One of three new regional beach accesses in Walton is expected to be complete by the end of September.
SANTA ROSA BEACH — South Walton beachgoers soon will have three new ways to access the Gulf.
With construction nearing completion on one of three beach-front projects, Brian Kellenberger, director of beach operations for the Tourist Development Council, expects a new regional beach access to open at Dune Allen Beach by the end of September.
Unlike neighborhood beach accesses, which are basically dune walkovers, Kellenberger said regional accesses feature parking lots, bathrooms, bath houses and loading zones.
He added that the three additions will be the first regional beach accesses built in the county in more than a decade.
"It's very exciting to have purchased Gulf-front property and have developed it into a public-use property that has all these nice amenities," Kellenberger said.
According to TDC spokesman David Demarest, the two other accesses — which still are being designed — will be in Miramar Beach and Seagrove Beach.
"Construction should begin in late summer or early fall," Demarest wrote in an email on the Miramar access. He added that the Seagrove development should start taking shape in early 2020.
Kellenberger said the Dune Allen access "took a little longer than normal" after the TDC "started off on a certain route" and then "changed it up."
He added that it can take a year or more before a building permit can be obtained from with Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
For more information on existing beach accesses in Walton County, visit www.visitsouthwalton.com/beach-bay-access-locations.