COVID-19 Updates

We are currently experiencing extremely high call volume, so please be patient with our teams as we work our way through each guest’s request.

Vacation home rentals in Florida continue to remain open and operating under the new guidelines set by the state and individual counties. Therefore, our standard 60-day cancellation policy remains in effect – with the exception of the few homes that have a longer cancellation period. Should you have any questions, please refer to your contract for details specific to your reservation. 

We understand your concerns regarding recent developments with the COVID-19 outbreak. Our staff is closely monitoring the situation in the state of Florida and nationwide. In the event that a travel ban to the state is imposed, we will offer affected guests a 100% credit toward a future stay within 12 months of their original reservation. 

However, guests citing a “fear of travel” due to the COVID-19 outbreak, or guests who choose not to travel due to related closures of local beaches and/or amenities, will not be eligible for the credit or a refund. In any event, rest assured that we will continue to provide updates on this page as new information is received. 

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Community Specific Updates

See below for updates from our communities regarding reopening and services owners and guests can access.   

Pools

  • Pools are open as usual except for the hot tub which will remain closed due to social distancing guidelines for the time being.
  • Pool lounge chairs are spread out in pairs or groups of four as space allows. Groupings of 10 or more are prohibited.

Fitness Center

  • The fitness room is currently closed. It will reopen with a max occupancy of 3 at a time on Sunday, May 24th.

Beaches

  • Walton County beaches are open.
  • Beach vending, including chair rentals, are available.
  • CDC social distancing guidelines apply. (6’ distance with no more than 10 gathered)
  • No events, fires, gatherings, etc… until approved by the Walton County Commission.
Old Beach
Pool – TBD
Adagio

Pools – Pools are open as usual except for the hot tub which will remain closed due to social distancing guidelines for the time being.
Pool lounge chairs are spread out in pairs or groups of four as space allows. Groupings of 10 or more are prohibited.
Fitness Center – The fitness room is currently closed. It will reopen with a max occupancy of 3 at a time on Sunday, May 24th.
Beach – Walton County beaches are open. Beach vending, including chair rentals, are available. CDC social distancing guidelines apply. (6’ distancing with no more than 10 gathered) No events, fires, gatherings etc… until approved by the Walton County Commission.

Costa Blanca Villas

Pool – Due to COVID-19, for a temporary period of time and until Further Notice, The fitness center, pool and hot tub shall be closed to all persons except individuals who have stayed at Costa Blanca for at least 14 days prior to use.
Beach – Open with the following limitations: Beach vending is not permitted. You are able to bring your own chairs and umbrellas. Groups of more than 10 people are prohibited, and a minimum of 6-foot distance shall apply between groups.

Old Florida Beach

Pools – open
Beach – Open with the following limitations: Beach vending is not permitted. You are able to bring your own chairs and umbrellas. Groups of more than 10 people are prohibited, and a minimum of 6-foot distance shall apply between groups.

Mediterranea
  • Fitness Room — NO plans of reopening for now.
  • Community Pool — Open
Destiny West + Dunes of Destin
  • Pool — BOTH community pools are currently closed.
Villa Coyaba
  • Pool — Open
  • Gym — Closed
1900 Ninety Eight
  • Pool — Open
  • Gym — Open
WaterSound Beach Club
  • Guests may access the WaterSound Beach Club Monday – Thursday 9 am to 8 pm.
  • Foodservice stops at 7 pm.
  • Beach — Open with the following limitations: Beach vending is not permitted. You are able to bring your own chairs and umbrellas. Groups of more than 10 people are prohibited, and a minimum of 6-foot distance shall apply between groups.
Pools

The Prominence pool will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. with 40 people allowed inside the pool gate for 1 1/2 hours at a time. Everyone will be cleared out at the end of 1 1/2 hours for the pool area to be cleaned before the next entry time. Entry times are 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Directional arrows have been added to the sidewalk/ramp area to delineate line formation. Your entire party needs to be in line for entry. The only exception would be small children. Entry is still at the north gate near the mailboxes with check-in with the security officer. Directional arrows have been added to the sidewalk/ramp area to delineate line formation. Your entire party needs to be in line for entry. The only exception would be small children.

  • NO FOOD WILL BE ALLOWED, DRINKS ONLY, NO GLASS
  • BRING YOUR OWN CHAIRS – NO SEATING WILL BE PROVIDED
  • GRILL AREA IS CLOSED
Gym

The fitness room will also be open during pool hours on a first-come basis for 1-hour time slots, as due to the size of the room only 1 person or family group will be allowed at a time. Check-in with security at the north gate also.

