Walton County Tourist Development Executive Director Jay Tusa told Commissioners the County still has $6.7 million to purchase property for beach accesses.

Walton County Tourist Development Executive Director Jay Tusa asked for direction from the Board of County Commission last week on whether to pursue additional property on Scenic Gulf Drive.

The property in question is located next to a parcel the County voted in April to purchase that is across from Amalfi Coast Resort.

"It has a house on it now that we could tear down but use the infrastructure that is in place," Tusa told Commissioners.

Appraisals have been sought for the property and are coming in under asking price, he said.

Commission Chair Cecilia Jones suggested offering the owners $1.2 million, but District 5 Commissioner Tony Anderson advised to let Tusa negotiate.

Tusa was granted permission to negotiate with the owners who are asking $1.625 million. He would not say publicly what the appraisals were.

Tusa also told Commissioners that a Realtor agent had approached him about property in Seacrest. He will bring an official proposal on it back to Commissioners at the next meeting.

"It's close to the other property we considered in Seacrest," he said.

Tusa told Commissioners the County still has $6.7 million to purchase property for beach accesses.