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Kind of a stupid question...

Discussion in 'All About SoWal' started by JB, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. JB

    JB Beach Fanatic

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    I'll be down in a few weeks for a convention at the Sandestin Hilton. I plan to blow off one day of the convention so I can spend all day at the beach.

    Here is my stupid question: I cannot stand crowded beaches in front of high-rises. Suppose I were to take my chair and cooler, and walk east past Four Mile Village to the beaches at Topsail Hill? Would this be a problem? Do they inforce the "no alcohol" rule.

    I just want some breathing room and tranquility. Replies from those in the know are appreciated.
     
  2. kurt

    kurt Admin Staff Member

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    I doubt anyone would bother you - even if they see you.
     
  3. wintersbk

    wintersbk Beach Fanatic

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    What is the "no alcohol" rule? Is this just for topsail? :confused:
     
  4. JB

    JB Beach Fanatic

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    Supposedly, there is no alcohol allowed in state parks or on state park beaches.
     
  5. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer Beach Lover

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    Well, now, isn't that a dumb rule?! :shock: Just like the g'vment! :idontno:
     
  6. FoX

    FoX Beach Fanatic

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    You're not likely to see any rangers on the beach. One could drive by and if he did say something he's not going to arrest you or anything.
     
  7. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Just in case, bring an extra to share, or at least offer to share.
     
  8. Excalibur

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    "Un - Officially" you should have no problem at all.
     
  9. JB

    JB Beach Fanatic

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    Thanks, folks. I guess I was probably as concerned about being on a state park beach without having paid a fee as I was about the beers.

    Heck, all they can do is make me leave.
     
  10. ktschris

    ktschris Beach Fanatic

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    Or worse yet, take your beer!
     
  11. Ocean Lover

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    One night on our 30a tour, we pulled into Topsail daily entrance. We'd never been there and heard it was beautiful. So we drive in, honestly pay our $2 fee and drive to a parking lot. We thought we were going to drive to the beach. It was about 6pm. We got out of the car and found out you had to take a tram to the beach. There wasn't a driver in site. we hung out for a while then left. I was bummed. :confused:
     
  12. whiteyfunn

    whiteyfunn SoWal Staff

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    You might want to have the beer in a can instead of a bottle - many swear by the bottle as opposed to the can but they don't want the glass on the beach - actually that is against the law and they can write a ticket for it.
     
  13. ShallowsNole

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    They can, and they do.
     
  14. kathydwells

    kathydwells Darlene is my middle name, not my nickname

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    Yep, just ask my sister about that. She got busted at Seagrove last year, with a glass beer bottle. It was in a zippered huggy but the deputies still saw it!!!
     
  15. JB

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    I'm a can man anyway. Put it in a koozie and no one knows the difference. Of course, with the latest news, my own "personal beach" may not have any sand on it :sosad:
     
  16. amylouky

    amylouky Beach Lover

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    We saw a few people get busted for bottles on the beach while we were down last week. I don't know if they got cited, but the sheriff made them take the glass bottles back up.
    Honestly, though, wouldn't anyone realize that glass on a beach is probably a bad idea?
     
  17. Beachlover2

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    Accidents happen - plus those damn bottle caps that people seem to be careless with. :nono1: We use cans or mix rum drinks in a plastic jug.
     
  18. Miss Kitty

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    Same folks that walk on dunes and leave trash everywhere more than likely...or else they just don't know the rules!!
     
  19. aquaticbiology

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    In the summer of 1986 I was at St. Andrews State Park in PCB for some very much needed R&R and had a few cans of beer with me in the cooler, and an open one sitting next to me, discreetly covered in the inevitable camo-patterned 'koozie'. In PCB they really have to monitor the teens and drunks or both, so I was a little bit scared, but not really surprised, when the notorious-for-being-a-hard@ss Chief Ranger stopped his blue-lighted ATV right in front of me, pointed and asked "Is that a beer?". I looked him right in the eye and replied "Yes, sir, it is!" "Is it cold?", he asked, perfectly stonefaced. "Yes, sir, it is!" I replied again, smiling widely, thinking how fitting it would be for the government to legislate only allowing hot beer on the beach. He then started up his ATV again and shouted as he rode away: "Well, you'd better drink it fast before it gets hot!" I still raise a discreetly covered can or two to his memory every time I have a beer on the beach.

    Be discreet, be respectful, be honest and have a wonderful time.
     
  20. lollygal

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    AAHH, for the good old days!!!!:cool:
     

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