Visitors may pay dog fee for beach access: Final approval sought Jan. 8 for beach activities law

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 05:45 PM.

Set forth in the new draft, violations will be met with a fine, rather than expulsion from running the business on the beach.

In other meeting discussion, South Walton Fire District stated that bonfires are not allowed directly on the white sand. If a group wants to have a bonfire, the cost for a 24-hour permit is $50, and the container for burning the wood is to be approved beforehand by SWFD.

Sammy Sanchez with SWFD, which takes responsibility for every open flame on the beach, said “anything that launches into the air and explodes is illegal,” but fireworks will be allowed only with a $100 permit per event.

Changes to the beach driving permits section will be minimal, with the most notable that the charter vehicle fee will increase from $125 to $200, not including a $10 processing fee. Fifteen charter vehicles permits will be available annually, and if more are applied for, a lottery will be necessary to award the permits.

In accordance with Leave No Trace, all items must come off the beach by sunset. If a South Walton resident wants to leave chairs, a kayak, or any difficult-to-remove item, he or she can seek a permit, though the general rule is that everything must come off the beach.

The beach activities ordinance revision will come before the BCC for final approval Jan. 8 at 4 p.m. at the South Walton Courthouse Annex.

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