More than half of Walton County’s beaches are public. Unfortunately, customary use advocates have created a false narrative that the law resulting from House Bill 631 leaves no beaches for the public to enjoy in Walton County.
In reality, more than 13 miles of beach are public, including three state parks with beach access – Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Grayton Beach State Park and Deer Lake State Park. In most statistics cited by customary use advocates, they do not include the more than four miles of public beach that was created with the establishment of an Erosion Control Line during the beach renourishment project over 10 years ago.
The bottom line: there is plenty of beach to enjoy in Walton County, for residents and visitors alike, without taking away the private property rights of beachfront property owners.