  • Pools — The 4 community pools (Barbados, Cabana, Coquina, and Sky pools) are open.  These pools will then be open daily on a “first come, first served” basis (no reservations) and as follows:

    • The pools will be open from 9AM to 5PM each day for general use.  A POA staff person will be present to check amenity passes, generally monitor activity, and to keep furniture and supplies in order.
    • Social distance and personal hygiene per CDC guidelines will be required as a condition of entering the facility, and patrons not complying will be asked to leave.  Masks are discretionary, and should not be worn while swimming.
    • Additionally, the SKY pool will be open from 6AM to 9AM each morning for Lap Swim only, and POA staff will monitor on an hourly basis to check amenity passes and generally monitor activity.
    • Seating capacity (furniture) will be reduced to provide 6 feet of spacing between sets of loungers.  Furniture may not be moved without staff permission and assistance.
    • Staff will sanitize frequently touched surfaces such as door/gate hardware, restrooms, pool railings, and furniture not less than once daily, and will ensure that there is an adequate supply of hand sanitizer and wipes available for patron use while using the facility.
    • Staff will have the discretion to limit the number of patrons/bathers or temporarily close a pool if conditions are such that social distance and personal hygiene are excessively difficult to maintain, such as due to excessive numbers of patrons present, running out of sanitizing supplies, or a need to clean or re-establish furniture layout.
  • Gym — Scheduled to open officially on Monday, April 27th to members only. Local memberships and day/week passes available for purchase. Guest use will be reinstated once the vacation rental ban is lifted.
  • Beach Accesses — The Rosemary beaches are open with the following rules:
    • Beach bonfires will resume immediately (with alternate furniture layout for social distancing).  To facilitate bonfires, the beach hours are extended until 10PM each night, and the beach will then remain closed until 5AM the following morning.
    • In addition to regulations noted in Walton County Ordinance 2020-35, tents and fishing are not permitted. Persons will maintain 15 feet of social distance between families and will limit the overall size of groups to no more than 10 persons.
    • The 50-foot gaps at each walkover will be resumed, with the 15’ spacing as noted above. Beach Service staff will place markers out each morning to designate the spaces/spots that are available, typically 3 rows of 2 (6 total spots) at each walkover, assuming the beach is deep enough for 3 rows. The gap spaces are available on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Areas outside the gaps not occupied by RBPOA chair sets that allow for 15’ spacing may also be used for non-rental spaces/spots, patrons wishing to use these spaces should inform a Beach Attendant when they arrive at the beach.

    • Rosemary will cease staffing at the beach walkovers at the end of the day Thursday, June 4th, and return all 9 walkovers to normal use thereafter. We will continue to sanitize the walkovers at least once daily, and we encourage all owners and guests to be responsible for their personal hygiene when moving about the community.

    • Please park bikes at Eastern or Western Green when using Walkovers C/D or G/H; bikes blocking walkways may be relocated by POA Staff.
Seacrest Community
  • Pools – We have established two five hour time periods for use of our Beach and Lagoon Pool amenities from 8:00am – 1:00pm and from 2:00pm – 7:00pm. The Lagoon Pool hours will be 8:00am – 7:00pm during this period. The one hour break in between periods allows for cleaning beach chairs and pool bathrooms and chairs. We have divided the Seacrest community into the East and West side by address and will be distributing two different colored wristbands to guests each week upon Check-In to identify this East/West delineation. Owners will follow the East/West schedule based upon their address. We published a chart on the Seacrest Beach Community website that you can reference by address to determine if you fall on the East or West side if you have any question. In the event a group traveling together rented homes on opposing sides we would provide them the same colored wristband so they could vacation together.A chart is available on the website and will be distributed during Check-In that reflects the amenity use schedule by time period. For example, on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday the East Side will be enjoying the Beach Experience in the morning hours and the Lagoon Pool in the afternoon. The West Side will be reversed and will enjoy the Lagoon Pool in the morning and the Beach Experience in the afternoon. Our Lagoon Pool Staff and the LDV Beach Ambassadors will sound a horn at 1:00pm to announce the end of the morning period. We ask that you vacate the beach or pool area as quickly as possible. Everyone will need to exit at this time. Because we realize everyone has their own favorite period to enjoy the amenities and to be as equitable as possible – we will reverse this schedule on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Beach –  Open
Waterhouse
  • Pool — The pool and grill area will open similar to the beach opening. All owners and guests are expected to follow social distancing requirements in and around the pool. Pool furniture has been spaced out with a goal to assist with social distancing; please do not move the furniture. Since we do not have a pool attendant, owners and guests are asked to clean the pool furniture before and after use (bring your own wipes). &nb sp;You may also bring your own chairs (with appropriate social distancing) if preferred, but please remove all items when you leave the area.
  • Fitness Center
    • The fitness center will remain closed. **Note that Executive Order 20-122 prohibits the opening of gyms/fitness centers until further notice.
    • The spa will remain closed until further notice.
    • The Owners Lounge will remain closed until further notice.
  • Beaches
    The beaches within Walton County, are now open for normal beach activities. However, the following restrictions are in place so long at the Local State of Emergency remains in effect: (a) all permits for vending are suspended, and no vending on the beach shall be permitted; (b) special events on the beach shall be suspended, and no special events are permitted; (c) all permits for fires on the beach shall be suspended, and no fire permits shall be issued; and (d) in accordance with the Governor’s earlier Executive Order, groups of more than ten (10) people are prohibited, and a minimum of six (6) feet for social distancing shall apply.

Beginning June 26, 2020, the Seaside Commercial District will enforce a new curfew, closing the Commercial District at 8 p.m for anyone under 21 unless accompanied by an adult over the age of 21. Three full-service restaurants will remain open past 8 p.m. by reservation only: Bud & Alley’s, Pizza Bar, and Great Southern. These restaurants will operate at a limited capacity and will require their employees to wear masks in addition to following stringent cleaning and safety protocols.


