Stop Ordinances Designed to Limit Horse Riding on the Beach

Stop Ordinances Designed to Limit Horse Riding on the Beach

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Carol Woodmansee started this petition to Nassau County Commis@fbfl.orgsioners and Fernandina Beach City Commissioners Stop Ordinances Designed to Limit Horse Riding on Our Beaches and

Stop dirty politics!  City and County Commissioners are using the cover of the Covid-19 crisis to implement unwanted rules and regulations for our beaches These ordinances change the culture of our beaches, a culture that residents have enjoyed for centuries. 

Horse riding on the beach is rated as the second most important activity on Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and Nassau County beaches according to 'TripAdvisor.'  This pastime supports small businesses because of the clientele it attracts; and riding on these beaches has occurred for hundreds of years.  It is a unique part of Nassau County and Amelia Island culture.

The commissioners are attempting to add ordinances that require horses to wear poop bags hanging off their buttocks; and making it unlawful for a horse to step into ANY water.  Horses can no longer walk along the edge of the ocean or in sloughs.  These lawmakers are using dirty politics to cave to unreasonable demands by a FEW by claiming horse poop is a health hazard.   This is ridiculous because horse poop is recycled grass and has the same properties as seaweed in the ocean.  It is harmless.  It is less offensive than poop already in the ocean from whales, dolphins, and fish. It  cannot infect humans like seabird poop can.  It poses no health hazards whatsoever.  

Riders on the beach are now being harrassed by a new beach security team that drive aggressively around the horses, and treat the riders like they are criminals.

We demand that the commissioners stop adding ordinances that restrict usage of our beaches, including horse back riding. Stop harassing the horse riders.  Leave our beaches alone!

 

 

 

 

 

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