The weather’s warming up, days are getting longer and the sun is shining more each day. That means one thing: It’s about to get crowded around here.

Sure, we are getting a taste of the traffic with spring breakers, but we all know now through May is a prime time for locals to hit the beach before the summer rush. With that in mind, we hope you’ll meet us there this week.

From 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Beasley Park, our talented photo staff will be on hand to take a family photo for you. It’s our way of thanking you for reading and gives us an opportunity to connect with you in a place that makes our community special.

I — along with Daily News reporter Tom McLaughlin — will also be there to talk with you about beach issues. Tom is working diligently on a Daily News special report that will begin next Sunday. It highlights issues dealing with our sand. The report looks at all of our beaches — from Navarre Beach to Inlet Beach — and touches on the issues that impact those of us looking to use them, whether that’s nourishment, property lines, trespassing or access.

It’s part of our continuing coverage to keep a light on what’s happening on our sand, holding our elected officials, code enforcement and beachgoers responsible for their actions on the dry, sandy beach.

So before the beach gets crowded — and temperatures, conflicts and (some) attitudes become unbearable — come down to Beasley, take a photo with your family or friends and talk to our staff. We’ll be glad to see you. Be sure to bring your story ideas.

Now for the quick details: Photos are limited to one per group and are on a first-come, first serve basis. Our photographers will take your information and email your photo within 48 hours. Photos will end at 7 p.m. (both because of darkness and because that’s what our permit says).

Jason Blakeney is the executive editor of the Northwest Florida Daily News. You can reach him at or 315-4404.