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News Segment 1
WC BCC Meeting
Walton County asked and after around 50 years, the state said yes to
widening part of U.S. 331. Now that the voters have said to use a half cent
sales tax to fund the County’s share of the second bridge portion, all the
finance details have to be taken care of. Thursday morning the Walton
Commissioners agreed to and signed the paperwork to use SunTrust Leasing
and Finance to provide the upfront funds. The sales tax will pay the loan
back. The vote provides that the loan can be paid off as early as possible
and the tax can not be extended without going to the polls again. The
County’s share of for the second Clyde Wells Bridge is $75 million. The
FDOT says they will also speed up all the projects to I-10.
Liberty Volunteer Fire Department wants a truck the county has that has
been sitting around for five years. The County put it out to bid, but the
fire department said they did not know it was available. With a new south
fire station about to break ground, they want to add the truck to their
fleet. The Samson Fire Department has also asked for it and would pay for
the truck. Liberty agreed to pay $500. In the past the commissioners said
they would rather give it to a someone in the county if they could use it.
Commissioners agreed. Commissioner Sara Comander asked about the new SLERS
radios needed. There is a cost of $45,000 due to a problem with not being
able to upgrade equipment. Commissioner Larry Jones said they just went
through the budget process and asked why it was not put into the budget.
Chief Coley said they did not anticipate the need for the computer until
July. The money for the radios will be put in the budget and Coley said
they will be installed by the end of the year.
The commissioners also approved continuing engineering services with
Preble-Rish for the Oyster Lake Outfall. Walton will seek bids for
installation of stainless steel cable rails for Scenic Gulf Drive’s western
boardwalk, and approved the CR 395/30A intersection improvement project and
set a hearing to move proportional fair share funds. The project is the
roundabout. Bruce Smith, Walton’s Forrester, said the Florida Forest
Service will continue to do a good job.
Commissioner Kenneth Pridgen recommended adding a land use attorney.
Commissioners agreed there is a need, but had varying opinions as to who
the attorney should report to. The process has started and more will come
back. Commissioners are also seeking an opinion from the Attorney General
as to whether or not TDC funds can be used for projects related to tourists
like the multi-use path. Commissioners agreed to appoint commissioner elect
Bill Imfeld to represent the County on the new Florida Commission on Oil
Spill Response Coordination Commission. Imfeld gave an update.
News Segment 2
Storm Review and Cleanup
Isaac was heading directly to Walton County, but drifted to the west. Joe
Preston, with Walton Emergency Management, said the county dodged the
bullet as evidenced by what New Orleans is going through. He said a damage
assessment is ongoing. Preston said they set politics aside and made
decisions based on the safety of the citizens.
The TDC is working to open the beaches by this weekend. They are cleaning
debris, putting signs back up and making sure the accesses are available
and open. TDC Director Dawn Moliterno told commissioners, with the tide
still high, they have not been able to get the trucks on the beach. She
also said the South Walton Turtle Watch needs to do an assessment.
If you need permitting information to rebuild steps or accesses, you should
call the Walton Building Department immediately. Basically you can rebuild
damage, but can not replace. The Building Department will work quickly with
the homeowners. Commissioner Brannon noted putting equipment on the beach,
engineering and turtle nesting are all factors to be considered.
Walton Public Information says that in order to assist property owners in
assessing their damage and the process on how they can move forward with
repair and restoration of any damages to their property, Walton County is
providing information that has been forwarded to them by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection.
The information provided within this documentation does not eliminate the
need for residents and property
owners to coordinate the obtaining of required permits from the Walton
County Building Department. All
property owners who need to require a local county permit, or who may not
be sure if they need to acquire a permit, should contact the Walton County
Building Department at 850-892-8160 in Defuniak Springs, or 850-267-2084
for the location in the South Walton Annex. A direct link to the
information is on the County’s website:
News Segment 3
Cosson Family Tragedy Remembered
The Walton County Board of County Commissioners, along with the Florida
Department of the State and Congressman Jeff Miller came together with
community representatives and many Cosson family members to sponsor the
placing of a historical marker for Mr. James Marvin Cosson, Sr. and his
The tragedy occurred on August 11, 1944 when live bombs from a training
mission at Eglin Army Airfield missed their target and fell near the Cosson
home. Four members of the Cosson Family were killed and five were seriously
injured. In 1980, congress passed a bill providing a yearly payment to the
most seriously injured survivor of the Cosson family tragedy.
Commissioner Sara Comander’s Administrative Assistant Melinda Whickham was
a primary force in getting the marker approved. Comander talked about the
The project was also driven by a member of Eglin Air Force Base District
Chief Fire & Emergency Services, Douglas Kolodziejczak, who explains how it
came to his attention.
