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There are several beach access points in Seagrove Beach near where Walton County officials are considering building a new public beach access. DAILY NEWS/FILE

FL - Walton commission on hold with Headland Beach Access proposal

SEAGROVE BEACH — Walton County commissioners should know before the end of this month whether the county can proceed with designing and eventually building a public beach access off Headland Avenue.

A June ruling in federal court appears to have removed one impediment to proceeding with plans for a beach access in the fast-growing area along Walton County Road 30A in and near Seagrove Beach, but other legal issues may remain.

At Tuesday's meeting of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, interim county counsel Clay Adkinson said legal action connected with properties near the proposed beach access, outside of the federal case, may have some implications as to whether the county can proceed with its plans.

"Because I know of the myriad of litigation on a number of roads right around there ... I think it would be prudent to wait" before taking any action toward designing or building the Headland Beach Access, Adkinson told commissioners.

Adkinson promised commissioners that he would provide a report on any legal issues that could affect planning for the beach access prior to their Aug. 24 meeting. If there are no legal impediments, Adkinson said commissioners could reissue an authorization for a task order for design and engineering work.

That work had begun a few years ago with one of the engineering firms retained by the county for such projects, but was ordered suspended by the commissioners sitting at that time due to legal issues, according to Brian Kellenberger, beach operations manager for the county's Tourist Development Council. As a result, no conceptual plan for the proposed Headland Beach Access was ever presented to the commission.


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