BEFORE YOU DIG

Grayton has lots of underground utilities including TV/internet cables, gas lines, phone lines, and electrical lines. Before you DIG please call 811 annd the companies will come out and mark where the lines are. There is no cost for this service.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Beach Permits & Registered Voters

Update on term Registered Voter (Beach Permits)
My Personal Opinion so you need to link over to:
 http://annsgraytonopinion.blogspot.com/

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Date Corrections

Next Commissioner's Meeting to discuss the Driving on Beach will be Feb 8th in South Walton. Please note correction on your calendars.

Jan 11 the Commissioners will be discussing the Parking Ordinance that will deal with the Grayton Beach parking problems.

Link to Newspaper article about Beach Permits:
http://www.waltonsun.com/news/beach-5947-ordinance-questions.html

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Driving on the Beach Ordinance as of 12-14, 2010

This is the newest copy of the Driving on the Beach Ordinance. This copy was updated just before the 4PM meeting on the 14th. The newest additions are highlighted in yellow. Those items deleted are strikethroughs. This is the copy that you should use as a reference for any of your emails to the Commissioners.  REMEMBER this is only a working copy...it was not voted on and will be discussed again at an open forum on February 8th. (correction)

ORDINANCE
2010-_______

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING WALTON COUNTY ORDINANCE 2010-01, SECTION 22-57 OF THE WALTON COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT TO HAVE A HABITABLE STRUCTURE; TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CHARTER PERMITS; TO PROVIDE FOR A CAP ON THE NUMBER OF DRIVING PERMITS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EXEMPTION FOR DISABLED PERSONS; TO PROVIDE FOR SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

WHEREAS, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners issues permits for authorized vehicles to operate on limited access areas of Walton County Beaches;

WHEREAS, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners desires to limit the number of permits issued each year for vehicles to operate on designated limited access areas on the beach and for the use of other authorized vehicles;

WHEREAS, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners finds that the health, safety, and welfare of citizens, and visitors to, Walton County would be best protected by the regulation of vehicles on the limited access areas of the beach;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WALTON COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Authority, purpose and intent.

This ordinance is adopted pursuant to Section 125.01 Florida Statutes.

Section 2. Section 22-57 of the Walton County Code is amended to read:

Section 22-57. Permitted vehicles on the beach.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, or cause to be driven, an unauthorized vehicle on the beach of Walton County unless permitted as provided herein.

(b) Before any vehicle shall be allowed in the designated limited access areas on the public beaches of Walton County, a permit must be obtained for the vehicle in the form of a decal, and permanently affixed in the back window of said vehicle, or the rear of the motor vehicle. The Walton County Tax Collector shall accept applications for permits between June 1 and August 1 April 1 and June 1 of each year. Any application for a permit received after August 1 of each year shall be denied as untimely. After June 1st of each year, an additional 150 permits may be issued by the Walton County Tax Collector, in the order in which the applications are received. Such applicants must meet the criteria set forth in this ordinance except the requirement of having had a permit for the year preceding the date of application. These 150 permits are only valid for one year and may not be renewed. This provision will be effective January 3, 2011.

(c) The permits shall be issued each year based on the requirements of this Code, including, but not limited to, the criteria set forth below.

(i) Walton County Real Property Owners, Residents, and Registered Voters.

Walton County registered voters, or real property owners, who are residents of Walton County, and immediate family members residing with the property owners in Walton County may obtain a permit for the use of a properly registered and authorized vehicle along the designated limited access areas on the beaches of Walton County, if the following criteria are met, in addition to any other requirements contained in this Code:
a. The person applying for the permit must have had a permit as of the effective date of this ordinance and for the year preceding the date of application. Each parcel of property shall only be entitled to one vehicle permit and one boat trailer permit each year.
b. The real property shall have constructed on it a habitable residence.

bc. The ad-valorem taxes for the real property shall not be delinquent.

cd. The vehicle being registered must be titled in the name of the permit holder.

de. Proof of real property ownership (such as a deed or tax receipt) and proof of residency (such as voter’s registration card, homestead exemption card, or driver’s license) must be presented to the Tax Collector at the time of application to document the requirements of this section. For property titled in the name of a business or owned by multiple owners, the person applying for the permit shall show proof that they own a controlling interest in the property or that they are otherwise entitled to obtain a permit for the property. “Controlling interest in the property or that they are otherwise entitled” means that the person applying for the permits owns more than 50% ownership interest in the property or has a resolution signed by the other owners of the property grants the person applying for the permit the authority to apply for the permit.

(ii) Walton County Real Property Owners, Non-Residents.

Walton County real property owners may obtain a permit for the use of a properly registered and authorized vehicle along the designated limited access areas on the beaches of Walton County, if the following criteria are met, in addition to any other requirements contained in this Code:

a. The person applying for the permit must have had a permit as of the effective date of this ordinance and for the year preceding the date of application. Each parcel of property shall only be entitled to one vehicle permit and one trailer permit each year.

b. The real property shall have constructed on it a habitable residence.

bc. The ad-valorem taxes for the real property shall not be delinquent.

cd. The vehicle being registered must be titled in the name of the permit holder.

de. Proof of real property ownership (such as a deed or tax receipt) must be presented to the Tax Collector at the time of application to document the requirements of this section. For property titled in the name of a business or owned by multiple owners, the person applying for the permit shall show proof that they own a controlling interest in the property or that they are otherwise entitled to obtain a permit for the property. “Controlling interest in the property or that they are otherwise entitled” means that the person applying for the permits owns more than 50% ownership interest in the property or has a resolution signed by the other owners of the property grants the person applying for the permit the authority to apply for the permit.

(iii) Walton County Charter Fishing Operations; 20 15 Permits Total.

Under this section (c) (iii), there shall be a limit of 20 15 permits total to be issued which shall be issued to the first 20 15 applicants to file completed applications. Walton County residents that are also licensed charter boat captains and operate charter fishing businesses in Walton County (“Charter Operator”) may obtain a permit for the use of a properly registered and authorized vehicle along the designated limited access areas of the beaches of Walton County, if the following criteria are met, in addition to any other requirements contained in this Code:

a. The vehicle and boat trailer being registered shall be owned by the Charter Operator and used for the charter operation.

b. Proof of residency (such as voter’s registration card, homestead exemption card, or driver’s license) must be presented to the Tax Collector at the time of application.

c. Proof of a current Coast Guard Captain’s license.

d. Proof of a current Florida charter fishing license.

A copy of the beach access permit and the application showing the name of the individual to whom it was issued must remain in the vehicle while being operated on the beach. Additionally, at all times while a properly permitted vehicle and boat trailer are on the designated limited access area, the properly permitted vehicle and properly permitted boat trailer shall remain connected to the properly permitted vehicle.

(d) The Walton County Tax Collector will issue the permits annually upon receipt of a completed application. The Walton County Tax Collector shall retain $10.00 (five ten dollars) as a processing fee. On or about October 1 of each year the Walton County Tax Collector shall submit to the Walton County Board of County Commissioners a written report of the number of permits that have been issued during the current year.

(e) Only four-wheel drive vehicles that have a current motor vehicle registration to be driven on the highways shall be permitted.

(f) The designated limited access area permit described in subsection (c) above, shall cost the sum of $125.00 per vehicle. One decal (vehicle permit) shall be issued for each vehicle authorized to use the limited access area. Permanently Disabled landowners, who meet the requirements of subsection (c) abovenon-residents, upon proof of disability (Florida Handicap Parking Placard, SSI Disability letter, etc.), will be exempt from tthis fee eligible to receive a no-cost temporary permit from the Code Enforcement Department. Disabled residents, upon proof of disability (Florida Handicap Parking Placard, SSI Disability letter, etc.) and active military residents, may be issued an annual no-cost permit from the Walton County Tax Collector.

(g) In addition to the designated limited access area permit described in subsection (c) above, individuals launching boats shall be required to have a corresponding trailer decal for an additional $30.00. The decal shall be placed on the tongue of the trailer.

