Florida county votes to keep Confederate Flag by courthouse
DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. Florida county commissioners voted Tuesday against removing a Confederate Flag that has flown outside its courthouse since the Civil Rights era. Walton County commissioners voted 3-2 to leave the flag despite please from several residents who said it had hurtful racial undertones. Walton officials said they would not consider removing the city's Confederate memorial. Tyrone Broddus told commissioners Tuesday that the Confederate Flag flying in front of a public courthouse sends a clear message to African Americans. We come to the courthouse looking for justice and when we see the Confederate Flag or the Stars and Bars we realize we are still not receiving the justice we are guaranteed, he said.
Lawyer dresses as the Grim Reaper to protest Florida’s open beaches
Walton County, Florida – Most Floridians hitting the newly reopened beaches are trading stay-at-home sweatpants for shorts and swimsuits. Uhlfelder, an attorney, is haunting Florida beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper to protest their reopening, which he believes is premature. But if we don’t take measures to control things, this virus is going to get really, really out of control,” he warned. Scythe in hand, he traveled to beaches around Walton County, Florida, that have reopened ahead of the state’s planned May 4 reopening. Phase One of the reopening allows restaurants and retailers to open at 25% capacity.
Activists hope answers about 1946 lynchings will bring "healing"
Walton County, Georgia In 1946, a white mob in Georgia murdered two black couples. No one was charged, but on Tuesday, an appeals court heard arguments on whether grand jury records in the case can be unsealed. But a grand jury indicted no one. CBS NewsCritics believe those names are hiding inside sealed grand jury transcripts. The Department of Justice opposes opening them, arguing grand jury proceedings should remain secret.cbsnews.com
Florida Cabinet approves 3,562-acre land conservation deal in Putnam County
North Florida Land Trust photoTALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend $7.6 million to conserve more than 8,100 acres in Putnam and Walton counties. The acquisitions include a parcel in Putnam County that is part the Etoniah/Cross Florida Greenway Florida Forever project and two deals in Walton County that are part of a broader conservation effort known as the Seven Runs Creek Final Phase Florida Forever project. The conservation easement allows the Williams to continue to own the land while ensuring it will be preserved for future generations. PREVIOUS STORY: Cabinet could OK conserving more than 3,500 acres in Putnam CountyEach deal involves purchasing a conservation easement on the properties.