SANTA ROSA BEACH — The Walton County Commission voted 3-2 Tuesday to reject a long-discussed purchase of property adjacent to Stinky’s Fish Camp to turn it into a parking lot.
Commissioner Bill Chapman and Melanie Nipper cited environmental issues and the potential impact the lot would create for nearby Eastern Lake for voting against the measure. Commissioner Danny Glidewell said he opposed the project after learning plans for charging people to park at the new 32-space lot had been scuttled.
The plan to buy the lot from James Richard, the owner of Stinky’s Fish Camp, was hatched by the county’s Tourist Development Council as a way to add parking near a beach access in Dune Allen Beach.
Residents in the area originally opposed the plan because it would have closed Woodward Drive's access to U.S. Highway 98 and pushed residents of Serenity of Dune Allen onto a road used by the adjacent Beach Highlands neighborhood
A compromise was reached at a recent County Commission meeting that would have left Woodward Drive open, but when the vote to finalize the deal with Richard came up Tuesday it was clear a lot of opposition remained.
Commissioners Trey Nick and Tony Anderson voted to buy the property.