Construction in the Fort Walton Beach vicinity of Florida is continuing as a South Walton road is changing to a one-way street with the addition of more parking spaces. Hotz Avenue, a road in Grayton Beach, will undergo 75 days of construction that began on December 17, 2018. The project will not only change the direction of traffic, but it will also add water purification systems and additional drainage, remove asphalt and repave the street's surface. There are several reasons why Walton County is pursuing the road renovation. Traffic is growing in the area, especially during high season, and stormwater issues have recurred nearby.
The water purification aspect of the project is also meant to help improve the quality of water in Western Lake. A spokesperson for the county said that while the lake's water quality was acceptable, it could be enhanced with additional treatment options. The lake's water levels often change depending on the climate of the coast, and water runoffs are common. The spokesperson also noted that improving stormwater drainage would provide environmental benefits.