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Petition for Boaters' Access to Shell Island

To: Officials of Bay County Florida, the State of Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base, and any other regulatory authority

Sponsoring Organization: Friends of Shell Island ( Date: March 20, 2009

Whereas, boating residents and visitors have been enjoying Shell Island as a year-round recreational destination since Bay County was settled in the 1800s; and

Whereas, the most popular boating anchorage is at the center of said island, at a residential subdivision which is comprised of private and government-owned lots, overlaid by county roads; and

Whereas, this boating anchorage is treasured by the undersigned taxpayers, whose money paid for the public land for their recreational use; and

Whereas, in 2006 visitors to Shell Island experienced aggressive police attempts to enforce unnecessary and unwanted State Park rules both within and outside of land owned by the state of Florida;

The Undersigned Request:

  • An official acknowledgement of the historical use of the recreational boaters' anchorage at Shell Island;
  • Preservation of the current state and use of Shell Island for recreational boaters;
  • Preservation of the current management of the property consistent with the laws of unincorporated Bay County – NOT as a State Park.
  • A stakeholders' interest in any future decisions about the use of the Shell Island.
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