Sick Of Beach Chair Vendors in South Walton

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  1. beachbarnacle

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    I like how you think Mike Smith!!
     
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    Which is exactly NOT what sea turtles need to nest!
     
  3. John G

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    Agree. But it happened and nothing has been done...

    Welcome to CoWal.
     
  4. Kaydence

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    No it wouldn't because the TDC per BCC directives have allocated 50% percent of OUR beaches to vendors. They still get 50% whether chairs and set up's are there or not. If you do set up on their 50% you can and would be told to move.
     
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    But there are vendors setting up on both sides now early some are using the cheap store bought backpack chairs and umbrellas/ tents.
     
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    I have to agree. It's extremely frustrating to carry all your stuff to the beach and when you get there, the entire beach is lined with empty chairs that people never sit in. We purchased a unit in Seagrove in 2010. The beach access where we typically go has no parking spaces and no restrooms. Yet, the beach is covered in vendor chairs. This wasn't an issue at that time the unit was purchased. However, its unbelievable how much it has changed in a few short years. It's almost not enjoyable to go any more. What can be done? I think the vendors should be required to be present all the time and set up as the chairs are rented with real people. All of the chairs are not rented when they are set up. In fact, most are not. It's simply not true.
     
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    I have always said: "NO SET UP TIL THEY SHOW UP"
    A must on "PUBLIC" beaches....:dunno:
     
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  8. John G

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    I think a vast majority of people agree with you.

    Problem is the County doesn't want to hear what any of us have to say. Certain BCC Members are too busy catering to their Special Interest Groups.
     
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    Which one of us? ROFLMAO! :floor::floor::floor::floor::floor:
     
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    And their children who are vendors.
     
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    If a rental company has unoccupied chairs on a public beach, shouldn't members of the public be entitled to either occupy the chairs or move the chairs and occupy that space on a first come, first serve basis?
     
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    When the changes were made to the Beach Activities Ordinance prior to this season, the BCC indicated that they would like to review the vendor situation at the end of the season so that there would be plenty of time to have public input and implement changes, if needed. There are clearly lots of opinions and viewpoints on the vendor setup issue. Be on the lookout for agenda items on the topic and make sure to either email your concerns and suggestions or attend meetings where this topic is being discussed. The vendors are VERY active at their meetings with the County. If the public wants to be heard, they have to at least email the commissioners, but even better, attend BCC meetings.
     
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    Nope. 50% of our beaches are given to vendors free of charge to do with as they please.
     
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    How is this any different from a public pool?

    Can you simply come to the public pool as soon as it opens, lie down your towel (some are now made to say "reserved" on them) and expect to show up at the public pool after lunch and have your prime seat. Hell NO!

    The life guard would probably throw your towel away. A$$ needs to be in Seat or at a minimum present in the area...
     
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    Somebody did that in Grayton and vendor pulled out a knife.
     
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    Which 50% is that b/c their 50 keeps growing. It now seems to be the entire waterline on both sides of the stand. The folks who arrive after sunrise are getting the 50 behind them. Grrr. So frustrating!
     
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    Having never gotten a clear answer from the BCC on that ...I don't have an answer.
     
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    [​IMG] Picture this . 5:57am not a vendor chair in sight . But there are 7 tents all set up for the day so far , lots of them on private property no less. What about this no set up till you show up? Or no tents on private property . These people all used the neighborhood walkover. Hmmm ....
    Sunrise was at 5:55am . Walton ordinance "Personal property on the beach between one hour after dusk and one hour after sunrise. (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to leave an item of personal property on the beach between one hour after dusk and one hour after sunrise, unless a permit has been granted by Walton County. "
     

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    I agree, that's absolutely absurd.

    Unfortunately, what else is absurd is how the TDC expects the community to report such a violation.
     
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    I suppose an official on the beach wouldn't know whether a tent on private property was placed there by the owner or their guest. They could tag it with a copy of the rules maybe.

    I imagine also that the timing is problematic to enforce, and in practice as long as turtle walkers have done their duty it is fair game after that.
     

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