30-a beach looks like tent city

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  1. wrobert

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    There are endangered species all over Walton County. Freedom loving patriots becoming the main one.
     
  2. Interested Girl

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    With bedtax collections being down by over 1/2 million dollars from last year - how are we going to continue this "clean up" without raising taxes once again.

    June is going to be the telling month - June LY =2.3 million collected

    Anyone willing to bet on June being up ?
     
  3. scooterbug44

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    WHAT!!!! To oversimplify that is $70K a year!How do I get in on this gravy train?
    And what does this person do? I could maybe understand if they picked up all the trash or issued tickets/fines, but I doubt that is the case!
     
  4. wrobert

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    Rides the path every day and reports problems, sprinklers, asphalt cracks to public works.
     
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    Hush up and pay your taxes. That is what you can do.
     
  6. wrobert

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    Scooter remember this when election time comes up. And ask any candidate for re-election if it is true rather or not we pay a guy $35 to be the multi use path consultant, and he rides the path on his bike, and reports to public works.

    If any tell you it is not true, let me know and I will email you the contract. I have faxed a copy to each of them and all are aware. I have had one tell me it is cheaper than hiring somebody to do it, this guy is on an open ended contract.
     
  7. SHELLY

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    Have you sent a copy to the Taxpayers's Assn? What does the contract say he's supposed to "do?"

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  8. Gidget

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    Could someone look back at post #151? I think it might be getting swallowed up lol!

    Thank you

    G
     
  9. scooterbug44

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    I vote we save the county some $$ and make it a volunteer/call-in service instead of a daily paid position.

    With the amount of bikers we have on Sowal, it would be easy. Like a cycling suggestion box.
     
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    I believe it is a little badge that they issue to show you have paid your fee to use the beach.

    Sort of like the plastic bracelet at bars to show you are of age or paid the cover.
     
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    Thanks for the answer. So there is a fee to use the beach? Is it part of property tax? I haven't heard anything about this. :eek: So, does anyone have the info a new person moving to the area needs regarding this badge?

    Thanks again
    G
     
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    How does one contact this person or call an issue in to the county? The sidewalk two houses West of the Tom Thumb at Vizcaya literally has sprinklers on the North side of the road shooting water into the East bound lane at 6:30 in the morning. About 5 of them! :angry:
    There is no way around it, you either take a shower or ride out into traffic. You have to roll windows up on a vehicle to pass this spot every morning. It would be nice to see those sprinkler heads adjusted.
     
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    No, that's how they do it out EAST by Mango - no badges in Sowal! :wave:
     
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    You do not need anything here. They are talking about somewhere else.
     
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    Thank you. I was scratching my head over that one too.
     
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    So if I tell you how to get up with this guy, you call him, he calls public works, then he bills the county $35/hr for his trouble. Why don't you just call public works or code enforcement and tell them and save us some bucks?
     
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    And how much do we actually pay the person/company annually to do this?
     
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    We were "tipped" to this issues about 10 days ago. We made a public records request and then scheduled a meeting with the Public Works Director. The Public Works Department is where the contract is funded.

    When we reviewed the contract with the Director he told the WCTA that the contract was actually written in Human Resources. We asked for the scope of services document in the contract and he stated that the document did not exist. He also agreed that the contract was open ended, not-bid and no hourly rate was specified within the document. The contract began in March and the vendor has billed around $2000.00 per month.

    He promised to look at the expenditure in light of the 8.2 million in cuts that must be made in the upcoming budget cycle.

    If this contract was discussed during the Budget Scrubs, I missed it.

    Contract Is Attached

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  19. Gidget

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    :clap: Glad I wasn't the only one!!! :D

    Thanks Scooter and WRobert!

    G
     
  20. Mango

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    Please re-read my post. I was talking about Long Beach Island, New Jersey, NOT SOWAL. In Jersey, you buy a badge for either a week or a day. You do not have to wear it, just present it if you are asked. Teenagers and college students walk the beaches daily to sell them. Lifeguards will also report large holes to superiors if warnings are not heeded.
     

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