UPDATED THURSDAY JAN 23, 2020...The foolish Media is driving this non-issue, the media goofs need to check with the Sarasota County Property Appraiser as to where property lines are, Olson's own the beach, case closed. Can't stand Fake News and this is really the case here. The media, 10 NEWS Tampa, ABC-7 Sarasota, Herald Tribune, ABC-11 Tampa and SNN Sarasota are vilifying Michelle and Greg Olson who purchased their Beach home at 3935 Shell Rd Siesta Key Fl two years ago. HERALD TRIBUNE SAYS: Siesta Key homeowners blocking public beach access from 3935 N. Shell Rd. But I checked with PUBLIC RECORDS of the Sarasota County Property Appraiser online and the Appraiser's office information indicates the Olson's actually do own the beach up to the water line in front of their house, all 106 linear feet of it.
UPDATE SAT 1/25/2020.....Some of the complaining and frustrated beach goers like Christina Lavender Holmes aka Christina M. Holmes and Marshall Dalseg Sarasota Fl have taken to the air-ways to voice their opposition to the Oslon's rightful claim to restrict public use of their private beach on Siesta Key. Mr. Dalseg kinda made a veiled threat on Friday 1/24/2020 on ABC-11 Tampa claiming "It's our public beach what are we waiting for"! Not so fast Marshall.
MONDAY 1/27/2020 CARLOS MUNOZ SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE WRITES: Marshall Dalseg, who was on the beach with friends, sat facing the barrier Friday. He was kicked off the beach over the weekend because he stepped on private property. Other beach goers could be seen walking in front of several property markers in the water. “A lot of stuff has changed and, unfortunately, it isn’t going for the better,” Marshall Dalseg said. “We come here for tranquility. This is our peaceful beach, you know? Kick back and relax time. Do you see anybody shooting up or dirty diapers or urinating or defecating?” Marshall Dalseg says the rowdy behavior is rare on Shell Beach. “According to her statements, it happens all the time,” he said. “I speak for the general population that it’s not us. So that’s what the police are for, if you have some laws being broken, have them handle that, but don’t restrict us from having our own public access.” BUT ABOUT BEACH ACCESS BLOCKED BY OLSON FAMILY.. Marshall Dalseq claims he speaks for the general population and that he and people he knows are not responsible for any late night activity on the Olson's private beach, so how does Marshall Dalseg explain the $75.00 parking ticket he got on Monday April 1st, 2019 for his motorcycle being parked in front of 4009 N Shell Rd across the street from the Olson Home at 1:08 AM when the Public Beach Access #1 closes at 9:00 PM and there is no parking after 9:00 PM?
Siesta Key Homeowner complains of strangers on her property. What part about 'private Beach' in front of the Olson family home up to the wet water line don't you goofs get? Trespassers caught on Olson family private Beach Siesta Key Fl, Book 'em, Danno!
And then we have this heavy set, bespeckled stranger on Olson's private beach taking surveillance photos of their home, stranger danger. He took off in a silver pickup truck when discovered, what's next a break in, burglary, home invasion, kidnapping?
Christina M. Holmes recently went on some low rated obscure radio station in Sarasota and is making absurd, incorrect and dangerous claims that if the fence is still up "you can still cross it and are allowed to be on the other side", NOPE. Sorry Christina you are dead wrong and appear to be inciting strangers to trespass and harass Michelle Oslon, what is wrong with you? Christina you do not live on Shell Rd or Siesta Key this is none of your business and certainly your recent tirade on the air is putting the Olson family in danger of possible violent retaliation by some unhinged individual.
WHAT IF IT WAS YOUR FRONT LAWN? I find that the Olson's are showing great restraint with all the strange beach access people who trespass, do drugs late at night, urinate, take surveillance photos of their home and trash their private beach that unfortunately for the Olson's is right next to the Shell Rd Public Access #1 beach on Siesta Key. I would have great problems with a group of people who would trespass, do drugs, urinate, take surveillance photos of my home, and trash my front lawn late at night. In the words of the great philosopher and man of action Clint Eastwood, "Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have screwed with, that's me, now get off my lawn!
