The ever-growing Walton County is getting ready to battle another beach issue as if HB 631 wasn’t enough this past year.
This time the fight is with the “ghost chairs” that take up so much space on the coastline.
The Walton Sun is reporting that the South Walton Community Council wants to eliminate the business practice of “ghost chairs”, and require vendors to set up their chairs only after a beach-going customers arrive and remove it when they leave.
Currently, beach chair vendors set up a number of chairs first thing in the morning without anyone paying to sit in those chairs. (However, some do setup if they already know a condo guest has paid for a rental that day.)
After HB 631 was implemented there were a lot more complaints about beach chair vendors saying they were aggressive toward beachgoers and at one point started stringing chairs together to block off access to the water from those who were not staying at a condo.
The new changes won’t have a chance to be heard by the County Commission until January 9 where a forum has been scheduled to debate the beach management proposals.
Over to you. What are your thoughts on the “ghost chairs”? Would you like to see them gone or feel like they aren’t a big deal?