Letter to the Editor: Protect our residential neighborhoods

Marco residents, try to attend the next Planning Board Meeting, at 9 a.m., Friday, at 51 Bald Eagle Drive. Here are a few things Marco residents should know.

Short-term rentals in single-family residential districts are illegal. The city admits that but refuses to enforce the law. You can make a police report or code enforcement complaint for excessive noise any time, not just after 10 p.m.

Go to MyFlorida for information on the State Statute, Chapter 509 Section 30-81 and 30-82. Single-family residential districts are “intended to be single-family residential areas of low density.” Permitted use, which the city wants to pass is permanent, and is not intended for commercial use, i.e. short-term rentals. Permitted use is intended for a “public park, or a family care facility,” not commercial businesses.

Allowing commercial use in single-family districts defeats the whole purpose of Chapter 509. It is the same as re-zoning.

We are asking the city to treat Marco Island residents as the valued assets we are. We support the local businesses year round. We welcome tourists and gladly share our roads, restaurants, and businesses. We expect the city to protect our residential neighborhoods by enforcing the state statues and requiring 30-day minimum rentals. It is the very minimum needed to maintain a quality of life for Marco residents.

Karen Salvi

Marco Island

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happy6 writes:

i just lived through a short term rental over memorial day weekend...they arrived on thursday and left monday...22 people...of all ages...in one 3 bedroom house..playing a karioke machine, drunk and falling into the canal...we had to pull them out. police were called 4 times...but their hands were tied to stop the noise during the day...only after 10pm can they stop the noise...we tried to contact the owner...who is a real estate investment company in falls church, va...to no avail. we know there were 22 because that's how many ran out of the house to help the folks in the canal.

jaguar writes:

This is why as responsible owners we instructed our rental agency to block out all public holidays when renting out our property.DO NOT TAR ME WITH THAT BRUSH.This situation has got to stop and Shadow, I honestly sympathise with you.But a 30 day minimum is not the answer.All it will achieve is to kill peoples dreams,not solve the problem.I wish I could give you the answer to this situation, however I can,t This is left to the people we have elected to make decisions for us that,s ALL OF US.

SusanJane writes:

Put it to a public referendum and let the people decide

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