Beach Chair vendor moved my chairs

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  1. Easternlake lady

    Easternlake lady Beach Comber

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    Sorry this is LONG!

    My family - grown children, grandchildren, pets - came down for a week to visit with us. This morning my sons went down and set up six chairs on the beach close together. We didn't take up more than 15-18 feet. They said there was nothing else (chairs, etc) anywhere near ours. When we went down two hours later, a beach chair rental vendor had moved three of our chairs back in order up set up four of their own, with umbrellas.

    We asked the people sitting there if they had moved our chairs and they said no, the chair vendor did. I got the number displayed on the umbrella, called the vendor, left a message and the guy called back and apologized. He said his worker who put them out should not have done that - they are not supposed to touch other peoples property.

    We ended up squeezed into a smaller area and all is fine. I do feel SO BAD though, because I was so rude to the people who had rented the chairs and through no fault of their own, ours had been moved. I apologized to them, but it was on the middle of my rant, so I'm sure it did not sound sincere!

    Personal note: no need to read this if you are just interested in beach chair rental policies and violations. I found out last week that I have a serious health issue that will require surgery when I get back home next week and more than likely follow up treatment. I have been snapping at everyone this week, even though I am trying so hard not to. I'm thinking that might be why I was rude to the people sitting in their rented chairs, just trying to enjoy their vacation. I feel so bad. Maybe I should go to the doctor to get some "don't give a flip" drugs....
     
  2. Jenksy

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    Summer is rough for locals. Where was this located?
     
  3. Dreamer

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    You deserved to be infuriated!!!!
     
  4. tomboymuldowney

    tomboymuldowney Beach Comber

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    The vendor you called was probably the guy that moved it. Easy to deflect over the phone.
     
  5. Easternlake lady

    Easternlake lady Beach Comber

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    We have a vacation home in the eastern lake area, so we are not actually locals. This is our first summer in the house and I'm not one to spend time on the hot beach, so this was really the first time I have sat in a chair out near the water. Just wondered if this happens a lot.
     
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  6. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    No one should have moved your chairs! This is a fairly new problem on the beaches and I hope it gets resolved soon. A new vendor ordinance is now in place but I'm not hearing any relief to beachgoers as of yet.
     
  7. ktmeadows

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    Frim what I've seen, the problem has become worse since the new ordnance was initiated. In front of One Seagrove a few weeks ago there was only a tiny area open that wasn't covered with vendor beach chairs. In all the years we've been coming down I've never seen it that bad. We are coming back down next week and I want to be prepared to call the right person who can do something. Does anyone know what number and who I can call? TIA
     
  8. Jenksy

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    If it was the guy at Ramsgate who drives the Auburn truck he like to start duels - company is 30a something.
     
  9. steel1man

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    beach code enforcement Jeff 850-428-0089 I would call him before you arrive back next week and alert him...then follow up after you arrive and see nothing has changed....give him vendor names and numbers....persistence pays off ( i.e. BMB )
     
  10. steel1man

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    report him to Jeff...he will not duel with him....
     
  11. ktmeadows

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    Thanks for the info! I will definitely be calling him if I see what I saw last time. Hopefully others will do likewise. Between the private beach signs and the beach chair vendors, there's not much beach left for the average beach-goer, and I'm not going to be forced to rent their chairs when I have a closet full myself.

    Thanks again!
     
  12. Everytime

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    I'm wondering if they're using some kind of loophole in the new ordinance in order to set up ghost rentals early. Didn't a County Commissioner abstain from the vote due to a relative/conflict of interest, but then participate in the discussion?

    We always set up either in front of Eastern Shores or, if our 3 yr old & 9 yr old daughters are with us, in the "Walton County Port Authority" parcel area so they can play in Eastern Lake or the Gulf. We also set up early so that we'll have a spot. We haven't had any conflicts with them and they've been nice to us, but this is ridiculous for them to move people's stuff!
     
  13. reece

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    This makes me nostalgic. I remember our first few trips to 30a 10 + years ago and we were practically the only people on the beach. Boy times have changed. Still the most beautiful though!
     
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    Sugar Dunes this AM. 40 umbrellas on the waterline so close together that you cannot walk down to the beach. Beachfront Trail same thing. Lots of "rented" set ups that are magically no shows. This our only stretch of beach that is public and it is getting cluttered by greedy vendors and we are letting it happen! A call to Jeff this AM.
     
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    I think, not only should you call Jeff, you should call all five BCC elected officials. A call to Larry Jones, County Administrator, would not hurt, either.
     
  16. ktmeadows

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    > Sugar Dunes this AM. 40 umbrellas on the waterline so close together that you cannot walk down to the beach. Beachfront Trail same thing. Lots of "rented" set ups that are magically no shows. This our only stretch of beach that is public and it is getting cluttered by greedy vendors and we are letting it happen! A call to Jeff this AM.[/QUOTE] This is exactly what we witnessed in front of One Seagrove several weeks ago, except that the chairs were 4 deep. They left a small area for the rest of us In an "aisle". then placed several chairs on the waterline on the other side. Right next to that was a "private beach" sign so the remaining public with their own chairs and umbrellas were left to crowd into a small area. We took our chairs and sat at the waterline in front of the private beach signs and were ready to challenge if anyone had approached us, which they didn't. Jeff will be getting several calls next week if we run into the same scene. Vendors need to be tossed off the beach and required to stand at the bottom of the beach walkover with their chairs. If someone wants to rent a chair they can choose their location just like the rest of us. That may sound extreme, but the beach vendor actions are getting extreme and ridiculous.
     
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  17. Everytime

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    Wow, and two rows deep. And I don't even see where all the rental units are in that area that would occupy all of those chairs in that area; your picture is a good bit east of Beachside Villas. It does look like that chair rental agency is trying to occupy and control that stretch of beach. I've never seen their solid green setups on the other side of the lake (Eastern Lake Road area).
     
  18. Everytime

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    And luvthebeach - 4 rows deep is even worse! We saw 4-6 rows deep several years ago when we rented at Seacrest Beach; I've since learned that that community overbuilt beyond their deeded beach access with the development on the beachside of 30A where they trolley their guests.
     
  19. seal

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    Photos, photos, photos...thank you for the photos.
     
  20. tsutcli

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    OK now you're going to hear from a long time local. I've lived here for over 15 years and our son & wife are here now with our three grandchildren. So there better be room on the beach for us and no one better move our chairs either!!! This whole area is getting a bit ridiculous and sometimes the thought of moving is the only peace I seem to get. Walking our beautiful beach doesn't give me that anymore because even that's too much of a hassle. Just for one, you have all these folks playing football, throwing a frisbee back and forth or hitting a little ball with a paddle at the water's edge and refuse to let you pass by. Oh they see you coming alright but they won't halt their game. I was hit in the back with a frisbee not long ago and I refuse to walk by when someone is throwing anything. Not only do the beach vendors have no manners but neither do our visitors! Calgon take me away........PLEASE!!!
     

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