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Saturday, January 04, 2020

HERALD TRIBUNE: Siesta Key homeowners blocking beach access from N. Shell Rd but a check with Property Appraiser indicates the Olson's own the beach


     photo credit screenshot SARASOTA COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER PUBLIC RECORDS
UPDATED THURSDAY JAN 16, 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. 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.
          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. 
The large rocks and boulders sure puts an end to worries about the beach eroding or late night drug parties, case closed, see photos above.
'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.  
In 2018, then-Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 631, which introduced radical changes to laws regarding public beach access, giving more power to waterfront property owners and less to local governments. It gave beachfront property owners the right to eject people from “their” part of the beach and virtually took away the right of local governments to pass their own laws that protect public use of privately owned beaches. However, the Florida Constitution protects public access to any beach seaward of the high-tide line. (basically you can walk in the the surf water) That’s any part of a beach that regularly gets wet from the rising tide.
I had been doing a bit of research lately in the N. Shell Rd area (Higel Ave, and old N. Beach Rd) looking for any indication as to where murdered Mayor Harry Higel might have had his HigelHurst Hotel back in the day on N. Beach Rd. In 1917 N. Beach Rd ran South off of N. Shell Rd. 
VIDEO ABOVE POSSIBLE LOCATION OF WHERE HIGELHURST HOTEL WAS LOCATED IN 1917 ON N BEACH RD JUST SOUTH OF N SHELL RD SIESTA KEY FL. The two story HigelHurst Hotel was on N Beach Rd overlooking Big Pass with an unobstructed view of the Gulf of Mexico before it was burned down by Rube Allyn on March 31, 1917, see more CLICK HERE
I noticed the keep out signs at 3935 N. Shell Rd and I did question the validity but after looking into public Sarasota County property records it clearly shows the Olson's own the beach. 'PRIVATE PROPERTY NOT A PUBLIC BEACH', WHAT PART OF PRIVATE PROPERTY DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND ABC7 SARASOTA, HERALD TRIBUNE, 10 NEWS, FOX 13 NEWS? Yep you can legally walk in the wet sand or the surf on any beach in Florida, but you a walking a very thin line, see Sarasota County Property Appraiser photo. 
Herald Tribune forget to correctly name the Road in question, it is actually N. Shell Rd. There are 2 Shell Road's on Siesta Key - N. Shell Rd and S. Shell Rd both run west off of Higel Ave. The homeowners at 3935 N. Shell Road Siesta Key purchased the home and grounds and the beach all the way up to the water line which changes daily, they do own the beach, sorry. In fact all the homeowners along this stretch of beach, own the beach, see link to Sarasota County Property Appraiser map https://ags3.scgov.net/scpa/?esearch=0078030024&slayer=0
     photo credit Sarasota County Historical Resources
Platted in 1907, the subdivision where Harry Higel eventually lived was located on the north end of Siesta (Sarasota) Key and was two and a half miles across Sarasota Bay from the mainland by boat. There was a small bridge that connected the tip of Siesta (Sarasota) Key where Harry Higel lived to the small barrier island to the West. There were also small bridges at Mangrove, Ogden and N. Shell Rd/Roberts to the small barrier island to the West, there was no bridge to mainland Sarasota till May 1917. Harry Higel's HigelHurst Hotel was just south of N Shell Rd on Gulf Ave from 1915 to 1917, when Rube Allyn burned it down on March 31, 1917.
in the early 1900's there was a road, at the time that, went all along the shoreline of North Siesta Key it was called GULF AVE it later became BEACH RD, it was not paved, it was rough, just crushed sea shells. In 1907 Harry Higel formed the Siesta Land Company with two partners, Capt. Louis Roberts and E.M. Arbogast and sold lots on Siesta Key Fl. At the time it was conceived and platted in 1907 the only access to Siesta Key was by boat from Sarasota, that is why every person who purchased a lot on Siesta Key also purchased the beach in front of their home so they could dock their boat, no bridge from Sarasota until July 1917. This platting of lots on Siesta Key has not changed since 1907, buy a lot you get a beach, case closed.


 
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