Condos give up fight over beach access

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By Lindsay Kruger

Published March 12, 2010

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COLLIER COUNTY: Just two days after Collier County Commissioners voted to file a lawsuit against Moraya Bay for privatizing a piece of Vanderbilt Beach, the cones are gone.

Representatives with Moraya Bay say they want the beach war to be over.

The cones that sectioned off a piece of the beach right in front of Moraya Bay were removed.

Representatives say they are preparing a statement about the beach battle which has not only angered commissioners, but outraged beach visitors.

Commissioners feared allowing one condo to mark off a piece of the beach, others would follow.

One person was so outraged, he can be seen on surveillance video early Tuesday morning vandalizing Moraya Bay's beach chairs and umbrellas with spray paint.

Moraya Bay says they were abiding by state law which says a property owner owns the land down to the erosion control line. They wanted a small section for its residents only.

The official statement from Moraya Bay is expected this afternoon.