COLUMN: Land use changes could harm land values

Published: Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 06:27 PM.

Anecdotally, I was struck by some odd requirements when we built out our new office but in reality Walton County has bare-bones regulations.  If someone wants to build in a wetland, a dozer will be moving dirt. Inexplicability no coastal dune lakes are recognized as “Outstanding Florida Waters” despite the fact Walton County has the highest concentration per square mile of dune lakes under the sun. Dune lakes need more protection not less.

Only a fool would measure their quality of life simply by numbers and account statements. However, proposed land use changes could have a double barrel effect by impacting your bottom line with reduced land values while destroying the unique beauty of where we live.  The county should hold public workshops for citizen comment on the proposed changes.  We might not realize what we have until it’s gone. 

Buz Livingston, CFP has a Blue Mountain Beach based fee-only, hourly financial planning and investment management firm.  For more information, visit or come by our new office at 2050 Scenic 30A, M1-Unit 230, Redfish Village.




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