'Remove or approve': Residents push back as BCC considers dogs on the beach


Marion Victor, who lives on the beach in South Walton, says he has already seen residents abusing their dog-on-beach privileges.

Molly Mosher | The Sun
Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 02:30 PM.

Enforcement, enforcement, enforcement was the plea heard 'round the courtroom at Tuesday's BCC meeting.

"We just can't seem to get enforcement in this county," said Santa Rosa Ridge resident Mary Nielson in regards to the to-be-approved Waterways and Beach Activities Ordinance.

After three public workshops, revisions, inclusions and deletions in the existing beach activities ordinance, Interim County Administrator Gerry Demers brought what he thought might be the final draft before commissioners for their approval Tuesday. After again hearing from the public, however, the ordinance will ultimately be pushed back to allow for further revisions.

The ordinance, Demers earlier told The Sun, was a measure to compile existing beach activity laws, while clarifying them and making them more enforceable.

Those gathered at the Tuesday meeting asked, "How?"

"How it works in practicality, in the real world, is not necessarily something we'll know," said Clay Adkinson, who was sitting in for County Attorney Toni Craig, who was ill. 

The enforcement buzz word mainly landed on a new measure which would allow visitors to purchase permits to bring a dog to the beach. 

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