(h) The speed limit of authorized vehicles along the designated limited access on the public beaches of Walton County shall be five miles per hour.

(i) Any reckless driving along the designated limited access of the public beaches shall constitute a violation of this article.

(j) Conviction for violation of this article shall result in automatic revocation of the vehicle permit.

(k) All permits issued shall be for a period of one year and will expire June 1st1 of each year.

(l) Permitted vehicles are not allowed on the beach other than in the designated limited access areas.

(m) All access areas shall be appropriately marked and designated as such.

(n) Driving is prohibited from 10:00 p.m. until sunrise, with the exception of vehicles launching or recovering boats. All vehicles launching boats must be parked in designated parking areas.

(o) All-terrain vehicles are not permitted on the public beach. All-terrain vehicles used by sheriff department officers, South Walton Fire Department, and county employees for official business may be driven on the beach. Beach vendor permits issued by Walton County may include all-terrain vehicles that are restricted to setting up and breaking down vending sites only. Private security all-terrain vehicles may obtain a beach vendor permit, for a reduced fee of $100, which will allow them to access the beach within the limits specified in the permit.

Section 3. Severability

In the event that any portion of this Ordinance is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct, and independent provision and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance.

Section 4. Effective Date

This Ordinance shall become effective when filed with the Secretary of State.

Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Walton County, Florida, at a duly advertised public hearing, this day of ____________, 2010.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

WALTON COUNTY, FLORIDA

Attest:

_______________________________ BY:________________________________

Martha Ingle Scott Brannon, Chair

Clerk of Court

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Results of The Driving on The Beach Hearing

There were lots of folks at the meeting tonight to discuss and give their opinions to the Commissioners on the Driving on the Beach Ordinance. The Commissioners and their lawyer verbally shared the new changes that did not appear on the updated ordinance that had been emailed out over the week end. These changes were made this afternoon. I was unable to get a copy this evening but will post the latest document as soon as I get a copy.

The main change: You can get a permit (one of the extra 150 being offered) if you are a registered voter, which means you don't have to own property in Walton Co.unty to get a permit, you only have to have a voter registration card.
The application: A voter registration application is complete if it contains the following information necessary to establish the applicant's eligibility pursuant to s. 97.041, including:
1. Applicant's name.

2. Applicant's legal residence address. (can live at home or rent, does not need to own Walton County property)
3. Applican't date of birth (can apply at age 16, vote at age 18)

4. Be a citizen of the United States
5. Hold a valid Florida's driving license or a Florida Identification Card.


They were also going to open the 150 lottery on January 3rd. Folks could line up and get a permit that would allow them a 6 month permit that would take them to June. They would pay the full 125 dollars. Then they would have to stand in line and pay again for a full year permit in June. One Commissioner felt that they should accept all applications for a week and then draw 150 lucky winners.


They also told us that anyone with a handicap could get a permit any time through out the year. They also had added military personel in Walton county could apply for a permit without meeting any of the other regulations.. (The military was a new addition) (Many of us wondered and expressed our concerns how notification (fair notification) would be made by January 3rd, after all it is Christmas and New Year's)

Some of the folks in attendance were complaining, and rightly so, that they had lost their permit because they owned property but didn't have a structure on it. They had met all requirements but this one, so they lost their permit in 2010. (With the new Ordinance this requirement is deleted , so now those folks will fall into the "150 group fighting for a permit pot") They were concerned that they paid taxes, had permits up until the change in 2010, and now would be up against someone in the 150 group, that didn't own property, but did have a voter's registration card.


There were those that spoke, who forgot to renew their application, either because they didn't know, or they were out of state, or in surgery, or out of the country, or working the oil spill and they asked to be considered for the grandfather group. Some even said, they had never had a permit, but they wanted one that year and couldn't get one. The board didn't seem to buy into any of this...and just kept telling them they could get one of the 150 new permits. I got the strong impression that if one person was granted grandfathering then all would have to be granted. I am sure that many folks had good reasons for missing out on renewing their application but I didn't see the board reacting to any of the stories.

Some in the audience suggested that the county should issue different kinds of permits...week day permits, week end permits, drop off permits (just let them get their stuff down to the beach). Not sure these drop off folks realize that we have limited parking down on Hotz so what do they do with their cars while down on the beach? I am sure that suggestions like this would be a nightmare for the Tax Collector Office. Some said there shouldn't be a limited number of permits period...that they should give anyone who wanted one a permit. Many of these folks thought Grayton could have 1000 cars down there at one time with no problem. That told me, they haven't been down to Grayton Beach for awhile.
I suggested when I spoke, knew it wouldn't fly, but tried...that perhaps a permit issued to a Grayton owner be issued to the address, the home itself, as Grayton folks passed their homes down in the family...that way there would always be a permit available in case the original owner of the permit passed away. That would eliminate a lot of the concerns of the folks that live in the neighborhood where the one driving on beach is located. They didn't comment, but looking at their faces they acted like I was wasting their time with that suggestion. I believe Grant and Billy, presented a similar option to the board via letter.

Anyway, one good thing,  they opted not to take a vote tonight...the Commissioners said they had heard a lot of things that they needed to rethink...so we will meet again on January 11th and there will be another hearing. Not sure with the holiday, how much time the Board will have to re-evaluate their options but I will keep posting anything that I hear.   Correction Meeting Feb 8th
I can't tell you how important it is to voice your concerns...if you feel strongly one way or another let them know. I am going to get a copy of the newest ordinance up as soon as I can...so you can see the additional changes and wording that was added today before our meeting on Feb 8th. The contacts for the Commissioners are located on the right side of the blog I would contact all five Commissioners not just Ms. Jones, as all 5 vote.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Changes in Driving on the Beach Ordinance as of Dec. 11th

I have added the changes to the original Ordinance  (directly below this entry) that were given to me on the 6th of December. I am color coding the new changes in BLUE.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Driving Ordinance Amenndment

This Ordinance will be presented to the County Commissioners on December 14 for their consideration. The Meeting will be held at the South Walton Annex at 4Pm. I suggest if you have any thoughts on this matter and will not be able to attend the meeting that you contact the Commissioners with your concerns. Their information is located on the right side of the blog.

Changes are in blue.  Deletions are in strike through.

ORDINANCE   2010-_______

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING WALTON COUNTY ORDINANCE 2010-01, SECTION 22-57 OF THE WALTON COUNTY CODE OF ORDINANCES, TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT TO HAVE A HABITABLE STRUCTURE; TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CHARTER PERMITS; TO PROVIDE FOR A CAP ON THE NUMBER OF DRIVING PERMITS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EXEMPTION FOR DISABLED PERSONS; TO PROVIDE FOR SEVERABILITY AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE

WHEREAS, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners issues permits for authorized vehicles to operate on limited access areas of Walton County Beaches;

WHEREAS, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners desires to limit the number of permits issued each year for vehicles to operate on designated limited access areas on the beach and for the use of other authorized vehicles;

WHEREAS, the Walton County Board of County Commissioners finds that the health, safety, and welfare of citizens, and visitors to, Walton County would be best protected by the regulation of vehicles on the limited access areas of the beach;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WALTON COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Authority, purpose and intent.
This ordinance is adopted pursuant to Section 125.01 Florida Statutes.

Section 2. Section 22-57 of the Walton County Code is amended to read:

Section 22-57. Permitted vehicles on the beach.

(a) It shall be unlawful for any person to drive, or cause to be driven, an unauthorized vehicle on the beach of Walton County unless permitted as provided herein.

(b) Before any vehicle shall be allowed in the designated limited access areas on the public beaches of Walton County, a permit must be obtained for the vehicle in the form of a decal, and permanently affixed in the back window of said vehicle, or the rear of the motor vehicle. The Walton County Tax Collector shall accept applications for permits between June 1 and August 1 May 1 and June 30 of each year. On July 1, an additional 150 permits may be issued, on a yearly basis, by the Walton County Tax Collector in the order in which applications are received. Such applications must meet the criteria set forth in this ordinance except the requirement of having had a permit for the year preceding the date of application.

