The east coast is beginning to light up!!! not here though…
Surf is still flat meanwhile the tropics are heating up!
And will be for a while!
Smaller surf on tap today. Barely rideable at around thigh-ish….let us wait till next swell!
In other news…a quote from Suzanne on yesterdays session @ the pier-
“The Navarre Beach lifeguards cut us a break today and let us surf in the “Designated Swimming Area.” It was awesome because that’s where the best break was today (and it was super fun btw!) I was officially asked to leave the zone at 9:15 when the lifeguards paddled out to do their job. Then….thanks to Rooster (Ken Roose) and Rachel they were able to speak to Terry Wallace. Rooster outlined some suggestions at the meeting last week and met Terry Wallace who’s in charge of the lifeguards. Apparently Terry showed up as they were on the boardwalk. He agreed to let us surf there, but this is a TRIAL basis. and please be careful not to get within 300′ of the pier. We had some young surfers from____ show up this afternoon and they immediately got right next to the pier. The lifeguards blew their whistles and waved but the surfers ignored them. Some of us had to paddle over to ask them to obey. We can’t let others screw this up for us. Maybe if we try to let them know how badly we’ve wanted “the zone” back and educate them, they’ll respect it. This is progress …..I’m happy. Thank you ROOSTER! “
Surf is around thigh to hip to waist and fun. Good for SUP or longboard shorty if you’re desperate. Get it while it lasts!
Surf has picked up to around waist. Westerly little summer swell. enjoy!
Well not much yet maybe around knee clean west lines coming in. Skim looks better than the surf with thigh to waist liners. Surf should increase(not much though) through the day.
There appears to be a small bump out there this morning. Westerly lines showing on the cams. Seas 3.2ft with forecast of 3-5 hard westerly winds. May not be the best but it’s something!
Updates a little later
So folks we had a meeting last week and here are the most current developments…
We had a good turnout so thank you to those who were able to attend(thanks to Navarre Beach county representatives also!). Basically what came out of the meeting was a directive to bring specific revisions to the swim area only(not to include the 30ft from the pier rule, which will more than likely never be changed per county) and submit it to the staff that was present to be sent “up the chain”. This meeting was a directional discussion and we were lucky enough to have some County reps there IN AN UNOFFICIAL CAPACITY AND ONLY AS ADVISERS.
Ideas were as follows:
Goals: max safety of swimming for all. max surfing in designated area, max fishing from pier.
Flag revision: red=surf anywhere, yellow= lifeguard discretion/leash requirement/distance from swimmers/distance from shore, green= no surfing in designated swim zone
Discussed with county staff on the dates when rule is enforced (not much on that due to county tourism dates) discussed times not likely to be revised(within the swimming areas only) Focusing on trying to get a head lifeguard discretion ideal out there(being that is how it’s been for years)
Remember the only issues navarresurf & Kanzigg had were within the swim area only and bring to the attention to the County officials of the advantage of local surfers as “unfunded lifeguards”. The point being you never know who is in the lineup on any given day. I personally know of several Firefighter Medics, Military Medics, Doctors and other waterman usually in our local lineup any given swell.
What we were unaware of was the work already being done by some other surfers in our area. Jenn Goode(and others) had already been meeting with one of the commissioners and had drafted a revision to be submitted. Most of her revision submission had much to do in the name of beach safety and more of a broad approach HOWEVER it also encompassed all of the issues that we discussed within the meeting. After the meeting she had made some more revisions to her ordinance submission and then met directly with the Commissioner. She had a great discussion and apparent support from him on the revision. It has been subsequently been given to county legal staff for review.
I don’t have the entire revision however Jenn called me the other day and assured me that ALL of our interest are represented within her submission…To further clarify her position is a couple of excerpts from her email to me recently.
“The first one I did was only 1 page, then on April 14th I submitted a 4 page revision/proposal, and after the meeting the other night and the info I received from C.J….I made sure to do further research and I was up till 4:30 this morning typing a new proposal that is 7 pages in length and was submitted to Commissioner Melvin at 9:30 this morning to review. He is handing it off to his staff and the State Attorney, Ms. Angie Jones, to review and we will hear back from her with in 30-60 days. And then hopefully negotiations can begin and things can move forward. “HOWEVER;…..we did get 100% clarification on a few important specifics, 1. We DO HAVE availability, and access during RED FLAG. according to Commissioner Melvin, we are allowed that availability RIGHT NOW! ……2. We do have access to main beach areas, just NOT the designated swim areas. ….3. We are supposed to be 300 ft “enveloped” from the pier, (both sides) however; the fishermen seem to be giving US a courtesy on the west side. So for now, we need to be courteous back, and not be mouthy to the fisherman. We have to make sure we keep our cool to gain forward momentum. And…when we first walked into his office he made it VERY clear, that he and the other commissioners are not going to justify anything for one specific group. IT DOES HAVE TO BE FOR THE GREATER GOOD. And as soon as he realized that the proposal we were submitting had EVERYONE’s greater good as a priority, he then was extremely relaxed and willing to listen us.”
“…not to mention when you see the proposal you will understand that if there is a section they won’t agree with…I gave them “options” and “adjustments” to certain ideas, in hopes that we can gain some of our goals. It’s all in the “verbage.” So, once again, thank you for being on board an understanding that this is not a “formal” or final agenda, it is just a proposal to give them ideas, and if we do the leg work to save the county money for the revision, we are more apt to get more of our requests met.”
So with that being said it is a good idea to support the current submission (since it addresses our interest anyhow) than to confront the county on two different fronts…We must as surfers and residents stand together on this issue and put personal agendas, feeling, opinions aside and get the job done, no matter who is pushing the issue…at the end of the day ALL WE WANT TO DO IS SURF WITHIN THE SWIM AREA!…Thanks Jenn for all the hard work! Thanks Chief Kanzigg for bringing this issue to the front and center! We will hopefully see a change for next summers season. I will update as I get info-DJ
ATTENTION LOCALS (and visitors alike): NB Pier surf ordinance revision discussion!!!
Local surfer Jonathan Kanzigg (also the Midway FD Fire chief) had a meeting recently with the County Engineer and the Public Works Director for NB concerning the issue of the “no surfing zone” and they have asked him to get with everyone and come up with ideas to change the ordinance.
So…We will be discussing at this meeting the revisions for the ordinance to give to the County Reps.
This is our chance for local surfers to be heard and change things for the better @ the pier!
Meeting will be this tonight 8/3/11 @ 6PM at Holley Navarre FD on Esplande St. (behind McDonalds)