Previous 7 days, Volusia County Chair Jeff Brower brusquely turned down a ask for that seemed regime: Invited to converse to tourism officials in May at the Challenging Rock Resort Daytona Beach, he claimed he would not established foot in the residence till Hard Rock proprietors agreed to “remove the poison poles on our seashore and give Volusia people our beach front back.”
Brower was talking about the square wooden markers that have been driven in the sand to maintain vehicles off a 410-foot duration of beach. The “poison” addressed a chemical applied to address the wood – but we’re pretty positive that Brower experienced a distinct kind of poison in thoughts, just one that restricts beach entry via vehicle for any stretch of sand, no make any difference how tiny. He’s consistently explained that seashore driving is his top precedence, and no populist chief would pass up a opportunity to make a gesture of defiance like this 1.
What’s exciting, though, is what occurred future. As claimed by The News-Journal’s Mary Helen Moore, Brower achieved out to Lori Campbell-Baker, government director of Daytona Seashore Region Conference and Guests Bureau. She established up a assembly this week between Brower, Challenging Rock proprietor Abbas Abdulhussein and the hotel’s normal manager Androse Bell. When Paul Zimmerman, president of the seaside-driving advocacy group Sons of the Seashore and a shut ally of Brower’s, prepared a rally on the hotel-adjacent stretch of seashore, Brower asked him to hold off.
Brower is opening the doorway to a handy dialogue. That is very good. There are complexities right here that can not be solved with slogans or bumper stickers.
Beach front driving has very long been found as a binary issue – for it or against it. But which is not the fact, and lots of Volusia County residents comprehend that, as we have witnessed in the flood of reader responses to a problem our editor Pat Rice posed a number of months back. We system to check out individuals in much more depth subsequent weekend. For now, even so, we have just a handful of observations:
First, any dialogue of restoring driving to this a person compact segment of seashore has to be grounded in the truth that Abdulhussein has performed nothing mistaken. Really the contrary: He took the ruins of just one of the beachside’s most notoriously filthy hotels – the former Desert Inn – and put in thousands and thousands on renovations prior to re-opening below a person of the most legendary brand names in hospitality. When he asked for cars to be eliminated from that extend of beach front, he was only having the county up on a approach it had currently put forward to spur redevelopment. Like it or not, the county is now sure by the terms of the agreement with him.
Second, Brower was absolutely elected with a professional-seashore-driving stance. But just about every County Council member – previous and present – arrived on the dais in the identical way, by getting a the greater part of votes. As a tactic, demonizing the opposition might deliver a populist thrill. But to truly lead – to have any hope of accomplishing his objectives – Brower will have to have consensus. He can stand on his concepts though nevertheless listening to all those who disagree, and deal with them with regard. The chair’s e mail was intemperate but he just about right away reached out. It was a sensible move – and the ideal go.