(c) The permits shall be issued each year based on the requirements of this Code, including, but not limited to, the criteria set forth below.

(i) Walton County Real Property Owners, Residents.

Walton County real property owners, who are residents of Walton County, and immediate family members residing with the property owners in Walton County may obtain a permit for the use of a properly registered and authorized vehicle along the designated limited access areas on the beaches of Walton County, if the following criteria are met, in addition to any other requirements contained in this Code:

a. The person applying for the permit must have had a permit as of the effective date of this ordinance and for the year preceding the date of application. Each parcel of property shall only be entitled to one vehicle permit and one boat trailer permit each year.

b. The real property shall have constructed on it a habitable residence.

c. The ad-valorem taxes for the real property shall not be delinquent.

d. The vehicle being registered must be titled in the name of the permit holder.

e. Proof of real property ownership (such as a deed or tax receipt) and proof of residency (such as voter’s registration card, homestead exemption card, or driver’s license) must be presented to the Tax Collector at the time of application to document the requirements of this section. For property titled in the name of a business or owned by multiple owners, the person applying for the permit shall show proof that they own a controlling interest in the property or that they are otherwise entitled to obtain a permit for the property. “Controlling interest in the property or that they are otherwise entitled” means that the person applying for the permits owns more than 50% ownership interest in the property or has a resolution signed by the other owners of the property grants the person applying for the permit the authority to apply for the permit.

(ii) Walton County Real Property Owners, Non-Residents.

Walton County real property owners may obtain a permit for the use of a properly registered and authorized vehicle along the designated limited access areas on the beaches of Walton County, if the following criteria are met, in addition to any other requirements contained in this Code:

a. The person applying for the permit must have had a permit as of the effective date of this ordinance and for the year preceding the date of application. Each parcel of property shall only be entitled to one vehicle permit and one trailer permit each year.

b. The real property shall have constructed on it a habitable residence.

c. The ad-valorem taxes for the real property shall not be delinquent.

d. The vehicle being registered must be titled in the name of the permit holder.

e. Proof of real property ownership (such as a deed or tax receipt) must be presented to the Tax Collector at the time of application to document the requirements of this section. For property titled in the name of a business or owned by multiple owners, the person applying for the permit shall show proof that they own a controlling interest in the property or that they are otherwise entitled to obtain a permit for the property. “Controlling interest in the property or that they are otherwise entitled” means that the person applying for the permits owns more than 50% ownership interest in the property or has a resolution signed by the other owners of the property grants the person applying for the permit the authority to apply for the permit.

(iii) Walton County Charter Fishing Operations; 20 15 Permits Total.

Under this section (c) (iii), there shall be a limit of 20 15 permits total to be issued which shall be issued to the first 20 15 applicants to file completed applications. Walton County residents that are also licensed charter boat captains and operate charter fishing businesses in Walton County (“Charter Operator”) may obtain a permit for the use of a properly registered and authorized vehicle along the designated limited access areas of the beaches of Walton County, if the following criteria are met, in addition to any other requirements contained in this Code:

a. The vehicle and boat trailer being registered shall be owned by the Charter Operator and used for the charter operation.

b. Proof of residency (such as voter’s registration card, homestead exemption card, or driver’s license) must be presented to the Tax Collector at the time of application.

c. Proof of a current Coast Guard Captain’s license.

d. Proof of a current Florida charter fishing license.

A copy of the beach access permit and the application showing the name of the individual to whom it was issued must remain in the vehicle while being operated on the beach. Additionally, at all times while a properly permitted vehicle and boat trailer are on the designated limited access area, the properly permitted vehicle and properly permitted boat trailer shall remain connected to the properly permitted vehicle.

(d) The Walton County Tax Collector will issue the permits annually upon receipt of a completed application. The Walton County Tax Collector shall retain $10.00 ( ten dollars) as a processing fee. On or about October 1 of each year the Walton County Tax Collector shall submit to the Walton County Board of County Commissioners a written report of the number of permits that have been issued during the current year.

(e) Only four-wheel drive vehicles that have a current motor vehicle registration to be driven on the highways shall be permitted.

(f) The designated limited access area permit described in subsection (c) above, shall cost the sum of $125.00 per vehicle. One decal (vehicle permit) shall be issued for each vehicle authorized to use the limited access area. Permanently disabled persons landowners, who meet the requirements of subsection (c) above, upon proof of disability (Florida Handicap Parking Placard, SSI Disability letter, etc.), will be eligible to receive a temporary permit from the Code Enforcement Department at no cost.

(g) In addition to the designated limited access area permit described in subsection (c) above, individuals launching boats shall be required to have a corresponding trailer decal for an additional $30.00. The decal shall be placed on the tongue of the trailer.

(h) The speed limit of authorized vehicles along the designated limited access on the public beaches of Walton County shall be five miles per hour.

(i) Any reckless driving along the designated limited access of the public beaches shall constitute a violation of this article.

(j) Conviction for violation of this article shall result in automatic revocation of the vehicle permit.

(k) All permits issued shall be for a period of one year and will expire June 30th of each year.

(l) Permitted vehicles are not allowed on the beach other than in the designated limited access areas.

(m) All access areas shall be appropriately marked and designated as such.

(n) Driving is prohibited from 10:00 p.m. until sunrise, with the exception of vehicles launching or recovering boats. All vehicles launching boats must be parked in designated parking areas.

(o) All-terrain vehicles are not permitted on the public beach. All-terrain vehicles used by sheriff department officers, South Walton Fire Department, and county employees for official business may be driven on the beach. Beach vendor permits issued by Walton County may include all-terrain vehicles that are restricted to setting up and breaking down vending sites only. Private security all-terrain vehicles may obtain a beach vendor permit, for a reduced fee of $100, which will allow them to access the beach within the limits specified in the permit.

Section 3. Severability

In the event that any portion of this Ordinance is for any reason held invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct, and independent provision and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance.

Section 4. Effective Date

This Ordinance shall become effective when filed with the Secretary of State.

Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Walton County, Florida, at a duly advertised public hearing, this day of ____________, 2010.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

WALTON COUNTY, FLORIDA

Attest:_______________________________ BY:________________________________

Martha Ingle Scott Brannon, Chair
Clerk of Court

Ann's Personal Opinion: http://annsgraytonopinion.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


