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A coastal dune lake is a rare ecosystem that only occurs in only a few places around the world. Northwest Florida is home to 15 of these rare lakes that can both fresh and saltwater as they exchange with the Gulf of Mexico. It is the largest concentration of dune lakes in the world, and the lakes are strictly protected by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. WaterColor surrounds the largest coastal dune lake in Walton County, Western Lake. There is a 300-foot protection zone around the lake that prohibits any disturbance to the area.
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If you are planning a few minor changes to your yard, make sure the plants being planted are a part of the approved native plant palette for WaterColor. All non-native plants must be kept in above ground contained planters. You can see a list of approved plants on the community website in the Design Review section of the Resource Center. If you are making any major changes, you need to have it reviewed by the Design Review Board. If you are unsure if it's a minor or major change, you can always contact Design Review Coordinator Andrew Fromknecht by email.
If it's a small plant or tree, yes; but before doing any major landscaping work, please contact the Director of Operations Lance Anderson by email.
Any modifications to the exterior of any structure/lot must be submitted to the Design Review Board for approval. This includes, but is not limited to:
For questions about submitting, contact Design Review Board Coordinator Andrew Fromknecht by email.
The common areas are maintained by the Homeowner's Association (HOA). The HOA has a contract with Brightview Landscaping that assists with general landscaping maintenance of the common areas. The HOA employs gardeners who plant and maintain each garden and planter in the community.
WaterColor refreshes pine straw throughout property twice a year. The first is just prior to the spring season, and the second is in early October before the fall season.
You may notice that the Florida Forestry Service conducts controlled burns in the adjacent state forest. This clears out dead plant material, allowing new fresh growth, and therefore reducing the chance for wildfires. During winter months, WaterColor takes similar measures to prevent fires, clear dead vegetation and allow fresh growth. Contractors use equipment to clear the dead vegetation in native areas that may be near your home. Fresh foliage grows back by the spring/summer season.