Sons of the Beach: A Call to Action!

“Grassroots advocacy itself has the power to sway hearts and minds of elected officials, regulators and the media, tapping into public sentiment to feed itself and refresh its ranks with new activists that are unafraid to participate and anxious to contribute both in time and treasure to a cause in which they believe.”

 –Joshua Habursky and Mike Fulton, “The Future of Politics is Grassroots,” The Hill, March 2017

As an intrepid member of the Barker’s View tribe, you already know that our century-old heritage of beach driving in Volusia County is under attack by speculative developers, entrenched political insiders and the elected representatives they openly control.

Within days, another 410 linear feet of the strand behind the Hard Rock Daytona will be closed to vehicular access.


Since 1984, Sons of the Beach has been Florida’s premiere beach access advocacy, fighting hard to preserve our tradition of beach driving and the unique access it provides Volusia County residents and visitors.

Trust me – it’s not easy to challenge a well-established power structure with the ability to influence public policy through massive campaign donations and financial relationships with hand-picked political candidates.

But there is strength in numbers – especially when it comes to effecting political change.

Are you a member of Sons of the Beach?

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to go to and sign up – its free (although donations are accepted through the website).  Once you’ve done that, simply print your membership card and know that your participation is helping to preserve beach access for generations to come.

It’s important.  Now, more than ever.

I’m asking everyone who reads Barker’s View – whether you agree with my screeds or not – to please join me this Sunday, March 25th, for the Sons of the Beach Fundraiser at Crabby Joe’s Deck and Grill, 3701 South Atlantic Avenue, Daytona Beach Shores – on the Sunglow Pier.

It will be great to come together and enjoy a cold beverage at one of the most scenic locations in the Halifax area – and your fellow SOB members are some of the nicest, most civic-minded people you’ll ever meet.

The event will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and will feature live music by Jeff and the Sons of the Beach Band, legal updates on pending legislation and SOB suits and planning information on the upcoming Hard Rock protest in response to Volusia County’s wholesale giveaway of our tradition of beach driving behind the hotel.

Please participate in fun raffles for awesome door prizes, the 50/50 drawing and grab a new SOB T-shirt and other cool swag just in time for summer!

All proceeds go to support the Sons of the Beach Legal Team as they work hard to protect OUR RIGHT to beach access in Volusia County.

If I could ask a small favor – please share this on your social media pages to ensure widest possible dissemination.

Thank you!  I look forward to seeing everyone Sunday afternoon!




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