Contact an Attorney   Donate was created by Walton beachfront owners, for Walton beachfront owners. FCPR is not endorsed by any law firm; to do so is illegal. Please consider contributing to FCPR’s efforts to prevent the erosion of your beachfront property rights.

Over 600 total interventions from individuals, associations and condominiums have been filed on behalf of more than 4,500 of owners, who are taking steps to actively protect their property rights against Walton County’s lawsuit.  Many owners have retained an attorney to protect their rights.

If Walton County’s lawsuit is left unchallenged, this means that the sandy beach portion of your property would be subject to public use and you would have no rights of exclusion.  That means your right to enjoy your private property is now under attack in court by your Walton Commissioners.

To protect your property rights, you must actively intervene.  You cannot rely upon your neighbor to protect your rights.  Act quickly to defend your rights, or you could lose some of your property rights forever.

Important Updates:

  • As many of you are aware, Walton County has initiated that process in which nearly 800 Gulf front owners have intervened to protect their property rights. 
  • A Case Management Hearing was held on May 20, 2021 with Judge Green.  The Court ruled that the County will be required to provide all of its documentary evidence to the Defendants within 45 days, after which the Defendants will be able to submit questions to the County regarding the evidence as it applies to the individual parcels.  The Court also held that the County will have until June 28, 2021 to respond to the Answers/Counterclaims that were filed earlier this month. Please check here for updates.

Walton Commissioners, as the plaintiff in this lawsuit, have the burden of proof to demonstrate that the public’s use of your private beachfront property has been ancient, reasonable, without interruption, and free from dispute.

NOW is the time to consider your property right options, to seek legal advice, and to consider whether or not to intervene. For your convenience, the names and contact information for attorneys that other Walton County beachfront owners have used are below.

FCPR is not endorsed by any law firm

Kent Safriet

Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC

(850) 391-0010
[email protected]
119 S. Monroe St, Ste 500
Tallahassee, FL 32301

David Smolker

Smolker, Bartlett, Loeb, Hinds & Thompson, P.A

[email protected]
100 North Tampa Street, Suite 2050
Tampa, FL 33602

David B. Pleat

Pleat & Perry, P.A.

[email protected]
4477 Legendary Drive #202
Destin, FL 32541

Jay Roberts


[email protected]
348 Miracle Strip Parkway, S.W., Suite 7
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548

T. A. (Ted) Borowski, Jr.

Borowski & Traylor, P.A.

[email protected]
P. O. Box 12651
Pensacola, Florida 32591-2651

A. Wayne Williamson

Williamson Law Firm, LLC

[email protected]
P.O. Box 1248
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Dana C. Matthews

Matthews & Jones, LLP

[email protected]
4475 Legendary Drive
Destin, FL 32541

Philip A. Bates

Philip A. Bates, P.A.

[email protected]
25 West Cedar Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502