Volusia County chair seeks an opening in beach-driving debate

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.

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Volusia County Chair-elect Jeff Brower speaks at Sons of the Beach fundraiser/party event at Crabby Joe's in Daytona Beach Shores, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.

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.

Poles block traffic on the beach behind the Daytona Beach Hard Rock Hotel.

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: