Readers respond to call to close beaches to vehicles

Published: Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 01:01 PM.

In last week’s edition of The Star, a reader wrote about the ecological effects of driving on the beach and the effects it has on the local sea turtle population. The reader put out a call to close beaches to vehicles. The subject had even been discussed last week by the Tourist Development Council with mixed reactions. Our online readers responded.


“Cape San Blas and Indian Pass beaches have been a part of life in Gulf County since the early 1900's. Many families used these beaches as recreation and a way to supplement food for themselves. Now that real estate buyers have come to Gulf County it seems as though all the rich want to develop the beaches and use them as their own little recreational playground.

They want those with less money to go elsewhere for fun. These Homeowners knew there was driving on the beaches before they bought land and built houses. Driving on the beach does no more harm than those who light up the beaches at night, dig huge holes on the beaches, leave their trash, gather sea oats and other plants to take home, etc. etc.

These Beaches are an attraction for people to come to the county or for those already living here to provide the county with a way to make money from those buying ice, food, fishing supplies and other goods to spend the day with the family enjoying what God has provided.

So I say to those who own property on these beaches and want to keep it all to themselves either enjoy what you have and don't be so selfish. Learn to share and enjoy God’s Country…or move back home.”


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