On June 25, the Walton County Board of Commissioners is set to vote on Point Washington Preserve’s  ability to operate.

Point Washington Preserve, or PWP, remains one of the largest event spaces in South Walton. Featuring a 5,000 square foot pavilion and two-bedroom cottage, it’s nestled near the intersection of Highway 98 and JD Miller road, surrounded by hundreds of acres of Point Washington State Park’s forest.

“This space is an incredible asset to our community,” said Doug Liles, Director of the Good Samaritan Institute and founder of Point Washington Preserve. “There’s nothing like it in our area.”

PWP boasts a minimal environmental footprint. With advanced solar technology, like Tesla batteries and solar panels, powering the space, it’s totally off the electrical grid, making it a true zero-energy event center.

“It’s an isolated sanctuary, away from the noise, traffic and parking issues that standardly plague south Walton county,” said Liles.

Liles and his partners at the Good Samaritan Institute said their original idea for the space was to host science and technology based retreats, but after encountering the beauty of the space, they wanted the public to have access to hosting their own private, special events-- such as business retreats, conferences, group meetings, summer camps, corporate functions, weddings, concerts, festivals and marketplace events.

“We hope the community and our Commissioners will continue to support us in this,” said Liles. “We encourage you to write your commissioner. Show up to the meeting. Write about your support in our reviews on Facebook and Google. Anything to show that the community wants this venue.”

To support our cause, please contact our Commissioners before June 25 and review us on Facebook and Google

Please consider writing the current County Commissioners and asking that they support and approve the operation of Point Washington Preserve in our community. To make it easy, we have created a template for you to fill out and send to the five commissioners:

Subject: Support for Point Washington Preserve’s ability to operate in Walton County

Dear Walton County Commissioner _____________,

I, as a resident of Walton County, am writing to express my support for Point Washington Preserve’s ability to operate in Walton County. I hope your vote on June 25, 2018 reflects this support, as I believe this space will be of great benefit to our community.

With few covered venue options in the South Walton area that can accommodate guests at this capacity, Point Washington Preserve fills a gap in our community, and paired with its small environmental footprint, it offers a unique space for a variety of events.  

South Walton has few facilities comparable to this, and in voting to approve its ability to operate, you’ll be giving our community a much-needed event space.

Thank you so much for your time, and I look forward to hearing the outcome of the vote on June 25.



County Commissioners Email Addresses:

William “Bill” Chapman - chabill@co.walton.fl.us

Cecilia Jones- joncecilia@co.walton.fl.us

Melanie Nipper- nipmelanie@co.walton.fl.us

Sara Comander- comsara@co.walton.fl.us

Tony Anderson- andtony@co.walton.fl.us

How can you help? Write the Walton County Commissioners.

Why we know Point Washington Preserve will be a venue that serves the community for years to come:

  • Point Washington Preserve is the largest Event Pavilion in South Walton, at 5,000 sq ft, in which includes the use of a 675 square feet, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Florida cottage. This pavillion can be used for weddings, concerts, and a variety of other events.
  • Point Washington Preserve is surrounded by over 300 acres of Point Washington State Forest, creating a serene and secluded environment.
  • Point Washington Preserve can accommodate a maximum of 350 seated and 500 standing.
  • Point Washington Preserve is off the electrical grid with Solar Panels and Tesla Powerwall 2 batteries providing all of the electricity for the facility.

Commissioners set to vote on community asset in South Walton on June 25

Point Washington Preserve

​Community Pavilion & Event Venue