Get Rid of the Beach Rangers
  • Petitioned Dr. Leon "Skip" Beeler

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor
Dr. Leon "Skip" Beeler
Commissioner
Ken Griffin
Commissioner
Kevin S. Pruett
Commissioner
Skip Williams
Vice-Mayor
Dave Netterstrom

Get Rid of the Beach Rangers

    1. Mark Wolfgang
    2. Petition by

      Mark Wolfgang

      Cocoa Beach, FL

We don't need beach security guards! Let's spend the $138,000 of our taxpayer dollars elsewhere, or not spend it at all!

Background

In March 2012, our Cocoa Beach City Commissioners approved city ordinance 1545.  In summary, this ordinance enacted over 15 new beach laws and established the Beach Ranger program to enforce those laws.  Many of these new laws are absurd and unfriendly toward our citizens and visitors.  No feeding the birds, no digging holes, no tents next to each other, no "dangerous" activities, no grills larger than 2 feet by 2 feet etc.  Not only are these new laws unfriendly, they are NOT published anywhere at the beach, so the first time people learn about these laws is when Beach Rangers approach them on the beach and threaten to fine them if they don't stop doing whatever the rangers don't like.  This is extremely unfriendly and unfair.  Imagine lugging your grill and all its accessories, food, coolers, chairs, tents down to the beach as you have done numerous times in the past, only to be told that you can't grill on the beach AFTER you've put all your meat on the grill?  And here's the kicker - if you disobey the Ranger's "reasonable command" to stop, you'll have the police called and be hit with a second degree misdemeanor, a trespass warning good for up to 2 years, and a $500 fine.

You read that correctly - disobey a Beach Ranger and they can ban you from the beach for up to 2 years!

 Solution

We seek to overturn city ordinance 1545 in its entirety and return Cocoa Beach to a more friendly atmosphere; free of Beach Rangers, absurd laws, and draconian enforcement measures.

Please read the ordinance for more information.

http://www.cityofcocoabeach.com/Cityhall/Ordinances_Index/Ordinances/2011-2015/2012/1545.pdf

4 of the 5 seats for City Commissioner are up for grabs in the November 6th election.  Let's make our voices heard.  Please spread the word!

 Please "Like" our Facebook page and share this petition with your friends and families.  It's time to take our beach back!

 More info on our blog

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Almost to 600!

      Mark Wolfgang
      Petition Organizer

      You all are making a big difference.

      Together we are shining a bright light onto a poorly written city ordinance. City Hall is listening and changing many things about the Beach Ranger program.

      Continue to share and spread the word. Let's get rid of these vague and petty laws, and send the Rangers home.

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. The Push to 200!

      Mark Wolfgang
      Petition Organizer

      Our Facebook page is going crazy!

      CFNews 13 did a story about our cause that aired on Saturday evening.

      Over 100 new Facebook fans in less than 24 hours.

      We have a Beach Ranger commenting and weighing in, which is quite interesting.

      Our voices are being heard and the word is being spread.

      We need 19 more supporters today to break 200. According to change.org, the first 100 signatures are the hardest to get, but we blew past 100 pretty quickly.

      Please continue to share our cause.

      Remember - this is not about litter, drunks on the beach, or maintaining law and order. This is about an over-reach of government power and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

      Thank you for your support!

      Mark

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. Thank you for your support!

      Mark Wolfgang
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for signing the petition! Within roughly 36 hours we have over 42 petitioners and almost 90 Facebook likes. Obviously, my friends and I aren't the only ones bothered by the Beach Rangers.

      Here's our plan to get rid of the Beach Rangers:
      1) Obtain as many signatures as possible before the November 6th election
      2) Present the petition to the candidates for City Commissioner - we want to let them know that thousands (hopefully) of Cocoa Beach residents do not want the Beach Rangers. We will let them know that this is a key issue, as it affects our quality of life
      3) Obtain a commitment from candidates to promise to do away with the Beach Rangers

      How you can help:
      1) Spread the word with friends, family, and fellow beach goers
      2) Share and like our Facebook page - comment and like our posts

      Let's be thankful that we have this form of participatory government and that our voices can be heard. Thank you SO much for speaking up and signing the petition.

      Mark

    6. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Benton murray COCOA BEACH, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      its a waste of taxpayers dollars, as well as an intrusion onto the public.

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    • Peter Springer COCOA BEACH, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Waste of Tax Dollars!

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    • Austin Smith CAPE CANAVERAL, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      get rid of the rangers,, they will kill business beachside.

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    • Matthew Earle ORLANDO, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      If I wanted to get hassled by police I used to have to go to Daytona beach. Now I can just go to Cocoa?

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    • Lauren Willis ST. LOUIS, MO
      • about 2 years ago

      As someone who visits the beach frequently, I find this to absolutely unnecessary, intrusive, and a deterrent for future visits. Honestly, what are they thinking other than trying to bully residents and visitors having them pay ridiculous fines and making playtime for children a miserable experience! No holes, really?? Such a disgrace.

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