I was told today by neighbors who live nearby, that there meetings on Friday and Monday for a business to use the empty lot by Rose Marina as a holding area for horse drawn carriages.
I’m concerned that in this “off season,” perhaps half of the voices of Marco's property owners will not be available to help assess the merits of this petition.
This island doesn’t have enough room for bicyclists to ride alongside the automobiles, let alone accommodate horse drawn carriages along with automobiles, bikes and pedestrians. I have personally witnessed five accidents this past season with bikers (in the designated bike lane) being cut off, and or hit by cars – one severe enough to call the police. Add in seasonal doubling of traffic to this mix, and I can assure you, it will be a nightmare.
Lancaster, Pennsylvania has horse drawn carriages due to their large Amish population. They have their own lane (almost as big as a car lane) and horse-car accidents occur frequently. Manure accumulation on the road, and the smell and mess left behind is unpleasant. We do currently have bicycle “carriage” rentals that can seat up to four adults available for perusing the island, but in Old Marco, even the bike carriages are too big for the bike path, and they have to use the pedestrian sidewalk.
Marco is our paradise, and I am sure we all want to preserve it.
Jean M. Foster