Customary use on the beaches of South Walton Walton County, between Pensacola and Panama City in the Panhandle, will feel the brunt of the new law. A customary-use ordinance allowing visitors to walk, sunbathe and picnic on private beaches was enacted a year ago. The ordinance will end July 1 when the state law signed last week goes into effect.
“We fought hard for this (customary-use ordinance),” Walton County Commissioner Tony Anderson said at a recent meeting. “We’re going to continue. As long as I’m on this board and drawing a breath, we’ll continue to fight for this.”
Walton County already was entangled in a half-dozen lawsuits challenging various parts of the ordinance, and those likely will end. Sheriff Adkinson will arrest trespassers