At a TDC Bed Tax Committee meeting, I heard the Mayor of Panama City Beach, Ms. Gayle Oberst and County Commission Chairman Mike Nelson say that the dirty beaches (and lack of lifeguards) were at the top of the list of complaints their offices received. TDC Chairman Andy Phillips said he is on the beach often, and admits that there is a trash problem.
These are three very important leaders in the tourism industry, so it was good to hear it with my ears instead of just seeing it with my eyes (and camera).
BIG changes are needed in the philosophy and processes of how Bay County TOURIST TAX DOLLARS are spent to Keep the Beach Clean! What kind of big changes?
WARNING: SOMETHING YOU’VE HEARD FROM ME OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND WILL HEAR FROM ME OVER AND OVER AGAIN IS ABOUT TO BE WRITTEN:
1. strictly enforce litter laws
2. get people on the beach instead of machines to clean it up
3. provide trash bags at public beach accesses and hotels / condos
If you disagree with this, please send me an email and let me know why… Kirk@KirkLancaster.com