BUZ LIVINGSTON: Spring break on 30A

Published: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 09:48 AM.

More retirees moving here could bring more amenities for old folks like adult day care so spouses can get a break. As benefits expand, more of us could live alone instead of moving in with children. Some St. Joe developments are wonderful. The hotel/retail area of WaterColor is great or at least it was until they pulled up my longleaf pines.

Walton County is officially ready for spring break with overtime for police and first responders. But taxpayers cover those bills. Instead of dumping the burden on local property owners let our visitors help.

I read Florida Statute 125.04.01 regarding bed tax revenue. Promoting tourism and rebuilding beaches are only parts of what is permissible. You may be surprised to learn the Lee County Board of County Commissioners approved using bed tax dollars to fund a spring training facility for the Boston Red Sox. It’s really genius; the county gets a facility financed by bed taxes and sees the local economy boosted. Sometimes government spending makes sense, see paragraph one. In junior high civics class I learned laws, in addition to being made, can be amended. Amend Florida Statue 125.04.01 so local governments can offset tourism costs. Otherwise we are being chumps.

I suggest another change. Spring break reprobates and rascals should have a mug shot online at www.waltonsun.com and the Sun’s print edition.   New rules: If you come and act the fool your face goes on the web. It’s High Noon on 30A.

Buz Livingston, CFP has a Blue Mountain Beach based fee-only, hourly financial planning and investment management firm. For more information, visit www.livingstonfinancial.net or come by our new office at 2050 Scenic 30A, M1-Unit 230, Redfish Village.

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