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I have driven Collier past the Marriott many times and lately have tried to envision the effect of a one story parking garage. As pictured, with the setback pictured I do not see that it is a big deal. If I lived on the cul-de-sacs just to the east I would be concerned about additional noise, exhaust, lights etc. I think those folks should be compensated accordingly.
As far as the convention center goes, it indeed will bring trade shows, trucks, traffic and will challenge the infrastructure here. I wish the Marriott well and I think that their presence here had helped immensely in the development and demand for retirement living however this is primarily a residential community blessed with amazing natural beauty.
What will a convention a week do to our community overall? What other changes beyond the Marriott property will have to be made in order to accommodate the increase in traffic and commerce?
I am getting older and may not even be here when the deal gets done but I would hate to even think about a section of Marco Island turning into South Beach Miami.
I would hope that the folks that are responsible spend some time to look hard at the longer term impact...certainly a "what if" decision tree should be laid out as once done, there will be no going back...not looking for an argument...just my two cents...and a little bit of common sense.
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