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.

Friday, July 29, 2011


Interesting article in the Walton Sun bout the increased amount of slugs on the beach.

SEA SLUGS DOWN BY THE SEA SHORE sea, ferrell, unusual -

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Early Fishing In Grayton

Gretchen Butler Infinger shared this article with me about the early days of fishing on Grayton Beach. It is loaded with history.
Check it out:

Thanks Gretchen! And if anyone has some old Grayton stories that they are willing to share...I would love to post them on the blog!

Saturday, July 9, 2011


The Meeting was called to order by Grant Blackwell, President, at the 30A Resorts Conference Room at 4:30 PM, July 1, 2011. Board attendees in addition to Grant were Ann Morrell, Larry Jackson, Bill Wallace, Andy Gray, Scott Provow and Billy Buzzett.

Minutes: Annual Meeting Minutes, April 23, 2011 were approved by board member E-mails and posted to GBNA Blog.

Nomination and Election of Officers: Following nomination by Billy Buzzett and second by Andy Gray, the board elected Grant Blackwell, President; Scott Provow, Vice President; Larry Jackson, Secretary; and Ann Morrell, Treasurer.

Objective of the Meeting: Grant asked that the board review the duties of the outlined in GBNA By-laws. Purpose of the meeting was to identify three to four major projects that the board should focus on for the coming year.

Financial Report: Ann Morrell presented an update of our GBNA Finances as of Jun 30, 2011. Report at Enclosure.

Current Balances: Checking: $4,541.81 Savings: $10,689.82

The board discussed capital expenditures such as the 2010 Radar Speed Control Sign. It was suggested we continue to seek grants and contributions from external sources to cover special items.

Membership Survey: Ann Morrell provided a summary list member comments on their membership dues form. The list included names of volunteers for the GBNA Advisory Committee. The board will review for the next meeting.

Grayton Beach Trademark: The Board discussed creating the trademark GBNA logo for the village.

Traffic Safety: Several board members cited need for more measures to slow down the DeFuniak Street traffic. The board will approach the County Public Works Road District to see about installing pedestrian crossing markings and rumble pads to slow down traffic. It was suggested that under the Historical Grayton initiative that we get the old Grayton aviation marking reapplied on DeFuniak St. The painted marking on was a visual identification of Grayton Beach for aviators until the early 80's. When the road was repaved, the marking was not repainted.

Sign Clutter: The board discussed the mixture of signs throughout the village. The board compared the situation in Grayton to the efforts by Gulf Trace and Watercolor to develop measures to reduce the clutter of signs. The “Is Grayton for Sale?” presentation, developed by Dee Davis, was originally discussed at the 2008 Annual Meeting.

Scott Provow volunteered to take on the project to see what approaches we should take.

Historical Grayton Beach: Billy Buzzett will continue work under his Historical Grayton Beach Initiative to develop a historical walking tour of the historic sites in the village.

Membership: Scott Provow will be responsible for membership as a part of his Vice President duties.

Grayton Beach By-laws: Larry Jackson covered the most recent change to the By-laws which is now posted on the GBNA BLOG. He also covered the board’s authority to set membership dues as needed to meet annual requirements.

Hotz Avenue Landscaping: It was suggested that the association install landscape improvements on Hotz Avenue, particularly in the areas with the no parking barriers. Billy Buzzett volunteered to take on the project to develop a plan.

DeFuniak Street Landscaping: The association has been mowing and other landscaping work on the west side of DeFuniak Street from the Grayton Corner Sign to Rivard Realty. In order to add additional landscaping, we will need to have water. Grant Blackwell and Larry Jackson will look into landscaping ideas and getting water service to the area.

Membership Directory: Larry Jackson will collect directory entries from this year’s membership applications to provide the data file for the directory. The directory entries will only be from members who want to be listed. Once completed, Grant Blackwell will work with sponsors to develop the final directory.