HAPPY TURKEY DAY
from your
GBNA

Thursday, November 18, 2010

30 A SongWriters Festival January 14-16, 2011

2ND ANNUAL 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL WILL TRANSFORM

SCENIC 30A INTO MUSIC HIGHWAY WITH HEADLINERS EMILY SALIERS,

SHAWN MULLINS, JEFFREY STEELE, RODNEY CROWELL & DAR WILLIAMS

Over 100 Artists to Fill the Beaches of South Walton
Over 3-Day Holiday Weekend

Walton County, FL, November 18, 2010 - Scenic Highway 30A will again be transformed into a music highway this coming Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend (January 14-16, 2011) when an internationally prominent line up of singer-songwriters converge in Northwest Florida's Beaches of South Walton for the second annual 30A Songwriters Festival.
Produced by the Cultural Arts Association of Walton County and proudly sponsored by the Beaches of South Walton, the 30A Songwriters Festival will feature three nights and two days of stellar musical performances by over one hundred industry greats, rising songwriting stars and local talent. The artists will perform in seventeen venues up and down 30A, which is the scenic highway that runs along the Gulf of Mexico. Fans of great music, miles of white beaches, world class restaurants and unique bars are invited to be a part of this holiday weekend.
The Festival kicks off Friday, January 14 at 4:00 pm with an opening celebration for all artists and attendees at Pandora's in historic Grayton Beach. From there, venues will be open for three nights and two days of songwriter performances, including intimate solo shows and "in the round" singing and storytelling sessions, along with large scale concerts in big outdoor venues. A weekend wrist band will allow access to all shows and workshops. Seating is first come, first served in all venues.
Weekend passes may be purchased online at 30ASongwritersFestival.com for $75, and $35 day passes will also be available. Weekend passes may be purchased locally at Central Square Records at 89 Central Square in downtown Seaside, FL.
Festival attendees will be treated to multiple performances by award-winning artists Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls (Closer To Fine, Galileo, Least Complicated), Jeffrey Steele (When the Lights Go Down - Faith Hill, What Hurts the Most, These Days - Rascal Flatts; The Cowboy in Me - Tim Mc Graw), Shawn Mullins (Lullaby, Beautiful Wreck, Light You Up), Rodney Crowell (After All Of This Time), Chely Wright (Shut Up and Drive, Single White Female), Gary Nicholson (One More Last Chance), Gretchen Peters (Independence Day), Tim Nichols (Live Like You Were Dying, Girls Lie Too), Dar Williams (Beauty of the Rain, Mercy of the Fallen), Mat Kearney (Nothing Left To Lose), Mary Gauthier, Greg Barnhill (Walkaway Joe, House of Love), Vicki Peterson (The Bangles), Randall Bramblett, Chuck Cannon (I Love The Way You Love Me), Lari White, Bryan Kennedy (American Honky Tonk Bar Association), Vienna Teng, Susan Cowsill (The Cowsills), Michelle Malone, Kevin Kinney, Suzi Ragsdale, Kyle Jacobs, Jennifer Knapp, Chas Sandford, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Joe Leathers, Tania Elizabeth (The Duhks), Fred Wilhelm, Brian White, Karyn Williams White, Pete Sallis, Nicole Witt, Billy Montana, Sonia Leigh, Ben Glover, Reed Waddle, The Smoking Flowers, Louise Mosrie, Reed Waddle, Billy Bright, Jen Foster, Pearl Heart, Kelsey Anna, Mike Whitty, Blake Guthrie, Carmel Mikol, Jeep Rosenberg, Emily Lynch, Sterling Fletcher, Daphne Willis and Franko "Washboard" Jackson, Angel Snow, Donnie Sundal, Tim Jackson, Jon Black, Kaci Bolls, Rachel Loy and Lauren Lucas. More artists will be announced soon.
Venues that span thirteen miles of Scenic Highway 30A from Rosemary Beach to Gulf Place will be filled with live musical performances and/or songwriting workshops throughout the Festival. Venues include Town Hall, Amavida Coffee and The Summer Kitchen in Rosemary Beach; Caliza Restaurant and the Amphitheater in Alys Beach; La Botana in Seagrove Beach, Bud & Alley's, Central Square Records and the Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre in Seaside; Fish Out of Water, The Bait House and The Boat House in WaterColor; Shorty's, Hibiscus and Pandora's in Grayton Beach; and the Naked Grape Wine Station and Amphitheater in Gulf Place.
Special Festival accommodation packages will be available with 30A Songwriters Festival official lodging partners Candlewood Suites, Seaside Cottage Rental Agency, Hibiscus Guesthouse, Beach Seekers, Alys Beach, WaterColor Inn & Resort and Sunburst Beach Vacations.
30A Songwriters Festival Partners include Beaches of South Walton, Oaseas Resorts, ASCAP, WUWF (88.1 Pensacola), Merrill Lynch, 30A Radio, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Birmingham Magazine, The Beachcomber, The Piedmont Review, The Thirty-A Review, 30A.com, Sowal.com and Southwaltonscene.com.
For information on becoming a Festival Partner, contact Jennifer Steele at Jennifer@30ASongwritersFestival.com.
For more information about the Festival, visit 30ASongwritersFestival.com or call the Cultural Arts Association of Walton County at 850-622-5970.
PR CONTACTS:
Jennifer Steele, CAA
jennifer@culturalartsassociation.com
850.622.5970
Jessica Draper, ASCAP
jdraper@ascap.com
615.742.5073

About Cultural Arts Association of Walton County
The Cultural Arts Association of Walton County, Florida serves as an umbrella organization to support the arts through leadership, advocacy, funding, programs and education. The vision of the CAA is to be a catalyst for Walton County's growth as a center for cultural and artistic excellence through which lives are enriched, economy is stimulated and community is strengthened. CulturalArtsAssociation.com

Cultural Arts Association
Bayou Arts Center
105 Hogtown Bayou Lane
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
850.622.5970 phone
850.622.5971 fax
info@culturalartsassociation.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Pull Out Those 2011 Calendars

Mark your 2011 calendars NOW for our Annual Meeting and Party  that will be held on April 23rd. Meet old friends and enjoy great food. Find out what's been going on in Grayton Beach.
(Pictures are from our 2010 Meeting and Party)

Click on pictures to see them upclose.



Grayton Beach Septic Tank Owners

The Florida State Government has delayed the inspection dates that were to start in January  11,2011. They will be looking at this law in the Spring and will be making changes. Will post any updates that I hear.

Original Law:

As of 1/11/2011, SB 550 will require that all septic tank owners in Florida have their tanks pumped and inspected every five years. The inspection requirement will be phased in over the following 5 years.
The Florida Department of Health is drafting rules to enforce compliance. This must be done whether the tanks have shown any problems or not. Inspection and pumping will probably cost in the neighborhood of $400 to $500. This rule will cost the state's 2,600,000 septic-using homeowners a grand total of approximately $1.3 billion dollars every 5 years for inspections alone.

If your tank fails the state inspection, it must be repaired or replaced and brought up to the new inspection standards. To completely replace some drain fields, the cost will be in the range of $3,000-9,000 or more, plus the inspection fees.

If you fail to have your tank inspected, the fine is $500 per day plus you may also be charged with a misdemeanor. If your septic does not pass and you can't afford to repair it, and cannot qualify for a grant, you may not be allowed to live in your house. The law provides for termination of electric service for those owners who have a non-compliant, non-government certified septic system.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Walton County Tax Notice is on its Way

Walton county tax notices to be mailed Nov. 1
Taxpayers responsible for payment regardless of receipt of bill

Walton County tax bills will be mailed on Monday, Nov. 1. The Walton County Tax Collector’s Office urges property owners who haven’t received a bill to please contact the office at 850-892-8121 or through the contact us page at waltontaxcollector.com.

Each year a substantial amount of tax bills are returned to the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office as undeliverable. While a tax bill may not have been deliverable to the taxpayer, the property owner is still responsible for paying their taxes by the March 31 deadline to avoid penalty.

“Undeliverable mail is an issue for every tax office in the State,” said Tax Collector Rhonda Skipper. “We are required by law to mail the bill to the address that is on the official tax roll. Property owners often change addresses and forget to notify the Property Appraiser’s Office of their new mailing address.”

Property owners who have not received a bill can visit waltontaxcollector.com and utilize the tax search feature to find out the amount owed or contact the office for another bill.

A four percent discount is extended to property owners who pay current year taxes by Nov. 30.
To make official address changes to the tax roll, taxpayers can contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at 850-892-8123 or download and submit a change of address form from
http://waltonpa.com/

For information regarding property taxes or services provided by the Walton County Tax Collector’s Office, please contact us at 850-892-8121 or visit www.waltontaxcollector.com.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

County Commissioners Meeting October 26, 2010

The County Commissioner's Meeting was a short and quick one this evening. Those items discussed that had to deal with Grayton Beach were as follows:

1. Short Term Rental Ordinance ( A new ordinance will be drawn up and submitted within 60 days and then a public hearing will be held. You can contact the following two people with any comments or suggestions as they have been charged to draw up a new Short Term rental Ordinance and also tie it into our Land Use Business Ordinance.:

 Ms. Lynn Hoshihara
hoslynn@co.walton.fl.us
Phone: (850) 892-8110
Fax: (850) 892-8471

Office of the County Attorney
161 East Sloss Avenue
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433

or

Gerry Demers
Director of Planning and Development Services
demgerry@co.walton.fl.us


2. Driving on the Beach Permit  (public hearing Dec 14th, 2010 at South Walton Annex) The Commissioners wanted the new draft to look at:
a. Improvement of disability permits
b. Perhaps having a cap of 900 permits issued (at present there are 726 permits)
c. Having a lottery for new permits issued
(This would allow 174 permits in the lottery if the 900 cap number sticks)
d. Changing requirements for permits

Ms. Hoshihara was charged with drawing up a new Driving on the Beach Ordinance, so feel free to contact her with your suggestions or concerns.


