Labor Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest weekends of the year
in on the beaches North West Florida. But not this year for areas of South
Walton County. The recent rains washed out a large section of the roadway on
Scenic Hwy 30a at Redfish Village due to an uncleared beaver dam.
Local businesses are seeing a drastic reduction in traffic which is greatly
affecting sales, and may lead to the loss of over 100 jobs, according to
some business owners. The local commissioner Cindy Meadows’ office claims
the road will be closed for a year pending a replacement bridge
installation. In contrast the Walton County public works office issued word
through the Walton County Sheriffs Office that the road would reopen at noon
August 29th. From the pictures attached this is clearly questionable
The signage to and from the closed road sections are also a bone of
contention. They do not explain any detour for tourists causing them to turn
around but have no alternative marked route. The Walton County Tourist
Development Council is spending many dollars on advertising and promotions
to get people to visit the area, who are now angry at the way the closure is
“I am very angry at the situation and the lack of responses other than
Cindy Meadows office that I have received, said Kelly Klein, Realtor. I
just counted 44 cars that turned around in front of my balcony area because
of the sign that reads “road under water”.
Clint Brown from Chattanooga said, “Our family was taking the scenic route
to Seaside and Alys Beach but we have no clue which way to go after the turn
around. Thankfully a local resident helped us out. It’s a sad situation they
need to fix soon”.
All local and state agencies need to come together on this immediately for a
temporary and long term solution to this road closure. County Highway 30a
was designated a Florida State Scenic Highway in 2008.
A website has been formed at www.30abridge.com to highlight this issue and
has placed a petition for supporters.
A press conference is planned for 10am Monday 2nd of September at County
Road 30a and County Road 83 at Redfish Village with invites to the press,
local officials, and state representatives.