Following numerous complaints and multiple warnings spanning two years, operators of the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier banned Arthur Waldrop for what they called ongoing behavioral issues.
Waldrop and his wife, Katherine, attended the Santa Rosa County Commissioners April 20 committee meeting to appeal the decision by Coastal Concessions, which operates the county-owned facility.
Katherine Waldrop suggested other anglers were “jealous” of her husband because she claims he catches more King Mackerel than others. “They’re all cussing out there,” she said, arguing that her husband shouldn’t be banned for profanity.
But Scott Rayner, representing Coastal Concessions, said the move was necessary to maintain a family-friendly environment, citing multiple complaints over Waldrop’s behavior, including profanity and throwing items.
Rayner said Waldrop had been warned repeatedly prior to the ban.
County Attorney Roy Andrews clarified that part of the contract specifies the pier operator will enforce county policies for the pier, including no assault or improper language.
“I support your decision on this case,” Commission Chairman Don Salter told Rayner.
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