Readers respond to call to close beaches to vehicles

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



“I lived on the Gulf side of Cape San Blas for about 9 years back in the 90's. I was even part of the "Turtle Patrol", trained by Barbara Eells.

Even as a property owner at the time, it didn't bother me for people to drive on the beach. I was raised in Gulf County and "locals" driving on the Cape was a privilege we accepted and enjoyed. I remember my dad driving us on the beach from Indian Pass all the way around to the tip of the State Park, before the fence was put up. There was only one house on Cape San Blas other than the ones for the Light House keeper.

Sometimes we would camp on the beach for a week at a time. We saw sea turtles crawling up to the dunes to lay eggs and back into the water. It was fascinating to watch. Us being there didn't seem to stop their mission!

The hatchlings instinctively know how to reach the water. When I was on the turtle patrol, the only hazard I saw for them on the nights they hatched, was ghost crabs, raccoons, sea gulls, or possibly a storm surge that reached the nest before it was time to hatch.

I could understand keeping traffic off the dunes, but driving on the beach is harmless! God put it there for the enjoyment of all the people, not just the property owners and wildlife who happen to reside there!”

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