Carrabelle to discuss McKissack Beach with DEP

McKissack Beach circa 1930

McKissack Beach circa 1930

Florida Memory Project
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM.

Carrabelle has put a hold on fencing Gulf Beach Drive .

In 2009, Carrabelle took assignment of the lease for McKissack Beach from the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve. Last month, representatives of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection met with city staff and City Attorney Dan Hartman to discuss Carrabelle’s proposed land management plan. Creation of the plan is mandated by the DEP for leaseholders.

Residents of the McKissack Lake Beach community, a subdivision dating back to the 1930s, have recently written to the DEP complaining about automobile traffic on the beach. Driving on McKissack Beach or any beach in the county is illegal except in an emergency.

Hartman said DEP representatives asked the city to take steps to end beach driving. They asked that the city erect temporary fencing at the end of Gulf Beach Drive , which runs to the beach past Two Als at the Beach Café.

 “The DEP is looking to us because we hold the lease,” Hartman said.

He said DEP representatives pointed out a sign posted on Gulf Beach Drive states that driving on the beach and dunes is illegal.

Commissioners said in the past, Carrabelle did not enforce the beach driving ban because the beach was not within the city limits.

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