We continue to open parts of the Club for members and paid guests in a limited capacity. The Tennis Courts are open, please call the Pro Shop for reservations and more information, 850-231-2214. The West and Adult Pools are open for members and paid guests. The Fitness Center, Yoga, Playground, and Family Pool remain closed. The Croquet Lawn is open for use. A handwashing station has been placed near the lawn and on the tennis patio for all to utilize.

  • The West & Adult Pools will be open from 8 am until 8 pm, weather permitting
  • The hours of 8 am until 10 am will be reserved for lap swimming at the West Pool
  • Maximum occupancy of the West Pool area shall be 35 persons & 18 persons at the Adult Pool
  • Occupancy will be on a first come first served basis
  • Please maintain 6ft distance from Club staff and any others that you are not residing with
  • Towel service will be unavailable, please bring your own towel
  • The grill at the West Pool will not be open
  • Chairs will be spaced 6 ft apart; we ask that you do not move the chairs
  • Chair cushions will be absent
  • Umbrellas will be raised by Club staff; we ask that you do not move or adjust the umbrellas. Club staff will be available to assist with umbrellas
  • Club staff will monitor the entrance door and will be conducting regular and frequent cleaning of all pool areas
  • Please wash your hands often
  • Please do not come to the pool if you display any symptoms that could be related to Covid19
  • Please do not enter the water with any cuts, scrapes, or any type of skin break
  • Diapered children MUST utilize wading pool only (West Pool)
  • The Adult Pool is for adult members & guests only

Beach Club

Beach Club hours will be from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (weather permitting). Amenity cards are required to enter the Beach Club.
Phased closures will begin at 5 p.m. for cleaning.

  • Guests should maintain proper physical-distancing of 6 ft. or more and not gather in groups larger than 10 people.
  • Lounge chairs will be spaced 6 ft. apart and sanitized after each use (please do not move furniture).
  • Towel service will not be available to reduce unnecessary contact.
  • Leaving personal towels as a “space saver” is not allowed; all towels left on an unattended lounger for more than 30 minutes will be removed by staff and properly sanitized.
  • Pool decks will be closed in phases for proper sanitation procedures beginning at 5 p.m. daily; signage will be posted to notify guests of closures.

Beginning Wednesday, June 17, the WaterColor Grill (Pizzeria) will be open for dinner service from 5 – 9 p.m.

  • WC Grill Bar: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Costa Chica Bar: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tiki Bar: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Poolside Dining (now offering full poolside menu): 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Costa Chica & WaterColor Grill: Limited Menu served from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; beverages served from 11 a.m.- Sunset.
Tiki Bar, located at the end of the beach boardwalk is serving beverages from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*Please note – hours of operation subject to change depending on business volumes and staffing levels*

Community Pools

  • Camp WaterColor is open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • The Canteen at Camp WaterColor is offering their full menu, including their Deep South Freeze Happy Hour from 5-6 p.m.
  • The tubes at the lazy river are back out and available. Sanitizer is provided at the tube pick-up location. Please sanitize tube surface and then rinse both sides in the water prior to use.
  • Towel service will not be available to reduce unnecessary contact.
  • Personal coolers are not permitted on the pool deck at Camp WaterColor.

The Marina and Dragonfly Pools are open from 9 a.m. – sunset, and the Sand Hill Pool is open from 9 a.m. – sunset for general swimming, but will be open and available beginning at 7 a.m. for lap swimmers.
Lounges on the pool decks are spaced for separation. Please do not move the furniture.
For the Marina pool, Sand Hill pool, Dragonfly pool and the island at the lazy river at Camp WaterColor, there is a pump sprayer on the pool deck for guests to sanitize their lounges before/after use.

Guests are reminded to maintain physical distancing guidelines of 6 feet between groups and not gathering in groups larger than 10 people.

The playground has been reopened. Waiver of liability signage has been posted. Children should only play with family members or persons residing in the same WaterColor residence. Wash hands immediately before and after use. Parents should ensure that their children minimize physical contact with surfaces that may be touched by other persons.

The basketball hoops have been reinstalled with a waiver of liability signage posted. Bring your own basketball and clean it before and after use. Guests should maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other people who are not in your immediate family or residing in your WaterColor residence.
The soccer field net has been reinstalled. Please maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other people who are not in your immediate family or residing in your WaterColor residence.

Tennis
The WaterColor Tennis Center is open 7 days a week with some guidelines. They are allowing singles and doubles play with a maximum of 4 people per court. The pro shop is currently open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can reserve courts and set up private and group lessons by calling the shop at 850-400-3696 or on the online booking system.

Drills are back! Space is limited (max. of 6 player per court). Sign up and prepay early to reserve your spot. Drills are from 8 – 9 a.m. Monday-Friday and at 9 -10 a.m. every day.

There will be a waiver to be signed before tennis play or lessons can begin for each individual.

The Tennis Center is following USTA Guidelines as well as the following:

  • No water, cups, towels, etc. provided to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
  • Ice machine stays locked.
  • A limited number of people in the pro shop at a time.
  • Charges can be made over phone or at the tennis center.
  • On-court lesson guidelines: limit of 4 people per court plus 1 pro.
  • Sanitizer is available in pro shop and on the court.
  • Lesson participants must leave the area before the next lesson begins
  • No social gathering before or after play and/or lessons

Boathouse Paddle Club
The BoatHouse is open for paid kayak and paddleboard rentals with the limited hours of 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fitness Center

WaterColor WorkOut Facility is open with staffed hours, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. 24-Hour Membership Access is available for and additional fee.

