It looks like the Walton County Tourist Development Council will not be moving anytime soon.
TDC officials took their request for a larger facility before Walton County Commissioners Tuesday evening. They were claiming they've outgrown their current facility and wanted to build a new 4-to-6 million dollar Welcome and Discovery Center across the street from their current location.
The site is almost 12-acres in the Point Washington State Forest, just south of the intersection of Highways 98 and 331. The TDC wanted to lease the land from the Forestry Service for 50-years at a dollar-a-year.
In exchange, the Forestry Service would get the current half-a-million dollar TDC facility to use as and administration building.
Environmentalists were against the idea, and Tuesday night, so was county commissioner Cecelia Jones. “This was outside their purview, and in light of public comments, I do listen to my constituents, and I make a motion that we deny the TDC council's recommendation to proceed with the working terms of Forestry on the south side of 98 and 331.”
State Forestry officials also sent a letter to commissioners, saying the Point Washington property should not be developed.
Commissioners, did however, approve a recommendation to hold additional workshops to discuss the needs, design, and assessment of a new TDC building.