Do we have a comprehensive plan addressing recreational activities on private property?
Well, I am probably the only pimple on an otherwise pretty face, but I believe that miniature golf courses on Marco Island near residential property (line of sight) will be an eyesore and nuisance.
How would you like to live next to such a facility? I equate miniature golf and trailer parks as similar in ambiance. Whether one likes it or not, we are predominantly a geriatric population on Marco Island, where retirees have spent considerable funds to live in an “up-market” environment. Miniature golf complexes “lowers the tone” of this environment in my opinion.
Imagine the miniature golf course on the East Trail with the colored waterfalls. Is that what we want here? Today, miniature golf – tomorrow, amusement parks! Now, I agree that miniature golf may be an asset to some patrons, if located in a public park setting; but not in a zoned commercial/mixed use/residential neighborhood. Would you property owners have bought your lot and built your house/business knowing that a miniature golf complex with all the activity and lights involved would be your nearby neighbors? I think not!
So, if it is the consensus that a miniature golf amenity is necessary for Marco Island, I suggest it be included in the Parks and Recreation budget and operated by the city in a public park. Furthermore, our comprehensive plan may be deficient in properly addressing this type of property use.