Citing extensive mold and termite damage at its office, Walton County Attorney Sidney Noyes has requested a two-week delay to verifying that all property owners potentially impacted by a declaration of customary use have been notified.

The emergency motion for the 14-day extension was submitted April 22, the day Noyes' office was supposed to provide County Judge David Green with the verification he had ordered.

 In a statement issued Wednesday through his office, Green indicated he had not yet ruled on the motion.

“That is an issue currently before the court that he will be ruling on,” Green’s administrative assistant said, reading a statement from the judge, who otherwise declined to address the issue.

The emergency motion states that on Monday, April 15, Noyes and her staff were forced to evacuate their office building when extensive mold and termite damage was discovered.

County spokesman Louis Svehla said the damage to the building, on Sloss Avenue in DeFuniak Springs, was found as the county was constructing a record storage facility that will be connected to the County Attorney’s Office.

The damage was discovered a week before the office was to comply with Green's March 12 order compelling it to provide proof that all property owners who might consider intervening in the county’s case for a customary use declaration had been properly notified.

The county has asked Green to rule against the majority of private property owners by issuing a summary judgement declaring that through customary use, the notion beaches have always been enjoyed by mankind, that all Walton's beaches should be open to everyone.

Noyes said last November that in her opinion “proper notice has been provided” to all potentially impacted owners, but one property holder, citing research, recently stated that as many as 261 parcels have not received effective notice.

The emergency motion states that new notices were mailed to property owners and when news of the mold and termite damage hit as the County Attorney's Office was awaiting the arrival of “green return receipt cards.”

“Due to the closure of the County Attorney’s Office and the relocation of her staff, mail delivery to the County Attorney’s Office was stopped on Tuesday, April 16,” the motion states. Arrangements to pick up the mail were not finalized until the following Friday.

“The disruption to, and relocation of, the County Attorney’s Office have prevented the County Attorney’s Office from completing its task of providing verification to the Court,” the motion states.