Protect World Class Beaches of Treasure Island, Florida
  • Petitioning Robert Minning

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Mayor
Robert Minning
District 1 Commissioner
Phil Collins
District 2 Commissioner
Tim Ramsberger
District 3 Commissioner
Carol Coward
City Manager
Reid Silverboard
Director of Recreation
Cathy Hayduke

Protect World Class Beaches of Treasure Island, Florida

    1. Arthur Czyszczon
    2. Petition by

      Arthur Czyszczon

      Chicago, IL

Protect Treasure Island’s World Class Beaches

Help Save Treasure Island’s Tourism

The Undersigned stand together to

Protect Treasure Island Beach AGAINST the City’s Policies of:

1. Allowing Vehicles to Drive and Park on our Pristine Beach.

2. Allowing  Large Scale Events and Structures that Threaten our Natural Beach Environment  and Reputation of having a World-Class Beach. 

The beaches are held in trust by the state for the public as a natural resource of the state and are protected under the Constitution.

Florida’s Constitution, Article II Section 7 (a) states as follows:

“It shall be the policy of the state to conserve and protect its natural resources and scenic beauty. Adequate provision shall be made by law for the abatement of air and water pollution and of excessive and unnecessary noise and for the conservation and protection of natural resources.”

 

We have witnessed hundreds of cars lined up on the beach, tractor trailers parking and moving in and out of the area, and dunes being moved to create informal roads to accommodate vehicles.  At night and even during sea turtle nesting season which is currently underway.  Large Events and associated Parking compact and cement the sand, prevent sea oats from establishing, and overall alter the structure of the beach, potentially increasing rates of erosion.  They pose safety concerns, noise concerns, pollution, and disrupt nesting and resting activities for endangered turtles and shorebirds.

Taxpayers have paid for these beaches to be Re-Nourished- The City is misusing a beach that is protected for public use.  There would never have been room on the beach to hold large events and their associated parking lots on the beach had the beach not been re-nourished. 

Ultimately, the Island’s reputation as a World-Class Destination for Residents and Visitors that is based on pristine beaches is being sacrificed.  The beaches are losing business from patrons who come to stay on a BEACH, NOT a fairground or worse a parking lot.   

 We favor Events that incorporate Treasure Island Beaches greatest natural and unique Assets! The elements of : Wind, Sand and the Ocean.

Public Parking on the beach destroys the natural beach experience.

The City has a public park across the street from the beach that is better suited for some events that could disrupt the traditional, customary use of our beaches.

Our Beautiful Unspoiled Beaches ARE the Attraction that brings visitors to our Island and must be nourished and preserved, not abused unnecessarily. 

We ask for your support in our effort.   

To:
Robert Minning, Mayor
Phil Collins, District 1 Commissioner
Tim Ramsberger, District 2 Commissioner
Carol Coward, District 3 Commissioner
Reid Silverboard, City Manager
Cathy Hayduke, Director of Recreation
Mayor Robert Minning, Treasure Island City Council and the City Manager

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Rainer Wilhelm LEHRTE, GERMANY
      • 14 days ago

      for more than 19 years I know this wonderful beach. About half of it now feels like concrete, when you walk to the waterline! Was much better in the early years (with only official use cars on it!

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    • Kathie Biondi WINSLOW, AR
      • about 1 month ago

      The beauty of Treasure Island is something spectacular and must be protected for generations to come. I have seen too many beautiful beaches ruined and I do not want to see anymore, especially not this beach that I love having grown up here in Florida. As good people we must protect our earth. Thank you.

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    • Jackson Oehmke BELLEVIEW, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      The cool white sands along the gulf coast should be left as is. Keep the "Daytona Beach" effect on the east coast.

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    • Derek Taylor SLOUGH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 month ago

      As regular visitors to these lovely beached for 25 years+ my family has witnessed may occasions where the wishes of local beach lovers have been brushed aside for quick profits. This must stop, otherwise these wonderful natural beaches will be spoiled forever for wildlife and humans alike.

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    • Tiffany Fore ELKHART, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      Treasure Island is heaven on earth and needs to be protected. It deserves to be!

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