POLL/UPDATE: Private community, Hideaway to open public bathroom

Private beachfront community agrees to construct public restroom for county bed tax beach erosion dollars

Hideaway Beach District Board Chairman Richard Freeman, left, listens to residents at Thursday's Board Meeting at City Hall.
Neil Pasco/ Special to the Eagle

Hideaway Beach District Board Chairman Richard Freeman, left, listens to residents at Thursday's Board Meeting at City Hall. Neil Pasco/ Special to the Eagle

About 10 Hideaway Beach residents attend Thursday's meeting to learn and share ideas about plans for a public bathroom in the gated community.
Neil Pascoe/ Special to the Eagle

About 10 Hideaway Beach residents attend Thursday's meeting to learn and share ideas about plans for a public bathroom in the gated community. Neil Pascoe/ Special to the Eagle

Do you think a public bathroom at Hideaway Beach is a fair condition to get $1.6 million in county bed taxes for beach erosion control?

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— After months of wrangling, counter wrangling, and counter-counter wrangling, the controversial issue of erecting a permanent public facility on Hideaway Beach grounds, the Hideaway Beach District Board passed a motion on Thursday agreeing to the location and financing of a public bathroom.

The bathroom is a condition set by Collier County Commissioners in 2008 for Hideaway Beach to get a $1.6 million contribution of bed taxes, the county tax on hotel stays, and use it to help control beach erosion to the central area of Hideaway Beach.

This is the second time that tourist development dollars went to help control beach erosion at the beach which surrounds the gated Hideaway Beach community. A point of contention has been that the beach is not easily accessible to the public.

“The public bathroom will be located on the beach, easily accessible to all, and, I wish to strongly stress, be adjacent to, but not on, Hideaway Beach’s private picnic area,” emphasized Richard Freeman, the District Board’s Chairman.

“It will be a permanent structure, about 8 by 12 feet in composition, and a unisex facility,” he added

Contained in the motion, are the following City of Marco Island and Hideaway Beach obligations:

(a) Collier County, at the request of the City of Marco Island and Hideaway Beach, will pursue all necessary grant applications for the project. All applications and permits will be in the name of the county and city except the public restroom. The city will provide the design plans to the county prior to beginning work.

(b) Hideaway Beach will provide full funding for the public restroom. Unless permitting or completion is delayed by regulatory agency review or acts of God, if the public restroom is not built within one year from the date of completion of the six additional erosion control structures or t-groins, then the city shall remit back to the county the funds expended by the county for the erosion control structures.

(c) Hideaway Beach District will pursue all necessary grant applications, engineering, environmental, and permits for the public restroom. All applications and permits for the public restroom will be in the name of Hideaway Beach District and/or the underlying property owner. The district will provide the design plans and location to the county for approval prior to beginning work.

(d) The district will obtain for the benefit of the public an easement for the public restroom. The district will own, operate, monitor, and maintain the public restroom and provide reasonable access for the public during the time that the county’s Tigertail Park is open to the public.

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Comments » 13

fatiguedelavie writes:

For the price of an outhouse, they get millions of tourist tax dollars for "thier" beach front renourishment.

When they build a parking lot, mayby I'll buy it. Until then; either they must think we are really s-----, or; we are really s-----.

jaguar writes:

Do they have a comedian writing this stuff."The Pubic restroom is coming".Could be a hairy event.

jaguar writes:

Sorry I meant a hair raising event.

MarcoBound writes:

The bathroom is costing $16,666 a sq ft. Someone is really screwing you people out of your money.

sailing writes:

1.6 million for a crapper? who gets this contract? what a crock, we need a revolution!!! i want to see a breakdown of the costs lets keep an eye on this garbage fellow tax payers!!

sailing writes:

and dont try to tell us most of the money is for cleaning and upkeep

sailing writes:

which one of freemans buddies gets the contract?

sailing writes:

I just sent this story to NBC-2 news,maybe they can get to the bottom of this,if the eagle dosen't I WILL MAKE SURE TO SEND IT TO ALL THE BIG NATIONAL NEWS SOURCES!! WEVE GOT TO PUT AN END TO THIS OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING!! WHO'S WITH ME?

sailing writes:

this is not the original article everyone bloged about marconews wheres the original?

fatiguedelavie writes:

Why not just use the million dollars a year the county gives to Marco to maintain the the road to Goodland. Nobody with any influence lives there. We need to take care of our friends and community leaders in Hideaway first. Thier money and power makes them better people, deserving of our help.

sailing writes:

fatguedelavie, I hear ya! I love it! I thought I was sarcastic!! As you are well aware of, there are plenty of people in Goodland with lots of money, they just choose not to flaunt it, unlike [SOME, NOT ALL] of our good friends elsewhere.so I'll see ya at Stan's on Sunday and we'll hangout and watch all the people who THINK there important throw there money around, all the while they wish they could be so fortunate as to live here amongst all us poor non-influential idiots!!

liberator100 writes:

I believe MICA is the problem. They should not be involved in building a public bathroom in a private community. I am asking all intelligent Marco Islanders to contact their elected officials to put a stop to this insanity. What will they think of next? A high school on Marco Island? They must be insane!

loscabos writes:

Boaters.. We will now have a Keewayden 11. Come and beach your boat and party day and night..

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