Responders gear up for busiest week of spring break

Special to The Sun

It’s the time of the year when the Walton County Sheriff’s Office is prepping for spring break.  After last year’s record numbers of visitors to the Emerald Coast, deputies are gearing up for another busy time. 

According to Lt. Robert Gray, the WCSO will set up the mobile command center close to the beach this year, as well as saturating the area with patrol deputies. 

The population of South Walton ranges from 20,000 to more than 100,000 during the tourist season.

“The week of March 11 will probably be the week of our largest turnout,” Gray said. “We will have more schools here in that week than during any other time while spring break is taking place. The overall message we want to send is that we want people to enjoy their time here on spring break but we also want them to be safe.”

With the arrival of the spring break crowds, SWFD Lifeguards will once again be poised and ready to assume their tower positions on the beach beginning March 9 and ending on Sept. 29.

Please continue to monitor the beach flags and surf conditions on a daily basis and always swim in areas with lifeguards. Beach conditions can always be followed at their Facebook page and website at

Other tips for a safe spring break include to always stay alert when driving, avoid texting and driving, allow yourself extra time to get to your destination and expect delays during inclement weather. Remember during rain, braking distances may be altered. Stay focused anytime you are behind the wheel.