Island Views: Should Marco work with FWC to create new boat anchoring regulations?

Bill Cowie

Bill Cowie

Harry Jones

Harry Jones

Bill Cowie

Ontario, Canada

I don’t think it’s right to control boating in the 10,000 Islands. It’s not one place’s playground. As a visitor, not quite yet a part-time resident, it surprises me to see that there is so much control of beach access here, as opposed to Naples or Bonita Springs, and boat access is a similar issue. It’s a little too much control; do they want to keep what belongs to everyone for a select few?

“Hook-‘em-Up” Harry Jones

New Jersey/Marco Island

Florida Fish and Wildlife should have an opportunity to check and see what’s going on before we make any rash decisions. I’ve been down here a long time, and it’s a magnificent place to live, and to fish, and for boating. Is there a reason to change something? Isn’t it fine the way it is now? I’m originally from New Jersey, and I had a good judge. He gave me eight and four: eight years on Marco Island, four in New Jersey, and then I have to see my parole officer, and then I can come back. My picture is in the post office, and that’s my story.

Andrew Mackrous

Marco Island

Absolutely. FWC surely knows that pressure on the boating community in any way isn’t exactly a desirable thing. There’s lots of water, and we can all share it nicely. As long as everybody can use the water fairly, it should not be regulated. Don’t block anybody’s traffic, and that sort of thing. Use common sense; it does exist in the boating community. I’m from a coastal fishing village in Nova Scotia. Marco Island is a boater’s paradise, and FWC will leave it that way.

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