MARCO ISLAND — Granted they’re not scientific, but the polls on marconews.com give some insight into what some Marco Islanders want.
Islanders weighed in on two hot topics in Marco’s news so far this year, a future on-Island public high school and the use of Tract K.
So, we asked our online readers, “What should be done with Tract K?”
The most popular response was to put a high school on the currently vacant, approximate 12-acre site on Tigertail Court, owned by the Collier County School District. The high school received 47 percent of the votes.
The second most popular answer was “leave it for the birds, nesting eagles,” followed closely by installing athletic fields on the site.
The full results from 145 total votes as of March 10 were:
- Leave it for the birds, nesting eagles 28 percent with 42 votes.
- Athletic fields: 16 percent (24 votes).
- A high school: 47 percent (69 votes).
- Sell it: 3 percent (5 votes).
- Solar panels: 3 percent (5 votes).
As for another top Marco news item, the potential for a future public high school on Island, we asked readers, “Do you think Marco Island should have a high school?”
The most popular response was yes, expand Marco Island Charter Middle School to include high school grades. The second most popular vote was “No. Lely High School needs the students and support.”
Here are all the results from our poll about a Marco high school with 181 total votes as of March 10.
- Yes. The Island should expand Charter Middle School property to include high school grades: 35 percent (65 votes).
- Yes. Collier County School District should give Tract K land to build a charter high school: 17 percent (31 votes).
- No. Lely High School needs the students and support: 30 percent (56 votes).
- No. An Island school can never be as good as Lely: 14 percent (27 votes).
- I don’t know: 1 percent (2 votes).