About Us

Preserving South Walton, INC, is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization that was founded to encourage, educate, and propagate responsible land use and growth in South Walton County Florida. We have recently expanded our mission to include relief to those impacted by Hurricane Michael, and are currently going through a name change to Preserving the Panhandle.

As business owners and residents of South Walton County, we believe it is our mission to encourage an environment where we maintain the natural beauty of the area. We are confident that we can do this while also ensuring that we maintain an environment that is economically prosperous for everyone.

There is a plethora of natural beauty all around the Choctawhatchee Bay, Scenic Highway 30a, Point Washington, Miramar Beach, Inlet Beach, and Santa Rosa Beach. Responsible business and residential development is key to maintaining that beauty, and we as residents and business owners have the power to take proactive steps to ensure this without having to wait on government to assist.

At the heart of Preserving South Walton, Inc., is our desire is to take a proactive stance in ensuring that our area is enjoyable, livable, and beautiful for all… for years to come.


See our IRS approval letter for 501(3)c Nonprofit Status by clicking the image below.

Our Founders and Board Directors:

  • President and Executive Director, Wes Herndon: Wes owns a web marketing and web design firm in Santa Rosa Beach, and he and his family have lived in South Walton for 9 years. He is a father, musician, and a co-host of a silly little show that airs on 30a Television every Friday called Nothing Scripted.
  • Vice President and Asst. Executive Director, Steve Burnett: Steven Burnett is an area native who has lived his entire life on the beaches of the Emerald Coast. He is co-owner of Gulf Coast Go, is married with five kids, and loves to reminisce about how things “used to be” down here. He is also active in the real estate market.
  • Director and Secretary, Collin Burnett: Collin is Steve’s oldest son and a college student. He brings a younger perspective on issues surrounding our community to our organization.

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