A sigh of relief: Spring break over in Walton County

spring break over

The Whale's Tail was one of the hot spots for spring breakers in Walton County.

Kathy Harrison | The Sun
Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:08 PM.

After 1,084 arrests and countless beer cans left on the beach, Walton County can start to see some normalcy with spring break now in the past.

As promised in a late February town hall meeting, officials in Walton County were going to be relentless towards out-of-hand breakers. They wanted to send a message to co-eds that underage drinking, loud, crowded parties and overall disrespect was not going to be tolerated. With a record breaking arrest count, they made that message clear.

"I am very proud of our Sheriff's department and what they have done with very limited man power and funds," said Commissioner Sara Comander.  

"I think the overall picture of spring break was improved over last year," added Commissioner Cindy Meadows. "No doubt the presence of more deputies along the beaches made a positive difference."

The Sun has seen letters and comments from readers and residents congratulating WCSO for their efforts, including a March 11 bust that sent 32 underage drinkers to the county jail.

"Their dedicated service provided a quality of life to those of us who are permanent residents and who are routinely subjected (during spring break) to the type of behavior that resulted in the arrest of 32 young people at an “open house party” in our neighborhood during this year’s spring break," read a letter to The Sun from Miramar Beach residents Linda and Stephen Hodges.

Aside from the arrests, some residents did have concerns about issues such as trash and the responsibilities of property owners.

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