To pier or not to pier — it appears not: Fishing pier at Grayton Beach State Park dead after outcry

Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 04:32 PM.

McKee says now, though, that it can not be built at the state park and would have to be located elsewhere.

"It was a conceptual proposed project," he said. "And if the public is against it and doesn't want it, I doubt it would ever come about. The County Commissioners do listen." 

Still, residents want to make sure they are heard loud and clear.

"A fishing pier and massive parking deck in our beloved Grayton Beach State Park might be the worst idea ever proposed for 30A," agreed Seagrove resident Lynn Nesmith. "A Taj Mahal of a TDC Welcome Center in state forest land was bad enough. A fishing pier in Grayton Park is absolute insanity. Swimming in the Gulf would be limited to prevent accidents from fishing hooks. A leisurely stroll on our pristine beach between WaterColor and Grayton would be aggressively interrupted by a massive man-made structure. 30A's hallmark view looking across Western Lake would be permanently compromised. For what? More traffic and congestion and pollution. Or maybe a big construction contract for some northerner's second cousin?"

"Grayton needs to remain the scenic natural recreation area it is," said Rosemary Beach resident Claire Bannerman. "It proved itself to gain the Scenic Highway designation, so, protect and preserve it. Grayton Beach State Park is a scenic natural gem along our coast."

"It would not be welcome to interfere with our nostalgic, old town of Grayton feeling,” said Realtor Nina Horn.  “That is why tourists come here, to feel the sense of a community in walks to the beach and parks they can enjoy. If pavement comes in to destroy our vegetation and sand dunes, it would change the whole area and become more like our sister cities, which we are not!” Restaurant owner Hanie Nasri agreed, "I prefer Grayton to stay the same. It is one of the places that has its own charm. No need to mess that up."


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