Thursday, June 26, 2008

Fishing Pier Fee Hike

Personally, we've never gotten a bang out of matching wits with a fish. Still, we think the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier is one of the grandest attractions on the beach. Up-close views of deep-water fish and sharks, and (often) mammals and reptiles, clean air, terrific scenery, breath-taking sunsets and, not infrequently, enjoyable phot0-ops.

The fishing pier is, without a doubt, the best thing the Santa Rosa Island Authority ever did. But every time we go there, day or night, summer and winter, the trash barrels are overflowing and the bathrooms are beyond filthy.

If we thought for a moment, as the Island Authority apparently does, that an extra quarter from walkers like us or another dollar from fishermen would bring improvements, we'd be all for it.
Sadly, it isn't to be.

There is an old and accurate saying in the hospitality industry that applies here: "You can judge the quality of everything Management does by the state of their public bathrooms."

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