Mexico Beach Councilwoman proposes launch fees
This is one of those that just makes you shake your head and wonder just what the hell makes some people tick.
St. Joe Company, builds and donates to the City of Mexico Beach a new, albeit, much needed Boat Ramp. And, not just a boat ramp, a Blue Ribbon Boat Ramp, arguably the best municipal boat ramp in Bay County along with enough room to park plenty of trucks and trailers.
Now, we’ve all heard of re-gifting and Ms. Castro’s proposal to charge a fee for launching your boat in Mexico Beach kind of tops the cake. Oh, and the comment, “To stay competitive with Port St. Joe, Castro proposed a fee of $10 per day or $50 per year for ramp access”, give me a break.
Mayor Cathy and Councilman Jack Mullin oppose this fee with the other three council members supporting it and it has been pushed to the December Council meeting for a vote. I as a property owner in Mexico Beach oppose this as it sends the wrong message of what and who Mexico Beach is all about. It’s just one more case of “if you don’t mind, I’m just gonna’ stick my hand in your pocket one more time while you’re in town”. Not Thanks for buying your ice here, that box of cigar minnows that you forgot to pick up along w/ a couple of dusters at Mexico Beach Marine, a couple of 6 packs of beer and sodas from Gulf Foods, lunch for your wives while they areshopping while you boys are out bobbing around in the Gulf, breakfast at Sharon’s before your day on the water begins. Nope, nothing, nada not even a “ya’ll come back soon so we can do this again”.
If you fish the Mexico Beach area, as I know quite a few of you do from time to time, and oppose this fee, then the council members are listed below with email addresses and phone numbers. Drop them a line, or give them a call. This is one of those where you can let them know as a visitor whether or not you’ll come, spend some of your money and fish out of Mexico Beach because of this ridiculous launch fee if it is passed.
Al Cathey - [email protected] opposed the fee.
Contact #: 850-648-5700
Council Group 2
Mary Blackburn - [email protected] for the fee Contact #: 850-896-5222
Council Group 3
Jack Mullen - [email protected] opposed the fee
Contact #: 850-648-4979
Council Group 4
Tanya Castro - [email protected] for the fee
Contact #: 404-660-7408
Council Group 5
Jeff Tendler - [email protected] Contact #: 850-728-1885