Clean up the beaches

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:21 AM.

Dear Editor,

My wife and I have owned our home on beautiful Cape San Blas for over ten years, leaving for a few months during the summer.  We came down for a week to visit friends and check on our house the third week in July.  When we took our early morning beach walk I was astounded and disgusted, to say the least.  I could not believe the amount of pop-up tent canopies, chairs, umbrellas and trash that was left, with no one around.  It looked like a refugee camp without the refugees!  Down by the Air Force property was a real treat with all kinds of beer cans, bottles, and other trash thrown about.  I thought we had a “leave no trace” code.  What happened?  The TDC and the BOCC like to rave about all the number of tourists bringing in thousands in bed taxes, as well as the hiring of “beach ambassadors” at the costs of thousands in tax payer dollars.  However, from where I see it, it doesn’t seem to be working, or is it that they don’t want it to work because they might mess with somebody’s vacation.  I believe the money would be better spent on bona fide law enforcement of our beaches and citation pads (especially at night).  Maybe then we could eliminate fireworks, vehicles racing and carrying on; and make a real effort to get the offenders to clean up after themselves instead of waiting for the “maid” or high tide to do it.  If the TDC and BOCC’s objective is to have our beaches look like PCB, they are off to a good start.

Doug Calendine

Cape San Blas

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