Having just read the MICA survey of City Council candidates, I wish to take strong exception to the vision of Marco Island as expressed by Mr. Amadeo Petricca. He sees Marco as primarily a residential community seemingly to the exclusion of a resort aspect.
I ask you – who among us have not enjoyed the resort amenities of Marco Island with family, friends, and visitors? Weren’t we all visitors once? I ask – where would local businesses be without the people who visit and spend vast sums of money on our Island?
I suggest the success of many Island businesses is in direct proportion to the number of visitors who patronize them. There are simply not enough of us residents to sufficiently support the retail establishments and restaurants year round.
As a 34 year resident once involved in three businesses and having Marco born grandchildren employed here – I ask – what opportunities would there be for young people if not in a thriving resort community? We must have a healthy balance. Last, and perhaps most importantly, growth in all areas AND rising property values will come from more and more visitors seeking a stake on Marco Island with its finite dimensions.
For those who wish to live in a quiet residential community as Mr. Petricca expressed, there are cloistered communities which would welcome them.