This is our first time to Marco Island for a three-week vacation. Usually it’s to the Keys.
I have a suggestion. Put up two gates on both sides of the bridges with a sign, “Visitors Not Welcome.” I’ve never felt so out of place as in Marco Island. I’m one who says hi to everyone with whom I come face-to-face. I encountered many people who just looked the other way. Reading the paper about parking and beaches, when did beaches become so private? I thought beaches were public domain for all to enjoy.
I’ve read the numbers in the paper how much tourists bring to the area, and you are chasing them away. We definitely will not be back to spend our dollars here. We’ve encountered several other first-timers who have said the same – too snooty, too anti-tourism.
We love to fish, but didn’t have a boat. Bridge fishing? What a joke. No bathrooms, hardly room for parking, garbage, no fishing walkways, like the Keys have. I’ve read, “fish from any of the island’s bridges. Right, where does one park to do this? We encountered the warden checking licenses, asked where the fish are? He pretty much grunted and walked away. Nice welcome.
I have to say, homes are kept nice, landscaping decent; but other than that, residents of Marco, it’s all yours. Seems to be the way you like it.
Let’s see how you do without tourism dollars. I can count on one hand the number of friendly residents that engaged us in a very short conversation.
Thanks for the kindly welcome. Keep up the “visitors not welcomed attitude” and you’ll have the island to yourselves.