SANTA ROSA BEACH — It was just another lovely day on the beach.

Stand Your Sand, a walk organized by South Walton businessman Dave Rauschkolb, went off without a hitch Sunday afternoon, and no confrontations with beachfront private property owners were reported.

“It has been a pleasure. It’s been very peaceful, and we’ve seen very supportive people all the way along the beach,” said Eugene Mims, who at 9:30 a.m. left with a group of about 20 from Topsail Hill State Park to walk on the sand to Grayton Beach State Park.

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Another group had taken off, heading west from Camp Helen State Park, an hour earlier. The plan was for the groups to come together at Grayton Beach.

“There has been no problem at all, everyone has been cordial and wonderful,” Rauschkolb reported as his crew of about 60 were passing through the beachside community known as Seagrove.

It was symbolic that the walk was held on July 1, the day that a state statute took effect and nullified a county ordinance. Under the new state law, property owners with legitimate claims to beachfront land are entitled to use signage to mark their boundaries and post no trespass warnings. They can also order violators off their property and call for law enforcement to enforce the existing law.

The new law has not sat well with the many who believe in the concept of customary use, which states humanity has been enjoying the world’s beaches since civilization began, and therefore everyone should be entitled to continue that prolonged, unbroken, enjoyment.

“I’m exercising my customary use,” beach walker Cindy McBrayer said when asked why she was walking Sunday. “I’m a voluntary beach ambassador.”

“We are a group of proud Walton County residents that love these beaches and don’t want to see fences all the way down to the water,” said Ryan Nesset, who also proudly proclaimed he’d gotten engaged on the beach just the night before.

The walkers heading east from Topsail Hill State Park were greeted at the westernmost boundary of the Vizcaya residential community by a sight they said they hadn’t seen previously in their walk. There was a security guard on the beach.

Vizcaya has become somewhat legendary for the aggressiveness with which it, and one resident in particular, patrols and protects the white sand areas of the beach between the high-dollar homes and the surf.

The name of Bill Hackmeyer, whose virulent defense of Vizcaya’s private property has earned him mention in news articles circulated nationally, was on many lips Sunday.

People gathered at Vizcaya to view “no trespassing” signs posted at a public beach access and along the beach and to perhaps witness a confrontation with Stand Your Sand walkers. Some brought food and water for the walkers, and one planted an American Flag about 3 feet into the Gulf of Mexico.

“That’s the last of our land, out there,” said South Walton resident Richard Lilef.

But there was no confrontation, not even a sharp word or a cross gesture. When the walkers came through they stuck to the wet sand, as the Vizcaya signage instructs all visitors to do, and moved on after a short stop to enjoy the hospitality offered them.

Contacted later, Hackmeyer said he saw no need to interrupt Sunday’s walk.

“I did go out there, I guess it was after the walkers had already passed by,” he said. “I would not have confronted them. That’s why we have the security guard.”

Hackmeyer conceded he’d exchanged words in the past with what he called “interlopers” on Vizcaya property, and said he believes he’s within his rights to do so.

“I’m a fierce defender of private-property rights. I feel people work hard to obtain something should be allowed to protect their property,” he said. “I do not think it is fair for outsiders to come in and enjoy the fruits of our labor.”

The security guard at Vizcaya was being paid by the Vizcaya Owners Association. Michael Messer said he’d been working for three days. He insisted that his role was not to enforce no trespassing laws, but to inform of the rules that govern the beaches of South Walton.

“I tell them what’s going on and they do what they do,” he said. “I’ve got no problems with the owners or the beachgoers.”