South Walton Managed Beach Vendor Program Improves and Expands for 2021 Tourist Season
by Jamie Conley
on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 at 2:40pm.
Beginning in 2021 Managed Vendor Program will now be in effect at all regional beach access points, as well as neighborhood beach accesses greater than 100 feet in South Walton.
The Managed Vendor Program was first initiated in 2019 as a pilot program to address and eliminate “ghost sets” (unoccupied/unused beach chairs and umbrella rental sets) placed on the beach by local beach equipment rental companies. The program has now been refined and improved and is overseen by the South Walton Beach Service Association.
So how does this new program work?
All local Beach Vendors have equal opportunity to participate, in the program and must be a permitted vendor in Walton County. Through participation in the program Beach Vendor Rental companies sign and agree to abide to the South Walton Beach Service Association’s terms of Agreement. These terms include agreeing to drop off/pick up equipment as needed or store their equipment in the association’s storage boxes provided on the beach. Beach vendors are not allowed to set up/tear down equipment on their own and must pay a fee based on how many beach sets are rented out.
Additional requirements including providing a beach attendant, who is on-site daily and works directly with guests to set up their rented beach equipment. When the guest is done with the equipment, the attendant removes the equipment from the beach. Click here for a list of Beach Rental Vendors who are members of the Beach Service Associations: