- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida appeals court is siding with county officials who cracked down on beachfront weddings held at property located in a popular beach resort area in the Panhandle.

The 1ST District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that Walton County officials were permitted to fine the property owners for violating county development codes.

The owners of the Santa Rosa Beach property along the popular 30-A highway started renting out a triplex and an accompanying lawn near the beach for weddings and other parties. Neighbors started complaining about the number of wedding parties that went on. One neighbor complained that revelers cut off his air-conditioning unit and urinated under his building.

The property owners, however, maintained that county officials violated their due process rights and that the zoning code was ambiguous about non-residential uses.

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