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SOA Updates – COVID-19

May 19, 2020 – Governor Ron DeSantis has accepted the Walton County Board of County Commissioners’ (BCC) proposed plan of enhanced cleaning and safety practices, clearing the way to reopen short-term vacation rentals in Walton County, which the BCC did at an emergency meeting on Tuesday afternoon. This action is effective immediately.

Vacation Rentals can now once again rent in Walton County, as long as they are following the guidelines set out by the BCC.   As part of the governor’s reopening plan, reservations cannot be accepted for dates within the next 45 days (as of 5/19) from the following states, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana, as they have been deemed COVID-19 hot-spots per the FL Executive Orders 20-82 and 20-86

SOA Memorial Day Events Update – As you know, each year the SOA partners with The Village of Baytowne Wharf to host two significant events on Memorial Day weekend; the Bill Dowdle Fishing Rodeo on Saturday morning and the Memorial Day Tribute on Monday evening.  With the social distancing restrictions remaining in place, both of these events have been cancelled. 

Over the last two months, staff and all of the parties involved have been monitoring the changes of the County and State Orders to determine if these events should occur, keeping the safety of our owners, guests, and staff in mind. With both requiring advance planning and coordination with local community members and volunteers, it was determined that these events just wouldn’t be possible this year.  This decision was not taken lightly and we hope you understand our position. Please plan to join us in 2021 for both of these events. 

May 12, 2020 – At the May 12 Walton County Board of Commissioners (BCC)  meeting a Resolution 2020-42 was passed which extends the Local State of Emergency.   In addition, the BCC has re-opened beach vending with the following requirements: 

  • Vendors shall place equipment at a minimum of 6 feet apart
  • Vendors shall not place equipment in a manner to allow groups of more than 10 to congregate
  • Vendors shall disinfect equipment between each use

May 8, 2020 – The SOA pools are now open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  There are measures in place to help prevent the possibility of spreading COVID-19, such as limited pool furniture available and the requirement to abide by social distancing guidelines. We ask that all owners and guests at the pool please govern themselves accordingly.

May 2, 2020 – The SOA pools are open! Both pools are open daily 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. (extended to 9 p.m. effective May 8) There are measures in place to help prevent the possibility of spreading COVID-19.  Click here to read the email communication regarding the use of the pools.

Many Sandestin restaurants and retail locations are open!  

Links to Sandestin Community Retail and Restaurant Updates
Grand Boulevard
Village of Baytowne Wharf
The Market Shops
The Beach House Restaurant
Sunset Bay Cafe 

Also open – 
Dunes Putting Course:
Friday- Sunday 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Bike Rentals: Friday- Sunday 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Call 850-267-6363 for pricing.

April 29, 2020 – The FL Governor issued Executive Order 111 which extends the existing Executive Order 87 (Vacation Rental Closure) and EO 91 (Essential Services only) through Sunday, May 3.  Effective Monday, May 4, Executive Order 112 will go into effect which extends both of these restrictions for the duration of the Order,which has not expiration date.   

The SOA office is open!  We re-opened on Monday, May 4 with measures in place to help ensure the safety of our customers and staff.  We ask Additional information regarding these measures will be sent out via email and posted on this site.  

Precautions for Visitors coming to Walton County – from the South Walton Tourist Development

South Walton Fire Department Facts and Information Brochure 4.3.2020 

FL Governors Executive Order 20-91

With the order in place, Walton County has suspended recycling services.  The recycling dumpster will be removed from Administration Drive and return when the order is lifted.  Until that time, all recyclables should be disposed of in the same manner as your household garbage.

Access to the community remains open for owners, guests, employees, and contractors, unless otherwise noted below.

March 26, 2020 – Important Message from Cox Communications regarding adjustments to services at this time.
Click here  to view.

We urge owners to utilize the following resources for the most up to date information regarding precautionary recommendations and mandates as changes occur frequently.  

Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital Emerald Coast is offering easy access care options including a call in number or on line care.  For information on these options, visit their website at the following link:  Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital


Welcome to the Sandestin Owners Association!

The SOA is a non-profit property owners association, which is responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, operating and maintaining the following:

  • Sanitation
  • Most master storm water drainage systems
  • The bicycle and walking paths
  • Security
  • Most Roadways
  • Landscaping of the common properties and the master irrigation systems
  • Lake Maintenance
  • Architectural Review Board
  • Two swimming pool facilities that are heated in the fall/winter months – One is across from Linkside Village on Audubon Drive (SOA Pool 1) and the Phil Hummel Aquatic Center (previously SOA Pool 2), which is by the  Baytowne Traffic Circle next to Bay Pines.   Both are open daily from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

We have designed this website to help you quickly become familiar with the Sandestin Owners Association (SOA) operations and keep you updated on community projects, meetings, and news.

Each Department has its own page that gives a description of their responsibilities as well as contact information. There is also a staff directory under the Contact/FAQ menu above. If you are not sure who to contact with your question or concern, you can simply email and your information will be forwarded accordingly.

SOA mission statement: Preserve and Enhance the Experience and the Assets of the Sandestin Community.