South Walton shuttle will run with or without county support

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WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Relieving traffic on 30A is an ongoing discussion, and now the debate for a shuttle service in South Walton continues, as commissioners table the topic for this upcoming season.

MICHAEL SNYDER | Daily News Sunshine Shuttle's John Finch poses with the company's tortoise painted trolley as it stops in Gulf Place Thursday, July 28, 2016.

For weeks, the board has been considering a partnership with a local shuttle company, including a marketing campaign that would involve wrapping the shuttles to promote South Walton and many of their initiatives.

Tuesday, the commissioners decided to postpone the marketing campaign that would put the service in action until they have more time to get things in order.

"This year we really took it out of consideration and it was timing," Walton TDC Executive Director Jay Tusa said. "For us to be able to get the wraps done for the vehicles, we would really be looking at middle or late June and by that point. We're really looking at missing the boat in the way of visitors by about a good month."

One of the shuttle service options, Sunshine Shuttle, said although the county is not going to work with them this season, they plan to run the shuttle service independently.

"While we are disappointed that the TDC and BCC of Walton County chose not to use our proposed expansion of the 2017 Trolley Program to promote tourism for Walton County this year, our committed route stop partners and the people of Walton County will get Sunshine’s incredible service & best effort to help alleviate traffic & congestion along the densely populated 30-A," the Owner and Founder of Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine Service, John Finch, said.

Officials with Sunshine Shuttle say they start operations Memorial Day and run it through the summer.