Development underway in Walton

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 at 08:42 AM.

Crystal Beach Development

Odom noted his longevity in the area, beginning at Shalimar Elementary School .

He said he has seen a lot of things happen he never thought would happen.

"Back then, Destin was the stepchild of Fort Walton ," he said. "It's changed. Fort Walton is now more of a permanent market."

Odom called his Hammock Bay project "a 15-year overnight success."

He said there are 1,300 residents there now and believes the development offers a tremendous opportunity for building lots off the beach. He believes the strong growth at the beach will drive people north of the Choctawhatchee Bay .

Odom likened South Walton to Hilton Head.

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