Destin’s economic solution: Build your own domed beach

Randall Sanders, Speaking Out
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If the Emerald Coast wants to eliminate the cyclical regional economy of seasonality revenue why not all the developers get together and build one of these somewhere away from the current congested areas?

Maybe next to the remote parking area with monorails to move people into the central districts. Surely, that would help save the environment.

The local residents may just get their town back too.

Randall Sanders Sr. Destin