Also for those of you with dogs, the local Bark Park will now join Alaqua Animal Refuge and fall under their supervision. For those of you who might not know, they were having some financial difficulties.

For my personal reactions to this meeting please visit my personal page:
http://annsgraytonopinion.blogspot.com/

Monday, October 25, 2010

Agenda for Commissioner Meeting on October 26th

Here is the link for the agenda for the County Commissioner's Meeting for October 26 at the Walton County Annex at 4PM.

http://www.co.walton.fl.us/archives/47/October%2026%202010%20bcc%20agenda%20w%20links%20r1.pdf

There are a few items that are on the agenda that might be of interest to Grayton:

The Renter's Ordinance and Driving on the Beach Update.

http://fl-waltoncounty.civicplus.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2836

I will report on the meeting tomorrow evening.

Friday, October 22, 2010

If your Grayton Beach Property has a Septic Tank

Septic Tank Inspection Legislation

http://www.thedestinlog.com/news/want-34132-nwfdn-law-residents.html

A little more info update:

As of 1/11/2011, SB 550 will require that all septic tank owners in Florida have their tanks pumped and inspected every five years. The inspection requirement will be phased in over the following 5 years.
The Florida Department of Health is drafting rules to enforce compliance. This must be done whether the tanks have shown any problems or not. Inspection and pumping will probably cost in the neighborhood of $400 to $500. This rule will cost the state's 2,600,000 septic-using homeowners a grand total of approximately $1.3 billion dollars every 5 years for inspections alone.
If your tank fails the state inspection, it must be repaired or replaced and brought up to the new inspection standards. To completely replace some drain fields, the cost will be in the range of $3,000-9,000 or more, plus the inspection fees.
If you fail to have your tank inspected, the fine is $500 per day plus you may also be charged with a misdemeanor. If your septic does not pass and you can't afford to repair it, and cannot qualify for a grant, you may not be allowed to live in your house. The law provides for termination of electric service for those owners who have a non-compliant, non-government certified septic system.
At this time, some state legislators have made statements that they'd like to see this law repealed.

South Walton Walmart Breaks Ground

Construction of the 78,290-square-foot building at the intersection of U.S. Highway 98 and West Hewett Road is expected to take less than eight months.
http://www.waltonsun.com/news/walmart-5667-flatten-way.html

GBNA BOARD MEETING Oct 5th, 2010

Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association GBNA
Meeting Minutes, October 5, 2010

The Meeting was called to order at the 30A Resorts Conference Room at 4:00 PM by Grant Blackwell, President. Board attendees in addition to Grant were Scott Provow, Ann Morrell, Larry Jackson, Kitty Taylor, and Billy Buzzett. Mike Valentine was absent. Shirley Sahlie also was present. Grant suggested the Board work this year to complete many of the past Old Business agenda items.

Minutes: Larry Jackson presented minutes for acceptance and posting of April 3 Annual Meeting Minutes and May 25th Minutes. Board concurred.

Membership: Ann Morrell reported 171 lots were under Association membership.

Financial Report: Ann Morrell presented an update of our GBNA Finances as of September 30, 2010

Checking Account Balance: .$3,467.24

Debits:

$44.00 Mailbox yearly rental

$45 Blue Mountain Lawn Care

Deposits:

$50 (donations)

Savings Account Balance: $10,614.99

Logo: The Board has been exploring ideas for a Grayton Beach Logo. The Logo funding will be incorporated in the Historic Grayton Beach grant proposal described below.

Lake Accesses: The Board agreed to follow up with the County Public Works about any plans to survey the Western Lake accesses.

Kayak Rack: Volunteer effort was discussed to clean up the Boat Ramp/Dock Access east of Banfill Street. A boat/kayak rack was discussed to organize the day storage of boats and kayaks. The Board agreed to discuss with TDC and some of the vendors to see if they would contribute to the project.

Open Commercial Dumpsters: Neighbors near the dumpsters have reported problems with the odor and the feral animals. Shorty’s has added locks at our request. The Red Bar does not have locks but has improved closing the dumpsters when reminded of the issue. The board will follow-up with a letter to all Grayton businesses asking for their continued attention to this issue.

Zoning: The Board discussed the recent change of four lots from Residential to Neighborhood Commercial and what should be the Association policy about addressing zoning changes. The Board agreed to be neutral in the presenting information to the membership on our various means of communication. Association members should be aware of facts of the proposed zoning changes and decide for themselves. A new Comments Posting feature has been added to the Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association BLOG, http://graytonbeachflorida.blogspot.com/ , to provide a venue for members to post their comments on Grayton Beach topics.

Garbage pickup: Ann Morrell reported on the initiative by Richard Veldman to get Waste Management to schedule the extra pickup during the summer season. The Board discussed the need for an extra weekend pickup during the summer season. In Ann’s discussions with Public Works, they suggested options including changing dates, a fee for extra pickups or that the association work everybody in the community have adequate sealed garbage containers.

Annual Membership Meeting and Party: The Board approved the recommendation to conduct the GBNA Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, April 23, 2011 over the Easter weekend.

Parking ordinance: The County is working to develop a Grayton Beach parking ordinance. Without the ordinance, the Sheriff Department cannot issue parking tickets unless there is safety issue or the parked vehicle is blocking access to and from private property.

Annual Membership Drive: The annual membership letter and the membership survey and dues application will be developed for an early January mailing. While mailing bulk rate saved the Association mailing costs, we didn’t get returns on letters with bad addresses. We had some complaints about not getting the notice for last year’s meeting. Ann Morrell and Larry Jackson will develop the procedures for this coming year. It was agreed we will use first class mail with stamped return envelopes. We also will survey the 2010 real-estate records to identify new property owners in Grayton.

Landscaping and mowing on DeFuniak Street:

Blue Mountain Landscaping continues to maintain the Triangle. At end of season, the Beauty Berry bushes will be trimmed down followed by the Dunes Sunflowers. Seasonal decorations will be placed around the sign.

The association continues to maintain the west side of DeFuniak Street and the shrubs around the Entry Sign. Grant Blackwell has been mowing the shoulders. The County said they would mow the area, however they have not followed through. The Board approved hiring a service to mow periodically from the Pine Street corner up to the pump station. It was suggested asking commercial business facing the mowing area to contribute to the cost of the mowing.

Drainage: The Board discussed the standing water drainage problem at the southwest corner of Hotz and Garfield. Grant will discuss with Public Works to see if they can improve drainage.

Street Signs: At request of a member to put street signs for a couple of our non-county maintained roads, Larry Jackson worked with County Roads Office to get blue and white street signs placed for Sandy Lane and Grayton Trail. Green and white street signs indicate a county maintained street.

Rent/Sale Signage: The Board discussed the defined signage program that the Gulf Trace Home Owners Association mandated for their residents compared to the various signs on Grayton Beach streets. Grant proposed to talk with some of the rental/real estate agents in Grayton. Gulf Trace also has a standardized look for their garbage bends.

Historical Grayton Beach Project: Billy Buzzett updated his work on the Historic Grayton Beach Project. State grants may be available to fund information pamphlets and other education materials. Billy is working a grant proposal with the Florida Secretary of State’s Office and has a November submission date.

Friends of Grayton Beach State Park: Larry Jackson reported he was talking to the Friends of Grayton Beach State Park to see what activities they are involved in and where we as an association might have an interest.

“Grayton”-Titled Developments: Shirley addressed concern about the use of “Grayton” or “Grayton Beach” in some area developments outside of Grayton Beach that leads to confusion with out-of-state renters and visitors. She suggested the Board look into ways to restrict the use of Grayton to the village and the State Park.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:45 PM.

Submitted by Larry Jackson, Secretary Upon approval, these minutes are posted on Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association BLOG at http://graytonbeachflorida.blogspot.com/ , The Minutes are cataloged at http://minutesonly.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Do You Rent Your Grayton Beach Property?

