A white heron patrols the docks looking for a snack on Wednesday afternoon at Big Hickory Marina in Bonita Springs. The Bonita Springs City Council is currently considering purchasing the marina, which has been run by Mike and Ruth Bode for the past 38 years, for $6.8 million to ensure public access to the water. The property includes the marina, a parking lot and several buildings that house a restaurant, a bait shop, a bikini store, a deli, and several offices. McDonald says that he hopes to continue running his fishing charter service out of the marina, should the city council buy the property. "I've been here 20 years," McDonald said. "I have a good following. If I'm not here, I'll be somewhere."