Article: Incorporation movement forges forward

The group A Better South Walton held another informational meeting Monday night to present their proposal of incorporation for South Walton and to answer any questions the public might have about the matter, but only a handful of people showed up and even fewer asked questions.

ABSW has now held at least five advertised public town hall-style workshops to inform the public of their reasons and their journey through this process. Some have been well attended, particularly those held on the east end.

“We also had three very productive separate charter workshops that were extremely well attended,” said ABSW President and Attorney David Pleat. “We have also had dozens of meetings with various associations, neighborhoods, service organizations and a large meeting of the Sandestin Owners’ Association Advisory Board Association presidents.”

The group has also individually and sometimes in small groups met with individuals for lunch or meetings to educate and answer questions.

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Events: A Better South Walton Holds Town Hall Meetings To Answer Residents’ Questions

A Better South Walton (ABSW) will be holding two town hall meetings to educate and engage the local community in discussions surrounding incorporation. The meetings will be held in Miramar Beach on November 14th and 17th at 5:30 PM.

The town hall meetings, which are free and open to the public, are designed for members of the community to ask questions and get a better understanding of incorporation and what benefits it would bring to the residents of South Walton. Questions about taxation, municipal organization and the long term goals of an incorporated South Walton will all be addressed. The process for incorporation will also be explained. Every resident of the South Walton community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

“We’ve seen the substantial growth of South Walton and it is the community’s responsibility to take control of its future,” states David Pleat, president of A Better South Walton. “We need to get your feedback, answer your questions and better educate our community on why this issue is so important to the long term sustainability of South Walton. Please join us for one of these upcoming meetings and make your voice heard.”

The meetings will be held:

Monday, November 14th 
5:30 PM
Destiny Worship Center
122 Poinciana Blvd.
Miramar Beach, FL

Thursday, November 17th   
5:30 PM
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Linkside Conference Center, Bayside Ballroom G & H
158 Sandestin Blvd. North

Miramar Beach, FL

With the election just days away, it has never been more important to get petition signatures! Whether Brad Drake or Jamey Westbrook will be representing District 5, signatures are needed to show the community’s support of the incorporation initiative.

Have you signed the petition yet?

Lend your support to the ABSW effort, please take 20 seconds to sign the online petition requesting the right to vote on the issue of incorporation.

In addition to our petition drive and upcoming town hall meetings, ABSW board members have been busy as of late speaking with several community groups including the South Walton Rotary, the Ladies of Watersound Origins, Sunrise Beach HOA and Draper Lake HOA. We are a visible presence at every Rosemary Beach Farmer’s Market, Seaside Farmer’s Market, South Walton Annex meeting as well as early voting.

For more information on ABSW and how you can get involved by volunteering, signing the petition or making a donation, please visit A Better South Walton or email ABSW.