In accordance with the government guidelines, the following measures will be in effect:

  • Gyms may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitation.
  • Patrons must wash hands pre/post-workout
  • Patrons are required to sanitize all equipment after each use; disinfecting stations will be located throughout the workout area.
  • Equipment must remain in existing location to maintain social distancing. Moving the equipment is prohibited, for your safety.
  • Shower and lockers will be closed off from use during after hours, and available during daytime hours.
  • Towel services at the gym will resume. Patrons are asked to dispose of in the bin(s) provided.
  • Fitness classes will be subject to social distancing guidelines, limiting availability. They recommend signing up soon. Aqua Aerobics classes are Tuesday/Thursday at 8 a.m. Yoga classes are Mondays at 8:30 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. Please check in at WaterColor Workout registration desk 15 minutes prior to class. Call 850-534-5950 or email wcfitness@stjoeclub.com to sign up or with any questions.
  • Enhanced Sanitation/Disinfecting protocols with hourly staff cleaning rotations will be in place.

Beaches

As of May 1, our beaches are open with the following restrictions until further notice, as voted upon by the Walton County Board of Commissioners and in line with the CDC’s recommendations.

The only permitted beach activities are: sunbathing, walking, jogging, fishing, swimming, paddleboarding, boating and surfing.

Beach chair/umbrella setups are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in WaterColor; details for booking a beach setup may be found here. All guests will need to vacate their beach chairs promptly at 4 p.m. to allow for proper sanitation. Any violation will result in the forfeit of beach setup reservations for the remainder of the year.

Rented Beach Setups are set in an alternating “checkerboard” pattern to allow for proper physical distancing. Click here for a current diagram of the current layout.

The use of personal beach equipment (including chairs, umbrellas, etc.) is allowed, but they must not be placed in front of WaterColor Beach Setups. Personal beach equipment may be placed behind WaterColor Sets or on the adjacent public beach and may not be left there overnight.

Paddleboard (SUP), kayak and canoe rentals are available at the beach, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hourly fees apply.

All visitors to the beach must adhere to the CDC guidelines of social-distancing, including no gatherings of more than 10 people and 6 ft. or more in between groups.

Stores
The following stores will be open:

  • The Watercolor Store
  • The Wine Bar | 11 AM-9 PM
  • Beachfolly
  • Indigo | 10 AM-3 PM
  • The Candy Bar | 10 AM-6 PM
  • The Barefoot Princess & Island Clothiers
Beach Club
  • Open Monday – Thursday from 9am to 8pm.
  • The lazy river is open, but there will not be any floats allowed at this time.
  • WaterSound Beach Club will only allow one towel per guest.
Golf

Sharks Tooth

  • Open: Tee times are required in advance and are based on availability.
  • As of Friday, May 1, Members will be allowed to bring up to 3 accompanied guests per day. Unaccompanied guest play will be available on a limited basis and controlled by the golf staff.
  • The restriction of one person per cart will be lifted as of May 1. We encourage people to ride together to help preserve the conditions of the golf course due to the high volume of play.
  • The Clubhouse will open beginning Monday, May 4
  • All seating will be appropriately spaced out according to the social distancing guidelines and we will monitor the 25% occupancy requirement as set forth by the state
  • A limited breakfast menu will be served from 7:30 AM – 11 AM
  • A limited lunch menu will be served from 11 AM – 3 PM
  • Beverage service from will be available from 7:30 AM – 7 PM
  • The Shark Shack located by the practice facility will continue the daily to-go food and drink offerings.
  • We continue to follow all CDC recommendations and sanitation protocols throughout the property.

ORIGINS

  • Open for Member, resident, and public play starting Monday, May 4
  • Tee times will be available Monday – Sunday beginning at 7:30 AM
  • The golf course will continue to be closed on Wednesdays for course maintenance

Camp Creek

Closed as of March 16 for previously scheduled golf course renovations and construction on the planned amenity expansion. Stay updated on construction progress at CampCreekMasterPlan.com.

Pools
  • All pool areas are subject to published practices consistent with social distancing.
  • All lounge chairs should remain separated by 6 feet spacing.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people in close proximity are strictly prohibited. Family groups from the same household may be in close proximity, subject to review, and possible questioning by Security or HOA staff.
  • HOA and Security personnel will closely monitor the pool areas. For everyone’s safety, they will disperse any group of 10 or more persons and ask that 6-foot spacing is maintained.
  • Pool capacity will be restricted to the published maximums.
  • HOA personnel will strive to keep lounge chairs and other areas clean on a regular basis. However, the use of the pool is at your own risk (see attached below).
  • We ask that you use towels or beach blankets to cover the lounge chairs during use to further impede any transfer of germs.

The Board is taking these steps on a trial basis in an attempt to reopen the pools. If the guidelines on social distancing and/or common-sense use of the pools are not followed, the Board has no remedy but to close the pools until safe conditions can be maintained. The Board will periodically review the situation with the pools and close the pools to all use, if violations regularly occur. Prudent use and adherence to established guidelines is under your control and will determine the availability of the pools for all Owners. Please be respectful and prudent in your actions.

