The sheriff's office arrests of thirty-two college students for underage drinking at a house party in Miramar Beach Monday night was the talk of Tuesday’s county commission meeting. One more reason residents want the county to re-open a holding station in South Walton.
"One of the problems is when you're arrested on the beach, for whatever reason you had to be transported all the way up to Defuniak Springs. Actually past Defuniak Springs to Triple G road to be taken to the jail" said District 4 Commissioner Sara Comander.
"If a sheriff's deputy has to leave the scene and drive one or two or how many ever people forty minutes one way and then come back forty minutes he's off the beat two hours plus or minus" said District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows.
The resting sub-station facility already has holding cells but it needs a few more things to make it fully functional.
"For every female that's been arrested you have to have a female attendant. Someone there. You have to have a male for the boys. You have to have a way for them to be able to pay their fines. You have to be able to finger print them. You have to be able to photo I.D. them” said Comander.
County officials are working with the sheriff's office to equip the station and hope to have it open soon.
"We're hoping that this is one solution to the overall situation where we feel that yea there are a lot of people in danger and we really want them to stay safe" said Meadows.
County officials are still working on cost estimates for the project.