In other issues, council:
- Postponed until May the public hearing requested by Marriott Ownership Resorts, Inc., owners of the Crystal Shores timeshare, to delay construction of the condos and the public beach access due to economic decline and drops in real estate sales.
- Postponed until date uncertain a request to reduce code enforcement fines at 1825 Dogwood. The property is now in compliance, although fines are nearing $20,000.
- After a somewhat lengthy discussion, Council decided to continue monitoring the events at the Esplanade and the noise complaints by some neighbors.
- Council approved moving forward with drafting regulations for the application of fertilizer with the help of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The regulations will likely mirror those in Naples and Cape Coral.
-The Ad Hoc Financial Planning Committee was dissolved upon their final presentation of budget reduction options and tax options for 2010 to council.
- With convincing by several Marco Island restaurant owners, the city’s policy on the ratio between seats and required parking spaces is about to be reviewed for the third time in less than four years on Marco.
The issue of disparity and perceived unfairness between free-standing restaurants and those in shopping centers will be scrutinized by council in the coming weeks. If restaurant owners’ concerns of unfairness are shown to be founded, the issue will likely be reviewed by the Planning Board before City Council can change the current regulations, councilors said. A date for future council discussion is yet to be determined.
- Councilman Bill Trotter announced that he would like the electric municipalization study to be reworked from the angle of Marco subsidizing other areas in the Lee County Electric Cooperative service area. He said a study of whether Marco funds other areas within LCEC would likely be less costly than a full study of taking over the electric utility. This issue will be addressed likely during a May City Council meeting.