Just 6 days ago I sent out a Daily Rundown praising Walton County for making good on their promise to buy property for public beach access.
The property that was to be purchased was the closed Highlands House bed and breakfast for $3 million. Walton County would have been able to use the property it occupies to create access to nearly 1,000 feet of public beach.
But, a group of angry residents blocked county officials from buying beach front property…because THEY BOUGHT IT!
That’s right! According to the Walton Sun
, residents on Spooky Lane and Shell Seekers Cove in Santa Rosa Beach prevented Walton County from purchasing the Highlands House because they paid $300,000 more for the property than what the county had negotiated.
That brings the total to $3.3 million for the property. And according to reports, the county was not given the opportunity to counter.
“We’ll once again bring them before the board and it will be public and we will announce the amount that we spend, as is required by law. We will hope that we will get them. We have been very successful in buying parcels of beach front land over the past three years but, we missed out on this one.”
Now over to you. What do you think of this deal? Hit the reply button and let me know!