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Better judgment needed with COP issue

February 15, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

I get real tired of the worn out excuse that Fort Myers Beach is a "family-oriented beach," primarily by those who, in Prohibition-era style, refuse to allow alcohol consumption on the "white sandy beaches."

I'm perplexed as to what actually makes a location "family friendly." It's a beach for God's sake! Many folks like myself -avowed family man that I am- like to enjoy a cold beverage while I bask in the warm sun.

Does that make me family-unfriendly? Does the consumption of alcohol by me or anyone else make that particular location family-disoriented???

Consider this, the few irresponsible drinkers on our beach would be far outweighed by the masses who would spend a fortune on beer, wine and cocktails on Fort Myers Beach. It would actually make our beaches more appealing to many. And guess what, you, the prohibitionist, would still benefit by the infusion of tourist dollars on our island paradise.

Please don't let your teetotalling get in the way of your better judgment. Even a prudent Republican can see the value in extra sales on our beach. The bottom line is that we need not interfere with businesses making an extra buck, even if that buck is made while someone gets drunk. The irresponsible jerk that can't handle his alcohol is a problem for law enforcement. That isolated probability is no reason to slap handcuffs on our beach businesses.

Prohibition was a terrible idea at the turn of the 20th Century, and it still is! Please go teetotal in Gulf Shores, Alabama or somewhere further away. Thank you.

Bill Beckham



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