Letter: In addition to renourishment, Flagler County beach facilities need upgrading

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  • | 3:00 p.m. June 20, 2024
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Hotels, beach users should pay more 

Dear Editor:

Wow. It's obvious the Flagler politicians have no clue what they are doing and are in over their heads with this one. In a previous article, it stated that part of the plan was to assess the fixed fee on businesses as well as homes. So is it fair that a hotel that draws hundreds, if not thousands of families to the beach each year pay the same assessment as a hardware store?  Of course not. 

Funding the sand renourishment should not be separate from the other beach operations. Flagler's beaches need some serious upgrading. The lack of parking at Flagler Beach and the 1960's restroom at Varn Park come to mind. All of this should be funded by a combination of the general fund paid by all Flagler residents and additional funds paid by those who use the beach the most.

The additional funds could come from a special tax on hotels within walking distance of the beach and paid parking with discount annual passes for Flagler residents. In Pinellas County, where we just moved from, the three county beaches charge $5 a day to park. Annual passes for Pinellas residents are $55 and are good for two cars at the same residence. I would advise our county officials and any Flagler resident who is interested, to take a trip to Sand Key Park in Pinellas County and see what a well managed beach looks like.

John Orlando

Palm Coast


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