If you rent your property in Grayton Beach you need to review this upcoming Ordinance that the County Commissioners will soon be reviewing and having a public hearing on. Ms. Gail Bradford who owns a resident on Defuniak Street which she rents emailed me with the following link.
http://fl-waltoncounty.civicplus.com/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2836

As soon as a date is set for a public hearing I will post the date on the blog. If you have any questions the County Commissioners information is located on the right side of the blog.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hidden Oil on the beaches?

Distrurbing article. Will post any follow-ups that come out.

http://www.waltonsun.com/news/light-5632-usf-contaminated.html

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fair Time in Walton

Don't you just love those pigs at the fair?
http://www.waltoncountyfair.com/
http://www.waltoncountyfair.com/id44.html

October Nature Ideas for our Visitors

Link to a Sun article with more Nature Activities going on in Santa Rosa Beach.
http://www.waltonsun.com/news/walton-5599-community-nature.html

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Looking for Something To Do While in Grayton in October

Planning on a Grayton Beach Trip in October. Here is a link to all kinds of events and interesting happenings.
http://www.waltonsun.com/entertainment/entertainment-5593-events-specified.html

Grayton Enjoying that Cooler Air

With the weather getting cooler many Grayton Residents have opened up their windows to enjoy the cooler weather both in the day and the evening. There is nothing better than going to sleep with a little cooler air flowing in from the outside and if lucky enough hearing the waves.

Ann's Personal Opinion


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Approved 5-25-2010 GBNA Board Minutes

The May Meeting was called to order at 4:00 PM by Grant Blackwell, Outgoing 2009-2010 President at the 30A Resorts Conference Room. Attendees included all the 2010-2011 Board Members and Shirley Sahlie, Immediate Past Treasurer/Director.
First agenda item was the election of the 2010-2011 officers. The board nominated, seconded and approved the board leadership positions: The board positions are as follows:
Name (Board Term) 2010-2011 Position
Grant Blackwell (2010-2011) President
Scott Provow (2009-2011) Vice President
Larry Jackson (2010-2012) Secretary
Ann Morrell (2010-2012) Treasurer
Billy Buzzett (2010-2012) Director
Kitty Taylor (2009-2011) Director
Mike Valentine (2009-2011) Director

Ann Morrell presented the April Financial Statement.
Checking  Starting Balance: $9,052.06
Savings Balance $10,435.74
Deposits: +$550.00
Interest +$0.69
Checks Written : -$ 5,698.74
Ending Balance $3,904.01
Ending Balance Checking and Savings Accounts $ 14,339.75

Checks written in April:
Scott Provow. $579.25, Annual Meeting Tent Rental
Scott Provow $552.68, Annual Meeting Food and Beverage
Grant Blackwell 4003.35, Radar Traffic Sign
Butch Phillips $349.26, Annual Meeting Support
Blue Mountain Lawn $170.00, Entry Triangle Landscaping
Larry Jackson $89.69, Spring Decorations, Triangle
Ann Morrell, $125.08, Mailing Expenses

Ann Morrell reported that membership dues collections for 2010-2011 as of May 1st included170 paid lots for $4,750.  

The board discussed the budgeted fixed expenses and capital expenditures i.e. Radar Sign, and other future projects. The board reviewed additional revenue options including affiliate memberships for Grayton Beach businesses, increasing annual dues, GBNA BLOG sponsorships.

During the Annual Meeting Review, the board noted the attendees enjoyed the setting with special thanks to Shirley Sahlie for use of her yard. Seventy-nine members and families and forty-one guests attended. The tent, tables and chairs proved to a great setting for members and guests to socialize. Highlights included the food prepared by the Provows, member discussions at the business meeting and the Historic Grayton Beach presentation by Billy Buzzett coupled with stories of the early years by our long-term residents. Party picture pictures are posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E33yEl_a6qA.

The board reviewed upcoming activities and responsibilities.
Larry Jackson, Secretary, was assigned the task to collect, document and store past records, data, minutes, and financials reports currently stored by Shirley Sahlie.

The board approved placing appropriate flags and decorations for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Landscaping reports were presented by Larry Jackson, Entry Triangle, and Grant Blackwell, entry road mowing and plants on west side, Hwy 293 – DeFuniak Springs.

Larry Jackson reported the Radar Sign battery connection has been adjusted to cover evening periods.

The Board discussed status of downtown parking and concern to maintain two-way traffic. County Deputies are supposed to be out enforcing the proper parking areas.

The County moved contingency Oil Spill materials to an off beach location.

The Beach Permits for vehicles and commercial fisherman period is now open.

The Board discussed the Fourth of July Parade and the post parade party sponsored by Coastal Realty. Ann Morrell and Grant Blackwell discussed the change of the Rags to Riches Sailing Regalia from July 4th to July 3rd, 11 AM.  the traffic congestion with the Parade and positioning of Regalia boats would not work. The Regalia sponsors agreed to the change.
See Regalia Information at http://graytonbeachflorida.blogspot.com/.

The Board discussed implementation procedures resulting from Annual Meeting proposal to amend the GBNA By-Laws to allow Board to represent the Association at governmental bodies when there is not sufficient time to poll the entire membership. A member of the Board may represent the association based upon a unanimous approval by the entire Board. A review will be completed to complete the amendment to the By-Laws. See proposed change at http://graytonbylaws.blogspot.com/

Billy Buzzett reported his work on the Historic Grayton Beach Project. His presentation on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/edmondalexander#p/u/1/ewBfssEmfos has attracted a lot of attention. Working with the Florida Secretary of State’s Office, Billy has found resources and ideas for enriching the uniqueness of Historic Grayton Beach. State grants may be available to fund information pamphlets and other education materials. Coordination with Walton TDC is underway.


The Board reviewed annual expenses and revenues and procedures for reimbursement for GBNA related expenses. As a general rule, directors can submit expenses for up to $500 with original receipts. Board members should seek approval from the board for expenses above the limit. 


The meeting was adjourned at 6:00 PM.

Upon approval, these minutes are posted on Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association BLOG at http://graytonbeachflorida.blogspot.com/

The Minutes are cataloged at http://minutesonly.blogspot.com/

Submitted by Larry Jackson, Secretary

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fishing Anyone?

Fishing For Snapper at Grayton Beach

http://www.waltonsun.com/news/snapper-5542-season-grayton.html

Sept. 28th Meeting Update


I have been informed that Ms. Jones was indeed at the Commissioner's Meeting on the 28th. I had on my close up reading glasses as I was reading my talking points from my IPAD and I certainly didn't see her up there. There were lots of folks, some standing, some moving behind the desk...so I guess I missed her and without my normal viewing glasses (which I left at home) I can't see clearly. So I now have to eat my words on her missing meeting. The vote didn't change...we still only got one vote that opposed the change and that was from Ms. Comander.

I received an email from Ms. Jones this morning and she explained why she voted as she did (she voted for the change) which I think you deserve to hear because she does represent our area and she did take the time to explain her vote. Again, my mistake.

"Ann, I took this process very seriously as well. I received emails and phone calls from people about many of the suggested changes and read and listened to them. I appreciate yovr involvement in the process and I did read your emails prior to the meeting. I weighed all the input from constituents and staff, In my opinion, in regards to this particular request, the Neighborhood Commercial (NC) designation would actually hold these properties to a higher standard than they are currently being held. (NC ) puts restrictions on the type and intensity of what can be developed on those parcels; where as residential Preservation does not have those same restrictions. I honestly feel that it is in the interest of the community for those parcels to be held to a higher standard. I discussed this request in detail with staff and also did research prior to reaching my decision. I just wanted to explain that my decision was not reached arbitrarily or facetiously. Again, I sincerely thank you for your input and involvement throughout this process.
Best regards

Cecilla"




Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Grayton Beach Neighborhood Board Meeting October 5th


The Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association has a Board Meeting scheduled for October 5th. If you have anything that you would like for us to discuss or any future Agenda items....please feel free to contact me @ yzarctoo@aol.com


I will be happy to pass them on to the Board and respond back to you after our meeting.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Four More Commercial Lots for Defuniak

Tonight our County Commissioners voted for the four lot changes from Residential to Neighborhood Commercial. There was no discussion among them, it was just a quick vote among many quick votes and then it was done. Our only positive vote came from Ms. Comander. Our Commissioner for our area, Ms. Jones was still absent due to a family illness. I left the meeting very disappointed, I think I might have felt a little better if the Commissioners had talked among themselves before taking a vote. That way, I would have known (or at least thought) that they had listened to our comments, and had read our letters. I also think that we deserved to hear their reason for their vote. I think they owed us that at least. So as of today, Grayton gained four more commercial lots on Defuniak.

