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I just finished watching the city council meeting at the city website. Terri DiSciullo once again is 100 percent on point! She essentially stated that the issue before us should not focus on whether we are in support of a High School on Marco Island, but rather on the requested location of the school. To agree or disagree as to whether we NEED this school is not the issue and should have no bearing on council's support. The issue is CLEAR...Land Use. This land is for the public recreational use and should be preserved 100 percent for that purpose. Any infringement upon that detracts from the intended use. The organizers for the school claim it takes no green space away but rather compliments the area. Terri points out that while it does not take away it substitutes public use for school use. The Mackle Park master plan was to increase recreational use for all islanders. The school will substitute those plans with their needs. Space used for classrooms and cafe's will take away from our ability to offer a first rate Community Center. The school will eventually monopolize the parking and fields, thereby minimizing the public's access and use when they want it. Lets face it, once the school is there it will never be a park. It will be a school and they will have priority over its use and the public will be waiting in line. With Marco having such limited green space we cannot afford to minimize the general puclics access even minimally.I applaud Terri for pointing out these key issues. Everyone should go to the city website and view the 11/9/09 City Council meeting and see for themselves.
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