2016 Cooperative Partner Programs 

The 2016 Cooperative Partner Programs are here! Now is the time to begin your planning for 2016. This program is designed to bring a strategic, quality marketing program to Bed Tax Collectors for minimal costs. With over 200 opportunities and some as low as $250, it’s the perfect time to participate in all South Walton has to offer. The review period opens today.

Promptly at 9 am CST on Monday, May 11th, 2015 will begin the sales period. No submissions will be accepted before May 11th at 9 am or after 4 pm on May 15th. Only digital submissions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Kelli Carter 850.622.7812 or

Download: 2016 Cooperative Partner Program Sales Kit
Download: 2016 Cooperative Partner Program Sign Up Form 

Recommended Beach and Waterway Ordinance Changes - Click here to download

New Certification Launching for Local Businesses

Top leadership (CEO, GM, Owner, Executive) from tourism-related businesses are requested to attend the Online Hospitality Training webinar introducing the new Certified Tourism Ambassador program that VISIT FLORIDA is launching. South Walton is a pilot destination for this important statewide initiative.  Please direct this information to your leadership so your business can be certified in Florida.

Required Beach Vendor Season Kickoff Meeting
The Walton County Tourist Development Council Beach Operations staff will hold two workshops for beach vendors. All current and prospective beach vendors are required to attend at least one of the meetings. Meetings will be held at the South Walton Annex (31 Coastal Center Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

For further details, please contact Haley Laflin via email at or at 850- 333-4056. More information may be found here: Download: 2015 Beach Vendor Kick-Off Meeting 

Walton County TDC offers Emergency Response information in cooperation with the Walton County Emergency Management and the Walton County Board of County Commissioners. To learn more click here...

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As outlined in South Walton's strategic plan, Research plays a vital role in all efforts. To learn more about available research please click here...

Neighborhood Beach Access Initiative
Download: WC Neighborhood Beach Access Initiative PresentationDownload a copy of the presentation that was given on July 30, 2014.

North Walton County Event Marketing Grant Funding Request

Funding consideration is made available by the Walton County Tourist Development Council for events occurring in NORTH Walton County for the period of October 2015 – September 2016. Examples include: festivals, sporting events, concerts, etc. The application process is currently open and the deadline for applications is April 2, 2015. A special workshop is scheduled for February 26 at 10:00 am at the Walton County Courthouse Boardroom for those needing assistance in completing the application. 

Download: 2015-2016 North Walton County Event Marketing Grant Inquiries regarding the grant should be directed to Carley McMillian at


Special Event Funding Request - Event Sponsorship

The Walton County Tourist Development Council (TDC) will be accepting applications from organizations that sponsor and promote tourism activities within Walton County and bring substantial numbers of over-night visitors to the County. It is available for businesses and organizations who have expressed an interest in receiving funds for the upcoming Fiscal Year Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016. Projects must meet the guidelines and criteria outlined in the below documents.

Download: Special Event Marketing Grant Guidelines 2015 FINAL

Download: Special Event Marketing Grant Application 2015 FINAL

If you have questions about the process or the application you can contact Kelli Carter via email at or by phone 850-622-7812.

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