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Readers sound off about Daytona Beach's reputation for 'raunchy activities'

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'A lot to overcome'

Editor:

Daytona has established itself as a special events destination but few of the major annual special events are family-oriented, especially for families with small children. And beach driving is driving families away in droves. Spring break has been replaced by more frequent loud, raucous, alcohol-soaked, raunchy activities. (There is) a lot to overcome in terms of image.

Thom Connors

New Smyrna Beach

Taking on new development on Daytona's beachside comes with extra challenges, such as limited available land, existing structures that have to be torn down, and older infrastructure. Pictured is a condemned house on Grandview Avenue a short distance south of Main Street.

Change in culture needed

Editor:

Thanks for the opportunity to share some thoughts about Daytona Beach and its core beachside area.

I have visited and stayed in a very high percentage of Florida Atlantic and Gulf Coast communities as well as several along the Alabama shore.女优app I can say without any reservation that Daytona Beach is by far the worst.女优app It's not even close.女优app Just in our own local area, compare Daytona Beach to New Smyrna Beach or Flagler Beach.女优app Spend an afternoon and early evening in both of those places and then compare them to Daytona.女优app I live in Palm Coast now and I would never make a special trip to go to Daytona, but I do go to New Smyrna and Flagler quite a bit.女优app And it's the same as you go up or down the Atlantic Coast from here or the Gulf Coast.女优app One nice, charming fun, beachside community after another until you hit Daytona.

So what do we do to make it better?女优app The first step is to upgrade and clean up the housing stock all along the beachside in Daytona.女优app It's a disaster.女优app In most places, the beachside is the most desirable, highest-priced property.女优app In Daytona they are decrepit.女优app There needs to be a massive effort to buy up these properties and to renovate them or tear them down and replace them with modern, up-to-date, desirable housing.女优app Until you have a stable, more upscale beachside community you will not get the kinds of shops and restaurants that attract tourists and capture their imagination.女优app女优app

But to make this really work, Daytona needs to change its culture.女优app It has to get rid of the Bike Weeks and Jeep Weeks and other nonsense.女优app Who wants to live in a community that is overtaken by bikers and jeeps multiple weeks every year?女优app Nobody.女优app That's one of the reasons the beachside is so decrepit.女优app Daytona is like an addict with these events.女优app You get a short-term high, but the aftermath is a disaster.女优app They have to be gradually scaled back and then eventually curtailed.

And the same with the beach driving obsession.女优app Who wants to be on a beach with cars?女优app Sure there are those that love it, but it destroys the atmosphere of a beautiful beach.女优app Did you ever wonder why condos and houses on non-driving parts of the beach command higher prices and tout this as a benefit?女优app I know there are a lot of fanatics on this issue,女优app but what needs to be done is to gradually reduce these areas, preserving a short stretch of beach for driving for historical purposes.

Daytona does not have to be hopeless, but it needs major changes and they won't be easy because there will be resistance.女优app But the beachside area can be saved and restored into something desirable for those who live here and importantly for tourists who like to spend a week at the beach.女优app Please keep pushing and working on this issue.女优app Change can happen if the right people get behind it.

Terry Overbey

Palm Coast

Beach needs a 'local champion'

Editor:

My thought on the prospects of the beachside is as follows:女优app it will need a local champion(s) who is (are) willing to help fund and sustain the operations of a restored "Boardwalk" center of high-quality family-friendly attractions, ala Myrtle Beach etc.女优app Take for example the model so generously offered by Hyatt Brown in the renaissance on Beach Street and the Park, via a non-profit foundation in partnership with the city, and apply it to the Boardwalk.女优app Easier said than done, I know, but the city manager and mayor could take the leadership in exploring the possibilities and how to develop such a following.女优app女优app

William Ward

Port Orange