex Boardroom located at 31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Santa Rosa Beach unless otherwise noted. Meetings are streamed live online. 

For more information, please contact Cindy Selph at (850) 267-1216 or Cindy@VisitSouthWalton.com

 

COMMUNICATIONS


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  • 2021 Perfect in South Walton Awards
  • Update Your Business Listing!
  • South Walton in the News
  • 2019 Annual Report
  • COVID-19 Efforts
  • COVID-19 Partner Resources 

 

 

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BEACH OPERATIONS

 

  • COVID-19 Response
  • Regional Beach Access Updates
  • Capital Improvements
  • Managed Vendor Program

 

 

 

 

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MARKETING

 

  • COVID-19 Response
  • COVID-19 Travel Updates Page
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  • June Website Stats
  • Print Publications
  • Beach Flag Magnets
  • BookDirect Accommodations Search Engine

 

 

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SALES & VISITOR CENTER

 

  • Visitor Center Updates
  • Grayton Central Shuttle
  • Merchandise Spotlight: Tumblers and Corkcicles
  • Group Sales Updates

 

 

 

 

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