We have been coming to Cape San Blas for the month of January for the past seven years. When retirement age comes, we plan to spend entire winters on the Cape. The initial draw was the area’s dog friendly beaches. We have made many good friends, all of them dog lovers. Part of the joy we experience has to do with daily walks on the beach with our friends and their dogs. Almost daily, we travel from Boardwalk and Florida Ave. all the way to the lighthouse, traversing the AFB section, which now, we understand, is in danger of being closed to our four-legged friends.
What a shame it would be to lose that stretch of beach for walking. Many enjoyable hours are spent, meeting new people (mostly other snowbirds), finding treasures and picking up debris left behind by storms or less caring people.
I worry that such a restriction will force the winter population to find other areas to spend their time and their money. I hope the Air Force will reconsider their position. Perhaps a seasonal allowance could be considered, if, during the summer, high traffic to that area is deemed detrimental.
Dennis and Karen Gagnon