DAYTONA BEACH — Volusia County Chair Jeff Brower is set to meet with the owner of the Hard Rock Hotel after snubbing the Daytona Seaside resort about its seashore driving limits before this week.
Brower, who pledged to make preserving beach front driving a priority after his November election win, declined an invite to communicate at an event at the Really hard Rock mainly because of poles on the seashore that avert driving on a 410-foot stretch of sand driving the hotel.
“I’m not performing something at the Hard Rock until they take out the poison poles on our seashore and give Volusia citizens our seaside back again. This is hurting our tourism,” Brower wrote Tuesday in an email received by the News-Journal.
The “poison” Brower referred to in his email is a chemical employed to treat the poles that incorporates carcinogens, in accordance to the Florida Division of Agriculture and Purchaser Solutions.
Brower was replying to Bob Davis, president of the Lodging and Hospitality Association of Volusia County, who had invited him to communicate at an occasion marking National Travel and Tourism 7 days in early May.
Brower told The Information-Journal that immediately after sending the email, he arrived at out to Lori Campbell-Baker, govt director of Daytona Seashore Location Conference and Website visitors Bureau, to examine other techniques to choose gain of the situation and display his assist for community hotel and motel entrepreneurs.
“I assistance each individual 1 of them and I want to aid the Tricky Rock. I just can’t right now,” he said.
Campbell-Baker then arranged a assembly among Brower, herself, the hotel’s proprietor Abbas Abdulhussein and basic manager Androse Bell, according to Brower.
“I am in fact just hoping to introduce a single of our business companions to our new County Chair. No agenda at all,” Campbell-Baker claimed in an electronic mail when requested about the assembly, which is now set for Feb. 4.
Paul Zimmerman, president of Sons of the Seaside, planned a pro-seashore driving rally at the rear of the Really hard Rock to coincide with the assembly, which was originally scheduled for this coming Monday. But Zimmerman explained he called the rally off Thursday at Brower’s request.
“I was conversing with Jeff about a bunch of things and he mentioned, ‘By the way, I’m going to be meeting with them at the Tricky Rock,'” Zimmerman reported. “I took it upon myself to go ahead and place this detail collectively.”
Zimmerman at first set out a connect with on Facebook for beach driving advocates to obtain on the shore behind the Hard Rock in their trademark yellow shirts and have signals, but Brower termed him and requested they “stand down.”
“I saw that on Facebook and said, ‘Please never do that,'” Brower stated. “I just want to be capable to meet up with with (Tricky Rock operator Abbas Abdulhussein) and have a frank discussion with out a whole lot of distraction.”
Brower served on the board of Sons of the Seaside right before his election in November.
“I believe it’s crucial Jeff has a productive expression as chairman and we never want to get in the way,” Zimmerman mentioned.
Abdulhussein, attained Wednesday, declined to remark till he spoke with Brower instantly.
Davis explained the Lodging and Hospitality Association rotates locations for gatherings and the Difficult Rock was picked a yr back. He reported he invites an array of speakers who are absolutely free to decrease.
“I do not make nearly anything out of it,” Davis mentioned. “Which is not an situation for me.”
Poles addressed with carcinogens
In 2015, the Volusia County Council permitted an ordinance that enables for the prohibition of driving on about a quarter mile of sand in Daytona Seaside driving resorts that meet up with sure standards.
The Really hard Rock, owned by Summit Hospitality, has been the only resort equipped to consider benefit, securing a minimal significantly less than a tenth of a mile in 2018. Acceptance occurred just after Summit Hospitality put in tens of thousands and thousands of bucks renovating what had been the Desert Inn, a rundown facility with a national standing for legal exercise.
The substantial poles had been placed between the ocean and hotel to avoid driving at the rear of it, but any person strolling can even now access the seaside at the rear of the Hard Rock. On top of that, the resort purchased land on the east side of Condition Highway A1A for parking to make up for the shed parking powering the lodge.
In accordance to the Florida Office of Agriculture and Customer Solutions, the poles, purchased from Florida-dependent Southern Pine Lumber Corporation, are wood treated with chromated copper arsenate, a pesticide much more commonly acknowledged as CCA.
“The prospective exists for migration of chemicals from the taken care of wooden into the soil,” condition environmental supervisor Carmen Ash wrote to Volusia County’s coastal director in 2018, citing problems raised by Brower.
Ash also pointed out substances may possibly be transmitted on call with skin.
CCA is a pesticide that has been utilised considering the fact that the 1940s to defend wood in the outdoor from decay, but was discontinued for consumers at the conclude of 2003 soon after citizens raised questions about toxins on playground products, in accordance to the Environmental Protection Company.
“I cannot in great conscience assist it when my constituents really don’t assistance it,” Brower explained. “I consider it would be a incredible gesture on the part of the Really hard Rock to get rid of individuals.”
Inorganic arsenic and hexavalent chromium, both elements in CCA, are labeled as acknowledged human carcinogens by the U.S. Department of Overall health and Human Solutions.
The compound is nonetheless frequently applied to deal with wood placed in saltwater environments, although possibilities exist, in accordance to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wooden handbook.
Ash said nevertheless CCA is exempt from federal pesticide rules, she would even so forward Brower’s fears to the Florida Office of Environmental Defense.
As of Friday, an FDEP spokeswoman had not replied to a request for details.
Volusia County spokesman Kevin Captain stated county workers have not done testing of their own.
“This type of procedure is the marketplace normal for all the dune walkovers, docks, fishing piers and other wooden constructions in a marine environment,” Captain said.
Brower explained he won’t want to exchange the recent poles driving the resort with new kinds that usually are not handled with CCA. Somewhat, he would like to see the location at the rear of the Difficult Rock reopened to cars.
Beach front driving is permitted on about a third of Volusia County’s 47-mile coastline.