Positive note: the changes in wording for Neighborhood Commercial mentioned in early post were approved in the County Comprehensive Plan.
link: http://graytonbeachflorida.blogspot.com/2010/09/nc-neighborhood-comercial-changes.html

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sept 28th County Commissioner's Meeting Agenda

Here's the link to the County Commissioners Agenda for the 28th. They weren't kidding when they said it was going to be a long one. Of course the very last thing that they will deal with are the proposed land changes. I will post the results of the meeting late Tuesday night for those that have been following the proposed Residential to Commercial changes for Defuniak Street.

LINK:
http://www.co.walton.fl.us/archives/47/September%2028%202010%20BCC%20with%20links%201.pdf

Friday, September 17, 2010

Time for a Road Trip


For those owners looking for a little down time...Grayton is really great right now. No crowds, great weather, almost empty beaches, great biking, restaurants aren't crowded...if you can, you really should plan on a little road trip to the neatest spot in the world. We are all so lucky to own a piece of this paradise..especially those of us lucky enough to call this home.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Party Photos of the 100 Year old party

Missed the 100 Year Old Party?

The Sun has a nice article along with pictures.

http://www.waltonsun.com/news/beach-5448-rosa-birthday.html

Monday, September 13, 2010

Red Bar Breakfast No More

If you are a fan of breakfast at the Red Bar (which I do every Sunday morning)..mark your calendars ....... they will no longer be serving breakfast after September 19th. They will start up breakfast again in the Spring. They will still be open for lunch and dinner as usual.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

100 Years Santa Rosa Beach

Happy Birthday Santa Rosa Beach

http://www.waltonsun.com/news/beach-5439-rosa-santa.html

Link to the Comprehensive Plan for the County

If you are interested in reading the Walton County Comprehensive Plan here is the link. Suggest that unless you want to do a lot of reading you skip down to the South Walton section.

http://www.co.walton.fl.us/DocumentView.aspx?DID=2470

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

NC (Neighborhood Commercial) Changes

It was a good meeting today with the Planning Committee a long with some of those that helped to write the plan. Changes agreed upon are noted in red. You can read the original document without the changes after this section. Again, please let your Commissioners know your feelings and or opinions. They meet again on September 28th. I would recommend a certified letter as I am not sure that our emails carry that much weight. (my opinion) Their addresses can be found on the right side of the blog.

Policy L-1.4.4 Neighborhood Commercial (NC): The purpose of this land use category is to designate small areas in proximity to residential areas that will allow for a limited group of commercial uses to serve the needs of those residential areas. All neighborhood commercial uses must be designed in use, scale, character, and intensity to be compatible with, and to protect, the abutting and surrounding residential areas.

(A) Location criteria: The intersection of arterial/collector, collector/collector, and collector/local paved street. However, in areas south of the Choctawhatchee Bay and the Intercoastal Waterway, NC designations shall be limited to those intersection areas described above that are within the designated Scenic Corridors. For purposes of this policy, County Road 83 and County Road 283, south of County Road 30A, shall not be considered as designated Scenic Corridors. This limitation shall not prevent the designation of an existing neighborhood development as NC if such development was lawfully in operation prior to the date of adoption of this amendment, is an ongoing business, or for properties designated Residential Preservation on the adopted Future Land Use Map that were designated on a plat or in covenants and restrictions for non-residential use. However, such designation must meet the compatibility requirements contained herein.

(B) Uses allowed:
1. Allowed neighborhood scale uses: offices, professional services, storefront retail shopping, neighborhood grocery stores, bed and breakfast facilities not to exceed ten (10) lodging rooms, banks, bakeries, cafés, and restaurants without drive-thru facilities.
2. Prohibited uses: Gas stations and convenience stores with or without fuel, bars, and auto repair services, and the like. However, this provision does not preclude restaurants, or other similar allowed uses, from alcohol sales/services during course of business.

(C) Density allowed: Maximum of one (1) dwelling unit per lot, unless developed pursuant to Section (E)(1), below.

(D) Intensity allowed: A maximum FAR of 0.65 (65%) and a maximum ISR of 0.60 (60%).

(E) Special considerations:
1. Live/Work uses are encouraged, so long as the overall density for the development does not exceed four (4) dwelling units per acre and the development must be in scale and character of adjacent residential areas.
2. Outdoor storage, outdoor broadcasting or music, display of goods, or outdoor seating for cafés and restaurants is prohibited, unless specifically approved as part of the development order review process by the Board of County Commissioners on a case-by-case determination of its impact on the abutting neighborhood and where it does not conflict with the Scenic Corridor Guidelines.
3. Size, mass, or scale of uses or structures may be limited to ensure compatibility with adjacent and surrounding neighborhoods.
4. The amount of land that will be designated NC may be limited to ensure that any area proposed for Neighborhood Commercial designation, and the proposed uses thereon, remain at neighborhood scale and character.

Original Before Changes:

Policy L-1.4.4 Neighborhood Commercial (NC): The purpose of this land use category is to designate small areas in proximity to residential areas that will allow for a limited group of commercial uses to serve the needs of those residential areas. All neighborhood commercial uses must be designed in use, scale, character, and intensity to be compatible with, and to protect, the abutting and surrounding residential areas.

(A) Location criteria: The intersection of arterial/collector, collector/collector, and collector/local street. However, in areas south of the Choctawhatchee Bay and the Intercoastal Waterway, NC designations shall be limited to those intersection areas described above that are within the designated Scenic Corridors. This limitation shall not prevent the designation of an existing neighborhood development as NC if such development was lawfully in operation prior to the date of adoption of this amendment, is an ongoing business.

(B) Uses allowed:
1. Allowed neighborhood scale uses: offices, professional services, storefront retail shopping, neighborhood grocery stores, limited lodging not to exceed twenty-five (25) rooms, banks, bakeries, cafés, and restaurants without drive-thru facilities.
2. Prohibited uses: Gas stations and convenience stores with or without fuel, bars, and auto repair services, and the like. However, this provision does not preclude restaurants, or other similar allowed uses, from alcohol sales/services during course of business.

(C) Density allowed: Maximum of one (1) dwelling unit per lot, unless developed pursuant to Section (E)(1), below.

(D) Intensity allowed: A maximum FAR of 0.65 (65%) and a maximum ISR of 0.60 (60%).

(E) Special considerations:
1. Live/Work uses are encouraged, so long as the overall density for the development does not exceed four (4) dwelling units per acre and the development must be in scale and character of adjacent residential areas.
2. Outdoor storage, outdoor broadcasting or music, display of goods, or outdoor seating for cafés and restaurants may be permitted, subject to a case-by-case determination of its impact on the abutting neighborhood and where it does not conflict with the Scenic Corridor Guidelines.
3. Size, mass, or scale of uses or structures may be limited to ensure compatibility with adjacent and surrounding neighborhoods.
4. The amount of land that will be designated NC may be limited to ensure that any area proposed for Neighborhood Commercial designation, and the proposed uses thereon, remain at neighborhood scale and character.

