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NotDeadYet

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Jul 7, 2007
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I hope that gets removed from the beach. Awful.

And that picture right there is the reason the county can ban ghost chairs but it will never be enforced. One vendor has been doing this at my beach for a couple of summers now, putting a ghost set up in the prime spot first thing in the morning. A time or two he even moved my stuff! while I was out in the water. And now they wonder why people are so angry.
 

30aconcerned

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Oct 26, 2012
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Word around here , over heard by a local, beach boys saying ,"they will put their chairs where ever they want and NO one can stop them"....... we will see...

<img src="http://www.sowal.com/bb/attachment.php?attachmentid=40177"/>

Seems like there is a lot of this elitist narcissistic " I'll do whatever I want to" attitude in the "neighborhood" and not just from the local beach boys.
 

John G

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Jul 16, 2014
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Word around here , over heard by a local, beach boys saying ,"they will put their chairs where ever they want and NO one can stop them"....... we will see...

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Here's a little industry secret steel1man...

The Achilles heel of the chair vendor is the Tail Gate Tent.

http://www.sportsunlimitedinc.com/tailgatetents.html

We can even logo one with "30a" on it!

Would you like to go into business and rent these with me?

Same rules apply... (Don't they?).

Oops, just opened Cecilas (Pandoras) box...

If I were a beach vendor, I'd think it about time to fix your own problem before you have Govnt do it for you.

Just a thought...
 

Jackalope

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Jan 24, 2015
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I was wondering, do rental companies offer packages when a house is rented, beach set up is included? If you think about it, this could add to the problem of ghost set ups.. An easy add on to up sell or placade unsatisfied guests, etc.

If the chair vendors are that arrogant, its probably because they know that they can get away with anything in spite of ordinances. If I had the time and inclination to push back I would propose a sit in on the prime public locations. Take away their "angling" and let them know that it's a two way street. I don't even go to the beach anymore because its a pita. Most likely they don't have the betterment of the beach and community in mind when they stake their claim on public property.

As a side question, what hours of the day are bonfire permits good for?
 
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People should think before they speak

First of all I hear a lot of ignorance. This proposed ordinance is unconstitutional and a huge mess that they will not even be able to enforce. Wasted money. I dont even know why were paying Jim Bagby with the TDC around 180k a year. What a joke.
Unless the county and commissioners want a lawsuit on their hands they need to consult with a second attorney. Ive already spoke with mine. Im sure nobody wants to file against the county/TDC whomever but it will happen if this beach in over-regulated and in an unconstitutional way.
Yes ghost chairs bother me. If beach attendants did say they can do whatever they want that is an issue for me. However the comments about people getting free rent is absurd. The money circulates. Has anyone taken an economics class. The tourists come here because they have the money. They have the money to spend on beach chair service, and they have the money to spend on large fancy houses. When they spend money on beach chairs, bonfires, kayaks, bikes and so forth it creates jobs. The owners and their staff now have the money to buy groceries at Publix, and Walmart. They now have the money to put their kids in daycare. They have the money for car insurance, cable, gas, electric, buying clothes for their family at the outlets, etc. Likewise people who work at Publix, the gas station, the utility company, the daycare now have JOBS!!!!! This is the area we live in. Its tourism based and driven. We need tourism to survive.
 

Bob Wells

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Jul 25, 2008
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Ashley some of what you say is true but some of the other is BS. Regulation of public accesses does fall under the county. When law enforcement can make you get out of the water due to surf conditions,,they can write you a ticket for having glass or a dog on the beach or having an unpermitted bonfire they can regulate vendors on public beaches.
 

Teresa

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Nov 15, 2004
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I don't think its a matter of money or who gets paid for what, or who is in charge or who isn't. It's simply a matter of stopping the vendor chair set up free for all on public beach accesses that's ruining the beautiful beach experience for visitors and locals. That's the bottom line.
 

Jdarg

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Feb 15, 2005
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I don't think its a matter of money or who gets paid for what, or who is in charge or who isn't. It's simply a matter of stopping the vendor chair set up free for all on public beach accesses that's ruining the beautiful beach experience for visitors and locals. That's the bottom line.

Free for all sums it up perfectly.
 

John G

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Jul 16, 2014
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This will be a class action law suit. Regardless of what side.

Commie vs. Socialist vs. ( insert here )...

So silly. Why was this never an issue before?
 
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