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I've been reading all these articles, letters, responses and comments regarding the mini-golf garden and MICA. I'm coming around to understanding the importance of MICA.
I'm up here in Illinois, a Marco Island resident-gonna-be. So I realize that I don't have a say right now as to who is correct and who is wrong. I certainly understand the need (and want) of a nice, attractive family orientated facility like the mini golf course. But I also understand the need for the existence of an organization like MICA and for rules to be followed. I hope a legal compromise can be made in this case.
I've now read on another site that the Marriot Corporation wants to build a one-story parking garage on it's present parking lot located on the east side of Collier Blvd. They are seeking amendments in laws from the city council to do so. To me, this is exactly the reason why MICA needs to exist. If the city council were to approve the change in law and approve the parking garage against the wishes of a majority of residents, wouldn't MICA prevent the building of such a potential "eyesore" to the neighborhood? (And yes, I am aware that parking garages can sometimes be built with an "attractive aesthetic".)
I can't help but think how awful a parking garage, even kept to one-story, would be in that location for the neighboring residents. There is also going to be a proposal (August 2nd) for a connecting walk-way bridge over Collier Blvd. I can only imagine how much of a drastic change all of this will be to that area.
The need for the new parking garage is due to an expansion of the Marriot itself, adding a new, larger convention hall, located along the west side of Collier Blvd.
Again, I'm not a Marco Island resident yet. I just have to worry that once a one-story parking garage is built, and conventions grow larger, that the garage could be expanded. It's my understanding that it is very easy to add levels to a parking garage.
Would those presently opposing MICA continue to do so if MICA prevented the building of the Marriot Parking Garage? Or would they consider that to just be a continuation of MICA's unwanted intrusion to a modern Marco Island?
(Hoping to advance a conversation. Nothing more intended.)
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