LETTER: More questions than answers with proposed pier

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 04:51 PM.

An open letter to Commissioner Meadows:

The idea of building a commercial fishing pier in Grayton Beach State Park saddens me. It shows a lack of appreciation for our beautiful park… the last place we can see any semblance of the precious sand dunes we used to have in Walton County.

Having stated my bias for leaving the park in its present state to preserve at least some memory of the dunes, let me ask a few more practical questions.  I was not able to attend the meeting May 7, but from the document released at the meeting, I could glean little in-depth information.

So, I would like to know:

What is the reason for building this fishing pier?

What does the benefit/cost analysis of building a pier show?

What criteria were used to choose this project over any others?

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