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I'm still trying to figure out how 93 additional rooms equates to a need for 300 additional parking spaces. (A regulated requirement?)
My concern is for the supposed need for a parking garage on the east side of Collier Blvd. Where do the employees presently park? In that same lot on the east side of the road along with guest parking? Couldn't those employees park off-site somewhere and be shuttled to the hotel? Could the existing parking lot be altered to accommodate more spaces? Such as the hedges on the west side of the lot moved further west to the sidewalk? The removal of some of the green islands?
I don't know how much of an impact the additional rooms would make one way or the other. That goes for the convention hall itself as well. So I'm not as concerned with the additional business for the island as I am for the intrusion of that proposed parking garage.
I understand that the Marriot prefers to call it a parking deck. A "deck" is simply the top level of a parking garage. The first floor is covered, therefore it is a garage.
The intrusion to the neighboring community, especially those with homes on the streets directly behind the proposed parking structure, needs to be taken into consideration by everyone on the island, residents and business owners alike.
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