City will consider Marriott development

The controversial Crystal Shores Marco Island timeshare development being proposed by the Marco Island Marriott Vacation Club will be submitted to the Marco Island City Council for approval.

The development could be presented to the council as early as June 4.

Marriott Vacation Club International (MVCI) bought the former Radisson Suite Beach Resort property for the project last year.

The Marco Island Planning Board reviewed the latest revisions for the project during its meeting last Friday. The board forwarded the project, with stipulations, to the council by a 5-1 vote. Board member Brian Moss voted against the plans.

The board approved Marriott’s request for a conditional use under the Marco Island Land Development Code to increase the density on the 7.55-acre site from 196 timeshare units to 219 units. The request for the three unit per acre increase was allowed under the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

The board also approved an increase to the maximum building height allowed from 100 feet to 150 feet.

Most board members said the revisions made to the north tower, shown above, “significantly improved” its appearance.

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Most board members said the revisions made to the north tower, shown above, “significantly improved” its appearance.

During the meeting, Marco Island City Planner Bryan Milk voiced his concern about a storm water management plan for the development. Storm water could be directed westward out toward the dunes and Gulf of Mexico instead of east of Collier Boulevard.

“I don’t think so, but I have not seen detailed plans to be fair,” Marco Island Community Development Director Steve Olmsted said after the meeting. “I don’t know if it can be a possibility because I’m not sure environmentally what is permitted.”

Olmsted added storm water management is “typically addressed at the site development review stage.”

Marco Island Planning Board members were concerned about the design of the east tower that is closest to Collier Boulevard. One of the latest architectural renderings for the building is shown above.

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Marco Island Planning Board members were concerned about the design of the east tower that is closest to Collier Boulevard. One of the latest architectural renderings for the building is shown above.

If the city council approves the project, the Marriott must submit detailed site development plans that include storm water management and traffic flow plans. Milk said he believed the storm water management plan will have to be reviewed by the South Florida Water Management District “in concert with staff.”

Representatives of the Marriott agreed to construct a turn lane on Collier Boulevard and flashing crosswalk lights similar to the lighting at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. A 20-foot-wide easement on the north side of the parcel will be granted to the city for a public beach access.

Another issue during the meeting was the architectural revisions of the development’s buildings. Everett Van Hoesen, former chairman of the Planning Board, had submitted a different version of the east building to the board members and Marriott representatives.

The majority of the board members said the revisions made to the north tower “significantly improved” the appearance of the structure. Of greatest concern was the latest design for the building closest to Collier Boulevard and facing east.

Ed Kinney, vice president of corporate affairs and brand awareness for MVCI, said Coleman and Partners, the project’s architectural firm, will submit more architectural revisions for the buildings.

“We are planning to meet with them to review revised architectural renderings in the near future,” Olmsted said Monday.

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Lolala writes:

Looks retro to me.

happy34145 writes:

dear councilors-
so this has all been set up real nice for the developers. they get a new expanded waste water treatment plant paid by the nice citizens of marco on septic so they can develope their hearts out and not pay a dime.
good job tucker, arceri, moss and joel you guys are making it all happen for them. hope the payoff is good for you.

lauralbi1 writes:

Dear Happy: You really cannot be that paranoid or skeptical. All this was in effect long before Radisson even thought about selling the property. This developer will pay their fair share of whatever fees are required. It has long been my contention that Council did not demand enough concessions from these developers, especially Antaramium. But to relate it to our required and necessary STRP is a stretch. Get it through your head that every community that touches public waters is replacing Septic Tanks. We are one of them. Accept it and move on.
Ed Issler

happy34145 writes:

it is mandated by the dep that the city was needing to expand the wastewater system due to new future developement along collier without even adding one home on septic. in other words even if the strp was to be stopped tomorrow the city would still have to expand the wwtp due to dep guidelines.

this is all being pushed down our throats and rushed - all to help out these developers. this is the reason for rushing the strp and ignoring the problems with our water treatment plant. developers want to develop now and expansion of the wwtp is necessary for this to happen and they certainly do not want to foot the $163 million bill. when it was discovered that the expansion could be blamed on adding the septic the problem was solved and thats when the false claim of septic polluting our waters was conceived.

the majority of the city council has admitted to being overwhelmed with learning about all of this and just goes along with moss and joel.

and if this in not the reason then just explain why the rush to fix and spend millions of dollars on what is perceived to be a future problem (septics leaking into the canals) and handling of what is a real current problem with our water treatment plant with a bandaid?

and dont tell me issler that we dont have problems with our water treatment plant, because then i will know you really dont have both oars in the water or maybe one of the oars you let soak in our drinking water for a little too long.

IslandOptimist writes:

My largest concern here lies in the fact that the Planning Board are now approving a variance on the height which I thought had been limited to under the 150' they had originally asked for and was rejected by the council.

We really don't need any more towering concrete mountains on the beach.

Furthermore, to allow drainage in a westerly direction is ludicrous given the damage that could be done to the beach and the protective dunes.

happy34145 writes:

unfortunately it seems as if our city council and planning board will approve just about anything a developer puts in front of them, without concern of environment or the rest of the community. This is not what the deltona group or the mackle bros ever had wanted for marco island.

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