Spring Break Bust, local officials and residents look to regulate out-of-hand spring breakers

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 03:28 PM.

Many inside the Seascape conference center agreed that property owners should be more responsible when renting out their units and homes. Meadows pointed out that vacationers frequently lie to property owners about the number of guests.

"They'll say they have four people when they actually have 50," she explained.

Since spring break vacationers are only in town for a few days, it's hard to pinpoint who to blame. Cops could be called to a particular house several times and find different people inhabiting each time.

"We can't go to a house and say, 'By the way, you're getting arrested because of some other yokels,' " Adkinson said.

By putting more pressure on property owners, they'll be more inclined to pay attention, said one 30A resident.

"They usually don't give a rip as to what goes on as long at they get the bucks," she said.

Although Adkinson said he is looking at saturating the beach with officers, there's still thousands of tourists against a small group of people. South Walton Fire Chief Richard Talbert gave some good news stating that a ninth lifeguard tower will be added to the area. Lifeguards, Talbert said, have an excellent relationship with the Sheriff's Office.



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