Friday, January 31, 2003
No Cars? On the Beach?

The Volusia County Council has put the idea of ending driving on the beach on their list of long-term goals to be considered. Possible time frame: By 2010. The story is here from the Daytona Beach News-Jounal.

It seems to this one that the County Council, by and large, views beach driving as beach parking. The Council, as an ensemble, seems to view the relationship between the beach and cars as one of a parking lot, at best, with the driving part simply a nuisance, largely partaken by heathens and louts from landlocked counties. I'm not sure if they understand the simple pleasure of driving on the beach for the simple pleasure of driving on the beach.

My guess also is that if Gigantic Investment Corporation ("Building Tomorrow's Condos Today") told them, "Sure, get rid of the beach driving, and we'll build on sites where all the mom and pop beach motels are," the Council would say, "How soon?" "Follow the money," and, "Watch your wallet," are phrases to keep in mind regarding most anything the County Council does.

The beach is an incredible resource that has to be protected and preserved: I don't have any doubts about that. But, like many human situations with well-established contexts, there's rarely a one-size-fits-all solution. I would miss being able to drive on the beach were the opportunity taken away from me.