Policy on Personal Beach Chairs vs Vendor

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  1. dragonflycafe

    dragonflycafe Beach Lover

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    We are back at Sowal and see that the beach chair rentals are now $365 for 6 days. When we first started visiting Sowal there weren't very many vendors and now the beaches are completely dominated by the . Further, the beaches are all divided up in small portions this year with ropes and signs stating where you can sit and can't sit depending on where you are staying.

    Anyway, if we wake up early and go down to the beach to set up first, then walk the beach with the kids, can these vendors move my things? I just don't want to be behind 3 rows of chairs because I can't see my children in the water.

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. Jimmy T

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    No. The vendors are not allowed to move your beach set up.
     
  3. UofL

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    Maybe 6 years ago, $220 a week for one set. Wow $365! We bought beach chairs ($29) and umbrellas ($25) Tommy Bahama brand at Costco after that. Have replaced 1 chair. Also, bought those spiral, umbrella holders to dig/hold the umbrellas, bought them on 30A.
     
  4. Dawn

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    Can I ask what strectch of beach?
     
  5. dragonflycafe

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    I don't mind bringing my own things either, but when the vendors get to dominate the best spots it's impossible to get a good spot unless you get there at sunrise I'm assuming. He wouldn't tell me when they set up on purpose. $365 is crazy and you see empty chairs that nobody uses all day in the front row. Also, these roped off areas are new. The section of the beach for Seacrest is tiny (and all spots dominted by vendors) and beach roped off and says "Reserved for Sandy Shores only" or "Rosemary Beach only." Thought it was a public beach? What happens if you cross the rope and sit? Things sure have changed over the years!
     
  6. Dawn

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    I doubt anything near there is public. And that is a very crowded area of SoWal. Ultimately the association in charge of a "private" beach determines if vendors are allowed and regulate their setups.

    No chairs or umbrellas or anything else is supposed to be set up before 730 am or until turtle watch is finished - whichever comes first.
     
  7. dragonflycafe

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    Seacrest. But dealt with it last year at Rosemary (but it was $300 there last year bc I rented chairs). Sound like a bitter ole hen but it's interesting to see the changes over the years.
     
  8. dragonflycafe

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    Great info, thanks. I suppose I should visit another stretch of 30a these days. Love this area, but mama it is crowded! Love Grayton but figure it's the same. Seaside makes RB look sparse!
     
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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    I would definitely go to Dune Allen Beach where old Florida still exists but still close to everything.
     
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    I'm guessing the Dune Allen folks don't appreciate your post...
     
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    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Inlet Beach too!
     
  12. steel1man

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    Have those Costco Tommy Bahama chairs lasted?...I have about 6 or 7 and they seem to all have sipper problems regularly. Good news Costco will always replace
    But thinking of switching to a different brand..any suggestions?
     
  13. Mike Smith

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    All my tommy bahama chairs have zipper problems. They've lasted pretty well. I have 9 and they have been used going on three summers and just had one tear today. Heard the wooden handle chairs mold so I'll probably stick with the Costco tommy Bahamas.
     
  14. TJMay

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    "No. The vendors are not allowed to move your beach set up."

    If a vendor's setup is unoccupied and not marked "reserved", Can it be moved?
     
  15. FoX

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    Let's not allow setups until the customer is on scene.
     
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    Haven't used the zipper part so much. It was the stitching on one that was beginning to separate, so we bought a Costco replacement for it. Didn't want to be at the beach if it tore.

    So....haven't tried another brand. Certainly a better deal than the beach set ups.

    Ellen
     
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    The way , let's see, ALL other resorts market manage the vendor situation is that the vendors have a stand. People go to the stand and rent chairs. The vendor then goes and where available, sets up the chairs and umbrella. I am not sure why this isn't our policy too.

    I see the ass clowns setting up umbrellas at 6am. Just wait until the 4th. We all need to get pictures at 6am from Friday to Monday and send theme to the county so they get it.
     
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    Because weak leadership...and stuffs...
     
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  19. MRBS

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    stands would appear to be a logical solution. I don't really understand why chairs are set up without committed sitters. is it the law of a near captive audience? chairs there, "oh nice, who do I pay?" from what i understand they are not all rented. so expensive for many and then no space for your own set up you sweated to bring ? how many vendor chairs go empty? how does that make sense? how are they taxed? rent amounts?
     
  20. Dawn

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    Another stupid case of "that's the way we've always done it".

    I don't like the idea of bidding out our beaches but would be better than current situation.

    There's only probably like only 10,000 beach communities on this planet that have figured it out. If only we could ask around.
     
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