Every time I read someone, Henning, and others, mouthing off about Hideaway Beach being a private community and no tax dollars should be given them to re-nourish that beach I want to, well you know. The writers don’t want, or know the truth.
- There is a walkway from Tigertail Beach to Hideaway; boats have easy access to the beach, and no one is stopped from utilizing the very public Hideaway Beach. If that is a private beach the Marco Island Police and County are derelict in enforcement for over eight years, because some weekends you can’t find room to park another boat.
- The membership of Hideaway Beach tax themselves through assessments to help the county pay for the upkeep of that very public beach.
- Lose the 5000 and 6000 buildings within Hideaway due to flooding and condemning the buildings , and you lose millions of tax dollars and spending on Marco Island. Monies the city would have to either make up by taxing residents more, or citizens would have to lose services.
Wake up and realize Hideaway is a very public beach and a partner in helping the county pay for the necessary sand to protect the residents, and income for the city and county.
Bless Donna Fiala for her sound judgements in her article in the Dec. 18 Eagle. Fiala is one of the very few Collier County Board of Commissioners who understands the problem.
Lt. Col. Bill Howey
USMC (Ret) Naples