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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.
During a court hearing on February 18, 2019, the judge granted motions to intervene for all but a handful of interventions and no interventions were denied. The court also ruled that the county had 60 days to serve notice on any property owners who have not yet received notice or have not intervened. On February 22, 2019 the county mailed second notices to 1,280 interested parties, including over 260 parcel owners.
On January 11, 2019, Walton County mailed notices to all beachfront property owners of its action to seek declaratory judgment affirming the existence of recreational customary use on all privately owned beachfront parcels in Walton County. This followed their court action, which was filed on December 11, 2018,
If 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.
On April 22, 2019 Walton County filed a motion requesting a 14 day extension to file their verification of providing notice to all beachfront property owners. If you are just receiving your notice, you must act promptly to protect your property rights.
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.
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D. Kent Safriet
Hopping Green & Sams, P.A.
119 South Monroe Street, Suite 300
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Smolker, Bartlett, Loeb, Hinds & Thompson, P.A
100 North Tampa Street, Suite 2050
Tampa, FL 33602
David B. Pleat
Pleat & Perry, P.A.
4477 Legendary Drive #202
Destin, FL 32541
348 Miracle Strip Parkway, S.W., Suite 7
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548
T. A. (Ted) Borowski, Jr.
Borowski & Traylor, P.A.
P. O. Box 12651
Pensacola, Florida 32591-2651
A. Wayne Williamson
Williamson Law Firm, LLC
P.O. Box 1248
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Dana C. Matthews
Matthews & Jones, LLP
4475 Legendary Drive
Destin, FL 32541
Philip A. Bates
Philip A. Bates, P.A.
25 West Cedar Street, Suite 550
Pensacola, FL 32502