Editorial: It’s time Marco had a dog park

We’re getting a new addition to our family! It has four legs and tail – a dog! My kids and I visited the Naples Humane Society in Naples on Saturday – just to look – and found a wonderful little pooch! It’s still in the works, but hopefully by this Saturday, she’ll be coming home with us. The volunteers at the shelter were very helpful, especially Marco resident and dog park champion Deb Chapman (Read her letter online at marconews.com). I too will need a place to walk and play with our furry friend. In the six years that I have been working at the Eagle, I know the residents have been working towards getting a dog park. Now the matter is closer to my heart. So count me in on wanting a dog park for Marco.

I live near that stretch on Winterberry Drive that Deb talked about in her letter. It might be OK for walking, but dogs do need a place to stretch their legs and run, without fear of getting hit by a car.

My kids play baseball, soccer and whatever other sport happens to play at Winterberry Park. Yes, it’s big open space, but I’m not sure if it’s the right mix.

From what I have been reading, Tract K seems to be the spot Islanders want for their dogs. I’m not sure of all the logistics of getting this approved but I’m willing to learn.

I agree with Deb: To tackle this problem and find a solution that will make everyone happy and including the ones with paws.

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Motu writes:

The south end of Minozzi-Joel-Mackle Park is the perfect place for a dog dump park.

A dog dump will be an improvement at Mackle Park, my back yard.

Presently this area of the Park is dangerous, noisy and polluted.
After a few attempts, Tax dollars could scrub it as clean as Asbestos Park.

The City of Marco Island Florida ignores deed restrictions by operating a dump site and public works department in Mackle Park at Lily Ct, Marco Island, Florida. (Google Searches are beginning to pop up)

Your dog will be proud to take a dump at Mackle Park, my back yard.

Read the deed http://www.34145.com/Park/Deed1.jpg

Drive by and see for yourself.

Ben Powell
399 Heathwood Drag
Marco Island Florida

Recently, Marco Officials informed Park neighbors that they’ve been infiltrated and vandalized.

Dogs could help to keep these criminals at bay.

CampPappy313 writes:

My husband and I walk our well-behaved dogs daily. We are responsible dog owners who move off the sidewalk to let people pass (lest our disgusting dogs go near them) and pick up all the poop including poop from other peoples dogs. By far most people are friendly but some scowl pointedly at us, as if to say: what right do you have to be on the sidewalks with your dogs. I think most people would be suprised to know how many dogs there are on Marco and that there is a great number of very large dogs. We would LOVE to have a dog park. It would solve several problems: We would have a safe place to go with our dogs for an outing and the dog-haters wouldn't have to see us out and about. Thanks to all who have posted their comments and revived this discussion.

Motu writes:


Let your dog(s) roam in Mackle Park at Lily Ct.

It appears that ignoring restrictions is standard procedure in my back yard at Minozzi-Joel-Mackle Park.

The city of Marco Island ignores restrictions set forth in the Mackle Park deed.

Read http://www.34145.com/Park/Deed1.jpg

Please stop in and visit us.
My dog and I hope to see you soon.

Ben Powell
399 Heathwood Drag
Marco Island FL 34145


Actually, I assume the city would quickly poo-poo on the dog park idea in Mackle Park.

It's to dangerous for dogs.

But it's OK for my children to play here.

Please, stop by and see for yourselves.

strike3 writes:

If you increase the amount of people in the park you may make it more difficult for the people trying to smoke a joint or negotiate a drug deal. Funny how a 4 legged furry animal will draw attention from residents and MIPD faster than someone selling drugs.

NancyNash writes:

I am not a dog owner, but I work with dogs and do believe that a dog park is needed on Marco Island. Not just any dog park, but a place with rules and restrictions. What's so wrong about giving our pets a peice of Marco Island? The beaches are cut off to dogs,the parks are cut off to dogs. Why can't they have a place to socialize with their friends? The dog owners of M.I. will come together for their four legged family members to find a peaceful solution. There are PLENTY of spaces to place a dog park. I do NOT think that it should be near Mackle Park, as this is designated for the children,and could be a hazard to children with high allergies. But there are other places that need to be considered. I think the dog owners who support having a dog park need to come together, and possibly use the support of their own funds to come together. Whether you like it or not, there are dogs on Marco Island, ALOT of them. They need a place to socialize, as socialization plays an important role in the life of a dog.
And I will say again, no dog park at Mackle Park! It is not safe for the children, with or with out allergies.

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