TDC maps beach ambassador program

Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 09:34 AM.

“Obviously the one cent was a dividing issue,” said TDC executive director Jennifer Jenkins.

And the revenue from the one cent could only spent for narrow purposes – one of which would be a beach safety program – but Jenkins said as she, county attorney Jeremy Novak and Sheriff Mike Harrison researched the proposal reality became apparent.

“All the research we did we found the one cent was not really a fit for us,” Jenkins said. “But we do have issues on the beach that we have to address.”

Hence what Jenkins is calling the “Beach Ambassador” program which she put to her advisory board to positive feedback last week.

Under the program, Jenkins would hire and train three part-time employees to be a presence on the beaches on St. Joseph Peninsula, Indian Pass and St. Joe Beach.

“They are to see and be seen,” Jenkins said.

Working with other organizations, most especially the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department and the GCSO, the employees will part code enforcement officer, Jenkins said, but primarily “brand” ambassadors, enhancing the image of Gulf County as a place to come and enjoy the water and, if desired, the solitude.

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