Walton County Commissioners Deny Hampton Inn Project

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SOUTH WALTON-- After months of discussion, and countless meetings, Walton County Commissioners voted not to move forward with the Hampton Inn project Monday night.

After many hours of talking about the project, commissioners agreed the project was not the right fit for 30A and South Walton.

The developer, Jenkins Engineering, based out of Destin, was asking for the board's approval to build a 59,000 square foot building, with 90 rooms, along with retail space on a 2.4 acre parcel.

Many residents voiced their concerns about this project, citing traffic issues, safety, and the project not being compatible with South Walton's unique flair.

Commissioner Cindy Meadows, who made the motion to deny the project, says Walton County is at a tipping point, and they can't bring new development in if they can't keep up with what they have now.

"We have not even complied with our own Comprehensive Plan which says we must that says we must make sure the infrastructure is concurrent with development."

Some residents even suggested that the commissioners go back and rewrite ordinances that would not allow future commercial properties like this from applying or coming into the area.