The Bridges pool is open! The Bridges pool area will be limited to 20 persons.
The Crossings pool is open but limited to 18 people in the pool at one time.
The Compass Point pool is open and requires social distancing regulations be followed at all times.
The Dunesider pool is open and will be limited to 58 people in the pool at one time.

  1. Please limit your time on all pool decks to 2 hours due to the limited capacity.
  2. When using the pool furniture, please use germ sanitizing product before and after use; PRODUCT MUST DRY 2 MINUTES TO BE EFFECTIVE. We request that you bring your own personal beach towel. After spraying the lounge chair please wait the two minutes for sanitizing before placing your personal towel on chaise before use. Please spray lounger on departure.
  3. PLEASE DO NOT MOVE THE FURNITURE. The pool lounge chairs should be at least six feet apart at all times.
  4. Social distancing should be observed.

If you are experiencing any of the known symptoms of COVID-19, or if within the past 14 days you have come into contact with anyone suspected of infection or who is experiencing such symptoms, you should immediately cease using all recreational amenities at WaterSound Beach and take steps as recommended by the CDC for minimizing the exposure of other persons to possible contagion.

Please understand that self-monitoring and cooperation by every individual is required as the HOA needs your cooperation in monitoring and enforcing the guidelines above. Based on previous experience, we are concerned that the social distancing/physical separation guidelines will not be followed.
Any recurring violations could result in the suspension of privileges or closing of the pools.

Dunesider Grill
  • OPEN: 7 DAYS A WEEK
  • Serving: BREAKFAST AND LUNCH – sandwiches, burgers, salads, chicken etc.
  • Drinks: Fountain, Beer, Wine
  • Dip and Dots ice cream!!
  • We’ve got what you forgot – everything from sunscreen, ketchup, first aid items, milk, cleaning supplies, and even TOILET PAPER!
Common Area Restrooms

All restrooms except for the public restroom outside the HOA office and Bruno’s pizza are closed. Upon opening of the related pool, the restrooms at the Bridges pool area and the Dunesider pool will be open.

All open areas remain subject to practices consistent with social distancing. No HOA property (i.e., putters and golf balls) will be provided for individual use. Use of these open areas MUST be consistent with the EO and is at each individual’s personal decision. Use at your own risk. WSB Security personnel will patrol all common areas and will disperse any group of 10 or more persons congregating in Common Areas.

Pool — On May 20, the Watersound West Beach Board of Directors (BOD) voted to reopen the pool. Until those details are posted in approved minutes, here is a summary:

  1. Pool reopening date: Friday, May 22, 2020.
  2. New pool hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  3. Beginning May 29, 2020, the pool will be closed on Fridays and Saturdays due to staffing limitations and routinely open Sunday through Thursday.
  4. Signs will be posted throughout WB stating the COVID-19 risks associated with using our amenities (pool, boardwalks, restrooms, green space, beach access).
  5. Renters must be formally advised of the COVID-19 risks of using WB amenities. Owners/rental companies are responsible for completing the attached Waiver of Liability (see attachment).
  6. All pool users will need to bring their own seating devices. WB owned chaise lounges and chairs will be removed from the pool deck and secured. Pool users must remove their chaise lounges or chairs when leaving the pool area; they cannot be left overnight in the pool area.
  7. Pool users will need to bring their own sanitizer and disinfecting wipes.
  8. Convening groups greater than 10 persons in the pool area will not be allowed.
  9. Social distancing of all groups will be required.
  10. Pool usage will be limited to 2 hours/visit; the honor system will be observed.
  11. The kitchen facilities, patio grill, and the water fountain will be closed/turned off.
  12. Restrooms:
    • No more than 2 persons in a restroom at a time.
    • Restroom doors will be propped open slightly to allow entry and egress without touching door handles. Lights are automatic upon entry.
    • One commode/stall will be open in both restrooms; other stalls will be closed. One urinal will be operational in the men’s restroom.
    • All inside shower stalls and diaper changing tables will be closed and/or not usable.
    • The restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected once/day.
  13. CLOSING THE POOL:
    • IF WE ARE UNABLE TO CLEAN THE RESTROOMS AND POOL AREAS ACCORDING TO THE CDC GUIDELINES, WE WILL CLOSE THE POOL WITHOUT NOTICE. THIS COULD INCLUDE DEFICIENCIES IN STAFFING, PPE, OR CLEANING EQUIPMENT.
    • THE BOD’S PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY OF OUR STAFF, OWNERS, AND GUESTS. IF THE ABOVE GUIDELINES ARE NOT OBSERVED OR MISUSED, WE MAY CLOSE THE POOL WITHOUT NOTICE.
  • All homes have public directives displayed, with messaging regarding the 5 key steps to safety in town:
  1. Physical distancing
  2. Hand washing
  3. Mask wearing
  4. If sick, stay home
  5. If experiencing symptoms, get tested
  • Housekeeping services during guest stays are suspended to prevent transmission between homes, staff, or guests.

Eagle County Public Health and Environment have updated the county’s Public Health Order regarding COVID-19 to allow for an incremental loosening of restrictions beginning on April 27.

Officials say that Eagle County, in consultation with the local medical community and other partners, is moving toward a more sustainable social distancing model with these cautious and incremental steps to open businesses and recreation that are currently restricted. The primary focus is opening businesses that have not been defined as critical, essential, or governmental while requiring these businesses to implement a social distancing protocol.

