The Baldwin Register for January 6, 2003 has on the front page an article outlining a dispute over public access to the waterfront in Perdido Beach, Alabama along Bay Avenue. The Baldwin County Commission is to vote Tuesday on whether to send a legal representative to the Baldwin Circuit Judge to seek his help.
How does this affect us? Bay Avenue parallels the beach at Perdido Bay. It has four lanes perpendicular to it that have water access marked by the county. These accesses are threatened by encroachment by the property owners on either side of the access lanes. Three fine bodies of water, Soldiers Creek, Perdido Bay, and Palmetto Creek are all accessible from here as well as the sand beach. Where private property owners block the lanes with permanent structures, we the public lose the access to the water.
We have already lost one of the few accesses to the Perdido Bay south of Lillian. These access lanes are the next ones down the coast.
I'll bring a copy of the article to the kayak club meeting tomorrow night. The Baldwin Register is a section of the Mobile Press that is included in the papers sold in Baldwin County.