Meeting Virtual Public Comment Registration

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners has approved a process to allow members of the public who cannot attend a County public meeting in person the ability to provide virtual public comment.

This new process will be instituted beginning with the August 10, 2021 regular meeting of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners.  Other boards and committees may use this process if they have adopted these procedures.

To virtually participate, members of the public will be required to submit a registration form request 24-hours prior any meetings and are required to submit specific request on which agenda items they would like to comment.  Virtual public comment will not be authorized during Quasi-Judicial hearings.

The Public Comment Forms will be available once an agenda has been posted.  The forms can be found under Virtual Public Comment Registration at: https://www.co.walton.fl.us/FormCenter.

Procedures:


Virtual Public Comment:  The public or land use applicants may elect to provide comment through virtual meeting software as may be established by the County Administrator from time to time (“Virtual Participants”).   

  • Virtual Participants will need to pre-register by completing a Public Comment Form by going to the County’s website at Virtual Public Comment Instructions. A separate pre-registration will be required for each meeting.  Pre-registration must be completed at least twenty four (24) hours before the start time for the scheduled meeting.  Registration must include the agenda item(s) during which the participant wishes to speak.   Virtual participants will be limited to five (5) items. Virtual participants will not be allowed to speak on any items for which they have not pre-registered with the exception of the open public comment item at the end of the meeting.
  • Virtual Participants must log-in to the meeting at least fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled meeting start on the day of the scheduled Board of County Commissioners meeting to comment on items on the Consent and Regular Agenda of the meeting. Virtual Participants providing comments for items listed on the Public Hearing section of the Board of County Commissioners Agenda, or for any item listed on the Planning Commission agenda, must log-in to the meeting at least fifteen minutes before the scheduled start of the Public Hearing portion of the Agenda on the day of the scheduled meeting.  
  • All Virtual Participants will utilize the link provided at the time of pre-registration.  All participants must participate using an active video connection. Audio only connections will not be recognized. 
  • During the meeting, Virtual Participants will be notified by the Chairman, the Clerk, or a member of County staff, when they will be permitted to speak. 
  • Virtual Participants are subject the same time limits as in-person participants, as set forth in Section 3 above.   Land use applicants with items on the regular Public Hearing agenda shall ensure that at least one person with authority to make binding commitments relating to the application is physically present at the meeting.   Because any person is allowed to attend the meeting in person, Virtual Participants, when registering to participate virtually, assume the risk of any technology issues that may prevent their comments from being heard properly. If technology issues arise with Virtual Participants, the Board may elect to either disregard their comments, or continue the item until the technology issues have been resolved, or until the Virtual Participant(s) can attend the meeting in person.