Beach Updates By County

See below for updates regarding beach access for each county.

This applies to all homes in Watercolor, WaterSound, WaterSound West, Rosemary Beach, Blue Mountian Beach, Seacrest Beach, Seagrove, Seaside, Adagio, Miramar, and Villa Coyaba.
  • Walton County beaches are open to the public, although there are restrictions in place.
  • Beach vending, including chair rentals, are available.
  • CDC social distancing guidelines apply.  (6’ distancing with no more than 10 gathered)
  • No events, fires, gatherings etc… until approved by the Walton County Commission.
Visit the Walton County site for further info
This applies to all homes in Destin.
  • Destin City Council voted unanimously to open Destin beaches from dawn to dusk beginning Friday, May 1st. This includes public and private beaches, beach accessways, trails, parking areas solely for accessing public and private beaches, and city beachfront parks.
Visit the Okaloosa County site for further info
This applies to all homes in Panama City Beach.
  • The Panama City Beach City Council has voted to reopen its beaches, beginning Friday, May 1.
Visit the Bay County site for further info

360 Blue, State and County Specific Updates

JUNE 26, 2020
Emerald Coast

On June 26, 2020, Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in Florida, The Department of Business and Professional Regulation has suspended the on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. Bars can still sell alcohol to-go and restaurants can continue to serve drinks as long as they don’t get more than 50% of their revenue from alcohol.

As testing has become widely available throughout the state to the public, the number of cases were expected to increase. The Department of Health in Okaloosa County (Including Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, and Crestview) has reported 541 cases as of today, while Walton County (Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, 30A) has reported 206 cases and Bay County (Panama City Beach) has reported 287 cases. In Walton County, a nursing home facility has been the site of dozens of the cases accounted for.

Select a date below to view previous updates.

JUNE 3, 2020
Emerald Coast

On June 3, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 announcing Phase 2 of Florida’s reopening plan following COVID-19: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. (This Executive Order supersedes EO 20-86. which banned guests from Louisiana.)

The plan allows for further reopening of the state beginning Friday, June 5. All counties with the exception of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties may move into Phase 2.

Phase 2 allows restaurants to serve at the bar with social distancing. Bars can open at a 50% capacity indoors with recommended social distancing. There will be no limit on the capacity for outdoor seating as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. Entertainment businesses including movie theaters and bowling alleys can also operate at a 50% capacity.

JUNE 1, 2020
Summit County, Colorado

As of June 1, all short-term lodging facilities are allowed to accept reservations. Per Summit County Public Health, which includes all transient lodging facilities (hotels, motels, etc.) including timeshare style properties and short-term vacation-style rentals, and privately owned residences.

Walton County

Governor Ron DeSantis has accepted the Walton County Board of County Commissioners’ proposed plan of enhanced cleaning and safety practices, clearing the way for the BCC to reopen short term vacation rentals in Walton County, which they 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, which are deemed COVID-19 hotspots: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana.

Florida Governor DeSantis spoke at a briefing where he announced that a new Executive Order will allow counties to individually request to allow short-term rentals to be open with the submission of a letter and safety plan provided to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

We have begun working closely with our local counties to layout a safety plan for submission to the DBPR and are hoping for an expedited response.

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners at their meeting today May 12, 2020, made the decision to open vending on the beaches in Walton County. The following stipulations apply:

  • All groups should be limited to no more than 10 people and all groups should be spaced six feet from the next.
  • All beach equipment should be sanitized between each customer’s use.
  • During turtle season, vendors will be allowed access to the beach between 7:30 a.m. or after the morning sea turtle nesting survey has been completed, whichever is earlier, and one hour after sunset.
  • A county-wide burn ban has been ordered until further notice.
  • No special events shall be held until further notice.

Florida Governor DeSantis has issued Executive Orders 20-111 and 20-112, which extend Executive Order 20-87, related to the suspension of vacation rentals until further notice.

The Executive Order can be seen Here.

COLORADO | Eagle County

Eagle County Public Health and Environment have updated the county’s Public Health Order regarding COVID-19 to allow for an incremental loosening of restrictions beginning on April 27.

Officials say that Eagle County, in consultation with the local medical community and other partners, is moving toward a more sustainable social distancing model with these cautious and incremental steps to open businesses and recreation that are currently restricted. The primary focus is opening businesses that have not been defined as critical, essential, or governmental while requiring these businesses to implement a social distancing protocol.

FLORIDA | Okaloosa County

On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners approved opening unincorporated county beaches with restricted hours of 6:30 am – 9 am and 4:30 pm – 7 pm. Commissioners will vote on May 5th to consider opening all unincorporated county beaches without restrictions, effective May 9th. They will continue to monitor CDC and DOH guidelines, along with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis guidance and orders.

FLORIDA | Walton County

Beginning on Friday, at 12:01 a.m. May 1, 2020, the beaches within Walton County, Florida will be open with the following restrictions:

  • All permits for vending on the beach shall be suspended and no vending on the beach, including private beaches, shall be permitted while this Local State of Emergency remains in effect.

  • All permits for beach bonfires shall be suspended. No fire permits will be issued while this Local State of Emergency remains in effect.

  • All special events on the beach shall be suspended and no special events on the beach shall be permitted while this Local State of Emergency remains in effect.