10 NEWS TAMPA WRITES: Sarasota County tells Olson's to remove rope fence and rocks from private Beach, but those aren't rocks they are a building material that dates back to early 1900's called 'Tabby' that was used to make docks when Siesta Key was part of Manatee County. SIESTA KEY, Fla. 10 NEWS— The battle continues over a rope fence, rocks and "no trespassing" signs put up on Shell Road in Siesta Key by a homeowner. Beach-goers say it's blocking off beach access. Sarasota County's Environmental Protection Division sent a letter to the homeowners. In the letter, it says the rope fence is "unauthorized construction seaward of the Gulf Beach Setback Line." The letter also says the rocks installed on the shore along the fenceline have "no County permit history." After reviewing records, the county says historic aerial images shows the rocks on the beach were installed by a previous owner and have been there since 1974.
photo credit Sarasota County Historical Resources
Everybody is looking in the wrong place for old building permits for the 'rocks'. It appears that in 1913 the 'Tabby' rocks had been part of a dock built out over 100 feet into Big Pass by former Sarasota Mayor Harry Higel. 'Tabby' appears to have been used for the foundation of Mayor Higel's Higel-Hurst Hotel that began in September 1914 and opened in March 1915, no north bridge to Siesta Key until May 1917. In Higel's promotional brochure, Siesta on the Gulf, he claimed that his Higel-Hurst hotel was on of the most modern in Manatee County. The daily rates were $2.50 and up. The hotel had hot and cold running water in every room, large baths, gas and electric lights and telephones. Also, it was less than 50 yards to the Gulf Pass, (Big Sarasota Pass).
I was over there today at Public Beach Access #1 and inspected the rocks and boulders all along the shoreline, they are not rocks and boulders they are the remnants of a dock built in about 1913 and are made of Tabby a mixture of unslaked quicklime sand, water, and whole unburnt oyster shells which served as a coarse aggregate, as no stones or pebbles were available on the Island. The recipe is elementary, with the ingredients mixed in roughly equal proportions by measure (not weight), and then poured into structural forms or cast into large blocks and allowed to dry in the sun for several days before use. The result was a durable concrete-like material, which could be handled like concrete blocks wherever something more durable than wood was desired along the damp and hurricane-prone southeastern coast, like a dock.
photo credit security footage provided by Michelle Olson.
'SHELL BEACH' Public Beach Access #1 is nearest to Siesta Key’s north bridge, and offers terrific views of Big Sarasota Pass at the end of N Shell Rd, but there is no parking lot and very, very limited spaces to park. Michelle and Greg Olson have had problems with beach goers parking in front of their driveway, throwing trash on their beach and during the dark the 'Nightcrawlers' come out with alcohol and drug fueled parties on their beach. "Would the average homeowner tolerate drunks and druggies partying and peeing on his front lawn at night, I doubt it".
So in reality the small Public Beach at Access #1 at the end of N. Beach Rd is proportionate to the available parking or walk in traffic which means about a dozen or so beach-goers at any given time. See link to Sarasota County Property Appraiser map for 3935 N. Shell Rd https://ags3.scgov.net/scpa/?esearch=0078030024&slayer=0
WWSB ABC7 SARASOTA News Babe Marcine Joseph was out at the end of N. Shell Rd today putting her story together on the 'blocked beach access dispute', but in reality there is nothing to dispute. When the Olson's purchased the home at 3935 N. Shell Rd they bought the house, the grounds, all of the property as indicated by the Sarasota County Property Appraiser and the BEACH all the way up to the water line, case closed, it is their BEACH. The Florida Constitution protects public access to any beach seaward of the high-tide line, basically you can walk in the the surf water but NOT ON THE BEACH.
photo credit screenshot SARASOTA COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER PUBLIC RECORDS
Homeowners who live across the street on N. Shell Rd Siesta Key Fl from all the protest at the Olson homestead solved the problem of beach goers complaining about blocked access to their beach, they just filled in their beach with very large rocks and boulders.
'SHELL BEACH' the smallest Siesta Key Public Beach Access #1 at the end of N. Shell Rd is not in question. Obviously Access #1 is open to the public if you can find a place to park on the narrow street, only 8 parking spaces of which at least 2 are for handicapped only. The area marked in red in property appraiser's photo at top of this article is the private property and the private beach owned by the Olson's that has been in question, see link to Sarasota County Property Appraiser map for 3935 N. Shell Rd, https://ags3.scgov.net/scpa/?esearch=0078030024&slayer=0
SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE WRITES: Private property owners cannot block access to public beach property, a Sarasota County government official said. A barricade attempting to block public beach access at 3935 Shell Road in Siesta Key is stirring up trouble. Visitors to the public beach on Shell Road are finding boulders and ropes blocking off part of the beach and a sign that reads, “No trespassing.” Christina Holmes, a resident of Sarasota County who’s been frequenting N. Shell Road Beach for decades, said it’s the first time anyone has tried to prevent access on her favorite beach.
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