Editorial: Tract K ... two sides shouldn’t vie for public land with tax dollars

No good deed ...

Ever since, or so it seems, the original developer of Marco Island set aside 11-plus acres in a residential part of paradise for a school, ill will and infighting have prevailed.

While some parts of Southwest Florida might wish more developers had been so benevolent and visionary, saving taxpayers millions of dollars, Deltona’s act has produced more heat than light.

Now there are moves to seal the deal on Tract K’s undeveloped status for generations to come. The city of Marco Island and Conservation Collier are competing to acquire and retire the property.

That is probably a good idea. Because the area around it is now built up, whatever is proposed for Tract K — whether that is a school or a solar field or whatever — is likely to cause more turmoil.

Still, we wonder whether Marco and the county have to be in competition. Doesn’t that tend to drive prices up?

Why can’t they be working together?

With Marco continually concerned about “losing” tax dollars to the county — a dubious and debatable premise — here might be an opportunity for efficiency. In these days of limited resources, that is especially appealing.

What matters most ought to be the mission. There is plenty of room for sharing the credit for who gets it done.

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