Save The Beach Access on Anna Maria Island, Florida

Save The Beach Access on Anna Maria Island, Florida

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If you have traveled to Anna Maria Island, Florida you know the beaches are world class! Beach access is now being threatened. If two owners can do this at the end of one street, others will be doing this to other beach access points all over AMI. 

www.SaveTheBeachAccess.com

IF YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO HELP SAVE BEACH ACCESS PLEASE REACH OUT VIA EMAIL TO Iwillhelp@SaveTheBeachAccess.com

If you are like us, you’ve probably been using the beach access at the end of 78th Street for decades.  Over the past week the owners of 101 and 99 78th Street and the owners at 100 and 98 78th Street got together to claim there is no public access to the beach at the end of 78th Street.  It started with harassment of beach goers followed by “no trespass” signs.  On Thursday, April 21st, they had thorny bushes planted across the pathway obstructing access.  Then on Friday April 22nd, they enlisted the City of Holmes Beach to install “no beach access” signs at the end of 78th Street as well as at the corner of Gulf Drive and 78th Street.  If that wasn’t enough, on Saturday, April 23rd, a uniformed Holmes Beach Police officer with his police car was positioned at the beach access point denying public access to the beach.
 
While the events above unfolded, a number of homeowners on 78th Street reached out to Mayor Judy Titsworth asking her to stop the blockage of the beach access.  She responded by saying the City would not get involved, but then she did get involved by putting up the “no beach access” sign and allowing off-duty City officers in their uniforms and official police cars to tell people they can't use the beach access. 
 
The actions of the owners, and the City are wrong and violate the rights of the public who have a right to use the beach access based on the following  facts:
 
1)    There are documented easements on the deeds of both 99 78th Street and 98 78th street (the parcels on which the beach access is located) explicitly describing a 10’ access easement to the beach (which may actually mean that the path is 20’ wide);
2)    The path has been in use by the public for in excess of 20 years (probably over 70+ years).  
Please join us in our fight to reopen the beach access at 78th street! The website SaveTheBeachAccess.com will provide updated information daily.  Facebook postings are already active (with reactions overwhelmingly in favor of reopening the access).  Please voice your concerns to the Mayor: HBMayor@homesbeachfl.org or (941) 708 5800 ext 227.  
 
A large number of homeowners on the 100 block and 200 block of 78th Street have already joined forces to fight the closure of the beach access and will be taking action shortly.  However, there is strength in numbers!!  To become involved please email Iwillhelp@SaveTheBeachAccess.com.
 
Lawn signs saying “Save The Beach Access”and “RE-Open 78th Street Beach Access” are coming soon and we ask that you please place them in your front yard.   
 
We all have a right to enjoy our world class beaches.  No two landowners should be able to deny the public’s access, particularly one that has been enjoyed for decades.  
 
 
Re-Open 78th Street Beach Access!!!

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