Letter to the Editor: Hideaway Beach is public

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

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marcoislander writes:

In my opinion all you have to do is wine and dine Fiola and you have her vote. And maybe you can lay out on a map where this so called path is. Also what it may cost the tax payers you might as well move the building to your golf course

happy6 writes:

don't worry folks howey is long gone from hideaway...can't imagine why he's still whining.

marcoredeagle writes:

I have walked Tigertail 40-50 times and have never seen a "walkway from Tigertail Beach to Hideaway." Have you? Where is it? Am I missing signs? It is on the City of Marco map that I am also missing where it is found? Why isn't this walkway known and easy to find?

Mayor_McCheese writes:

Complete nonsense.

There is no such public walkway. The fact is that all beaches in Florida are public from the high water mark to the water's edge.

In order for Hideaway Beach to be truly a public beach, there would have to be public access from the land - not just for boats to approach.

Since there is no public access from the land, it is constructively a private beach and should not rely on public tax dollars to pay for its upkeep. Either the residents of the private community pay for the restoration or let nature take its course.

Since our public money is now paying for the restoration, I would like to know how I can walk over to Hidewway beach so I can spend the day at the new "PUBLIC" beach.

Perhaps this former Marine can use his orienteering skills to let us in on the long lost walkway.

ajm3s writes:

Thank god for the comments, I was confused as well as to the validity of this LTE.

ed34145 writes:

No, there isn't a walkway. However, one thing that should never be forgotten is that Hideaway Beach provides physical protection (barrier) for Marco Island. Lose it and how long before we start to lose other parts of the island? Also, my feeling (and I don't live in Hideaway) is that the County approved the development of Hideaway and as such has a continued responsibility to protecting both it and the rest of Marco. The funds come from TDC; look at how much TDC funds are generated from Marco.

Northerner writes:

I think I know where this elusive "walkway" is. Correct if I'm wrong, but here are the directions to walk to HB. First and foremost, you need to be in good physical condition. This "walkway" is not for the faint of heart. Ok, so park your car at the Tigertail lot. Grab your beach bag, chairs, umbrella,cooler etc..oh and make sure you have a good pair of water proof walking shoes and a porta potty. Cross over the board walk and make a right. Do not walk thru the water to Tigertail beach. Keep walking for a good mile and a half. The terrain is a bit swamp like and there is thick vegetation at times. It's going to take about an hour so it's a good idea to head out early and at low tide. When you reach the multimillion dollar homes perced on the beach, you're there. Set your stuff up and have a good time. I don't think the homeowners will mind...after all, it is a public beach. Lastly, watch the time. It's imperitive to head back before the sun starts setting, otherwise you will not be able to see and will get eaten alive.

marconan writes:

Zoom in on Google Maps, you will not find a walkway from Tigertail Beach to Hideaway Beach. Unless you are Euell Gibbons & can survive on nuts & berries, you will never make it there alive. Well, maybe you might.

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