Lately there have been several discussions regarding the possibility of bringing alcohol on public beaches in St. Pete Beach, a well-known city in Pinellas County. This piece of news has brought with it a media hurricane, as the community does not seem to agree with this perspective. Of course the fear of turning a pleasant, quiet city into a spring break destination exists in minds of many of the St. Pete Beach locals, a fact which has led to so many discussions. Everything started when the focus fell on the people who deliberately brought alcohol to public beaches, even though they knew that this was against regulations. Apparently, the reaction of the city council was far from what the general public expects. Even though this does not mean that those who have crossed the law will not suffer the consequences of their actions, the mayor and city council were not appalled by this event. In fact, serious thinking is put into changing the alcohol regulations regarding private beaches.
This of course came as a real shock to much of the St. Pete Beach community who fear of turning their beloved city into a noisy spring break destination for college students. Once the commission started explaining the restrictions regarding alcohol on public properties, restrictions, which were considered by the majority of the individuals present at meeting as soft and rather relaxed, remarks did not fail to appear. Apparently, the idea of allowing alcohol on public beaches is rather difficult to accept by the people in part of the community. The situation could get rather problematic. On the one side, part of the community is appalled by the idea of creating even more opportunities for individuals to drink on public beaches. At the same time, regulating this matter through permits and licenses could bring order and structure to the picture, which is exactly what any city needs. However, out of this confusion, one aspect has been clearly stated-- permit or not, if individuals should have alcohol relate outbursts the law and order forces will take the necessary measures.
Further, if drinking on public beaches is allowed, this will only be valid for certain areas that have applied and received permits. For instance hotels or restaurant located on public beaches can offer their clients the option to drink alcohol on the beach on a particular area and in the basis of a permit. Otherwise, bringing alcohol to the beach is still not permitted. The truth is that the problem raised by the commission and the community of St. Pete Beach, Pinellas County is one more complex that it would appear in reality. This problem regards the concept of public property. The entire community has access to these beaches or other public spaces. The problem is that member of the same city, of the same community could have very different opinions regarding what should or should not be done in these locations, hence the misunderstandings.