Carrabelle to fence off Gulf Beach Drive

Cars parked on the dunes at McKissack Beach. Photo available for purchase

Cars parked on the dunes at McKissack Beach.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 02:11 PM.

Carrabelle will install fencing at the southern end of Gulf Beach Drive within the next two weeks.

On Friday, Carrabelle city staff met with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) representatives to discuss the management plan for McKissack Beach.

Carrabelle has leased the beach from the DEP and is required to create a management plan for the public beach.

City Attorney Dan Hartman said the meeting was preliminary. He said the city has filed a proposed management plan with DEP.

He said the main topic discussed was how to control, in both the long and short term, vehicles illegally driving on the beach. Hartman said DEP told the city to erect temporary fencing across Gulf Beach Drive within two weeks.

City Administrator Courtney Millender said that while DEP requested orange webbing of the type used at road construction sites, she hopes to install something more durable.

“Residents (of McKissack Beach) have been complaining about vehicles on the beach for 20 years,” Hartman said. “Now that the city has a management plan, we are ultimately responsible for that property. We are bringing ourselves into the role of protecting that property. Now we are the entity (the residents) complain to.”

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