  • Individuals on the beach shall limit their activities to walking, jogging, fishing, swimming, paddleboarding, surfing and boating.

  • Groups of more than ten (10) people are prohibited, and a minimum of six (6) foot social distancing shall apply.

In addition to the action above, the WCBCC has taken action to open all County parks. No more than ten (10) people and a minimum of six (6) foot social distancing shall apply at all parks and the golf course.

We just received word from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office that Florida Governor DeSantis has just issued Executive Order 20-103 which extends Executive Order 20-87, related to the suspension of vacation rentals, until April 30.

The Executive Order can be seen Here.

Late this afternoon Florida Governor DeSantis issued an executive order suspending arrivals to all vacation rental homes in Florida from Sunday, March 29 through April 10 due to the coronavirus outbreak. The announcement also stated that roadside checkpoints will be in place along main interstate thoroughfares. 360 Blue has issued all affected guests a refund in the form of a 110% credit toward a future stay at any of our properties within 12 months of their original stay’s arrival date.

Trust that we are as disappointed as you with the news. These are difficult and uncertain times, and our great wish is that they pass as quickly as possible. As you can imagine, we are looking forward to that wonderful day we get to serve you.

Greetings 360 Blue Guests:

Like you, we continue to watch as our nation and the world struggles with the impact of this virus. The financial implications to our families, communities, and businesses are difficult to foresee fully, but they are devastating by any measure. We are making decisions regarding this very fluid situation on a regular basis, and we are doing our best to balance the interests of our guests, owners, employees, and the future of our business.

We have received a number of reservations in the last 48 hours, particularly for the upcoming weeks. For our newly booked guests, and for those of you still planning your arrival, we have taken proper safety precautions to ensure a clean home for you, and we look forward to your stay. For those still considering your travel options, effective today, our policy for cancellations and credits will be as follows:

Guests with arrivals within 60 days (currently on or before May 20th):  

We will adjust our standard cancellation policy, as outlined in your rental agreement, to allow for a full credit towards a future stay for any date within 12 months of your current stay. You may elect to delay your stay and receive this credit at any point until your date of arrival. To do so, please use the following credit form.

*Please note, you do not need to select your future day of stay immediately to make this election.

Guests with arrivals beyond 60 days:

While 360 Blue is open and welcoming all arrivals, we will continue to permit cancellations per our standard guest agreement at any time and for any reason, up to 60 days before your arrival.

If you have already submitted a cancellation/refund request, it is in our queue and set to be processed in the order of its arrival date. Bear in mind, it may take up to 30 days before your funds are credited to the card on file.

Thank you for your understanding and for your patience with our team as we all work our way through this together. We appreciate you choosing 360 Blue.

Shark’s Tooth Golf Club
  • As of March 20, 2020, golf at Shark’s Tooth will be available to Members only.
Destin
  • Effective tomorrow (3/21) at sunrise all private beaches are closing.
Rosemary Beach

The Board of Directors of Rosemary Beach Property Owners Association has closed the beach and all pools, effective immediately, to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19.  The closure applies to all owners and guests and will extend through Sunday, April 12th.

We will continue to monitor this situation and will take additional measures as necessary to protect our owners, staff and community.

Walton County

By order of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, beginning Friday morning, March 20, at 5 a.m., beach maintenance crews, with assistance from Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Beach Code Enforcement, Beach Ambassadors, and the South Walton Fire District, will be physically closing all public beach accesses. Closures at regional and neighborhood beach accesses (RBA/NBAs) will include barricading the walkover(s) with added signage and locking of the bathhouses, if applicable. At this time, the parking areas at all beach accesses will remain open. All public accesses will be closed by end of business Friday as part of the local effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Watercolor

In response and support of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, who this morning approved an ordinance closing all public beaches, the WaterColor Community Association Board of Directors met for an emergency meeting and has directed WaterColor Beach to be closed immediately as well. Due to the closure of the beaches, the WaterColor Beach Club will now be entirely closed.

Other amenity closures include the basketball court and playground at Camp WaterColor and the WaterColor Tennis Center. Property Concierge service is suspended. All scheduled events and activities have been suspended. These measures will be in place indefinitely but will continue to be monitored daily and reviewed by the Board weekly.

Okaloosa County

Okaloosa County beaches will close, effective end of day Friday, March 20.

Seaside

Effective immediately, the Seaside Swim and Tennis Club will be closing all areas with the exception of the tennis courts which will close Saturday at noon as previously stated.

WaterSound Beach Club
  • All amenities including beach access are currently closed
Shark’s Tooth Golf Club
  • As of March 22, 2020, golf at Shark’s Tooth will be available to Members only
  • The Pro Shop will remain open for check-in
  • The Golf Course will continue its regular hours of operation
  • The Shark’s Tooth Clubhouse, including locker room service, will be closed
  • A Limited Menu will be served “to go” from The Shark Shack
  • Tennis at Shark’s Tooth remains open
Camp Creek Golf Club
  • The Golf Course is closed for previously planned renovations.
Origins Golf Club
  • As of March 22, 2020, Origins Golf Club will be open to Watersound Origins residents only
  • Golf Carts will not be available
  • The Pro Shop will be closed
Charter Air Service on the Clubs Pilatus PC-12NG Aircraft
  • This amenity has not been impacted by the current public health situation
  • For more information or for booking, please visit clubsbyjoe.com/airplane
WaterColor Workout

-Closed as of March 17, 2020

We wanted to keep you informed of the recent developments regarding the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak. To this end, yesterday afternoon St. Joe announced a number of changes to its operations. They went into effect at 4:00 p.m. yesterday and will remain so until March 31.

