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I agree that we should not encourage off-islanders to invade our beaches; BUT the beaches in Florida are public and we should not put our heads in the sand and ignore the fact as is plainly evident that non residents will come. The article is correct about the Tigertail "Beach" access. The "Beach" is a long trek from the parking lot; and there is a charge for non Collier county residents to use it. The article is incorrect in that there is NO "pull-off" to drop beachgoers next to the Madeira. That is one of several poor planning decisions made in the recent Collier Blvd construction.
I wrote a letter to the editor recently about MICA and the need to consider its future. MICA's existing parking lots are not fully used and there is significant room to expand parking in them.
As I stated before, we cannot stop off island people from using our beaches; and the volume of these beachgoers will increase.
Here are several suggestions:
1. Take over Resident's Beach and Sarazen Park parking by "eminent domaine". (It will never happen!!!)
2. Since the City owns the swales in the affected areas (by South Beach and Madeira),pave them over and install parking meters.
3. In jest, turn Marco Island into a gated community with controlled access onto and off the island at the two bridges. Therefore, only certain "acceptable" people could dip their little toes in our elite waters.
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