As other Panhandle counties and municipalities begin to make plans to reopen beaches, Walton County will be considering their options at an emergency meeting on Thursday.

Okaloosa County commissioners approved reopening their beaches on May 1 with limited hours.

The Bay County Commission voted on Tuesday to partially reopen the unincorporated sandy beaches on Friday and Panama City Beach leaders could possibly do the same on Thursday.

Walton’s meeting will be held Thursday, April 23, at 11 a.m..

This meeting will be held at the Walton County Courthouse, located at 571 U.S. Highway 90 in DeFuniak Springs.

“The purpose of this meeting is for the Walton County Board of County Commissioners to discuss options regarding Walton County beaches in light of the COVID-19 crisis. This meeting will be open to the public on a limited basis in order to adhere to proper social distancing protocols,” a Wednesday statement from the County said.

Meeting info:

Due to the limited seating capacity, this meeting will also be accessible to the public via Zoom.

To participate via Zoom, please see the directions that follow.

— Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/91628675151 — Participate via Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715

You will be prompted to enter the Webinar ID Webinar ID: 916 2867 5151#

You will be prompted to enter the Participant ID Hit # (No participant ID will be required)

—This meeting will also be streamed at www.walton.civicweb.net. Please be governed accordingly.

For more information contact Louis E. Svehla, Public Information Manager Walton County Board of County Commissioners, svelouis@co.walton.fl.us