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Destin roadside displays - clutter or tourist town necessity
MIRAMAR BEACH - Sidewalk displays of beach gear and other merchandise are common in Northwest Florida. But they're not allowed in parts of Walton County.
A proposal to give business owners some leeway is sparking a spirited debate.
Laura Hussey says, "Ticky tacky or tourist town necessity? In Destin and South Walton, outdoor displays like this are getting a lot of attention."
Walton County allows outdoor merchandise displays on the beach highway, Scenic 98. David O'Boyle and his daughter have seen plenty during their visit.
David O'Boyle says, "We like it. That's why we just went to the one down there and picked up her little net there."
But along the main Highway 98 corridor through Walton County, outdoor displays are banned. It's an effort to look different from neighbors like Panama City, and not to look well
Local Amy Chronister says " cheap! No offense to anybody that has beautiful things they want to display, but I don't like things that look junky."
Some people have called it "Visual Clutter". But Susan Kiley of Bay Breeze Patio says one person's visual clutter is another person's existence.
Susan Kiley says, "None of us want it to look junky out there, but honestly a lot of my business comes from people driving by and seeing that I have furniture out front."
Kiley's business is exempt from the restriction because it doesn't sit directly on the highway. She says other business owners could use some help.