Mike Huckabee’s role in pushing controversial beach access law

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  1. FloridaBeachBum

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    The point is - it was not just Huckbee - it was many-many of the 1,000 beachfront owners and some non-beachfront owners writing and lobbing for, just like Walton lobbied against, legislation who said the same thing. Just because he's a celebrity that gives him no Svengali affect on 148 legislators - including local Brad Drake who voted for HB631. To say otherwise is a baseless conspiracy theory that Huckabee started or influenced the FL legislators - many-many beachfront owners did. Legislators voted to ensure NO local government, not just Walton, could usurp the Constitution and was the legal and just thing to do to protect individual property rights - approved by a super majority and Governor. Just like you would want your Constitutional property rights protected.
    You are the forum Staff Member, it's your forum, and you get to determine what is legitimate and what is not. Thanks for the opportunity to post other facts and opinions.
     
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  2. boomerang

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    I am a lowly resident who moved to a little beach town not ruled by the elite - but unfortunately now ruled by the elite.

    Quiet titles to own to the water line is a travesty that should have never taken place.

    I expected better of Huckabee - being a former pastor.

    I guess I truly don't get why he and others don't want people enjoying the beach.

    I think for the vast majority have treated to beaches with respect - even cleaning up trash left by others.

    I don't want the mass development or beach vender chairs any more than you do.
     
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    I haven't heard that there were nearly that many beach front owners writing and pushing for HB631. Most of the BFOs I've heard from are on the customary use side or like the rest of are frustrated with beach vendors and enforcement.. So this is interesting. We could use some solid numbers.

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    If Jesus walked Blue Mountain Beach he'd be a dirty hippy CU fool. Unwelcome and suspected of being gay.
     
  5. Jenksy

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    Huckabee is pastor in name only it's part of his con.
     
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    That is what I now think - and what makes this so hard to fathom.

    I agree - Jesus would have been the lowly guy walking the beach - and thinking "I made this for all my children"
     
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    Huckabee is Huckabee. He doesn't bother me one way or the other. I don't agree with any his politics or his use of religion for gain. Because for him it's just business.. He's been known to be a supporter of this community in many ways. Many here like him. I ignore him mostly.

    However he is a well known, vocal political figure who is directly involved in this controversial local issue. He knew that his stance would not be a popular one here and said as much. His role isn't a conspiracy. It is reality. He isn't bothered by those who don't agree with him in the least. Why are you? He knows his actions will make him a target for criticism because that is what he does best. Politics. Like him or not.

    I will not accuse him of being un-Christian or anything of the sort. I will leave those tactics to him. An interesting kind of guy for sure.
     
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    I am sorry it offends my faith in what is right -

    I think men of God should look after the less fortunate - ones who can't own beach front.

    Ones who did not do dirty tricks like quiet title the dry sand that is not taxed because it is unbuildable.
     
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  9. Jenksy

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    Really? Do you also believe evolution is a hoax by liberals? Homosexuals are sinners? The apocalypse is "winning"?

    Read this and get back to us
    Political positions of Mike Huckabee - Wikipedia
     
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  10. Teresa

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    I don't agree with any of his political stances or anything he says or does. He is what he is. I have never been interested in him at all. I choose to ignore him. But I hear you. Sometimes we need to pay attention when others are being hurt.

    Like any politician he is subject to public scrunity. Go for it.
     
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    I think that politics and money have caused him to go down a self-centered path.

    I hold out hope he will see how his actions have hurt all of us and have turned our community into a spotlight not to be emulated.
     
  12. Shannon Lince

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    Amazing. So, just who is the moderator, or is there one at all?

    As to the BPO's my husband and I personally talk with several hundred, and those who represent entire blocks of neighborhoods, HOA's, condos. Almost to a person they will not express their opinion for the concern will make them a target of harassment. Many see no purpose in the court of public opinion. They follow along silently but express views privately. A reasonable percentage are not on Facebook. I will agree that 90% have no issue with locals on their beach, but object in varying degrees to flipping it public. Another BPO you will never hear from came up with the term "customary density."

    Shannon
     
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    BTW Bob Bob - I think you are funny!!!
     
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    After a handful of years with a few homes placing private property signs on the beaches It really got going when a handful of Beachfront owners in 2015 banded together to stop beach nourishment. There is a NY Times article on this thread about Mike Huckabee's involvement in influencing that outcome. No conspiracy, truth. I was also against beach nourishment for very different reasons; hard to acquire sand, expensive and I frankly did not think it really has that much of effect saving the beaches. Now, I really think it could work just fine; couldn't hurt. A very small number of beachfront owners started this nonsense egged on by a powerful law firm. That coalition was born from the beach nourishment issue. In time our beaches will be restored to customary use because the alternative is unthinkable. In time.
     
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  15. Everytime

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    As a non-property owner but frequent visitor to SoWal and occasional visitor to other beaches from Cape San Blas, FL to Orange Beach, FL, I’m against beach renourishment based on what I’ve seen at Orange Beach, Alabama, the (Orange Beach) Alabama and Florida portions of Perdido Key (including Perdido Key State Park), and Pensacola Beach proper. The native sand that naturally makes up the “dry sand” portions of Walton County Beaches is almost pure white, but the main difference I notice is in the texture; when you step on it, it packs and squeaks like a humid southern snow. The renourished beach sand in Orange Beach, Perdido Key and Pensacola Beach is yellow/tan, but notably a “looser” sand that burns up in the sun and doesn’t have the texture of the unique sand we are used to in Walton County; it’s more like playground sand in some mid-American suburb; I can’t even get an umbrella to stick up in it!

    The renouroshed sand in the Sunnyside area on the west end of Bay County is whiter but still has more shell fragments in it and is again not like the native sand in SoWal. Cape San Blas sand appears to be native to that area, but tends to be darker towards Apalachicola and SGI and whiter on the NW end of the cape in the state park.

    As you stated, you didn’t think it had much effect of saving the beaches - that is the big geological issue there: the beaches should be allowed natural accretion and renouroshment without artificial interference, just as the coastal dune lakes should be allowed to flow and open/close on their own.
     
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    And our sand here in SOWAL doesnt get hot. I just dont think they could ever get it to match.
     
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    Miramar Beach had beach renourishment in a project completed in 2007.
     
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    What is the sand quality like there? I don’t think I’ve been on the beach in that area since 1994!
     
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    I think most people would say quite good.
     
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    Where is beach renourishment needed in 30A? The beaches I’ve used seem to recover from tropical storms and hurricanes pretty well on their own. The coastal dune lakes and “bluff” dunes probably help with that. Miramar Beach, however, has no lakes and fewer, smaller dunes, but the “real” problem there is that many of the structures were built MUCH too close to the waterline!

    What effect will artificially renourishibg the natural beaches have on the coastal dune lakes? This obviously wasn’t an issue in Miramar.
     

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