BOCC rescinds 7-day beach driving permit

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Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 11:00 AM.

To fracture a familiar adage the road of good intentions can sometimes contain potholes.

The Board of County Commissioners addressed one during Tuesday’s regular bi-monthly when commissioners unanimously approved rescinding the 7-day, or temporary, beach driving permit as of July 1.

Commissioners had put the temporary permit in place last year as they raised the cost of the annual beach driving permit, an effort, as stated at the time, to provide a revenue-generator for short-stay visitors who did not want to put out $200 to drive on the beach.

However, Commissioner Warren Yeager noted, the weeklong permit has had the unintended consequence of putting drivers unfamiliar with local beaches on the beach.

The result has been complaints of excessive speeds, heavy traffic and most especially deep rutting of the beach.

“The 7-day permit is causing some issues,” Yeager said. “I think it puts people on the beach who don’t know how to drive on that sand.”

Yeager motioned and commissioners agreed to rescind that portion of the beach driving ordinance with an effective date of July 1.

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