Having been seasonal renters on Marco for 20 years, we decided to move here full-time 6 years ago. We failed to realize that this was coincident with significant expansion to the Island’s hotel facilities and what a disaster for residents that would turn out to be. The relevant example today is the trash this expansion has brought to our beaches and the chronic arrogance of the proprietors of offending establishments when it comes to following the permit requirements for their beach operations.
I hope our community government can summon up the courage to enforce the rules required of those with beach permits and rescind permits held by scofflaws.
For me, there are additional concerns relating to Sea Turtle nesting season, which runs through the end of October. In addition to trash on the beach, the use of permitted private sand raking vehicles to groom neighboring property early in the morning, as well as storage of equipment on public property at night are potential breaches of legal requirements. I appeal to our Council, permitting authorities and Code Enforcement—please make it stop now!