WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Visit South Walton Visitor Information Center will be moving and getting a new name.

The Walton County Tourist Development Council and Visitor Center project idea dates back to 2018 after officials realized, the current visitor center was getting too small for the big plans the county has.

“We officially purchased the property in 2019,” Walton County Tourism Communications Director Matt Algarin said.

Since then, county leaders have been working on blueprints and designs for what they are calling a “discovery center,” saying they want visitors to discover all of Walton County, not just South Walton.

“Walton County itself is so rich in history that we want people to be able to explore that and learn more about the community as a whole,” Algarin said.

The property for the center is off Highway 331, about two miles from the current visitor center. A location Walton County Tourism Communications Director Matt Algarin says will be more convenient than the current center.

“The location can be a challenge for our visitors. When you are coming into the destination it is kind of on the opposite side of the road, and it isn’t necessarily as convenient to get in and out,” Algarin said.

Walton County leaders say this new center will give visitors and locals the opportunity to discover all that Walton County has to offer.

“But we also wanted to design a space where community groups, whether they are nonprofits, or little business groups can come in and use meeting space when it is available,” Algarin said.

The final designs of the building are still being worked on and Algarin tells us it could be at least two years before the new center has visitors and locals walking through it.

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