Walton beach fees having to pay dividends for Code Compliance Section

SANTA ROSA Seashore — Beach bonfires are a sizzling commodity for Walton County’s Code Compliance Department, the department’s director informed county commissioners at their Nov. 23 meeting.

Before this yr, commissioners accepted a transform to the county’s beach routines ordinance that greater the price tag of a seashore bonfire allow from $50 to $100, with proceeds break up equally among the Code Compliance Section and the South Walton Fire District.

In between April 1 and the stop of September, the new cost arrangement experienced brought $322,700 to the Code Compliance Department, Director Tony Cornman explained to commissioners.

That signifies service fees gathered for the 6,454 beach bonfire permits issued by means of September. And with chilly temperature now descending on the area, Cornman explained his office expects the amount of permits issued to method 7,000 by the close of the 12 months, which would mean a overall of $350,000 in profits. 

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Prior to the modify in the ordinance, beach bonfire cost permits cost $50 and all the money went to the South Walton Fireplace District.

Almost matching the profits coming into the Code Compliance Department from bonfire permits is the rate gathered by the division for its oversight of the county’s managed vendor plan. That obligation, presented to Code Compliance very last calendar year, involves addressing any concerns with distributors doing work at the county’s public seaside access details.

For that do the job, the division receives a $3 fee from every established of beach front chairs and umbrellas rented and established up on the public beach locations by the 21 distributors collaborating in the managed vendor system. Through September of this 12 months, Cornman informed commissioners that suppliers experienced rented 99,587 sets of beach chairs and umbrellas, bringing $298,761 to his office.

A beach vendor with La Docle Vita stacks up beach chairs to remove them before a storm in September 2018. Walton County commissioners next month are expected to consider proposed changes to the county's beach activities ordinance.

On a associated note, Cornman stated suppliers doing the job through the managed vendor system — conducted beneath the umbrella of the non-public nonprofit South Walton Beach front Providers Affiliation (SWBSA) — have been exceedingly compliant with regulations. Code Compliance staff have thus much this calendar year famous just 26 violations of the deal amongst the county and SWBSA, Cornman claimed, with numerous of all those violations masking the slight infraction of vendor staff members not wearing T-shirts.

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