Walton County looks to better educate swimmers

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 04:03 PM.


"I'm concerned," said Walton County Commissioner, Sara Comander. "I know people are given the education. You can lead a horse to water..."


SWFD regularly updates social media with flag warnings, not to mention their lifeguards that patrol the beach. The Visit South Walton website keeps beach conditions updated on the home page. And The Tourist Development Council is always looking for innovative ways to educate visitors, said Louis Svehla, public information manager for the Board of County Commissioners.


"It's something that is always discussed, it's front of the mind when we know there's going to be an influx of people," Svehla said. "We have stickers that pizza restaurants can place on the delivery boxes — that are a program open to any private business. We have a text program and a smartphone app to educate people. Whether it's our locals or those on vacation, safety is paramount."


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