Proposed bill could potentially void Walton County's customary land use ordinance

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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The battle over public land use on the beach is making its way to Tallahassee.

This past spring, Walton County Commissioners passed a law defining the rights of South Walton beach visitors and although the ruling has been done, the battle is not over.

"Right now, I don't really know what the bill says so it could be something that could be a detriment to Walton County and our customary use," District 2 Walton County Commissioner Cecilia Jones said. "If we lose our right for the public to be on the beach that would affect us economically, very much so. We want to just be aware and be proactive in trying to lobby for the right legislation to come forth."

Wednesday, Walton County Commissioners say they will make their way over to the state capital as the topic comes up for debate at the 2018 legislative session.

"I'm all about local control," Jones added.

If the proposed bill passes, it could void Walton county's customary land use ordinance.