‘Shameful and illegal’

December 13, 2019
By Marcy Shortuse

To the Editor:
Well, you may ask, what is shameful and illegal? As Boca Grande’s resident historian, I will tell you. Two newbies have erected and planted obstructions on our historic Promenade walk. Doing such a thing is shameful and may be illegal. That public right-of-way that extends from 1st Street to 5th Street has been in existence since Boca Grande’s first plat was filed around 1910.
In my opinion, it is shameful that two new property owners have taken it upon themselves to block the public access to this walkway. The first location is between 1st Street and the Promenade walk adjacent to the beach and has been blocked by planting vegetation. Owners at 3rd Street abutting the Promenade walk have had huge boulders placed to block access. I would assume that the owners did not obtain legal permits, and thus it follows that these obstructions can be removed without permits.
It is a truism that if you don’t use something, you may lose it. I would encourage the continued use of this historic public walk by all who would choose to do so.
Capt. Robert W. Johnson
Lifelong Boca Grande resident