SAVE CAYO COSTA'S goal is to see that the DEP/DRP adopts a series of responsible management practices that balance recreational use while protecting the natural resources of the south end of Cayo Costa State Park at "the narrows". Large commercial ferrys are best suited for the Pelican Bay north park facilities.
What will Cayo Costa State Park's south beach and backwaters look like in 50 years if unchecked, uncapped commercial activities are allowed to continue? Concerned citizens, please join us to let the DEP/DRP know this sets a dangerous precedent!
EXCERPTS FROM STUART'S PLAN
"The utilized recreational management assessment is based on an integrated, systems analytical approach that factors in Cayo Costa Island's geography, island morphology and coastal processes, ecology, habitat, and user activities. Referring to Figure Five, based on the island’s “drumstick” form, Boca Grande Pass and Captiva Pass Inlet systems, the island’s macro-geomorphic processes, and ecological systems, habitats and state park facilities and infrastructure, it is very clear that the north end of the island has the highest resilience to recreational uses and coastal processes."
" The analysis divides the island into three “Resiliency Zones”. The first zone is located in the island’s north end. It is the widest part of the island, ranging from 0.7 mi. to 1.7 mi. in width. It contains approximately 1,500 acres, equal to 2.3 square miles. The North Zone is characterized as having high recreational user resiliency because of it’s width that grants superior habitat resiliency in area and depth... The Middle Zone has average user resiliency when compared to the north island.... The South Zone has poor user resiliency when compared to the two afore referenced zones. This is due to geography, coastal morphology and processes. The South Zone is very narrow, being less than 1/10th of a mile to 3/10th’s of a mile wide." - Greg Stuart is an avid recreational visitor to Cayo Costa and resident of Matlacha. He has 38 years experience as a planning professional. CLICK BELOW TO READ THE ENTIRE PLAN.