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Fuller Insurance – Deborah Lynch
850.622.5283 – www.fullerinsurance.com
Coastal Insurance – Kim Shahid
850.837.4653 – www.coastalcoverage.com
Provident Title – Sherri Church
850.837.2208 – www.solomonparks.com/provident
Emerald Coast Home Inspections – Blair Colson
850.496.4475 – www.emeraldcoasthomeinspection.com
Cole’s Certified Home Inspections – Wayne Cole
850.910.1113 – www.colescertifiedhomeinspections.com
Buzz Woodham – Pest Management
Brock Pest Control
877.276.2573 – www.brockpest.com
Voelker Land Surveying – Ron Voelker
850.622.1610 – www.voelkersurvey.com
800.554.9522 – www.360blueproperties.com
Ocean Reef – Richard Olivarez
800.782.8736 – www.oceanreefresorts.com
BEACH & BAY ACCESS LOCATIONS
Andalusia / Seagrove Beach
Azalea/Camelia / Seagrove Beach
Beach Highlands / Santa Rosa Beach
Beachwood Villas / Seagrove Beach
Blue Lake Road / Blue Mountain Beach
Blue Mountain / Blue Mountain Beach
Bullard Road / Santa Rosa Beach
Camp Helen State Park / Inlet Beach (Beach / Dune Lake)
Campbell Street / Seagrove Beach
Deer Lake State Park / Seagrove Beach (Beach / Dune Lake)
Dogwood/Thyme / Seagrove Beach
Dothan Avenue / Seagrove Beach
Dune Allen / Dune Allen
Eastern Lake / Seagrove Beach (Beach / Dune Lake)
Ed Walline / Santa Rosa Beach
Gardenia / Seagrove Beach
Geronimo Street / Miramar Beach
Grayton Beach State Park / Grayton Beach (Beach / Dune Lake)
Grayton Dunes / Grayton Beach (Beach / Dune Lake)
Greenwood / Seagrove Beach
Gulf Lakes / Seacrest
Gulf Point Road / Blue Mountain Beach
Gulfview Heights / Santa Rosa Beach
Headland Avenue / Seagrove Beach
Henderson Beach State Park / Destin
Hickory / Seagrove Beach
Holly Access / Seagrove Beach
Inlet Beach / Inlet Beach
Lake Causeway /Dune Allen
Live Oak / Seagrove Beach
Miramar Beach /Miramar Beach
Montigo Avenue / Seagrove Beach
Nightcap Street / Seagrove Beach
Norwood Drive / Miramar Beach
One Seagrove Place / Seagrove Beach
Open Gulf Street / Miramar Beach
Palms of Dune Allen / Dune Allen
Pelayo / Seagrove Beach
Phillips Inlet / Inlet Beach
Port Property / Seagrove Beach
Ramsgate / Seagrove Beach
Ray’s Multi-Mountain / Grayton Beach
San Juan / Seagrove Beach
Sand Trap Road / Miramar Beach
Santa Clara / Seagrove Beach
Scenic 395 / Seagrove Beach
Sea Breeze / Seacrest
Seacrest Drive / Seacrest
Seagrade Road / Blue Mountain Beach
Shellseekers /Santa Rosa Beach
Spooky Lane / Santa Rosa Beach
Stallworth Preserve / Santa Rosa Beach
Sugar Dunes / Seagrove Beach
Topsail Hill State Park / Santa Rosa Beach (Beach / Dune Lake)
Van Ness Butler, Jr. / WaterColor
Wall Street / Inlet Beach
Walton Dunes / Seagrove Beach
West Allen Loop / Dune Allen
Western Lake / Grayton Beach (Beach / Dune Lake)
Winston Lane / Inlet Beach
Cessna Park Bay / Santa Rosa Beach – East Mitchell / Point Washington – Eden Gardens State Park / Point Washington – Haugen Park / Miramar Beach – Legion Park / Miramar Beach – Pilcher Park / Santa Rosa Beach – Scenic 283 / Point Washington – St. Andrews State Park / Panama City Beach – US Highway 331 /Santa Rosa Beach
BEACH & WATER GUIDELINES
What is the Beach Flag System?
The beach flags provide general warnings about overall surf conditions and do not specifically advise the public of the presence of rip currents. However, increasing awareness of natural conditions which pose a significant risk at the beach, such as rip currents, is a critical element to improve public safety. Florida’s beach warning flag program uses flags in four colors accompanied by interpretive signs along the beach to explain the meaning of each color.