Frank Cosson, who also worked tirelessly on the project, expressed his
thanks for the those who helped to recognise the tragedy, but had comments
about the actual marker’s wording. Cosson said some family members did get
a one time payment, but no one is getting a payment on an annual basis. He
also wanted people to know, those gathered that night were not partying in
any inappropriate way. Cosson says the marker is not correct and their
plans were for more of a headstone type.
The marker reads as follows:
COSSON FAMILY TRAGEDY
In 1936, James Marvin Cosson Sr. moved his family to this location about
one-half mile east of the Eglin Army Airfield to have more land to farm and
to provide for his wife, Annie Bell Cosson, and their four children. During
World War II, Eglin Airfield served as a major testing and training ground
for bombing missions. The Army Air Corps regularly performed training
missions at the Eglin bombing range, located about three miles west of the
Cosson home. On the evening of August 11, 1944, as nine members of the
Cosson family gathered at the house to socialize, live fragmentation bombs
accidentally began to fall on the family homestead. Two bombs fell near the
house, killing four and seriously injuring five members of the Cosson
family. The accident occurred during a normal bombing test run and was
attributed to the failure of a mechanical releasing device, which caused
the aircraft's bombs not to be released until after the plane had traveled
past the bombing test area. Other training accidents took place in Florida
during World War II, but the Cosson family tragedy was the worst of the
war. In 1980, Congress passed a bill providing a yearly payment to the most
seriously injured survivor of the Cosson family tragedy.
News Segment 4
Looking for the arrest report? http://jailpublic.co.walton.fl.us. This is
the new jail search page. Use the drop down calendar to find dates.
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In High School Volleyball
Thursday, August 30
Walton hosts Freeport 5 and 6 pm
In High School Football
Thursday, August 30
Freeport JV at Graceville 4 pm
Walton JV at South Walton 6 pm
Friday, August 31
Walton at Gulf Breeze 7 pm
Freeport at Fort Walton Beach 7 pm
The FSU Seminoles this Saturday, September 1st will be hosting Murray
State. Join us here on WZEP. Pre-game at 3 pm. Kick-off at 5 pm.
The Alys Beach 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run is coming up on Sunday, Sept 2. The 5K
course begins and ends at the Alys Beach Amphitheatre, and winds throughout
the 158-acre resort town, offering spectacular views the town architecture,
diverse natural habitat and stunning white sand beaches. The event will
also include a one miler just for kids. Registration is available online
advance pricing for the 5K Fun Run is $20 for adults and $10 for kids
(ages 12 and under). The 1-Mile Fun Run is also $10 for kids ages 12 and
under. On-site registration is $35 for adults. The 5K Race begins at 8 am
and the 1-Mile Fun Run begins 9:30 a.m. at the Amphitheatre.
Paxton Dixie Youth will be having their Annual Board Meeting Tuesday,
September 4th at 6 pm at the Paxton Town Hall. If you are interested in
becoming an officer or a board member you must attend this meeting.
Sponsors and Players are being sought for a Benefit Golf Tournament on
September 7th. $100 to play, $50 hole sponsorships. Proceeds will benefit
Miss Walton County Haley Biddle. For more information, call 307-2798 or
Obituaries - Listen in the morning, just after noon and the 4pm hour
Also online at our
Mr. Larry Leonard Foss, age 71, of the Euchee Valley Community passed away
Tuesday, August 28, 2012. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday,
August 31, at the Chapel of Loomis Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the
Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery in Apopka, Florida. In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to The Kidney Foundation of the Greater Chattanooga
Area, Inc. 1020 Dallas Road • Suite 401 • Chattanooga, TN 37405. You may go
online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at
www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Funeral Home is entrusted with the
Marilda (Rilla) Wycoff Kelley, passed away August 7th. A memorial service
will be held Saturday, September 1st at Null and Sons Funeral Home in
Rolla, Missouri. Local arrangements by Clary-Glenn Funeral Home.
Mr. Thomas “Tom” Dale Kline, age 76, of Freeport, passed away Saturday,
August 25, 2012. A time of Visitation will be held 6:00~8:00 PM, Friday,
August 31, 2012, at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home; 150 East
Highway 20; Freeport, Florida 32439. Funeral services will be held 10:00
AM, Saturday, September 1, at Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home.
Burial will follow in the Hatcher Cemetery. Floral arrangements are being
accepted. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign
guest book at www.clary-glenn.com. Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home
is entrusted with the arrangements.
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