Ability to use a neighborhood access, for small fee, for medical reasons.

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  1. Tamara Lemus

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    My family has been given the wonderful and amazing gift of staying at a condo in Blue Mountain Beach (The Village) for a week from 8-1 to 8-7-20, this Saturday! One of my son's teachers owns it and offered it to us after his last surgery.

    He is 12 and had his 3rd open-heart surgery in September, after 2 strokes last June (2019). When she gifted us the stay, his cardiologist cleared us to take him, but with certain conditions, because of the Covid-19 risk at present.

    From viewing the beach cam at Blue Mountain Beach Regional Access point, and speaking with the visitor's center, I don't think we will be able to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet between our family and others at this beach because of the amount of crowding. I've looked into several state parks that have beaches, and one fills up super quickly and they close the park, and the other has a 1 mile walk to the beach, which would be pretty difficult for us in the heat.

    To make a long story short(er) :blush:, we cannot do any shopping or dining out, sight-seeing, or any indoor or crowded activities, so if we cannot safely visit the beach we are going to get pretty bored. We do have a canoe trip planned at some springs, and may do a 1/2 day pontoon rental, since these can be done with no contact with others outside our family. But that leaves at least 4 days unfilled, and our budget won't allow duplicates of those activity days. Unfortunately his medical bills keep us on a very tight budget and this trip is our first splurge in years!

    Could anyone either recommend a public beach access that isn't very crowded, where we maybe can maintain a decent distance, or would anyone happen to know of someone who would let us pay them a small fee (maybe $10-$15 a day) to park in their driveway and use a neighborhood access that's not terribly crowded? We do not smoke or drink or have pets, but we would like to put up a 10x10 canopy and hopefully be able to play some badminton or volleyball with a portable net, if we find a location with enough space. If you have read this whole thing, bless you, and please feel free to pass this message along to anyone appropriate, and my number is 409-728-1650, and my Facebook is under Tamara Gladden Lemus.
     
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    My understanding is no tent larger than 8x8 & highly unlikely that you could put up a badminton net. It's 30A.
     
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    I really hope it's not 8x8. We specifically bought this size because that's what they said here. South Walton Beach Rules and Safety Information

    The badminton net was just a want that my teenage daughter had, but it is by no means a necessity. I'll probably just tell her we can't bring it and save ourselves the hassle.

    But the canopy is a necessity because my son can't tolerate the heat/direct sun that well.

    Thanks for the info, and if you have any ideas, I'm open to them!
     
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    My suggestion is that you look into the Santa Clara (aka Bramble Grove) access in Seagrove. A bit of a drive, but (assuming you have parking tag) disabled parking is available close to a wheelchair friendly ramp to the beach. It is pretty crowded there, but, if you move a bit west once on sand, you will find a pretty thin crowd between Santa Clara and the San Juan access (which is the first access point west of Santa Clara). If you don’t need the ramp for your son, there is limited parking at the San Juan access with spillover on San Juan Avenue, just across 30-A. I dare say that if you find the area between San Juan and Santa Clara too dense with people, the crowds really thin to near nothing about 30 yards west of the San Juan stairs.. In fact, I bet you could pull off a badminton net there as well as a tent. Realize these accesses are a decent car ride from where you will be staying (15-20 minutes assuming bad traffic)but at least these exist as options. I hope it all works out for you:welcome:
     
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    Tents up to 10x10 are allowed. And no one will mind a bit of badminton if you have space. It's SoWal. :welcome: :sowal:

    Great help Skunky!
     
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    If you have a handicapped placard and 4WD contact the TDC (visitors center) and ask about Grayton Beach, they issue temporary driving permits for folks with mobility issues, might need a letter from the person letting you use the condo.
     
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    We were just at Grayton State Park Beach saturday and they had plenty of space along with bathrooms and has free admission. If you want to be right on the front row, then that might be an issue unless you get there early in the morning. The new Dune Allen Access across Stinkys fish camp has handicap parking and a ramp. It was busy on Sunday but Monday was fine. I assume mid week would be best at any public access. Grayton Beach is very deep and also shares the outlet to western lake so plenty of space for badminton and a volleyball net is there as well . One would have to drive on the beach like mentioned earlier due to the width of the beach. I hope you and the family have a great trip.
     
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    Unfortunately, we do not have a handicapped placard, we live in a very small town (with no beach lol) so the furthest he ever has to walk is during transition at school and they allow him extra time if he needs to rest.

    But thank you very much for the info! If we cannot find a better option, we may very well try this. If the parking is too far from the beach access, then I can just drop off he and his sister and park and then walk to wherever I need to.

    Even just which direction to head in is a huge help, we know nothing about the area, unfortunately. Our only Florida experience was with Make-A-Wish at Disney, so this will only be our second time there.

    I appreciate your time!
     
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    Thank you! I haven't broached the subject of not attempting that with her yet. I'll ruminate on that a bit I think....
     
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    We do not have a 4WD, nor a placard, but that is a great idea, just won't work for us. Thank you for helping us try to find a solution.
     
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    I did call them this morning to feel out that option, and she said they were at full capacity by 9 this morning. And the problem is that others don't realize the danger to him, and I can't relax if there are people behind or in front of us and walking past on our sides constantly. His cardiologist said in no uncertain terms that he MUST stay a minimum of 6 feet from anyone, even outside. So I have a feeling that I'd be so anxious there that I'd drive him and myself nuts (well, more, anyway lol). If we need to though, we can always try that early in the morning and if it starts to get crowded we can always leave and head back to the condo if need be. Thanks for the recommendation!
     
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    Hopefully a private beach owner will see your post and allow you access to their property.
     
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    Except their lawyer would kill that idea immediately (while charging $1,500). :pissed:
     
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    I’m sure there’s one benevolent home owner who would invite these folks over for a day or two. Oh wait, the Huckster would be trolling all of BMB looking for them. So you’re right.... :pissed:
     
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    We would be more than happy to use a nearby public access to get ON the beach early in the morning, but without permission to be on private property, we would have to leave once more people started setting up on the beach in the public area.

    I know most home owners' access is actually connected to their home, so I would not expect at all to be allowed to use that. We would be more than happy to enter thru a public entry, and then walk some as long as we know we have permission to be on the beach property in front of the home.

    I'm hoping someone that doesn't use their cabin/home during the week might allow us to use the beach in front of it. We arrive on a Saturday and could easily agree to only be on the beach Mon-Fri or Mon-Thursday.

    But if not, we will make the best of it and just do a few really early mornings and leave once people start crowding in. I'm hoping he has a wonderful time regardless!
     
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    I'm kind of scared to ask, but what or who is the Huckster?
     
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    Might find a grim reaper lurking around.
     
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    Mike Huckabee, Blue Mountain Beach homeowner, sworn enemy of sea turtles, socialists, non-christians and "the gays".
     
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    If you don't mind a little drive, come over to Bay County. Almost 100 public beach accesses, and you can spread out. Everybody shares the beach.
     
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    well, then, since we are neither sea turtles, socialists, non-christian, nor "the gays", I'm hoping we can avoid his wrath and he won't intentionally seek us out to make our lives more difficult! :dunno:

    That's actually kind of sad and I will do our very best to make sure we don't even walk across his property, if that is what makes him happy. Although, I'm kind of picking up that nothing will make him happy :cuss:
     

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