The Madeira condominium on Marco island beach and its contractors have previously run roughshod over city and state regulations regarding coastal vegetation, as widely reported in the press including this paper.
Despite these egregious breaches, the condominium is pursuing its application to use the beach as a staging area and site location for a crane to facilitate roofing replacement, an application which shows every sign of being approved by City and State reviewers.
Imagine my surprise to learn that on 22nd October yet another contractor hired by the condominium was caught removing beach vegetation with no permit for the work and unlicensed by the City to perform this work.
This reprehensible scofflaw attitude indicates an applicant unworthy of receiving the public trust that such a permit represents. I have no doubt personally that the grantors of permits are tempted to allow the work anyway and the question in my mind is: “How egregious and repetitive must such unbecoming behavior become before the keepers of the public trust do the right thing and deny these permit applications?”