They are as follows:

WaterSound & WaterColor Beach Club
Club members and their accompanied guests will be able to access the beach at the Beach Clubs. However, all food and beverage services at both WaterColor and WaterSound beach clubs including 30°86° and Costa Chica will be closed. Additionally, access to the pools and pool decks, sports courts and other amenities will also be closed.  Restrooms will remain open, but there will be no beach chair or towel service. Unaccompanied extended family access will not be allowed at this time.

Rosemary Beach

  • Pools and beach service will be closed effective end of day Friday (3/20) after beach chair service is picked up.
  • Beach access will remain open until further notice. If people start congregating in large groups, access will be closed.
  • Rosemary Fitness and tennis center will close effective today (3/18).
  • Weddings will be moved to April.

Shark’s Tooth Golf Club

  •  The golf course will continue its regular hours of operation.
  •  The Shark’s Tooth Clubhouse, including locker room service, will be closed.
  • The Pro Shop will remain open for check in.
  •  A limited menu will be served “to go” from The Shark Shack.

Camp Creek Golf Club

  • The Golf Course is closed for previously planned renovations.

Origins Golf Club

  • The Golf Course will continue its regular hours of operation

We will continue to keep you updated on relevant information as it is made available to us.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announcement:

This morning (3/17) Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference in which he announced the mandatory closing of all Florida bars and nightclubs, beginning at 5 p.m. He is mandating that restaurants limit seating to 50-percent of capacity, with staggered seating to distance diners from each other. On the beach, he recommends groups of no more than 10 people, with each group keeping 6-feet of separation.

Update following the Walton County BCC Emergency Meeting

During the Emergency Walton County Board of County Commissioners (WCBCC) meeting held March 16, 2020, the WCBCC issued a Local State of Emergency (LSE). This LSE will be in place for seven days and must be re-issued on a weekly basis.

The WCBCC has taken the following actions:

  • Cancellation of all BCC and TDC permitted outdoor events and beach activity ordinance special events.
  • Cancellation of all work-related travel outside the county for BCC employees without special permission from Director and County Administration.
  • Suspension of the rental of all county owned public facilities.
  • Extended all current dog beach permits for 8 weeks. No new permit processing until June 1st.
  • Extended all driving on the beach permits until August 1st. Beach permit lottery application process will begin June 1st.
  • All Walton County Volunteer Board meetings have been cancelled for the remainder of March and the month of April. At this time, these meetings are expected to continue in May.
  • The WCBCC did not close Walton County’s beaches.

The WCBCC encourages all Walton County citizens and visitors to be mindful and adhere to all direction distributed by the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.

FDOH COVID-19 Information Page (Updated Regularly)

CDC COVID-19 Information Page (Updated Regularly)

Additional Information and Cancellations (as announced by tourism partners)

  • Seaside has announced closing some operations
  • South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival has been cancelled
  • The Sandestin Wine Festival has been cancelled
  • The Village of Baytowne Wharf has cancelled upcoming events
  • The Hub 30A is suspending their schedule of events through March 31
  • The Merchants of Rosemary Beach has cancelled upcoming events through March 31
  • Beginning March 16, the Bayou Arts Center will be closed and the CAA team will work remotely remaining available via email, phone and virtual meet-ups.
  • Gulfplace has cancelled their Wine Walk (Usually held on Thursdays)
  • WaterColor is suspending Art in the Park, Easter Sunrise Service, and the Easter Egg Hunt and Toss
  • Emerald Coast Theatre Company is closed through March 31
  • Beginning Friday, camping in Florida State Parks is suspended until May 15
  • All meetings, classes and workshops at The Bayou Arts Center will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.
  • The Foster Gallery at Grand Boulevard will be temporarily closed beginning March 16.
  • The Under the Sea fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art scheduled for Thursday, May 7 will be postponed for a later date.
  • ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival scheduled for May 9 & 10 is rescheduled for October 10 & 11 in Grand Boulevard Town Center.

To Our 360 Blue Guests:

360 Blue is committed to providing our guests with a safe and clean vacation home. We are also committed to arming you with the facts in this time of uncertainty. Over the years, we’ve made an enormous investment to ensure the integrity of our entire housekeeping process. It’s an investment that we are now very grateful to have made. Simply put, we believe you are just as safe during your stay at a 360 Blue vacation home as you are in your own.

First, ALL 360 Blue homes are on our Clean Linen Program. This is important, as it means the cleaning practices for ALL of our linens far exceed those of the industry. Every article of linen and every towel in all of our homes is sterilized to hospital regulations. Other 360 Blue housekeeping standards are equally rigorous. Each of our homes, for instance, is individually cleaned. Each home has Quality Assurance staff on hand at every stage of the cleaning process to ensure the highest standard is met. Moreover, all of our kitchen and bathroom amenities packets are distributed in sealed bags.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out. We are here to help. In the meantime, we’ll continue to follow the advice of the experts as we navigate this moment in time together.

Sincerely,

The 360 Blue Team