DEP Calls Off Grayton Beach Vendor Search, After Sen Prez Gaetz And Son Step In

Jul 8, 2014

Grayton Beach State Park

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is no longer seeking applicants to provide vendor services at one of their state parks in Walton County.

Last month, DEP officials put out a request asking for business proposals to help enhance visitor services at Grayton Beach State Park in Santa Rosa Beach. That includes food and beverage services, recreational equipment rentals, and event management services.

But, those plans were later quashed after Senate President Don Gaetz, and his son, State Representative Matt Gaetz stepped in.

In a release, they say many local residents had contacted them over how upset they were over plans to commercialize the one-mile long beach, and convinced the agency to “reconsider its decision.”

More than 170,000 people visit each year for several activities, including camping, canoeing, and fishing.

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