TDC gets an earful at forum

TDC forum
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 05:09 PM.

Some South Walton residents believe we don't need more tourists — just better crowd control.

"We don't want everybody here. The problem is you need to get rid of the bottom tier,” said 32-year resident Sherry McCall. “Let them go to Panama City. We don't want them here."

These comments and many others came Wednesday morning from some of those who attended a workshop organized by the Walton County Board of County Commissioners. The forum-style "workshop" that was held at the Bayou Arts Center off County Road 393N saw a full house of about 50 residents ready to speak their minds.

The purpose of the workshop was for the public to discuss the mission and strategic direction of the TDC.

The public was not shy in sharing its opinions about the job the TDC is doing, beginning with Sue Parsonnet, a 25-year resident of Inlet Beach, who said she is concerned about the money being spent.

"There are so many people here now that we can't move," she said. "But the TDC is spending money on things such as Emeril and they want to take away our three-way stop and put in a roundabout. The TDC is totally out of control."

The TDC’s arrangement with the Food Network chef, who lives in Sandestin, was also mentioned by Jack Slattery. "The TDC is bringing in more people but putting in place no infrastructure to handle them. We need parking so people can get to the beach instead of spending money on cooking shows," he said, adding he would like to see the bike path finished, particularly on Chat Holley.

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