If you are considering buying a home near Grayton Beach or anywhere for that matter, in this day and age there are a number of varied environmental issues you may face. One of the more common, and perplexing, ones is that of wetlands.
Broadly speaking, most people think of wetlands as any piece of real estate that has water around, near, or on the property… also referred to as “wet.” However, the federal government has a slightly different view point on this matter. Believe it or not, there are few—if any—actual definitions that can be found. Consequently, many governmental agencies and employees are left to their own devices to define exactly what a wetland may actually be. The result is that there is little consensus and much confusion on the matter.
Your best bet, when buying a home in which wetlands may be an issue, is to have an accurate survey done. Specifically, one showing relative elevations of all associated land. Also, try to get as many historic records on the property as possible. While you may not feel the area qualifies as a wetland, it may be something you have to prove—having historical information regarding how much (if any) water a property saw during floods may help you make your case.