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Redington Shores condos: Beach access path is for feet only

REDINGTON SHORES — The controversial expansion and repaving of a beach access path will be argued in court next month.

The Gulf Mariner Condominium Association, which filed a lawsuit against Redington Shores in January to stop the project, is now seeking an emergency injunction to bar the town's vehicles from the access.

"Our goal is to have the court rule that the town is not able to use the easement for vehicular traffic," says Charles Samarkos, attorney for the condo association.

In an emergency motion filed May 8 in Circuit Court, the Gulf Mariner is asking the court to limit use of the access path to pedestrians.

Town vehicles using the access are "creating a dangerous condition" for the condominium residents and will continue to cause "irreparable harm" if vehicles are allowed to use the easement, according to Samarkos' motion.

The Gulf Mariner is on the south side of the access path. Part of the access is an easement on land owned by the condominium but dedicated for beach access in 1972. The condo association is arguing that the easement was originally intended for pedestrian use only.

The beach access path, at the intersection of 176th Avenue and Lee Avenue, also was the subject of controversy involving landscaping installed by the homeowner on the north side of the path.

Joanne Greenberg was unsuccessful in her effort to prevent the town from tearing out much of the landscaping and irrigation she spent about $30,000 to install over the past few years.

"This is the town trying to bully a bunch of citizens," Samarkos said.

"They are an 800-pound gorilla stomping on little people. Their arrogance is shocking."

Redington Shores condos: Beach access path is for feet only 05/16/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 16, 2009 4:30am]
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