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"Ghost chairs" on South Walton beaches may go away 🏖

Good morning! The ever-growing Walton County is getting ready to battle another beach issue as if HB
"Ghost chairs" on South Walton beaches may go away 🏖
By Get The Coast • Issue #24 • View online
Good morning!
The ever-growing Walton County is getting ready to battle another beach issue as if HB 631 wasn’t enough this past year.
This time the fight is with the “ghost chairs” that take up so much space on the coastline.
The Walton Sun is reporting that the South Walton Community Council wants to eliminate the business practice of “ghost chairs”, and require vendors to set up their chairs only after a beach-going customers arrive and remove it when they leave.
Currently, beach chair vendors set up a number of chairs first thing in the morning without anyone paying to sit in those chairs. (However, some do setup if they already know a condo guest has paid for a rental that day.)
After HB 631 was implemented there were a lot more complaints about beach chair vendors saying they were aggressive toward beachgoers and at one point started stringing chairs together to block off access to the water from those who were not staying at a condo.
The new changes won’t have a chance to be heard by the County Commission until January 9 where a forum has been scheduled to debate the beach management proposals.
Over to you. What are your thoughts on the “ghost chairs”? Would you like to see them gone or feel like they aren’t a big deal?

Some quick vitals...
Weather: Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers this afternoon. High 64F.
Stat:  365. The Gulf on Okaloosa Island’s menu changes every single day!
Do: Jolly Jubilee at the Destin Commons is an ongoing event every Saturday featuring performances each week. This Saturday they’ve got the Emerald Coast Chorus & Sugar Beach Chorus at 3:00pm & the Niceville High School Brass Ensemble at 5:00pm. This event is free to attend.
Watch: Here’s an aerial look at Mexico Beach, two months after hurricane Michael. As you can see, things haven’t gotten much better. Click to watch.
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Christmas Connections
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The road work in Walton County
Crews are constructing new curbs and gutters
Crews are constructing new curbs and gutters
In Walton County, crews are constructing new curbs and gutters along the south side of U.S. 98 between Holiday Road and the Dollar General. In this picture, crews are using a concrete mixing truck and yellow curb machine to “slipform” new curb and gutter radius at Maravilla in Miramar Beach.
The concrete mixing truck places concrete into the curb machine. The conveyor then delivers the concrete into a continuously moving “slipform” to provide a consistent curb radius. 
This work is part of the $42 million U.S. 98 widening project in Walton County to help relieve congestion and improve traffic flow on U.S. 98 between Emerald Bay Drive and Tang-O-Mar Drive. The project is estimated for completion in summer 2020.
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That’s all I have for you today. I hope you have a great Thursday and I’ll see ya tomorrow morning!
Jared
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