My name is Chris Halaschak and I lived on Marco Island for a couple of decades. I have since moved off the island about 10 years ago, however, I still have a small place in my heart, or perhaps in my colon for Marco Island. The writer of the article states that there should be some "thinking out of the box". I have what I feel would be the perfect solution. First, actually think out of the box! By building a bridge that is like a small draw bridge, we could accomplish all of the objectives of getting larger boats through this access, plus put in the pedestrian walkway. So, the naysayers will clammer about the cost...have that one covered in my plan as well. In fact, it would never cost most owners on the island anything! What, how could that be possible? Here is how...create a special taxing district that would incorporate only the property/business owners that have property to the South and is contiguous to the bridge, ie; those that have waterfront property that is currently in-direct access and would have to go under that bridge if they want to get out to the Gulf of Mexico. This would be an easy sell, due to the fact that each property owner would see a HUGE increase in their property values, as evidenced by the difference of price of direct access (no bridges, sail boat access) and in-direct access properties (required to go under a bridge}. City Council people, collaborate your feces (g.y.s.t.) and think out of the box! Save the residents of Marco Island money and add value to the property South of this bridge, and nope, I do not own property in this area! Pass this idea up the food chain by feeding it to anyone that is active in your government, and or go to a meeting and be heard! Yes, you can make a difference and change in your world!
I believe that it was Rookery Bay that made the "mistake" of taking down the pines on the island. These pines did hold the sand, and kept the island sound. Coconut Island also provided protection for Hideaway Beach to some degree. So, I guess when you have groups of people removing mother nature WITHOUT any study prior, we will continue to have results that are not what expected. Did you know that Rookery Bay is planning a big hog kill on their property? They are going to bait the hogs with food, then shoot all that they can. I would think that such this is PUBLIC land, that the PUBLIC should have the chance to get involved! It would be as simple as a drawing (if there are more hunters than they want) and let the hunters cull the herd of pigs. Having the pigs on the property of Rookery Bay does provide some environmental plus for the property, however, just like anything else, to much (or many) can cause problems.
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