With or without a voter plebiscite (aka as a “public referendum” in our City Charter), ‘We the People’ will soon purchase a multi-million dollar new community center at Mackle Park to promote the elixir of perpetual youth and well-being for citizens and visitors of all ages. Even our resident primary care physician, Dr. Carlos Portu, has declared this to be a major mission of local government and of greater significance than, for instance, safety and security according to his recent letter to the editor in our local newspapers.
Regardless, can we all agree that our Gulf beaches and shores remain our major natural assets and attractions? Our platinum Gulf coast is enjoyed daily as truly the Marco Island elixir! Further, be they walkers, joggers, crawlers, swimmers, waders, sun-bunnies, exercise buffs, readers, snoozers, conversationalists, babysitters, exhibitionists, or whatever, isn’t it true that many of these taxpaying citizens and visitors have physical handicaps and chronic age-related limitations which restrict their easy and natural access to our beach and shore area?
Thus, might ‘We the People’ make a modest request of our government’s pursuit of this elixir? Long overdue is a six feet wide boardwalk on the Residents’ Beach which will traverse it from present entrance-egress points to wherever the high tides reach. Such a boardwalk at the Residents’ Beach will facilitate all taxpaying citizens and visitors – even those using scooters, walkers, wheel chairs, carriages, crutches, canes, etc. Such a boardwalk will provide equal access to all of us rather than, as now, restricting a large number of us to only narrow and very confined areas immediately adjacent to the entrance and parking areas.
Isn’t such a beach-shore boardwalk construction, linked to the proposed bid cost of the new Mackle Park Community Center, a very worthy investment today for ‘We the People’ to campaign for furthering our commitment as an exemplary equal access Gulf community?