DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Delray Beach City Commissioners denied a request from a potential vendor to sell bottled water on the beach. The decision was unanimous this week. Commissioners say possible sales would interrupt the relaxing feel at Delray Beach.
"We pride ourselves on being a family friendly, quiet private beach. People come to Delray Beach to read and relax. We're not Cancun, Fort Lauderdale or South Beach where there's more action going on," says Adam Frankel, City Commissioner.
Many beach-goers disagree, saying they think it's a refreshing idea.
"You wouldn't have to leave the beach to get water at the store... it'd be pretty convenient," says Steve Benso, a Delray Beach native.
Another concern for commissioners: If bottled water sales are allowed, what's next? Sunscreen? Bug Spray? Frankel says the City wanted to set a precedent.
"Once you allow one vendor, you need to apply the same standards for other vendors," says Frankel.
The Beach Property Owners Association and the City Parks and Recreation Department were both against the possible sales. Residents and tourist say they wish they knew the offer was on the table, especially in the sweltering South Florida heat.
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