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It is not about who is special. I have been observing and am now pretty convinced that the great majority are people from off Island. I have also observed the public lot to have 20 or more spaces available and the MICA lot to be half full as swale parking migrated as far south as Courtyard Towers. People are driving RV's into the swales, sprinkler heads are being damaged. I have seen children walk onto the street hidden between two cars...worse yet adults will emerge from between their vans and suv's directly onto the street to lift their hatch to remove their beach gear. It is unsafe to ride a bike along the side of the street and the pandemonium is increased because trucks and cars are pulling trailers with boats and PWC...and are in a hurry to get to Caxambas Park to launch their day on the water. Somebody is going to get killed on Swallow...perhaps the street should be shut down in this condition...of course then how do the people that live there get home.
I do not wish to sound elitest...I am not, but when my wife and I purchased on Marco Island we had a choice and decided against Naples, against Ft Meyers beach, against South Beach, Miami etc. etc. Marco has become a day trip destination and I am thinking instead of providing more parking and shuttles perhaps it would be wise to provide less and then find a way to provide a permit to Island residents who live a couple miles from the beach.
What we have experienced in the last few weeks is not acceptable and should be stopped. Council has some tough decisions to make and I am suggesting that making it easier might indeed make it worse...try to imagine every swale within 4 blocks of the beach in the same condition as Swallow and Seagrape and if it is okay to swale park there...why not Collier Blvd?
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