Activity Updates: Grant asked everyone to provide an update on activities described above by email by July 22. Following those updates, the board will schedule the next meeting

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 , The Minutes are cataloged at
Financial Mid-Year Update 2011, January 1 to June 30

Beginning Balance Jan 1, 2011 Savings 10,644.82

Interest 40.54

Savings Subtotal Jun 30, 2011 10,689.82

Beginning Balance Jan 1, 2011

Checking 3,071.11

Checking Acct Revenue Jan 1-Jun 30

Membership Income (185 Lots) 4,625.00

Donations 150.00

Revenue Subtotal 4,775.00

Interest 3.66

Checking Revenue Subtotal 7,849.77

Checking Acct Expenditures Jan 1 –Jun30

Utilities 2010, 2011 Triangle 720.00

Mailing 532.40

Bank Service Charges 45.00

Friends of Grayton 100.00

Landscaping Triangle/DeFuniak 728.50

St Florida Corporations 61.25

Holiday Decorations 108.39

Annual Meeting/Luncheon 1,012.42

Expenses Subtotal 3,307.96 -3,307.96

Checking Savings

Ending Balance Checking Account Jun 30, 2011 4,541.81

Ending Balance Savings Account Jun 30, 2011 10,689.82

Ending Balance both Accounts, Jun 30, 2011 15,231.63

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Peggy Lawerence Medical Update

Sent: Tue, Jul 5, 2011 9:42 am


Many of you know that Peggy suffered a stroke from an aneurysm approximately two weeks ago in Nashville. She has been very blessed to be under the care of Dr. Scott Standard, chief of neurology at St. Thomas hospital. I won’t get into the details of her experience except to say that she has gone through considerable trauma through much of this time frame. Prayers and words of encouragement from friends during the past two weeks have been deeply appreciated.. Peggy and I cannot begin to express our gratitude to all of you who have known of her illness and to everyone for your continued support. We also have enormous praise for the neurological ICU nursing staff and physician team (led by Dr. Standard) at St. Thomas.

While she remains in St. Thomas, I am pleased to report that Peggy’s recovery process continues without interruption and we are hopeful that she will be released from ICU either today or tomorrow. The next leg in her journey will be a special care room at St. Thomas. After that, the plan is for her to begin a rehabilitation process at St. Thomas and/or at our residence in Nashville.

At present, Peggy is not only lucid, but remembers everything leading up to and following her stroke. Her speech is clear and her physical faculties are normal. Each day begins with a nurse asking her name, where she is, what year it is and the name of the current U.S. president. Her responses to these queries (and her political opinion) are a solid indication that she is on the way back to a total recovery.

Thanks so much again for your support. Prayers in the coming days and weeks will continue to be appreciated.

NOTE: I don’t have everyone’s email address so please send this on to anyone we know not on the addressee list.

Tom Lawrence

dye, van mol & lawrence

700 12th Avenue, South; Suite 400

Nashville, TN 37203

615-244-1818 office

Rags to Riches Video July 2,2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association By-laws

Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association By-laws

Effective: March 1, 2000, Amended: April 23, 2011

Article I - Name: The name of this organization is The Grayton Beach Neighborhood Association, hereafter referred to as the Association. Grayton Beach is defined as area represented by the following boundaries: County Road 30-A to the North, the Gulf of Mexico to the South, Grayton Dunes State Park to the West and Grayton Beach State Park and Western Lake to the East, excluding the community of Lake Place at Grayton Beach.

Article II - Purpose & Objectives: To represent the majority view of Association members regarding future development, neighborhood improvements, local issues and environmental concerns, and to communicate with Association members regarding relevant issues.


1. To provide a vehicle for discussion and communication regarding issues of common concern to the Association members.

2. To promote the quality of the neighborhood within its boundaries.

3. To work with Walton County in the enforcement of The Comprehensive Plan.

4. To work with county and state government, and other organizations in areas of mutual interest that affect the quality of the neighborhood as well as the surrounding area.

The Association will not:

1. Recommend or support a design review board.

2. Support any effort to change property owner's ability to rent or lease current or future properties that conform to ordinances then in effect.

