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On Monday, May 9th, Okaloosa County announced new beach safety measures that include: Synchronized beach warning flag selection across all guarded beaches in Destin-Fort Walton Beach.A text alert system.GPS-mapped signage to help first responders reach emergencies most efficiently. “The safety of our residents and guests is paramount,” said Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Chairman, Mel Ponder. “The new measures will increase awareness to the beach flag warning system and will make emergency response even more efficient,” A universal Beach Flag Warning Program was adopted by communities across the state of Florida in 2005. Destin-Fort Walton Beach is no exception to this universal system. Differences in flag colors, sizes and symbols can confuse beachgoers so beach safety teams across the state post a beach warning flag, based on trained observations. Okaloosa Public Information Office In the past, observations may have prompted a different warning flag to be posted at beaches within Destin city limits than the flag selection for unincorporated Okaloosa County. To further improve the effectiveness of Beach Safety; Okaloosa County, City of Destin and Henderson Beach State Park will now post a synchronized beach warning flag based on conditions observed. Because of the consistent flag selection across all of Destin-Fort Walton Beach, a daily text messaging system has been made possible. Locals and visitors are encouraged to text “BEACH” to 44144 for a consolidated, daily beach warning flag update for Okaloosa Island, Henderson Beach State Park and City of Destin public beaches guarded by Destin Fire Control District. Okaloosa Public Information…

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