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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Want to Serve on the GBNA Board?

We are looking for some new Board Members to serve for two years. If you are interested and would like more information or have questions you can feel free to contact me or Grant.
Ann   @
Grant @

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.

Sales Tax or Toll

Here is a link. Would it be best to have a toll on our 331 bridge or a sales tax extra penny for a certain amount of time to fund a new bridge? You can let our Commissioners know your views. Their contact information can be found on the right side of the blog. May I suggest, that if do contact them with your views you contact them ALL. (They all need to know our South of the Bay views.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Photos from 30A Song Writer's Event
Were you able to make the 30A Song Writer's Event last week end? If not here is a link to check out what you missed. If you were there, maybe you will catch a glimpse of yourself.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

County Does It Again to Grayton


'CRAYON ON THE MONA LISA': Geotube installation project stirs up sand, controversy

January 20, 2012 2:53 PM

The Walton Sun
Gulf Trace homeowners are imploring The Retreat to live by The Golden Rule.
The homeowners of The Retreat in Blue Mountain Beach pushed for an erosion-staunching geotube project to protect their most valuable asset — their gulf front — yet are hurting the fragile ecosystem of their eastern neighbors.
“We’re a unique subdivision,” said Ron Lewis, a Gulf Trace homeowner. “We are totally surrounded by state park and the Gulf.”
But for the past four weeks, the peace at Gulf Trace has been disturbed by dump trucks using the beach as a thoroughfare to deliver sand from Grayton Beach to The Retreat, where the sand is being used to fill the geotubes.
Geotubes are sand-filled tubes of fabric used as a buffer from the Gulf, to act as tourniquets to stem the process of beach erosion. Of the approximately 2,700 feet of The Retreat’s gulf front property, approximately 1,700 will have geotubes installed, according to Dave Lovell, past Retreat Homeowners Association president and current board member.
In order to get the sand required to fill these large sand barriers, there are two options: it can be trucked in, or it can be sent via conveyor belt to the beach. Redfish Marine Construction, the contractor for the project, is using the former method, and is using the western beach access at Grayton Beach as the staging area for the trucks to drop off the sand they have dug out along the beach to accommodate these geotubes, and take back the white sand with which to fill them.

(This is a photo taken by Ann of the pile of sand at the area where the dump trucks enter to be filled up at Grayton. This entry to the beach is at the end of Defuniak Street)

“(A chute) is a possible method,” said Lovell. But, “what we’re doing now is preferable.
“It was the best method for this project,” said Branch McClendon, contractor with Redfish Marine. “We are following permitted guidelines. The DEP doesn’t allow you to bring sand over an existing dune. That’s why we’re using the trucks.

“It’s armoring a property and renourishing the dunes,” he added.
“I don’t blame anybody for trying to protect their property from the elements,” said Edmond Alexander, a Grayton Beach resident. But, he added, they’re “staging it all from Grayton, and it’s destroying all of it from here.”
Where the sand is being deposited is an “OPA or otherwise protected area,” according to Alexander. The Coastal Barrier Improvement Act of 1990 established OPAs to be public or private land held for conservation purposes.
The construction equipment is leaving in its wake huge tire ruts and malcontent.
“The sand is being decompacted, tilled, essentially. It makes the beach much more vulnerable,” said Jan Rieveschl, a Gulf Trace homeowner.
“It’s like opening the Louvre and letting people use crayon on the Mona Lisa,” he added. “You can wipe it off in the morning, but it’s the very idea.”
Additionally, with trucks running Monday through Saturday, from about 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 or 4 p.m., for the past four weeks, it has been difficult for wintertime visitors to enjoy such an attraction.
The project’s permit of coastal construction was issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and a permit to drive on the beach with “mechanized equipment … to enhance dune restoration” was issued by the Walton County Code Enforcement Office.
“Although my office was not involved in issuing the beach access permit, we started looking into the concerns of our constituents the moment we began receiving emails, calls and walk-ins regarding the Geotube project at The Retreat, and we continue in that process,” said Walton County Commissioner Cecilia Jones. “However, it is common practice to allow entry through one of our beach accesses as long as they have all the proper State permits in hand. The magnitude of this project has undoubtedly impacted the community between The Retreat and Grayton Beach, and we are trying to find a way to mitigate that impact and satisfy all concerned.”
The homeowners of The Retreat and at Gulf Trace can agree on one thing — that it is vital to protect the beaches of South Walton.
“Why wouldn’t they protect it?” April Rieveschl said.
“We’re doing the best we can with what we’ve got — we’re just trying to make everybody happy. We are a local company. This is our backyard too,” said McClendon.
The demand of the Gulf Trace homeowners is simple, according to Jan Rieveschl, “Respect our property just as you expect us to respect yours.”