How South Walton became a gateless gated community

Published: Friday, April 5, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

Walton County was run by upcountry agricultural and timber interests. The coast did not even have a county commissioner. So when developers sought permission to build two high-rise condominiums on the beach side of 30A, just east of Seagrove, the commissioners allowed it.

Homeowners were not happy.

With construction came problems. At a curve where 30A veered away from the beach someone opened a restaurant and bar that quickly turned into a honky tonk where workers from the condos, and shrimpers and oystermen from back on the Bay, mingled with some of the year-round residents to give Seagrove a taste of redneckery.

Homeowners were not happy. 

Meanwhile, condo developers ran into problems with water pressure and sewage treatment.

Developers were not happy.

Commissioners began to wonder if condos were not more trouble than they were worth. 

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