Lake DeFuniak, shut in 1964 for racial troubles, reopens for swimming

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — For the to start with time given that 1964, when it was closed under the transparent civil legal rights-era pretext that it was polluted, swimming will unequivocally be authorized in Lake DeFuniak, the by natural means circular spring-fed lake that is the centerpiece of the Walton County seat. […]

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — For the to start with time given that 1964, when it was closed under the transparent civil legal rights-era pretext that it was polluted, swimming will unequivocally be authorized in Lake DeFuniak, the by natural means circular spring-fed lake that is the centerpiece of the Walton County seat.

The reopening of the lake will come as the end result of a 3-1 selection by the DeFuniak Springs Metropolis Council at its June 14 meeting.

Under that selection, a designated region concerning the Chautauqua Hall of Brotherhood boat ramp and the spot powering the DeFuniak Springs Library will be open up to swimming commencing Saturday by way of Sept. 30 from 8 a.m. to sunset Mondays by Saturdays and from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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The lone dissenting vote on swimming in Lake DeFuniak was solid by the council’s only Black member, Kevin Crystal, because of a few environmental worries about reopening the lake to swimming.

The historic Chautauqua building sits over Lake DeFuniak. For the first time since 1964, Lake DeFuniak  will be open for public swimming. The swimming area at Chipley Park will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and remain available for swimming through Sept. 30. Swimming hours are 8 a.m. to sunset Mondays through Saturdays, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Next year, swimming will open March 1 and continue through Sept. 30.

In accordance to a information release from the city, for up coming year and in subsequent years the swimming period will begin March 1 and will extend as a result of via Sept. 30, in a designated, roped-off location between the Chautauqua Corridor boat ramp and the amphitheater. As is the case this calendar year, several hours for swimming will be from 8 a.m. to sunset Mondays as a result of Saturdays and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. 

Edie Villetas

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