Grayton beach - beach chair rentals - troubling trend

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  1. BB

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    I arrived at Grayton Beach before 11:00 a.m. On a non holiday weekend and I noticed that we were unable to pull up to a direct beach parking because a long line of unoccupied rental beach chairs.

    As a resident I pay for beach access every year and have been doing so for over 11 yeas. I am very upset by this behavior by the Beach chair vendors. I do not begrudge their entrepreneurial spirit, however, when they infringe on my rights as a tax payer, then we have a problem.

    If these vendors were to set up chairs as customers arrived, then it is fair game. However, they set up on the full fringe of the beach, very,very early, and hog the entire beach. These chairs are empty for most of the day ... I counted 16 empty chairs at 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

    I plan to contact the County Commission about this nonsense. The same thing happened at the Jazz Fest in April. People were so upset that there were arguments and people almost
    came to blows. They started moving the chairs....very scary situation. We do not want this on our beautiful beach.
     
  2. Scooter

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    These beach chair vendors are ruining our beaches! We've been vacationing in Grayton for over 15 yrs. and 2 yrs. ago we encountered the beach chair vendors. My husband decided to beat them to their game and arrived to set us up beachfront before 7 a.m. When the vendors arrived they asked us to move. Of course, we looked at them like they had 5 heads!!!!!!! If the chairs aren't rented, they should not be set-up! This is one of the reasons that we stopped vacationing at Sandestin.
     
  3. steel1man

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    . BB see " early bird gets the beach", I guess on Sowal lounge...same story and pics at blue mt beach county comiss. And code enforcement helped us...sweet victory
     
  4. Joby

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    From another thread.........

    "I talked to the Code Enforcement department in Walton County, he said to let him know about chairs without names that is illegal and will stop it ( I have his number but I'm in Alabama for a week and the number is at my house sorry). But call Walton county and ask for code enforcement. I will be doing the same in 10 days Again..... " Power in Numbers"."

    Contact your county commissioner Cindy Meadows
    meacindy@co.walton.fl.us
     
  5. BB

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    Picture of just a few of the empty chairs

    Here is a picture of just some of the Grayton Beach empty rental chairs.
     

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    if they don't have names on them call the county code enforcement guy
     
  7. BeachMac

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    Today, there was a long line of them set up on Grayton Beach, probably five times as many as in the photo above. It looked like three different types/at least two different company names on the back. 80+% of them were totally empty and unoccupied. It visually clutters the beach as one of the things I love about Grayton beach is that it used to not have all the empty tourist chairs lining the beach. As mentioned by someone above, I don't begrudge the vendors being there to provide chairs (there are times I kinda like to not have to haul my own chairs down), BUT I do have a problem with chairs being set up for nonexistent users that block the beach and make it look busy when it's not. Thanks for passing on the commissioner info.
     
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    One of the things I like about Grayton is it has never looked like Destin or PCB with rental chairs from one end of the beach to the other end.
     
  9. Scooter

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    Grayton Beach is ruined! Will never be what it used to be!
     
  10. TJMay

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    If nobody is using them and you need beach front, move 'em...
     
  11. Matt J

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    Drama queen.
     
  12. jpbhen

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    that is EXACTLY what i was thinking. and exactly what i would do. if they aren't rented to anyone, how on earth can the vendors make the argument that they are entitled to the spot(s)? fold them up and put them in a pile, and enjoy your beach view! and resist the urge to LIGHT the pile . . .
     
  13. Truman

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    Chairs don't save spots. People do.
     
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    Are call beach code enforcement, if you give him company names with setups that don't have a rented to sign attached he will handle it for you.. He differently cleaned up BMB. 850-267-4578
     
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    I got to say I agree with the OP. Boy do I dread 4th of July morning.
     
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    exactly right, these anti-chair vigilantes that imagine they can go around taking set ups down
    or moving them where they choose better have a decent lawyer if they plan on doing more
    than just running their mouths online.
     
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    The people illegally placing the chairs going to sue? I doubt it.
     
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  19. Matt J

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    Who's your attorney? They've got a fool for a client.
     
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    He represents himself, not all that well I might add.
     

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