Treasure Island, FL-- Several hotels on Treasure Island are fighting a city 'beach driving' ordinance - sighting environmental and economic concerns.
The city attorney says - prove that. The City and the Department of Environmental Protection are getting pushback for allowing this beach activity.
City officials say there are about ten annual events held right on the beach, including one this weekend.
Environmental Activist Lorraine Margeson says every time she hears about an event coming here, she cringes.
"The interference and disturbance by human recreational activity or driving is disastrous for sea turtles and shore bird nesting," Margeson explanis.
But beach-goers had different answers about this issue. Some favored the entertainment, others the environment.
The Treasure Island City Attorney says events have been legally allowed here since the 1950's. Beach driving has been allowed since 2003.
An attorney representing Thunderbird, Windjammer and Page Terrace say this is bad for business. And that's why the lawsuit is being litigated.
Environmentalists say the biggest problem is that the DEP permitted this. The DEP says its the local government's responsibility. The city stands behind its ordinance.
All of this should move forward next month.
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