Letter: Save our heritage

Marya Repko, Everglades City

Saving our heritage

A public hearing is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the Board of County Commissioners meeting about the status of Mamie Street which leads to the historic Smallwood Store & Museum.

The resolution under consideration is that “the county interest in a portion of Mamie Street south of Chokoloskee Drive, being a part of Section 36, Township 53 South, Range 29 East, Chokoloskee, Collier County, Fla., is hereby vacated, extinguished, renounced and disclaimed, and this action is declared to be in the public interest and for the public benefit.”

Among the reasons for this proposed action is that the request “will not adversely affect the ownership or right of convenient access of the property owners.”

What is the county thinking?

Also on the agenda at www.colliergov.net for this item are three large files with objections by neighbors and local residents.

Mamie Street has been used for almost 100 years to access the Smallwood Store which is a popular place to take visitors, launch a canoe or watch the sunset.

That this portion of the road be given to a private developer is certainly not “in the public interest nor for the public benefit.”

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