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Dawn Koncikowski of Bonita Beach is on a mission.

She is dug in against further private enclaves along the public beaches.

She looks at party and picnic areas for developments, such as Bonita Bay and The Brooks, and sees an erosion of the public’s access.

She sees privatization.

We understand her passion and her sentiments. But after taking a step back and looking at the bigger pictures, we size it up differently.

Ask yourself how much public access there would be on a beachfront property if it were a single-family home — or if there were nothing at all on that land?

There would be no more and no less public access.

These gathering spots do no harm. They are situated among existing development. Everybody else is still welcome to go and use the public part of that beach closest to the water using the closest available public parking.

That is the issue: parking.

Thank goodness for civic watchdogs such as Koncikowski who are loyal to their convictions and speak out. They need to be heard. Their views ought to be weighed carefully. They ought to be thanked.

But in this case, the cause championed by Koncikowski fails to merit the rest of us rising up alongside her in protest.

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