Event: Are you ready to talk about A Better South Walton?

Over the past several months the Team at A Better South Walton has been working hard gathering information about our community. We’ve hired consultants, talked to legislators, and surveyed the community. Now it’s time to share what we’ve learned with you!

On May 9th, 11th and 12th, ABSW will hold 3 community meetings so please Save the Dates. One meeting will be held in the Rosemary Beach Town Hall, and the other two meetings will be held at Grand Boulevard. More information will be coming soon! The meetings will provide detailed, factual information about the community including a conservative analysis of the financial impact and potential benefits of incorporating South Walton as a municipality.

“As our community has grown, so has the need to explore the most efficient and responsive ways to provide for our governance,” said David Pleat, President of ABSW. “Our efforts are ongoing to complete a Feasibility Study that will provide critical information about our South Walton community to aide in assessing our options.”

“Community input is critical to us as we move forward,” said Vice President Dave Rauschkolb. “We want the people of South Walton to have a voice and be heard.  The complexities of preserving and managing a growing South Walton are evident. I can think of no more urgent issue than our working together to secure a future for our community we can all be proud of, a future to hand off to our children and theirs. I believe finding the best way for the citizens of South Walton to govern South Walton is paramount.”

Stay tuned for more information.

Video: Dave Rauschkolb talks about A Better South Walton’s website and future plans

Conversation on the subject of incorporating South Walton is about to get serious.

A group calling itself A Better South Walton expects to get a first glance at a feasibility study critiquing the issue in May. If the findings look positive, members plan soon after to begin holding community meetings to make the case for incorporation.

“Something needs to change. We can’t keep going down the same path we’re going,” said Dave Rauschkolb, the vice president of A Better South Walton’s eight-member board of directors.

Walton County boasts a population of about 55,000, but the 20,000-plus living on the south end of the county are only truly represented by one of five county commissioners, said board member Jacquee Markel.

Read the story and the full video on nwfdailynews.com.