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County may buy Perdido Beach property for beach access
This piece of property on Perdido Key Drive right next to The Crab Trap comes with a price tag of just over $3 million dollars. On Thursday, county commissioners will meet to determine if they want to purchase the property for county good, and turn it into a public beach access.
The roughly four-acre property was once a condominium complex. If the county buys the property, it will become public access, and a conservation area the for the endangered Perdido Key Beach Mouse. Seventy-five percent of the funds will come from a Fish and Wildlife Grant for that purpose. The other 25 percent will come from a local option sales tax. Some in the area are hesitant.
"We're very concerned that this might be turned into some type of beach access where cars are parked up and down, partiers on the beach, and a lot of situations where maybe the police have to be called out," said Chip Schwartz.
Chip Schwartz owns a condo next door. He's concerned about the plans.
"We're just very concerned that it's not what it's supposed to be, and that is a conversation..conservation situation, where it's here for the public good, and not just a place for people to get onto the beach," Schwartz said.
Darrell Weeks manages the Crab Trap restaurant next door.
"I think it's a great idea. Florida thrives off of their tourism. The beaches are packed here in the summer time. It's tough for everyone to find a spot to go to the beach, and I think the county acquiring the land and preserving it to promote access to the beach is a great thing," Weeks said.
He thinks the beach access will benefit everyone.
"I think it's a good investment in the future of our county, for our citizens and for the tourism industry as a whole," Weeks said.
More plans to develop the property could come at a later time.