Beach access battle in Naples

Posted at 11:07 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 23:07:12-04

An upscale condominium in North Naples is claiming beach front property that belongs to the county, according to officials.

Beachgoers at Bluebill Beach say Moraya Bay Condominiums is blocking off access to the beach.

"It just seemed suddenly when season rolled around there were more of these white cones and white chairs trying to deter people from what they think is their beach," said Tom Owczarski.

Graham Ginsburg snapped a picture of beach chairs set up in front of the condominium on Friday. Other beach goers say the chairs were there Monday.  By the time our cameras arrived the chairs were gone.

"The purpose is to mark their territory," said Ginsburg.

Fox 4 called the property manager at Moraya Bay Monday, but have yet to hear back.

Collier County Commissioner Burt Saunders says the portion of beach Moraya Bay us claiming belongs to the county.  He said the condominium will be sued by the county if they set out anymore barriers.