A Better South Walton Completes Charter Summary

JULY 26, 2016 – A Better South Walton (ABSW) is proud to announce the charter summary for the proposed incorporation of South Walton is now complete.

The process of incorporation is detailed, collaborative and orderly. When a community wants to incorporate, a charter is drafted that details how the municipal government will be structured and function. The charter is part of a local bill presented to the Florida state
legislature for approval and then signed by the governor. Local bills are special legislative acts directed at specific locales. For South Walton, the decision to incorporate would then be put to a referendum of all South Walton voters.

This charter summary is the framework for what will later become the final charter. The final charter will incorporate the charter summary and input received from the South Walton community and the consultants engaged by ABSW. Once complete, the final charter, along with the feasibility study, will be presented to our State Representative in early September 2016.

With the charter summary now complete, public meetings will be held to inform the South Walton community of the key charter provisions and ask for their feedback and suggestions regarding the final version of the charter.

Having recently released a survey asking South Walton residents for their opinion on a possible municipality name for the area being considered for incorporation, ABSW is eager to get the survey results and consider the public’s feedback on the name in the final version of the charter.

The completed charter summary can now be found on the ABSW website.

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

About A Better South Walton:

A Better South Walton (ABSW) is made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers who share a concern about the future of South Walton. ABSW’s mission is to seek more effective governance and local representation for South Walton to preserve and enhance its unique character, property values and quality of life.

The focus of ABSW is thoughtful analysis and discussion regarding ideas for more effective local governance and therefore, the future of South Walton. ABSW will also work to encourage the citizens of South Walton to weigh in formally and have a say in determining how South Walton will be managed going forward.

A Better South Walton Thanks You!

July 6, 2016 – A Better South Walton (ABSW) is incredibly fortunate to have the support of so many members of the local community. ABSW began as a group of citizens devoting their time and energy to exploring ideas to improve South Walton as it rapidly expands. With tremendous local support, ABSW has evolved into an initiative that seeks more effective, responsive governance and increased local representation for South Walton to preserve and enhance the unique character and quality of life that our residents and visitors value.

ABSW is proud to have the following number of citizens supporting the effort thus far by:
• Volunteering to donate their time – 101 people
• Responding to the survey – 2,294 people
• Signing up for the ABSW newsletter – 710 people
• Making a financial donation – 142 people

Donations make it possible for ABSW to fund necessary research and analysis and to communicate this information to the citizens and businesses of South Walton. Financial and in-kind donations have both been an integral part of the continued growth of ABSW.

To date, more than 140 individual donations ranging from $10 to $10,000 have been received by ABSW and a detailed listing of those donors contributing $300 or more can be found on the ABSW website, here.

ABSW still has a great deal to accomplish, and asks that you consider:
• What level of donation you would be comfortable making?
• How your time and talents could help the efforts of ABSW?
• Reaching out to ABSW to schedule a meeting with your neighbors, club,
business, church, etc., to educate your group on the ABSW initiative.
• Signing the petition, if you haven’t already, and actively engaging others to do the
same.

The continued support of the South Walton community is vital to the mission of ABSW.
Please ask your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors to:
• Sign the petition here
• Donate here
• Volunteer here
• Contact ABSW – info@abettersouthwalton.org – to schedule a community
meeting.

Educate yourself, and encourage those around you to do the same. Learn more about this initiative, the results of the preliminary feasibility study and the multiple benefits this could bring to South Walton by visiting www.ABetterSouthWalton.org.

About A Better South Walton:

A Better South Walton (ABSW) is made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers who share a concern about the future of South Walton. ABSW’s mission is to seek more effective governance and local representation for South Walton to preserve and enhance its unique character, property values and quality of life.

ABSW’s focus is on thoughtful analysis and discussion regarding ideas for more effective local governance and therefore, the future of South Walton. ABSW will also work to encourage the citizens of South Walton to weigh in formally and have a say in determining how South Walton will be managed going forward.