Beach Vendor Zone posts

Discussion in 'All About SoWal' started by deborsk, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. dragonflycafe

    dragonflycafe Beach Lover

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    At the risk of getting flamed or sounding petulant, I just want to add that we changed our Labor Day vacation plans from 30a to Sedona. :sosad: These past two summers have been too stressful with the expensive chair vendors lining the entirety of Rosemary and Seacrest, crowds and traffic and decided to try something new. We didn't want to risk another packed week. Crowds are to be expected, but packed in like sardines while being forced to pay $300 for beach chairs isn't why we fell in love with the place. It's always been crowded in the summer, but never like this.

    Again, I know one could easily say "Guh-bye!! Who cares!" However, I am a huge fan of 30a; art from the area all around my house, shirts, baseball caps, consistent posts on FB and IG about it, have sent at least three friends there...so if I'm grousy about it, I can't imagine what others are thinking.

    And again, I feel for the residents!
     
  2. Bob Wells

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    Sorry you are not returning, maybe another time.
     
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  3. Jdarg

    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    I have heard so many tourist complaints this summer too.
     
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  4. seabythegrove

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    Frequently, these problems (overcrowding, over building, commercialism...) solve themselves. I can't imagine anyone who vacationed here 10+ years ago would come back now. It's simply not the same.
     
  5. 30aconcerned

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    And TOO MANY tourists are not good for anyone.
     
  6. steel1man

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    tell your friends. ..I can offer private beach on 30A with FREE daily umbrella and two chairs..just saying Rosemary and Seacrest and seagrove seaside watercolor ALL a ZOO PM me for my private Vrbo.....
     
  7. UofL

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    Seaside. Tupelo. This was in May and has been in the past. Will see what it looks like in September.
     
  8. deborsk

    deborsk Beach Lover

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    I have heard complaints too. A family in a crowded Water Color Publix on a Saturday said they just left their cart in the middle of the aisle and were definitely vacationing elsewhere next year. At the risk of sounding negative, maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing. The crowds are getting worse every summer...Paradise is changing!
     
  9. seal

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    In Panama City Beach today they were ticketing vendors. Vendors there have to be 30 feet back from the mean high water line. Here is the scoop: http://www.mypanhandle.com/news/beach-vendors-upset-over-ticketing

    What sets SoWal apart is the mindset of an idyllic time-gone-by experience at the beach. This is THE MOST VALUABLE and distinguishing asset of the area.

    These vendors are killing that. Get rid of ALL vendors on the beach. If a tourist wants to rent that stuff, let them haul it there. To get all vendors removed is going to be a battle much like stopping the Hampton on 30A. The vendors, their employees, etc. will show at the council meetings and claim its the end of the world. But it will be a welcome change to a more simple beach experience.
     
  10. Mike Jones

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    I hate to be a wet blanket but every year people complain about how crowded it is, yet every year new rentals are built and existing rentals are filled to capacity...

    This is true in almost every beach town ever made.

    Unfortunately, for every person who is fed up, there are 2 more who think it is perfect.

    This is true in almost every beach town ever made.

    But I agree that the locals need to stand up and keep things from becoming out of control. It begins and ends on the beach. If we can't at least have a free, clean, clutter free beach we've lost everything.
     
  11. m1a1mg

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    PCB stayed packed for years as well. I think people don't want it to become that.

    As PCB becomes more and more disgusting, folks look elsewhere. Just west is a tempting target to ruin as well. At the same time, most of Destin is getting old. Why not just go east a bit. Eventually, greed will defeat SoWal as well.

    It's not the end of the world that the area is getting so packed. Just a shame, that's all.
     
  12. NotDeadYet

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    Nope. No change this morning. Still vendors on all of the beach at OSP.
     
  13. Andy A

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    Why can't a reasonable solution to the beach vendor issue be found? Prohibit the set-up of chairs on the public beach until they are actually rented by tourists or local at the beach access. Still allow the 50% for those set-ups. Allow private access owners to do as they do now. Let the beach vendors set-up by individual renters or as a dondominium amenity as Adagio does. What happened to common sense in this county? Call your Commissioners and complain.
     
  14. Jimmy T

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    Clearly, the current rules aren't even being enforced. This would be a nice first step toward fixing the beach vendor problem. So... What do we need to do to get the ball rolling?
     
  15. steel1man

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    if you post vendor problems here???? please then copy ur response and paste to an email to our commissioner Cindy Meadows doubt she trolls this site. She needs to see OUR PLIGHT. meacindy@co.walton.fl.us....this is our best HOPE. SHE DOES ANSWER MY EMAILS.
     
  16. Andy A

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    I feel sure tha the Commissioners are well aware of SoWal and what transpires here. Also, I call Commissioner Meadow's office on a regular basis and she is always responsive to what I have to say, one way or another.
     
  17. ktmeadows

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    Ugh. We left there yesterday (until next month) and I have been keeping fingers crossed. Since you are there, if you would call Jeff, I know he is interested. Since its late in the day he may be done till Monday but perhaps leave a message. Last week it was crazy at OSB. Not to mention the trash that was building up at the access. I'm so lookng forward to October.
     
  18. Dawn

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    She was elected because of this site. Both times and she knows it.
     
  19. justhavinfun

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    If you really love 30A, send your friends to Destin and Panama City !!
     
  20. steel1man

    steel1man Beach Fanatic

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    PCB seems to realize their beach vendor problem

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    Line finishes:: for setting up to close to the water :way to wag the dogs tail:
     

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