BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - Bonita city leaders say there isn't enough beach parking and water access. Now, they're reserving money to buy property in the future.
"This is a beautiful beach a lot of people come down for the sunset and you're driving around and you can't get in," said homeowner Eddie White.
White and his wife Ali bought their home here because of its close proximity to the beach. But, they tell Wink News they don't spend as much time enjoying the sand the surf as they'd like because there's no where to park.
"Open up the parking to attract more people," said Eddie White.
The parking in Bonita Springs is so scarce, even the popular Doc's Beach House Restaurant next door makes it clear with signs out front there's no beach parking allowed.
"I've actually been next door and had to go inside to get a sandwich and a beer because there was no parking, " said Dr. Patrick Rossi.
Other beach-goers tell Wink News they've walked blocks just to find parking. Others have turned around and gone home because it was so busy during season. The complaints caught the attention of city leaders.
"We need to make sure that the residents as well as our visitors in the future have as many different access opportunities as possible," said Bonita Springs City Manager Carl Schwing.
On Monday, the Bonita Springs City Council voted to set aside $100 thousand to buy up more water access property across the city. It would include property for parking spots, fishing, kayaking and boating. Setting the money aside helps to make sure the idea stays on the budget. The Whites say they're happy the city is stepping up.
"I look forward to them improving the parking conditions here," said Eddie White.
Schwing says they'll be looking for property in the west end of the city, along the Imperial River and along Spring Creek.