Monday, September 6, 2010

1PM Tuesday 9-7-2010 Public Meeting with Planning Department

Will be attending the Planning Department Meeting tomorrow at 1PM over at the Courthouse Annex where the Planning Department will listen to our concerns about what the County Plan allows Commercial property in a residential area to do. It should be interesting. I got the impression that after this discussion the County Commissioners will be using the information that comes out of the meeting to make their final decisions on the 28th at their Commisioner's Meeting in Defuniak at the Courthouse. I will be posting the results Tuesday afternoon after the meeting. So check back.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Aging Tarballs/ Possible Oil in Bay


FALSE ALARM tar balls are plant matter. YEA
Nope, they are Sea Slugs.

Larry Jackson shared the following:
Sept. 3 2010 ......It looks like a pretty good amount of aging tar balls are at the high water mark on the beach. Must be some of the 25% remaining oil the government said were out there.


Also the following news report on Oil in Bay:
http://www.waltonsun.com/news/kill-5384-fish-inland.html

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Planning Board Willing to Meet

One good thing that came out of the Commissioner's Meeting on August 30th is the willingness of the Planning Committee with our Commissioner's encouragement to meet with us on the wording that has many folks upset.

There will be a meeting for those that are interested in changes to the proposed language in the "Neighborhood Commercial" Future Land Use Category.
Date: September 7, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: South Walton Annex on U.S. Hwy 331 in Santa Rosa Beach

We welcome your ideas and participation,
Gerry A. Demers, CBO Director Planning and Development Division Walton County, Florida Phone: (850) 267-1955 FAX: (850) 622-9133
demgerry@co.walton.fl.us


If you are planning on attending please let Mr. Demers know. If you have suggestions but are unable to attend the meeting please let him know. This is our chance to at least have a say in the wording.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Interesting Reading

Check out this post on Sowal by Grayton Girl:
http://www.sowal.com/bb/local-government/50297-potential-land-use-changes-far-reaching-2.html

August 30th Special Meeting

Tonight's meeting with the County Commissioners was the first hearing with them. They viewed the maps, heard from the public, but didn't do any final voting. They did take notice of our concern as to what could go on a residential commercial lot. They asked that the planning department hold a meeting with those citizens who were interested and to work together to come up with a more detailed plan as to what could go on a residential commercial lot. At present the way the proposed plan reads (see the following post)
http://graytonbeachflorida.blogspot.com/2010/08/personal-post.html
It is very vague, and allows outside music, outside dining, etc. It even allows for a 25 room hotel.

The next County Commissioner's Meeting will be held on September 28th. If you are concerned about Grayton and what four commercial lots side by side on Defuniak could mean for Grayton, and how it could change our neighborhood... I encourage you to write each County Commissioner and voice your concern. If at all possible plan to attend the meeting and speak out.Their (email/fax)is located on the right side of the blog. Our letters and our voices do make a difference!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Round 1 LOST

Sorry to report that the vote at the Planning Commission was 4 to 2 tonight. We had 6 speakers and there were 7 letters written. The next step in the process is the special County Commissioner's Meeting that will be held on August 30th at 5 PM at the Courthouse Annex. If you haven't sent copies of your letter to all of the Commissioners, I suggest that if you are still concerned that you do so before the Monday Meeting. You can find the Commissioner's email address/ faxes on the right side of the blog. I suggest you write all of them and let them know of your concerns about the 4 lots on Defuniak. The lot that has the Magnolia House was removed by Mr. Veldman earlier so the Rivard Office and the two vacant lots were the only ones approved. I left before the other lot by Kitty's office came up because it was a sure thing that it too would be approved. I was disappointed but will again attend and speak to the County Commissioners. Will be posting Monday Evening.

If you are curious about my personal take on this meeting email me at:
yzarctoo@aol.com

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Defuniak Lots Update

At the County Commissioner's meeting held tonight at the Defuniak Courthouse the Planning Map Discussion was removed from the agenda and will be discussed at a Special County Commissioner's hearing to be held on August 30th at 5PM. This is on a Monday. It will be held at the South Walton Annex. This meeting will give the public the chance to speak about their concerns about the proposed changes. The process started with Planning Commission Board (Aug 17th and August 25th meetings) and then proceeds to County Commissioners on August 30th.

The meeting of the Planning Commission is still on for August 25th at 5PM at the South Walton Annex. I was also told that the Old Magnolia House lot had been pulled and was not up for a change anymore. At present it is listed as Infill and is no longer acting as a gift shop it is now an annual rental and is still has a For Sale Sign. infill is a catch all zoning term for a lot that is "filling in" between platted properties.

If you have concerns about any of the proposed changes for Defuniak St in Grayton please contact ALL of the county Commissioners with your concerns. Their contact info is located on the right side of blog or you can use this link:
http://www.co.walton.fl.us/index.aspx?NID=112

Storm Causes Fire in Grayton

Read article about fire in Grayton.

http://www.waltonsun.com/news/font-5310-ignite-12pt.html

Friday, August 20, 2010

Crist's Statement on Federal waters

“As the Deepwater Horizon spill is being capped and the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico reduced, I have been working with NOAA to re-open closed fishing waters. Last week, federal waters off the coast of Pensacola were re-opened and the announcement today further lifts the fishing restrictions. The federal waters off beautiful Northwest Florida are once again open for fishing, and Florida’s commercial and recreational fishermen are eager to get back to work. I join them in celebrating this much-needed boost to our economy and quality of life. We invite traveling Floridians, as well as visitors from around the nation and the world, to come and fish, explore our beautiful beaches and enjoy Florida’s delicious seafood. ”

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION CHAIRMAN RODNEY BARRETO Regarding the Reopening of Additional Federal Waters to Fishing “The re-opening of these federal waters comes as great news to Florida anglers and coastal communities impacted by the Deepwater oil spill. This action by our federal partners is one more step forward in helping our fishing communities recover from this unprecedented event,” said Rodney Barreto, Chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “Both the water and fish have been thoroughly tested and Florida’s seafood is certified good to eat and great tasting.”

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Possible Change Coming to Defuniak

The county is considering, due to the owners requests, a change in 5 residential lots to be changed to commercial lots. All five lots are located on Defunial Street. Four of them are side by side (Rivard building, two empty lots, and the old Magnolia house which if developed or sold by their owner offers a rather large commercial spot right on Defuniak Street. The other lot up for change is on the right side of Kitty Taylor's Real Estate Office. All of the lots are surrounded and back up to already established residential housing.(Grayton Trail, Defuniak and Pine Street)

The hearing to consider if this change will move forward to our County Commissioners will be held August 25th at 5PM at the Courthouse Annex on 331.

What a change from residential to commercial can mean to our Grayton Neighborhood:
Commercial Definition
The purpose
of this land use category is to designate small areas in proximity to residential areas that will allow for a limited group of commercial uses to serve the needs of those residential areas. All neighborhood commercial uses must be designed in use, scale, character, and intensity to be compatible with, and to protect, the abutting and surrounding residential areas.
Uses Allowed : offices, professional services, storefront retail shopping, neighborhood grocery stores, limited lodging not to exceed twenty-five (25) rooms, banks, bakeries, cafés, and restaurants without drive-thru facilities.
Prohibited uses: Gas stations and convenience stores with or without fuel, bars, and auto repair services, and the like. However, this provision does not preclude restaurants, or other similar allowed uses, from alcohol sales/services during course of business. Outdoor storage , outdoor broadcasting or music, display of goods, or outdoor seating for cafés and restaurants may be permitted, subject to a case-by-case determination of its impact on the abutting neighborhood and where it does not conflict with the Scenic Corridor Guidelines

If you have concerns please feel free to make and speak at the meeting on August 25th if at all possible, and if not here is a contact source for a letter/email/ or a Fax.

Melissa Ward~ Project Manager Planning & Development Services
Phone: (850)267-1955
Fax: (850) 622-9133

E-mail: warmelissa@co.walton.fl.us

She has assured me that her staff makes copies of all letters/faxes,and emails received and gives them to the Commissioners for their consideration. They also put map id#s and agenda item #s at the top of each correspondence. So if you are unable to attend in person to speak at the meetingon the 25th then please write a letter/email or a fax if you are concerned about the changes and how it might effect the future of Grayton.