New beach access gets the green light

Residents and visitors soon will have access to another part of the beach on Marco Island.

The City Council unanimously approved a Pedestrian Beach Access Easement Agreement with Mass Mutual. The corporation owns the Marco Beach Resort PUD, known as the Marriott/Madeira Condominium.

The 15-foot wide access borders the north edge of the Madeira property. The access will not have rest rooms. Parks and Recreation Department Director Dana Souza said that the easement isn't wide enough to construct them and there isn't a sanitary line located nearby that could serve a facility. The city would have to excavate the recently completed South Collier Boulevard to install a service line.

Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC, a division of Mass Mutual, said in a May 1 letter to Marco Island City Manager Bill Moss that they were against the installation of rest room in the easement.

City attorney Richard Yovanovich requested that the corporation give the city an Opinion of Title on the property to ensure that no encumbrances or liens affecting the easement area. The easement agreement is subject to the opinion.

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annaray writes:

THERE SHOULD BE BEACH ACCESS TO ALL MARCO RESIDENTS AND VISITORS. THATS WHY PEOPLE COME TO MARCO. THE RESIDENTS BEACH ORIGINALLY WAS FOR MARCO RESIDENTS. NOW THE RATES ARE FAIRLY HIGH AND YOU MUST PAY AN ADDITIONAL FEE FOR GUESTS. I STOPPED MY MEMBERSHIP AND LOOK FOR OTHER WAYS TO GAIN ACCESS.

ANNA RAYMOND

MARCO ISLAND RESIDENT

siebert231 writes:

i agree, people shouldn't have to pay the high prices to access the beach. i think they should open other areas for people to access the beach.

sunnycity writes:

We quit giving MICA our money several years ago. Sad but we are not in agreement with most of what MICA stands for and does with all that money it collects. All possible paths should be open to all....period.

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