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Proposal to allow vendors on Henderson Beach meeting resistance

Henderson Beach in Destin is one of the last beaches in that area without businesses operating on it.
But that could be changing.

Channel Three's Rob Brown tells us why.

Henderson Beach is one and one third miles of business free white sand. But recently the Florida State Parks' System has opened their doors to proposals from vendors, who say that allowing them to operate here would only enhance the visitor experience.

The State Parks System is accepting business plans from vendors who want to set up shop.
The goal is to enhance services available to visitors.
At a meeting last week, businesses from restaurants to equipment rental services were discussed.
Permits for companies who host events like weddings were mentioned as possibilities also.
But some who spend time on the beach said the proposed additions wouldn't necessarily be improvements.

Clarke Williams "I don't see where trying to embellish or enhance what's here is going to do anything to improve the park."

Clarke Williams enjoys the beach and says it's emptiness makes it special.

Clarke Williams "I think to put any ribbons or foo-foo on it or try to jazz it up is not going to do anything to enhance anything except possibly the bottom line of the person who wants to be a vender."

Michele Martino visits from New York, and questions putting businesses on the beach.

Michele Martino "This is the quiet area of the beach. You know, you've got all the tourists down here, and this is the peaceful area of the beach. Why would you ruin it?"

She says she'll find a new vacation spot if vendors show up.

Michele Martino "It would be the last time I come back. I really..we come here for the serenity."
   
A state park representative said that the state would add no new construction here on Henderson Beach, but that each individual vendor could propose to do so in their own plans. Reporting from Destin, Rob Brown, Channel Three News.