Locals offer advice to spring breakers

Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

Rosemary Beach artist Allison Wickey just wants to keep her beautiful town and beaches clean — "exactly how you found them ... thank you!"

As does Miramar Beach 's Bonnie Pleggenkuhle. "Enjoy your visit on our beautiful beaches, but be respectful of them and leave them as pristine as you find them. Think of them as you would as if you were living at home and your parents are watching …," she said.

Realtor Bobby Johnson advises spring breakers to remember the three Rs, "Relax, respect, and remember some of us live here."

As does Seagrove's Barbara Rowan: "I would hope they can respect those of use that live here full time. Yes, we are fortunate to be able to do so. But, we still work, have places to go by a certain time and not all of us like to stay up until 2 a.m. listening to loud music … at least I don't."

Seagrove's Bob Dobes says, "My advice is: 1) Spring breakers rarely listen to advice. 2) When events get out of hand, neighbors can take matters into their own hands and call the sheriff's office as a matter of due diligence. If that fails and real property is involved, seek the owner of the property (via rental agency or otherwise tax records). Report the potential risk of property damage, plus nuisance, and express good neighborly concern. Then give them (the owners) the sheriff's number. 3) Also, if the rental agency does not assist with a solution or an eviction, encourage the owner to find another agency that will protect their property."

As a business owner, Miramar Beach 's Bob Doty offers a different perspective. His advice is to "spend lots of money!"


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