SOUTH WALTON

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

2020 BCC CandiDATE SURVEY

QUESTION #4:

Code Enforcement: Code enforcement, both on the beach and for buildings and neighborhoods, is essential to protecting Walton County and its residents. Enforcing ourcodes has been widely criticized for being deficient. How would you improve CodeEnforcement? On the beaches? For building and development compliance?

Philip Cryar - District 1 - Republican

Supply more code enforcement officials and beach-accessible vehicles to help hammer down on regulating, or possibly add a patrol boat(s) to alert enforcement officials on land of violations instead of unnecessary enforcement crowding on the beach. In terms of building and development compliance, we need to make it a level playing field by enforcing the laws that are currently in place for everybody because the problem is not legislation, the problem is enforcement of that legislation.

Lisa Johnson - District 1 - Republican

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William "Boots" McCormick - District 1 - Republican

Make sure we have fully trained Code Enforcement Officers. Take the politics out of the job . If someone colors outside the lines, then bring them back into compliance.

Mike Barker - District 3 - Republican

Evaluate current codes and enforcement procedures. Re-write codes so that they will have validity in a court of law. Levy stiff fines for violations that will get the attention of violators. Promote and provide public education and awareness of these codes and fines. Take into consideration any prior code violations when determining future developments.

Teddy Stewart - District 3 - Republican

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Tony Anderson - District 5 - Republican

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Debbie Heard - District 5 - Republican

Code enforcement should be equally proactive as it is reactive today if not more so. Proactive code enforcement with accountability and penalties is necessary. The attitude of reactive code enforcement that is in place today has let violations get out of control. This attitude has given those that will violate code, free reign over our communities. This attitude puts our rare natural resources in danger. This attitude puts our home values at risk. This attitude puts our wildlife at risk. I could go on and on with the ramifications of reactive code enforcement. This attitude must end. Code that is ambiguous must be clarified either by rewriting or extensive training for code enforcement officers of current code language intended meanings. Hiring staff that can get enforcement under control and brought to a sustainable level.

Dr. Carolynn Zonia - District 5 - Democrat

While I know this department has been spread thin, I would like to see more transparency and accountability from Code Enforcement. If we expand the paid Beach Ambassador program and the Managed Vendor program, I believe this will decrease the problems on the Beach. As far as Building and Development, we must ensure that inspectors have clear authority and responsibility to stop construction if there are violations. I will request that I get copied on every Code Enforcement (other than Beach management) complaint in District 5. And I will require a step to “close the loop” so that the individual that filed the complaint gets contacted to ensure that there is resolution of the problem. Currently, reports are filed on-line and there is no transparency concerning whether an investigation has been undertaken and what were the results.


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