LETTER: So-called improvements would put paradise in peril

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 03:20 PM.

I write in response to the Oct. 20 letter to the editor by Daryl Dobson recommending "improvements" along 30A. This person seems quite knowledgeable with the particulars of the TDC, as well as referring to a 1996 county plan, and I have to wonder who or what has prompted taking up this issue at this particular time.

Given the number of infringements suggested, the person sounds very much like an advocate of the euphemistic "sustainable development," aka Agenda 21, whereby all property rights are considered anathema and must be abolished. Many of the elements suggested are akin.

Lest we forget, once federal funds are involved, local autonomy is lost.

This person mentions "all the other beaches" and "hundreds of other oceanfront areas in the United States " as having successfully achieved his/her suggestions, yet not even one beach nor oceanfront community is specified.

Being a beach lover, I have been to most of the beaches along the East Coast from Cape Cod down to the Keys and many of the beaches along the California coast. Any boardwalks are primarily in metropolitan areas and ALL are landward of exceptionally wide beaches; notable boardwalks include Venice , "muscle” beach, and Huntington beaches in California and Atlantic City . Asbury Park and Point Pleasant at the Jersey shore are amuck with all kinds of sideshows and clap trap.

I sincerely doubt that that is what anyone really desires here, resident or tourist.

Further, if this person has had much interaction with the tourists frequenting the 30A communities, he/she would know that those who choose to come here do so for the quiet ambience, privacy and, especially, the absence of a continual parade of strangers transgressing in the vicinity. Parents with young children can allow them to play freely at the beach edge day and evening without worrying about who may be lurking or passing through from 20 miles up the road. Minus reassurance, those families may begin to look elsewhere. South Walton is the last bastion of such assured serenity

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