COCOA BEACH, Florida -- As first reported by Brevard Times, a petition drive is underway to do away with the newly-hired Beach Rangers from beaches on Cocoa Beach, Florida.
The petition was just started by Mark Wolfgang on Change.org last week and had 22 signatures by August 14. Now, the petition has grown to 126 signatures. The petition page on the website says, "We don't need beach security guards! Let's spend the $138,000 of our taxpayer dollars elsewhere, or not spend it at all!"
The organizers also created a Facebook page calling for the Beach Rangers removal with 186 'likes' so far, up from 74 last week.
In a Brevard Times article published in May, Cocoa Beach City Comissioner Kevin Pruett said, "The new ranger program is designed to be a service to beach goers from maintaining the relaxed laid-back beach atmosphere to ensuring safety and cleanliness of the beach. The rangers have been trained in first aide and also use of AED's which are deployed on the ATV's."