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Surfside Beach Chair Ordinance - Surf Club Community Petition

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Dear Mayor and Commissioners,

On Tuesday August 9th you will be voting on a new ordinance relating to beach chairs. This topic is very important to The Surf Club Community.

We believe the current ordinance is both unfair and unreasonable. For example, neighboring buildings with 100 feet of beach front have a pre-set limit of 5 unoccupied chairs. The Surf Club, which has approximately 900 feet of beach front (9x larger), is restricted to a pre-set limit of only 15 unoccupied chairs. For this reason, we believe it to be unfairly applied.

The preset limitation also presents an unreasonable logistic issue, forcing the staff to scramble and carry chairs several hundred feet on demand when groups of people arrive. There is a large cost incurred in bringing chairs to the beach. Thus, we have no incentive to preset any more chairs than necessary for a given day’s use. In addition, we request permission to cautiously use an electric cart to transport the chairs on the hard pack, which would alleviate some of the unwarranted stress on beach employees.

The Surf Club Community supported the Commission during the election with this issue in mind, and we hope to have it resolved.

Please help us.

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