WHITE MARLIN-PORT ANTIGUA BEACH - IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS
Ideas and Solutions
The Lower Matecumbe Beach Issue
Village Council passed the ordinance to create the swim zone at the beach in front of Port Antigua and White Marlin Beach on August 12, 2020. Permits are required from several state and federal agencies.
Monitor permit process
The impacted residents and the Village must monitor the permit process to assure it moves as smoothly and quickly possible.
Once the buoys are in place, monitor to assure the project is a success.
Print brochures for enforcement to provide. The brochure could explain the importance of compliance and suggest that if there is inadequate compliance, the next step may be more stringent in order to promote appropriate use of the area and consideration for those on the water and on the nearby land. Explain that the beach is privately-owned and the abutting properties are private property.
Law enforcement is a key component. Once the buoys are installed, be prepared to enforce regulations regarding the vessel exclusion zone and swim zone to assure the rules are followed.
Alternatives must be considered if the current process is inadequate. A proposed solution in the future is creating a mooring field offshore.
Do you have an idea that you would like to submit to help with this issue? Please email us at info@Islamorada.org