SPEAKING OUT: Walton County needs to stand up for small businesses

Tim & Alice Pauls

Alice and Tim Pauls in front of their Celebration Hall.

Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 05:09 PM.

An open letter to the Walton County Commissioners, staff, legal counsel, and others supported and salaries paid for by businesses and residents of Walton County :


Recently the Association of Bridal Consultants (ABC) held one of their quarterly meetings in Walton County at Celebration Hall in TopSail Village.


My family, which owns and manages Celebration Hall and several other businesses in Walton County, donated the use of our facilities to ABC in order to gain exposure for Walton County and Celebration Hall as a wedding destination and premier facility for wedding professionals from Pensacola to Panama City.  There was an excellent turnout with 50 to 60 participants.


Three public entities were to be the chosen speakers to speak about what their county is doing regarding beach weddings, explaining the process and rules to use the beach for events and weddings. Only the Walton County designated spokesperson decided to not show up!

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