Walton Development Causing Controversy

Point Washington in south Walton County used to home to Native American tribes, before settlers showed-up in the panhandle in the 1700s and 1,800s. It’s one of the oldest communities in northwest Florida.

Now the current residents say they're upset with the latest newcomer, a developer who has some ambitious plans.

With increasing development along the beaches some locals aren't too happy with proposed plans from developer Tim Henderson. Henderson's housing project is called "The Oaks at Eden"

Just last Tuesday the Walton County Commission halted plans to go ahead with the proposal were put to a halt. The reason is some community members felt the development would not fit into the natural beauty that has been preserved for more than a hundred years.

One of those in opposition is Claire Bannerman.

“The community of Point Washington is particularly important and very enriched with nature, the trees, Tucker Bayou, the dock and it needs to be unique preserved and it’s very important for the community to have a resource like Point Washington."

Among residents' concerns are building heights, the amount of homes that will be on a small portion of land and Point Washington losing its natural charm.

The developer and Point Washington residents hope to work out "The Oaks at Eden" proposal before the next county commission meeting November 22.