Tuesday, August 31, 2010
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
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
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
If you are curious about my personal take on this meeting email me at:
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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:
Friday, August 20, 2010
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
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:
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
Fax: (850) 622-9133
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.
Monday, August 16, 2010
OIL UPDATE: Storm brings oil to Walton beaches; County may reconsider pulling warning signs
August 16, 2010 10:47 AM
Florida Freedom Newspapers
Recent weather conditions continue to wash oil from Deepwater Horizon ashore on Walton County beaches from Topsail Hill Preserve to Seaside.
According to Floridadisater.org, various tar covered items and tar patties were found within Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Tar balls and tar patties as large as seven inches were discovered along with tar covered wood and plastic debris.
Tar patties, balls and oil covered product in various forms from weathered to melting were reported in Santa Rosa, Grayton and Seaside beaches. No “clean beach” reports for Walton County were filed.
More oil expected as storms continue
WALTON COUNTY — Less than two days after removing oil warning notifications in Walton County, officials are working on cleanup for tar balls and tar patties that washed ashore over the weekend.
Miles of Topsail Hill Preserve to Seaside Beach were covered in the remnants of April’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Reports of tar patties as large as seven inches were discovered Sunday along with tar-covered wood and plastic debris.
“As long as the weather continues to bring in storm surges we’ll see more oil,” said Cortnee Ferguson, spokeswoman for Deepwater Horizon Joint Information Center. “This is a good thing. The more oil that washes ashore the more we can clean up and dispose of it properly.”
Crews were dispatched to beaches Monday morning to finish clean up halted Sunday because of weather.
Lt. Joe Preston with the Walton County Sheriff’s Department said the concentrated areas for clean up will be Topsail Hill Preserve and Grayton Beach.
Officials announced Friday that because no significant oil presence had been seen since July 3, the signs on oil safety and oil warnings would be removed from the beaches. Preston said Walton County officials will be meeting to see if the move was too soon and to discuss if the signs will be placed back on the beaches.
For now, he said they are watching where storms surges will be heading.
“We’re meeting soon to discuss the appropriate response to this,” Preston said. “We’re keeping an eye on the weather and that will dictate our response. Now, it’s too early to tell."
Friday, August 13, 2010
Those oil warning notices on the beaches can go away now that the Health Department has changed how it will consider the situation. Effective immediately, the Walton County Health Department, in coordination with Walton County Officials, is rescinding all Oil Impact Notices posted on all Walton County beaches.The removal of the signs is based on no significant beach oiling events being reported and chemicals that were consistently found in samples have dropped below benchmarks. The FDEP also conducted a study of visibly clean sand and sediment on Northwest Florida’s white sandy beaches and demonstrated that oil and its associated chemicals of concern tend to settle within a layer below the surface, and that they can be easily seen when exposed.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I had requested the Driving on the Beach Permit numbers for 2009 and also for 2010. As of August 1st there will be no more permits issued this year. I got the numbers this morning:
2009- 1063 permits issued
71 boat launch permits
11 charter permits
2010 726 permits issued
71 boat launch permits
11 charter permits
A lost of 337 permits from 2009 - 2010.
I was unable to get any multiple permit information. There are no County records available of multiple permits issued to folks who own more than one property with a home located on the lot as they don't keep that information. computer not set up for that. It is something they plan to do in the future.