Tents Larger Than 6x6 Not Allowed On Beach

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  1. Abby Prentiss

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    What is a touron?
     
  2. Purrmaid

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    Just finished reading the article posted earlier . Really? This is news? Tourists upset because they were asked to follow the rules of the beach ?

    "One of their first stops was a beach supply store to stock up on beach toys, including large tents."
    -Ok, tourist just paid for a tent

    "We don’t have to come here. There are other beaches we can go to. We have been to beaches all over Florida and we have never encountered this. People are going to stop coming here because of this.
    Really? So attached to the tent purchased on the way into town that you are willing to never come back here again ? That much of a deal breaker?
    “We will initiate a social media campaign to inform folks like us to find another beach that is more friendly to tourists than vendors. We are extremely upset about this. It is a hugely stupid idea. We can’t afford $100-plus in fines for protecting ourselves.”
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    Hopefully your campaign is very successful so "folks like you " who can't follow & respect the rules do infact go elsewhere. Oh and not affording a 100 fine to protect yourself ? Bring an umbrella instead! Let's not even comment on the fact the picture submitted for the article shows 6 people total with only 2 under the "protective" tent !Furthermore what does the vending have to do with tents? Tents aren't allowed by the public on privately owned property either .

    How very absurd.
     
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  3. steel1man

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    Suck it up buttercup..Buh-Bye
     
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    Don't worry about A fine this week! 100% rain Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and they leave 10:00am Saturday..Buh-bye
     
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  5. gumby

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    Tourist - moron = Touron
     
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    Are they present in silimar numbers to Lidiots?
     
  7. gumby

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    Ok, what's a Lidiot? :)
     
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    local idiot
     
  9. jordana405

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    We are not the only beach community with tent issues. Interesting read...

    Beach Patrol Confronts a New Menace: Oversize Tents

    Beach Patrol Confronts a New Menace: Oversize Tents
    Rehoboth Beach, Del., joins other seaside towns in banning ‘nontraditional shading devices’
     
  10. John G

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    Just look at the opening line of the story...

    "A lifeguard had spotted a large canopy amid the sea of umbrellas. That meant one thing. Time for a takedown.

    “We’ve got to get to that one,” said Mr. Buckson, the soft-spoken beach patrol boss. He and his deputy, Aaron Tartal, jumped into an all-terrain vehicle and headed over."


    Sounds as if this Deleware Beach Patrol takes their jobs seriously and also get support from the lifeguards. Our lifeguards drive right past infractions each day and do nothing. They have been told to ignore violations.
     
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    Code Enforcement was driving down the beach and was stopped by tourists. Noticing that he wasn't in a hurry, we asked him about a tents size etc, rather than go up and fill out the form. That's exactly what he said to do. Go fill out the online form.
     
  12. John G

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    And he / she collects a check...

    Absolutely Worthless!
     
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    It's amazing that, in such a small piece of Paradise, one can find so much to whine about.......jeez, try finding the good to share (there is a lot).
     
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  14. Beach days

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    Maybe we should look at going ahead with beach renurishment for more room. It worked out great in Carillion beach
     
  15. FactorFiction

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    The main problem with people getting upset about tents seems to be that they didn't know ahead of time. With almost everything we have issues with on the beaches of South Walton, the root of the problem is a lack of education and notification. While there are always a few people who will think the rules do not apply to them ("I've been coming here for 10 years and have always done this or that"), most people are happy to comply if they just know what the "rules" are. If they know the rules ahead of time and don't like them, they'll generally go elsewhere. The problem comes in when they don't know the rules and they have planned and prepared thinking that they are going to go to the beach to set up their brand new 12'x12' canopy, stock it with a whole day's worth of food, drinks, diapers, toys, floats, and whatever else they think they need to stay all day, they have a hole digging competition, maybe smoke and drink or have a party, and THEN.....they find out that they can't have a tent larger than 6'x6' and all of a sudden, their outdoor kitchen/family/rec room is out of compliance. Education gets even more significant once beachgoers spread out on to privately owned beaches. How can anyone tell which white sand is truly public and which is customary use? How do we make sure that people know the difference in the rules when on public beach vs. customary use beach? We can do better at educating our locals and our tourists. This would be a fitting project for the TDC. Let's "market" the beauty of our beaches, the uniqueness of our environment and wildlife, the protections needed to preserve what we have, and the rules that allow everyone to enjoy the beach together.

    Before someone points it out, enforcement of the rules is a critical component, too.
     
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    Great point about education. That falls to the TDC. They Failed. About the only thing they are good at is throwing away $$$.

    At least the local Wal-Mart has laminated signs telling people about the tent restrictions...
     
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    Interesting article today in Failing New York Times about controversy on Jersey Shore beaches about what is becoming known as "beachspreading"- defined as people coming to the beach early to set up sprawling tents and canopies close to the shore to "stake their claim" on prime waters edge real estate.
     
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    That train left the station forever. Beach front homeowners saw to that, government paid-for beach insurance for 30 years. Owners NO WAY....who rules SOWAL?
     
  19. steel1man

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    Bay County also makes Vendors setup 20' or so back from the wet sand. So non paying ( on free beaches) visitors have a fair shake.
     
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