There are those, including myself, who moved to Southwest Florida to enjoy a slowed-down, relaxed atmosphere. An area less developed, less crowded, less polluted. An area bordered by the Everglades National Park and the Gulf of Mexico. Tranquility, nature, less is more.
There are those who look at Southwest Florida and think, this place is an undeveloped goldmine. We need growth, we need more people, more tourists, more shopping centers and subdivisions. We need to develop and make a profit from what is here regardless of how it impacts those who moved here to get away from the rat race. We need to build, we need to grow.
Unfortunately the latter group has the advantage. Many in public office are not into tranquility and nature. They spend their time wearing suits and ties, sitting in cubicles, staring at computer screens, attending meetings where developers and planners present their dreams of the future of Southwest Florida. Unfortunately they also have the resources to buy influence.
It’s just so hard for our local, state, and federal government leaders to resist taking cash on the down low from people who represent business interests over the good of the people. Gambling casinos are great for mankind right?
For now at least, Marco Island has held the line. The people have spoken and we have made it know that we want to be left alone. That we don’t want to be a tourist trap.
Living near the southern tip of Marco and a frequent beachgoer, I felt an enormous sense of relief when I finally saw the swale parking problem resolved, for now, and the removal of all those ugly sign posts. The absence of cans, pizza boxes, 12 pack boxes littering the grass. The return to what we had. I am proud of all the Marco residents who attended meetings, wrote the newspaper and in other ways let their opinions be known.
For those who disagree with my views, you may want to read a book called "The Population Bomb" written in the ‘60s by Paul and Anne Ehrlich. This book should be read by everyone. If we ignore the subject of overpopulation because it is an unpopular subject and actually causes us to make a sacrifice for the good of the future, then the lifestyle we have on Marco won’t be enjoyed by anyone anywhere.