This responds to Hans Meier's letter, "Too much green."
Unfortunately, the new Radio Road landscaping project was a done deal when his community leaders voted for a special Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) to pay for it. You and the communities along Radio Road from Santa Barbara to Davis boulevards will be paying an extra tax for many years to come.
As a private citizen, you can seek to be approved for a seat on the MSTU board. An MSTU board directs the use of the tax funds and should have the option to establish a sunset provision once the landscaping is completed as was done with the Golden Gate Parkway MSTU.
I strongly recommend the new board establish the sunset provision ASAP. There is a greater Collier County MSTU for the maintenance of all landscaping costs other than those covered under separate MSTUs, and you also pay for this MSTU.
I am surprised that landscape funding was not included in the contract when the subject part of Radio Road was widened to four lanes. This has been standard practice in Collier County since the late 1990s. The exclusion of landscaping in the new Radio Road contract may have been caused by the fact that the other half of Radio Road from Airport-Pulling Road to Santa Barbara Boulevard has been under a special MSTU for 14 years with no sunset provision. It is too bad that the county commissioners have made East Naples pay extra for any median improvements when the rest of Collier is provided these improvements at no special taxing cost.