FDEP postpones vote to stop commercial use at Cayo Costa State Park’s ‘Narrows’

May 30, 2021
By Marcy Shortuse

BY T MICHELE WALKER – The Florida Department of Recreation and Parks has postponed the Cayo Costa State Park Management Plan vote which was scheduled to come before the Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) on June 11. 

In a statement provided to the Boca Beacon by Alexandra Kuchta, Deputy Press Secretary for Florida Department of Environmental Protection, “Since the initial drafts of the park’s Unit Management Plan were released for review, the department has received several comments from stakeholders. The department is taking additional time to evaluate those comments and ensure concerns are appropriately addressed in the park’s Unit Management Plan.” 

The agencies have been receiving mounting pressure from “Save Cayo Costa’’ environmental advocates to stop bringing large commercial groups to the park’s least resilient and most vulnerable section of Cayo Costa State Park known as “The Narrows.”

“It’s troubling when citizen advocates have to convince the very people our tax dollars pay to protect our resources to do their jobs. Cayo Costa State Park is a priceless and irreplaceable treasure and the FDEP has the power to control human impacts. It’s clear we’ve made our point and they know they’ve created a mess down here,” said Margi Nanney, an island advocate for over 40 years.

According to Kuchta, “We look forward to the continued input from stakeholders as we evaluate additional opportunities to enhance protection of resources and stewardship by visitors.”