COLLIER COUNTY - An emergency beach renourishment plan is going forward in Naples. Collier County Commissioners want private condominium associations to sign an agreement that the beaches will remain public.
A few months ago, The condo Moray Bay, put up cones and signs trying to block the public from their beach area. Commissioners threatened legal action and the issue was dropped. County leaders want to make sure a situation like that doesn't happen again, although Moraya Bay is not involved in the current renourishment plans.
"This point forward we're doing the public's interest," says Commissioner Jim Coletta. "Moraya Bay might have been a wake up call."
Commissioners voted 4-1 to shore up the two beaches, but want eight condos near Doctor's Pass and North Park Shore to sign an agreement that the beaches will stay public.
Resident we spoke to who live in the condos are all for the idea.
"I don't think anybody is against saying we're going to make it a public beach," says condo owner Gay Heppes.
The renourishment will cost about $1.5 million and come from the tourist tax.
The project won't get started until at least mid June.