A Better South Walton to share feasibility study

Advertorial Special to The Sun
A Better South Walton to share feasibility study during three community meetings scheduled for May 9, 11 and 12 at two South Walton locations.

Following nearly a year of work, the board of directors of A Better South Walton is pleased to announce three community meetings scheduled for May 9, 11 and 12 at two South Walton locations.

All meetings will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The first meeting will be held at the Rosemary Beach Town Hall on Monday, May 9. The second meeting will be held Wednesday, May 11 at 560 Grand Boulevard (the former Cold Water Creek location across from Cantina Laredo) and the third meeting will take place on Thursday, May 12 at 560 Grand Boulevard (former Cold Water Creek location across from Cantina Laredo).

The presentation will include a history of the A Better South Walton organization, the process and timeline of incorporating a city, the highlights of the recent survey conducted by ABSW and the key findings of the preliminary feasibility study. Following the presentation a question and answer session will conclude the meetings.

The ABSW survey was recently conducted and over 2,200 full- and part-time residents, property owners, registered voters and business owners completed it.

“We are pleased over 10 percent of the South Walton population participated in the survey,” said David Pleat, president of ABSW. “It is a testament to how engaged the people of South Walton are. The results of the survey are an invaluable tool to gauge the pulse of our community regarding the future direction of South Walton.”

Many residents of the area of South Walton are interested in having a greater, more effective voice in local affairs affecting their community and how the collected taxes are spent.

Planning and zoning decisions are often important decisions affecting the character, nature and future quality of the South Walton area. The creation of a municipality would provide the citizens of the South Walton area greater authority to make decisions regarding planning and zoning as well as long-range planning for the future.

Creating a municipality with local representation would also address the essential infrastructure modifications to provide for existing and future population and development growth. A new city would ensure that a group of elected, local resident officials would govern South Walton.

“We are here to ask questions and seek answers to the complex issues facing South Walton,” said Dave Rauschkolb, vice president of ABSW. “It is critical we gain insight from the survey and feasibility study to choose a path to ensure the best path to effective governance for South Walton. The prospect of having five city commissioners and a mayor laser focused on all the complex issues confronting South Walton is compelling.”

You may take the survey and gain more information on ABSW’s efforts at www.abettersouthwalton.org