Neighborhood balks at county plans for beach access parking

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 03:18 PM.

As part of the process of creating right of way beach accesses, county Attorney Toni Craig will be looking into the title history, past legislation and current ownership of the disputed parcel.

Conway said rather than replacing the vegetated trail with concrete, the TDC could better spend its energy “to make sure Blue Mountain gets parking,” as it is much more heavily trafficked by tourists.

The plans to use right-of-ways as beach access parking was brought before county commissioners at the Sept. 11 meeting, but Montigo residents say they only recently heard of the plans. Neighborhood owners received no literature or information from the county or Tourist Development Council about the proposed beach access parking lot. Helderle says he found out less than a week ago, when a county surveyor came to look at Montigo.

“Without seeing the surveyor, I’m not sure if anyone would have known about this,” said Helderle. “I think they probably could have done this a little bit better. Everyone is up in arms, and none of us have the facts. I hate to lose that piece of property … We all assumed it was ours.”

Moliterno said that the project, first brought up to the Board of County Commissioners at the Sept. 11 meeting, is in a conceptual and research stage.

She said it was brought before the BCC so the TDC could “go into those public workshops, start to research title,” a process that could take upwards of 45 days.

Moliterno said the potential projects will be brought up at subsequent BCC meetings, as updates are given by Preble Rish and County Attorney Craig about the viability of the projects.

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