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Crab Island will be facing some big changes
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Big changes for Crab Island
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That’s Greg Kisela in the image below. He’s with Okaloosa County and knows a ton about the Floating Structure Committee previously known as the Crab Island Committee.
On February 19th the Okaloosa County Commissioners approved the creation of a citizens committee to review the newly adopted Floating Structures ordinance that regulates commercial vending on Crab Island to provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for possible enhancements.
We wanted to know where the committee stood and what we can expect for Crab Island next season now that Summer is over.
We weren’t expecting some of his answers.
Big Changes coming to Crab Island in 2020
Big Changes coming to Crab Island in 2020
It’s been no secret that changes were coming to Crab Island, specifically the vendors who operate there. It’s already been widely reported that no overnight mooring would be the first step.
This means: no business will be allowed to leave the floating structure out at Crab Island overnight. Businesses will have to remove their structure and then haul it back out EVERY 👏SINGLE👏DAY👏OF👏THEIR👏SEASON👏!
This will hurt a lot of business who simply won’t have the means or scale to make this happen. For the 2020 season, businesses will continue.
But not for long: Moving past the 2020 season and into 2021, not only will the 30+ vendors get dwindled down to 15, but there will be no floating structures. AT ALL!
You see, Crab Island is actually under the National Park Service. While it took forever for a municipality to claim governance over Crab Island, the National Park Service has made it clear that they do care about what happens on, and to, Crab Island.
According to Greg Kisela, there are some floating structures that are 1,500 sqft and are spud into bottom. This is different than just anchoring. Kisela goes on to say that there have been environmental damages to the seagrasses.
If you’re interested in all the details, in a relatively short timeframe, I highly encourage you to listen to it this morning. Press play while getting ready or listen on your drive to work. If you’ve ever had an opinion on the activities that take place at Crab Island, this is an informative interview you don’t want to miss.
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Ok, that’s all I have for you this morning! Hope you have a great Wednesday and I’ll talk to you tomorrow!!
Jared
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