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Santa Rosa Beach no trespassing sign sparks Walton County free speech battle

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A First Amendment fight has broken out on the sugar-white sands of Santa Rosa Beach in Walton County. A retired couple, who own a 2,296-square-foot beachfront home, has filed a federal lawsuit, asserting that a new Walton County ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution because it prohibits the couple from posting no-trespassing signs on their privately owned property. The couple, Edward and DeLanie Goodwin, are represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation, a conservative legal group that advocates for private property and…

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