Storms Destroy Flag Warning System in South Walton

Walton County authorities are struggling to replace what Mother Nature has taken away.

A string of hurricanes, dating back to Ivan last September, has washed-away 26 of the county's 29 surf warning flag poles. Walton safety officials say rough surf and constant beach erosion combined to take out the flags.

Replacing the poles is proving to be difficult for tourism leaders. The South Walton TDC is asking permission from private property owners to replace the flags in a more secure, yet in a visible location.

Until then the TDC is encouraging tourists to check the website dedicated to beach safety

TDC officials say it’s all a slow process.

"Make sure they're aware again of the flag conditions that are flying next time, we are doing the best we can. In the mean time we are working very hard to get our poles reinstalled."

If you’re unsure about the current gulf conditions in south Walton County, visit the Web site at or call (850) 267-1216.