Amending Ordinance to Ban Signs, Ropes, Fences on the Beach

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  1. WMW

    WMW Beach Comber

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    This is on the Agenda for June 14th. Request to amend Chapter 22 of the Walton County Code of Ordinances (obstructions on the beach)

    Please note Sec 22-55,

    "It shall be unlawful for any person to place, construct or maintain an obstruction on the beach. Obstructions, include, but are not limited to ropes, chains, signs, or fences."

    Link: Ch. 22 Amendment - Final Draft (redlined)
     
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  2. Patriot Games

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    We'll, that will be the opening pitch of the world series if they pass that. You have now told people they can't do anything with their own property. What if the sign was beware of dog? They will have 30 days to legally challenge this code change I believe. Attention beachfront owners, you better tee up your lawyers in the batters box the BCC has sent the pitcher to the mound! Eating popcorn and watching the show...........because I don't own beach front!
     
  3. Teresa

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    It's a good first step. I'm more worried about signs and fences on the beach than where or whether I can sit on it. Awful way to treat our beautiful beaches as signs/fences multiply this season. There must be a way to protect the beauty and keep it clean and safe.
     
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    Shoot, I was hoping to bring my horse on the beach this summer!:floor:
     
  5. Danny Glidewell

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    If the signs and such do not go you can kiss customary use goodbye. So this vote is a huge vote.
     
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    This is going around on social media.
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  7. Jimmy T

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    And that number: 850-434-9200 is for the Clark Partington law firm, in case anybody was wondering...
     
  8. Danny Glidewell

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    No one wants to remove gates or anything else except signs and fencing that is on the white sand below the toe of the dunes. Access to the beaches is gained through the publicly owned accesses. '
    The attack on the public's use of the beaches is two-fold. One, restrict the public only to the publicly owned portions of the beach and then 2, fight opening or developing publicly owned accesses so that the public cannot get to the beach it owns. If either succeeds our way of life as a community will be radically changed as will our economic model. By community I include the entirety of Walton County. This effects every resident from Paxton to Inlet Beach.
     
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  9. James Bentwood

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    There are plenty of government regulations about use of private property. Can a beachfront owner build a 10,000 sf pavilion, level dunes, or open a daquiri stand? Of course not. The proposed changes are a common sense addition to the leave no trace program. We need to regulate use of our beaches to ensure enjoyment by all. Compromise is necessary for a decent society.
     
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  11. ShallowsNole

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    Property values will not suffer either. They were steadily increasing before the fences and signs went up. Again...owning gulf-front means that you are entitled to the comfort that no one can bring in a few loads of fill dirt and build between you and the Gulf, and also that you can enjoy the sights and sounds of seagulls and the surf 24/7, 365 days a year.
     
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  12. 30A Skunkape

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    I'm not so sure about this! We have codes without enforcement, that is the rub. Right person with right connection$ on the right day might be able to get away with a huge project. ***Huckabee***:bang:
     
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    Yes people get away with things they shouldn't if nobody is watching.
     
  14. Andy A

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    Get of Huckabee's case. I don't agree with his beach usage stance but he has already done more to help some in BMB beach than all the rest of you put together.
     
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    The Clark Partington law firm became aware of this post, and the message that it depicts on the afternoon of June 10, 2016. THE CLARK PARTINGTON FIRM DID NOT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY ENDORSE OR APPROVE EITHER THE CONTENT OR DISSEMINATION OF THIS POST. It does not represent the opinion of the Clark Partington firm, nor any lawyer or staff member, with respect to any current or proposed legislation governing access to, or the right to use, the beach anywhere in the State of Florida.
     
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  16. Danny Glidewell

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    Then why is your telephone number on the card? Thanks for responding to the post.
     
  17. steel1man

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    Wonder what WCSO thinks?
     

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    They are saying that they didn't know about the card. Whoever made it included their number. The number shouldn't have been on it or it absolutely should have specified it was the number of the law firm.

    Maybe a class action?
     
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    The way I read it they dont approve of the post.....doesnt say anything about the post "CARD"........but it still makes you wonder if they are not involved why does it have their number on it. Maybe they should be looking at their clients that might be trying for a class action.
     
  20. GypsyJamie

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    On the beach in Seagrove this morning..
     

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