Visited January 7-12, 2018 after experiencing the beach over the past two years. I was worried about visiting since last year one villa owner took it upon himself to install a locked gate preventing public access. While visiting the beach this past week I was approached by a Turks Conservation Officer asking about my experience and him confirming that the beach was for public use and that the locked gate was torn down by the government at the beginning of Jan 2018. Officer also confirmed that the parting on the street was not a problem and that the government required parking for beach access. No that the gate is gone don't hesitate looking for and spending time at this wonderful place.