I hope this e-mail finds you well in idyllic Marco Island! I guess you would call my wife and I “sunbirds” because we usually visit Marco in the summer, leaving our sunny residence in the Ocean State of Rhode Island for our part-time residence there on Marco. We usually prefer the summer to escape the crowds you speak of in your article. This past winter however, we broke with our norm and visited in February. It was remarkably nice and extremely enjoyable!
We did see the congestion down at the South Beach and wondered why the problem even existed, since other beach communities seem to have it well under control. It seemed that appropriate signage, i.e. no parking, and no stopping signs along with designing designated metered parking spaces only would suffice. Of course as an additional measure to ensure compliance, occasional patrol and enforcement of the rules would be required.
Overall, these suggestions would eliminate parking altogether on the grassy swales, provide greater safety for pedestrians and vehicles, reduce traffic congestion and also generate welcomed revenue for road and beach beautification and maintenance. It would also inform beach-goers of the parking space limitations at South Beach and encourage them to plan their visits accordingly. Bill, these are just a few ideas that came to mind during our visit. We hope they can be useful. Thanks for your kind consideration!
Lance & Connie McCormack
Sunbirds from Rhode Island