Cold Temps Bring Relief for Sheriff’s Deputies during Spring Break

Week two of spring break in South Walton has been a bit chilly.

Many spent the weekend indoors or at bars and restaurants.

Walton County Sheriff's deputies have seen a decrease in arrests.

"The rain has thrown us off a little bit,” said Lt. Keith Chamblee of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. “Typically if it is raining they won't be out on the beaches violating Florida statutes of possession of under the age of 21."

But the rain still keeps deputies busy.

"When it rains we have a lot of business at our retail outlets, so we go there to monitor things," said Lt. Chamblee.

Local business owners say it is a good thing.

"We are excited to see a lot of traffic and a lot of shoppers here on spring break,” said Katie Johnson of the Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

Places like Silver Sands Premium Outlets actually prepare for those rainy days.

"Our stores are well stocked and prepared for this busy time of year and they are ready for those spring breakers and all the traffic that it brings,” stated Johnson.

But the break won't last long.

With sunshine in the forecast for the rest of the week, deputies are regrouping for the rest of spring break season.

"We do plan like it is not going to rain, because you really can't work by the weather,” said Lt. Chamblee.

Sheriff's officials also patrol hotels and condos on rainy days, to make sure breakers are staying safe.


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