LETTER: Destin beaches: A no nap zone

Joe O’Connor, Marietta, Ga.

Here is my opinion about how loud the Destin beaches have become these days.

In 1974 my wife and I visited Destin for the first time and stayed at Silver Dunes, the only condominium on the beach at the time. We immediately fell madly in love with the sleepy little fishing village called Destin. Today, of course, Destin is no longer a sleepy little fishing village and has sadly evolved into a major resort town and a giant magnet for every man, woman and child in all the surrounding states to hit the beaches.

Even in spite of all the madness and crazy traffic in Destin these days, my wife and I still visit often to enjoy the sunrises, sunsets and beautiful views of the gulf. We’ve experienced a few years of owning and renting a condominium, but now always spend a couple of weeks in May and the month of October enjoying the Destin beach at the Destin Gulfgate Condominiums.

One of the greatest joys of mine has always been my afternoon nap under the umbrella with a small breeze blowing on my face. You can’t find or enjoy this unique treasure in too many other places around the world. However, I’m now afraid that my favorite joy is slowly disappearing. And, unfortunately, it appears that nothing is being done by the city of Destin to guarantee the future of napping on their beach.

It’s impossible to relax and take a snooze these days because of the never ending new helicopter ride business that sends a helicopter up and down the beach almost every 15 minutes or so. When they pause, the large helicopter training flights come along with even louder noise. Then the lighter-than-air plane with its rear engine zooms by very low and near the beach. Add tour boats blowing their horns along with the WaveRunners and there isn’t much time to relax and absolutely no way to take a nap.

This letter is my way of making a public announcement that effective immediately all daytime napping and snoozing is no longer allowed on the beaches of Destin until further notice.

I’m confident that The Destin city fathers and the local Chamber of Commerce can come together and find a common solution and some reasonable restrictions to this serious noise pollution problem. The challenge and mission is very simple ... try to please all the people all the time.