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Treasure Island proposes swim zone extension

The proposal would make the swim zone near Caddy’s thinner so that boats are allowed to anchor 100 to 150 feet offshore.


The proposal would make the swim zone near Caddy’s thinner so that boats are allowed to anchor 100 to 150 feet offshore.

TREASURE ISLAND — A neighborhood feud over boaters anchoring on Sunset Beach appears to be settled after a Tuesday night meeting of the Treasure Island City Commission.

But boaters may be the ones left out.

In a workshop, the City Commission tentatively agreed on a solution to boats anchoring behind beachfront houses, creating a danger to swimmers and a noisy nuisance to homeowners.

To make residents happy, the commission plans to extend a swim zone that now ends just south of Caddy's on the Waterfront farther south to the Beach Pavilion at 8000 West Gulf Blvd.

To please Caddy's and its boating customers, it would make the swim zone near Caddy's thinner so that boats are allowed to anchor 100 to 150 feet offshore instead of the standard 300 feet away.

Commissioners hope the change would allow boaters to easily swim in to shore while still providing a buffer for swimmers.

The agreement would also keep a boating zone at the southernmost part of Sunset Beach, from the Beach Pavilion to Blind Pass, instead of turning that into a swim zone as originally proposed.

The commission also considered creating a boating corridor near Caddy's, where boaters could come to shore, drop off passengers, and anchor 300 feet out. But several community members said they thought the boat traffic would be dangerous.

"I'm glad that we got a swim zone instead of a little channel where boats can come to shore," said Commissioner Alan Bildz, who represents Sunset Beach. He said he plans to wade out 100 feet from shore to see whether it's shallow enough for boaters to easily anchor and swim in. "I think that's going to work out best for everyone."

Boats will have less space along the beach and will have to anchor farther offshore than they have been, but no one representing boaters spoke at Tuesday night's meeting.

First reading of the proposed ordinance will be Aug. 19.

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