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Sarasota County Parks and Recreation staff members are seeking community comments on a proposal to allow the rental and use of stand-up paddleboards at county-owned beaches, the county has announced. Residents and visitors may participate in an online survey at (keyword search: Paddleboard). The online survey will be avail- able until May 26, a news release says. "Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), an off- shoot of surfing, is a sport that originated in Hawaii," the release explains. It enables a surfer to paddle while either standing on the board or sitting and using the paddleboard like a kayak. "Users range from the casual recreational participant to serious athletic competitors," the release adds. "The proposal to offer stand-up paddleboard rentals at county beaches was initiated by local vendors who are experiencing an increased demand for them," said Tricia Wisner, busi- ness development coordinator for Sarasota County Parks and Recreation, in the release. "Currently, we only allow swimming-related activities at the beaches, so we want to know what the community thinks about the idea of expanding recreation opportunities." The Sarasota County Commission heard the proposal March 5 and directed staff to bring back a report on public safety, regulation and the feasibility of offering stand-up paddle- board rentals through a third-party vendor at Siesta Beach, the release points out. During Sarasota County is seeking public comments about rental and use of stand-up paddleboards at county beaches. Image courtesy Sarasota County COUNTY SEEKING COMMUNITY VIEWS ON PADDLEBOARD RENTALS NEWS BRIEFS

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