BOCC rescinds 7-day beach driving permit

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

In addition, commissioners also doubled the fine for violators of the beach driving rules.

Jennifer Jenkins, executive director of the Gulf County Tourism Development Council, said one issue is that with the cost of the annual permit now nearly equals the fine levied for violations of driving regulations – the permit is $200, the fine $250 – so drivers were willing to risk a fine to save $200.

Yeager motioned to double the fine to $500, which was unanimously passed, with an effective date of July 1.

“That at least gets people buying the permits,” Yeager said.

Jenkins added, “It makes more sense. It also helps us keep control of the traffic on that beach.”

On the issue of beach driving, commissioners also agreed to a one-year “right of entry” agreement with Eglin Air Force Base concerning the beach along the base’s property.

The agreement requires the county to maintain the beach and increase signage pertaining to proper driving and areas prohibited to motorists and to assume the responsibility of the gate that allows drivers onto the area.

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