3. Try to restrict existing residential or commercial properties being used in conformance with current law.

Article III - Membership

1 Any person or legal entity owning property in the area defined above as Grayton Beach is eligible to become a member of the Association.

2 The rights of membership shall be dependant upon the payment of annual membership dues. Such dues to be established by the Association Board of Directors.

3 Each lot (as recognized by Walton County) shall be entitled to one (1) vote regardless of the number of owners of said lot.

Article IV - Association Meetings

1. Annual Meeting: There shall be a membership meeting held in April of each year. The Board shall determine the date, time and place of the meeting.

2. Special Meetings: Special meetings of the membership may be called by the Board of Directors upon written request of 25% of the members. Such written request shall be presented to the President of the Association. Special meetings shall be held in a public place at a day and hour as designated by the President and stated in the notice of such meetings.

3. Notice of annual and special meetings shall be sent out by mail at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting. Notice of special meetings shall be sent out by mail at least 15 days prior to the meeting.

4. Quorum: The presence at the meeting, in person or by numbered, written proxy of members entitled to cast 50% of the votes shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of normal business. For all other matters such as any action or position before a governmental body on behalf of the Association there will be required a simple majority of all Association votes.

Article V - Directors and Officers

1. Board of Directors: The Board of Directors shall consist of 7 members. Each Board member shall be a member of the Association. Board members shall be elected at the annual meeting by those members present at the meeting plus by written numbered proxy from those members voting by mail. The seven candidates receiving the most votes will be elected to the Board. At the initial annual meeting 3 directors will be elected to I-year terms, and 4 directors will be elected to 2-year terms. All subsequent elections will be for 2 year terms, thereby allowing for continuity from year to year.

2. Officers: The officers of the Association shall be as follows: President; Vice-President; Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers shall be elected from and by the Board of Directors at their first meeting after their election.

a. Duties of Officers:

The President shall preside at meetings; keep the Board informed of all affairs pertinent to the business of the Association; call special meetings; appoint committees with the consent of the Board; act as member, ex officio, of all committees; and see that the affairs of the Association are handled in a businesslike manner.

b. The Vice-President shall preside in the absence of the President and shall perform the duties of the President when the President is absent.

c. The Secretary shall keep a complete record of all meetings of the Association and shall have general charge of the records of the Association.

d. The Treasurer shall collect any membership dues required; maintain an appropriate accounting; and otherwise report to the Board.  

4. Board of Directors Meetings: In addition to the annual meetings the Board shall hold meetings at such regular intervals as the Board may determine. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

5. The Board shall have the general power to act for the Association in the conduct of normal business. The Board may take a position representing the Association before any governmental body without a vote of the Association if by unanimous board member vote, the board deems that immediate action is needed and in the best interest of the Association as an exception to section IV.4 above. (See Addendum, Record of Changes)

6. If the office of any Board member becomes vacant by reason of death, resignation, retirement, disqualification, or otherwise, a majority of the remaining directors will choose a successor who shall hold office until the next annual meeting of the members of the Association.

Article VI - Amendments. These By-laws may be amended at the annual meeting of the membership. Any amendments will require a simple majority of all Association votes.

Article VII - Finances The Association shall not be operated for profit and shall be operated for the purposes set forth in Article II.

Article VIII - Liability No officer or member of the Association shall be personally liable for acts or omissions of any officer or member other than himself/herself whether or not such act was in performance of official duties. No officer or member of the Association shall obligate the Association, by contract or otherwise, to perform any act or to incur any liability without prior authorization of the Board of Directors.

Article IX - Inspection of Books and Records Any member of the Association shall be entitled to inspect the Association's books and records at any duly called meeting of the Board of Directors or of the membership upon furnishing written notice to the President at least 5 days prior to such meeting.

Effective: March 1, 2000, amended April 23, 2011

Larry Jackson, Secretary

Addendum: Record of Changes, Page 4