Remember when Marco Island was synonymous with lush green lawns and manicured shrubbery? If you have not noticed the change in the scenery here I suggest that you take a quick tour of the island. The high cost of water to single family residences has forced many of us to forgo our regular watering routines.
The current water rates structure has necessitated a rethinking of our priorities. Prior to our hook up to the STRP our monthly water bill never exceeded $85. Post STRP monthly water bills average about $195.
Those of us on a fixed income are lucky if we can turn on the sprinklers once a week. Many single family home owners have been forced to cover their lawns with rocks as they can no longer afford the high water bills.
Most of the single family rental properties here on the island have been moon scaped as the absentee land lords seek to reduce overhead.
Our city leaders don’t seem to mind this new desert look. The only apparent concern is that the water rate subsidized condos and hotels are as green as the 18th hole on Pebble Beach.
Already most beautiful
I mailed your recent article about Marco Island being in the running for the Most Beautiful Town to my friend in Hinterbruhl, Austria and I share with you his response:
Marco Island gets the crown, as nationwide the nicest town; If you can live there then I guess, your life has been a great success.