BUZ LIVINGSTON: It was the best of times; it was the worst of times

Published: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM.

News from the Timpoochee Trail

Tom Smith holds dual positions at Big Daddy’s Bike Shop — apprentice mechanic and raconteur. Neither Tom nor anyone else at Big Daddy’s built the 30A bike path, marketed to tourists as the Timpoochee Trail. Walton County taxpayers did.

According to an email, using bed tax money to improve the bike path would mean less advertising thus negatively affecting tourism. Please don’t plead poverty in light of record setting bed tax collections.

Here’s a counterpoint, if people ride on a B grade path, they may not return.  The Timpoochee Trail is unique for the Emerald Coast. World famous Sam Bush, not a one-hit wonder from the 80s, even wrote a song about it called “Blue Mountain.”

Sam Bush touring with a 30A T-shirt would spark more awareness than television commercials many folks skip. Forcing all maintenance and improvements on Walton County taxpayers, in light of record setting revenue, seems shortsighted.

After all, tourists should help pay for the venues they use.

Buz Livingston, CFP offers hourly financial planning and fee-only investment management to clients along Florida’s Emerald Coast. He can be reached at 267-1068, Buz@LivingstonFinancial.netor www.LivingstonFinancial.net.

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