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Those who ask for specific accounting are simply missing the ring. I am starting to believe there are very few of you oppossing this project and that gives me hope. As for the taxpayer who is concerned with seeing his taxes increase I hope you attend City Council meetings and protest the increases in fees whenever a utility is found to be underfunded. I hope the next time a large corporate hotel attempts to get approval to build, you ask the same important questions. At what cost will Marco Island taxpayers be burdened? How many more police will be needed to for the additional tourists? How many ladder trucks will our fire department require? Will the hotels pay for their replacment? How many more EMTs will be required to take care of the increase in tourists? Who will pay to fix our roads when all those rental cars start driving up and down our major roads? Will the hotel pay equal rates for the reuse water being used in their common areas? Will the commercial interests help maintain our water plant? Will they contribute significantly to beach renourishment? Just how much do commercial ventures cost a community the size of Marco Island? What do they pay to defer this cost to the community? This project is for our children and you object because you don't have a complete accounting? Many projects are initiated without full accounting. Who are you to ask anyway? Unless you care as much about the costs the commercial community imposes on the taxpayer, then your priorities are misplaced. This project will benefit all of us in the long run. Unlike commercial ventures this project is for the general welfare and good of our citizens. If you are in your right mind, you will support it. Let's do just do it. It's the right thing.
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