Petition Closed

The fishermen are trying to push the surfing zone to 300ft. north and south of the pier. The current distance is 150ft. and we believe this policy should remain. Thank you for your support. Stand up and be heard this Thursday at 5:30 at the city hall in Flagler Beach.

Extending the no surf zone to 300' would have far reaching implications beyond  simply creating a larger buffer between the fisherman and the surfers. Flagler Beach has been the breeding ground for some of the best surfers in the country all coming from our quaint city. That will change if the buffer zone is extended. The waves break the best closer to the pier and this is the sweet spot that allows the youth to become great athletes and helps to serve as a place for the youth and adults alike. It helps give the youth a place to express themselves, exercise (which nowadays is a feat in itself), and gives them a place to occupy there time instead of hanging in other areas. This buffer has sufficed for many years and should suffice for many more to come. Please re consider this un needed and damaging extension of the buffer zone.

Letter to
Flagler Beach City Commission Marshall Shupe
Flagler Beach City Commission Alice Baker
Flagler Beach City Commission Kim Carney
and 3 others
Flagler Beach City Commission Chairman John Feind
Flagler Beach City Commission Jane Mealy, Vice Chairman
Flagler Beach City Commission Steve Settle
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Flagler Beach City Commission.

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Keep the existing 150' Ft No surf zone

The fishermen are trying to push the surfing zone to 300ft. north and south of the pier. The current distance is 150ft. and we believe this policy should remain. Thank you for your support. Stand up and be heard this Thursday at 5:30 at the city hall in Flagler Beach.

Extending the no surf zone to 300' would have far reaching implications beyond simply creating a larger buffer between the fisherman and the surfers. Flagler Beach has been the breeding ground for some of the best surfers in the country all coming from our quaint city. That will change if the buffer zone is extended. The waves break the best closer to the pier and this is the sweet spot that allows the youth to become great athletes and helps to serve as a place for the youth and adults alike. It helps give the youth a place to express themselves, exercise (which nowadays is a feat in itself), and gives them a place to occupy there time instead of hanging in other areas. This buffer has sufficed for many years and should suffice for many more to come. Please re consider this un needed and damaging extension of the buffer zone.

As Tom Gillin describes it, the problem has been around as long as fishing and surfing have been around, if not almost as long as recorded history (there's evidence of surfing as far back as 3000 years ago): where there are jetties and piers, there are surfers, because jetties and piers amplify the quality of surfing. And where there are jetties and piers, there are fishermen, because the same conditions that make for good surfing create eddies that make for good fishing. But fishermen and surfers are the yin yang of beaches: polar opposites connected by the barnacle-rich array of pylons.

And in Flagler Beach, they're at it again.

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Sincerely,