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Kristin Swain | Sun

FL - Beachgoers unite, sue for access

With beachgoers filing a lawsuit Friday against the property owners on 78th Street who closed a beach access point, the Real Island Podcast team took to the airwaves Sunday in hopes of helping both sides find an amicable solution.

HOLMES BEACH – With beachgoers filing a lawsuit Friday against the property owners on 78th Street who closed a beach access point, the Real Island Podcast team took to the airwaves Sunday in hopes of helping both sides find an amicable solution.

Podcast hosts Abigail Nunn, Dick Gordon and Brian Blaine hosted a special live broadcast from the beach at 78th Street, just in front of the now-closed access path, to give people on both sides of the issue a platform to have their concerns addressed.

Though no solutions to the dispute are on the horizon, area residents and representatives of the property owners did get to air their grievances in a neutral environment.

Matthew Carmon, whose family owns 103 and 105 78th St., said his mother, Linda, purchased her home because of its proximity to a beach access point. With his mother on full-time oxygen therapy, Carmon said the closure of the path has greatly reduced her ability to enjoy the beach and that walking to another street to get to the sand isn’t an option for her.

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