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

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


The Walton County Planning Department declined to be present at this meeting, supposedly based on legal advice. Apparently a person/entity purchased a ticket for this event that is in litigation with Walton County regarding the use of their property for weddings. Walton County was notified of that fact, and told that “legal issues” of that litigation would NOT be discussed at this meeting.


I am writing this letter to you to express my extreme disappointment with Walton County’s “position.” Why have an Economic Development Council, or express the need for jobs in the county if the county itself cannot present information to the public about doing business in Walton County — because of one person or entity in litigation with the county?


This decision was detrimental to my business, Celebration Hall, which is located in a Village Mixed Use Center and has followed all the rules of the county. This Walton County decision will result in less business in Walton County. This Walton County action, and/or lack of it, will result in less conformance with the rules and regulations of Walton County and more code enforcement issues.


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