A sigh of relief: Spring break over in Walton County

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 16:08 PM.

Over at Whale's Tail and Pompano Joe's is where most of the spring break action happens. However, Pompano Joe's general manager, Roy Moore said the crowds were quieter. In the past, Moore said, a big issue the restaurant faced was intoxicated breakers walking up from the beach and causing disturbances. With the sheriff's office patrolling the sand, restaurant workers could focus more on their customers and less time trying to wrangle rowdy visitors.

"The sheriff's office did an exceptional job," Moore said. "If only there was better weather, but you've got to deal with what you get."

Commissioner Cindy Meadows said she did receive complaints on traffic and parking issues. She also noted there was an inordinate amount of debris left on the beach, which led the Tourist Development Council (TDC) to do additional beach clean-ups. The trash even instigated a grassroots clean-up campaign from Miramar Beach resident, Madra McDonald. Meadows is asking residents to send her their comments and attend the next few town hall meetings to offer their thoughts on this year's spring break.

Before spring break 2014, Comander said she would like to have a workshop including all spring break-involved agencies.

"I don't know what to expect next year, but we can be prepared for any event if we work together," she said.

"From the BCC and TDC side I also think we faced the issues and did a good job of handling the trash and other issues," Comander added. "Was it perfect? No. And I know we can plan better for next year, but as humans, I think we did the best job under the circumstances."

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