GREEN / LOW HAZARD – Calm Condition, Exercise Caution
YELLOW / MEDIUM HAZARD – Moderate Surf and/or Moderate Currents
RED / HIGH HAZARD – High Surf and/or Strong Currents
DOUBLE RED / CLOSED – Water Closed To The Public
PURPLE / WATER DANGER – Dangerous Marine Life Is Present
The importance of obeying the flag warning system is due to powerful rip currents that occur along the gulf coast. The double sand bar topography of this region creates dangerous rip currents. These currents form when there is a break in the sand bar, which creates a narrow path of water that rushes out to sea. Swimmers in this path will suddenly feel themselves being pulled away from shore. They may panic, resist the current and try to swim back to shore; however, it is nearly impossible to swim against this powerful current.
Walton County uses the official flag warning system established by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The flag colors signify surf conditions. If red flag conditions are present, knee deep is too deep. When double red flags are flying, the water is closed for swimming. The purple flag is added when marine dangers are present. Current flag conditions are posted at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. daily at www.swfd.org. For current conditions and flag updates text “SAFETY” to 31279.
How To Escape A Rip Current
If you find yourself caught in a rip current, don’t panic or swim against the current. Relax, float with the current until it dissipates, then swim parallel to shore and back in. The best way to avoid a rip current is to know the surf conditions before entering the water.
Swim At An Access With A Lifeguard
By enjoying the beach where lifeguards are present, beachgoers are provided added safety under the watchful eye of a trained professional. Lifeguards are provided by South Walton Fire District and funded as a part of the Visit South Walton Safety Program.
During peak season, lifeguards are stationed at eight main beach access points in South Walton county from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. These points include Inlet Beach, Santa Clara, Van Ness Butler, Jr., Grayton Dunes Access, Blue Mountain, Gulfview Heights, Ed Walline, Dune Allen, and Miramar Beach. One lifeguard tower is present at each location with two towers located at Miramar Beach.
South Walton and Florida Beach Ordinances and Rules
No glass containers on the beach.
No littering, leave only footprints behind on the beach.
No swimming or wading on days when double red flags are flying.
No dogs on the beach, unless you’re a resident with a valid permit and during approved hours.
No vehicles on the beach, except within designated areas on Grayton Beach only and for residents with a valid permit.
No camping on the beach.
No excessive noise.
No open fires on the beach without a permit.
Removal of sand or water from the beach is strictly prohibited.
No groups of 50 or more on the beach without a permit.
It is unlawful to pick sea oats.
Keep off the dunes.
Indecent exposure (nudity) is prohibited.
Personal belongings left on the beach overnight will be removed and discarded.
Marine mammals are sometimes found sick, injured, or dead along our beaches. They can also become entrapped or disoriented and unable to return to their natural habitat without assistance. These events are called strandings and require investigation. There are 24 hour hotlines to call in these situations.
Either 877-WHALE HELP (877-942-5343) or the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge at (850) 650-1880
Beach Bonfire Guidelines
You must get a permit and pay a fee for bonfires. Call SoWal Fire District at 850-267-1298 or visit swfd.org to buy permits and learn about beach bonfire guidelines.
Vehicle Beach Permits
Lucky Walton County resident property owners and registered voters can apply for a beach vehicle permit annually. Selection is limited to 150 permits and takes place via lottery.
Do Not Dig Holes More Than One Foot Deep
Every year, numerous children die from suffocation after holes and tunnels collapse and trap them. Even small holes should be filled in when you leave the beach. Holes cause injury to people walking on the beach at night and can also impede and even trap and kill sea turtles trying to nest.
Leave No Trace
The scenic beauty of Northwest Florida can only be maintained through a commitment by residents and visitors alike. By being environmental stewards and ensuring that each of us “Leave No Trace” when enjoying recreational activities along the area’s beaches, waterways, and natural lands, we help to protect and preserve this destination while ensuring everyone enjoys the same gorgeous experience. Leave No Trace is an international program that guides outdoor enthusiasts in their decisions to reduce their impact while enjoying recreational activities. Here are a few guidelines and helpful tips for beach goers.
Travel on Durable Surfaces / Stay on established trails and use dune walkovers to avoid damaging vegetation which can lead to erosion.
Dispose of Trash Properly / If you carry it on, carry it off! This includes all trash, cigarette butts, food, beach supplies, etc.
Respect Wildlife / Observe wildlife from a distance, especially nesting sea turtles.
Be Considerate of Others / This one is pretty self explanatory!
Now go out there and enjoy some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world… right here in South Walton county!
FLORIDA STATE PARKS
Scenic 30A and the Emerald Coast have some of the most beautiful and inviting parks in Florida. Beaches, campgrounds, unique ecosystems, striking scenery, hiking trails, coastal lakes, dunes, and so much more. You name it and it’s here. So much to do and so much to see! (Local Tip – purchase an annual state park pass for only $120 and visit any state park in Florida as often as you like. At $10 a month, this purchase is a no brainer!)
Click any park link below to visit their website. Go explore and enjoy!