Walton County Commissioners Discuss Outdoor Display Ordinance

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Right now the store display ordinance only affects the south end of Walton County.

Under the ordinance, gas stations and other retailers along Scenic Highway 98 and 331 cannot have any outdoor displays.

The first reading of this ordinance took place in mid-May.

Many residents spoke up about how the displays would clutter the scenic corridors.

Others believe the displays will draw more customers into the businesses.

Opinions may differ, but the biggest concern is enforcement.

"Now you are legitimizing some form if you pass this, I would like your verbal commitment publicly on the record that you will do everything in your power to make sure code enforcement does their job,” said Walton County resident, Mary Nielsen.

Commissioners have been considering their own pros and cons about the ordinance.

"Right now it is a matter of fine tuning it, find out what does and doesn't work, which will be able to discuss at this meeting as well. It has really been a process of making sure what they do benefits all the interested parties,” said Louis Svehla, Public Information Officer for the county.

Tuesday will most likely be the last chance for residents to express their opinions.

Then Commissioners will either approve, reject, or table the issue for another date.

Walton County Commissioners will also discuss a noise ordinance at Tuesday’s meeting.

The sandwich board sign ordinance won't be discussed until a future meeting.