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.