Beach vendors should follow Cecilia Jones and be voted off the free public sands.beachma, thank you. And if there is ever a photograph that should be used to address the vendor issue it should be the one you took from the walkover that showed your place between all the setups of the vendors. It broke my heart and made me mad all in the same second. It truly is worth a "1000 words".
Commissioners and their families are involved in Beach vending and golf carts. Two scourges of SoWal. Go figure.
Sandestin . Topsail . WaterColor . Seaside . Rosemary Beach . Carillon Beach
More chairs, umbrellas, boards, boats than you know what to do with.
Beachmana, I understand! We have been coming several times a year for over a decade with our kids and won’t any longer due to the ridiculous vendor situation and now the almost unbelievable Customary Use issue. I have 30a art in my home that I’ve purchased there, professional photography hanging over our fireplace and throughout our home from local photographers, jewelry from The Zoo Gallery, books from The Hidden Lantern, ...it’s so much a part of who we are as a family and it’s heartbreaking. I have to chuckle at our pictures of Rosemary Beach 10 years ago with one small row of umbrellas in June. Now it’s $450 a week for the privilege of sitting on the third row. And the ads that Sowal runs on Facebook showing tranquil beaches with no vendors almost seems like false advertising.
And I don’t even know what to say about Customary Use. What on earth?? We are researching a beach property to buy but now have to look in Orange Beach, Fairhope or possibly South Padre because who wants to deal with the double whammy of vendors and NO TRESPASSING! signs during a vacation?
Anyway, I’m just so sorry for the regular people who live there who might be losing rental money because of this. I’m still trying to wrap my head around somebody thinking this was a good idea.