John G, without adequate public beach the demand for properties that do not have beachfront will decrease and thus will need to cut prices which will change the clientele in a negative fashion. And that lower demand will increase pressure for TDC to increase advertising to prop up demand and will reduce the amount of funds available to purchase additional beachfront for public use. The Sheriff cannot hire enough deputies to enforce the trespass violations and pandemonium will be the order of the day. The only solution that will work for both sides is to increase the amount of public owned beachfront. Rather than pay attorneys millions with no certainty as to outcome maybe it would be it might be better to start eminent domain proceedings on the white sand areas near the existing public beaches. The process could continue as money is available and we see what the exact value of the white sand area is. Since you cannot build on it, grow anything on it or do much of anything except sunbath on it, the value might not be very much after all. Then the owners are compensated and the public can utilize the beaches free and clear. But BMBvagrant has a valid point. The politics of it are simple. There are at most a couple of thousand beachfront voters against the vast majority of Sowal voters north of 30-A/98 and the vast majority of Nowal voters who want to continue to have a job and enjoy the beach too. So either the BCC will move to secure the beaches for the public or there will be new commissioners elected who will. I think a compromise of taking down the signs and fences while the county vigorously purchases beachfront with TDC funds formerly used for advertising while increasing enforcement against the common nuisances and restricting vending might be in everyone's best interests. Because fighting in court for years helps no one.