Letter to the Editor: Marco Island waterfront homeowners to bear increased costs for Seawall replacement

Marco Island City Councilors (many of them not on waterfront property) voted unanimously to restrict seawall contractors from using proximate (or any) vacant residential lots for staging seawall repairs/replacement materials. Rationale being that the staging lots infringe on neighbors peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their property.

Isn’t it ironic that when it is a city project as opposed to a home owner’s project, the city has no problem in infringing on the quiet enjoyment rationale. The STRP is an example.

One could also make the case that on Marco Island canals are like roads and perhaps should be a government responsibility to maintain/replace. Furthermore, wakes created by boats using the canals contribute to the seawall deterioration. There is no enforcement of the no wake zones in the canals.

Marco Island is a waterfront community with seawalls. Lot owners (not the city) have to pay for the maintenance and replacement of seawalls on their property; and now the city is going to add signficant costs by disallowing the staging of the seawall materials on neighboring residental lots. Incidentally, the neigboring lot owners often receive payment from the seawall contractors for the use of their lots. The council would deny these lot owners this income and force the sea wall replacement homeowners to pay extra charges to barge or truck in the demotion/replacement seawall materials.

So, there is the inconvenience of neighbors of the vacant lots having to put up with the mess next door when seawalls are replaced. These same neighbors, however, may in the future need to replace their own seawalls and if the proposed ordinance is passed, be faced with substantially higher costs because of the restriction proposed.

All of the waterfront property owners knew that their seawalls and their neighbors seawalls had a limitied life span when they bought their waterfront lots.

The Council/Planning Board need to get a handle on what these extra costs are when materials can not be staged on residential lots.

Just my thoughts having spent over $58,000 on my seawall where the contractor could use my neighbor’s lot.

George Fonda

Marco Island

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MrBreeze writes:

I think as I said before. Seawalls on Marco Island are very expensive for what reason I am not shure of. Panels that can and should be manufactured offsite then shipped in then installed. What is the big deal? Why cannot the panel be placed on a barge or small platform and set in place.

I get concrete up multi-stories for building floors and it is pumped by a concrete pump truck. The boom of the truck would reach most if not all seawalls but I have never seen it done on the island. The cost 100.00 per hour for the pump with a 4-6 hour min charge.

I believe it is the "manufacturing" portion of the process that has the neighbors in uproar next to the empty lots. I think no one minds if the lot is used for access to the seawall. I may be wrong maybee someone can clear the facts up for me.

I can tell you this. In my area a 14" thick wall 10' tall is 100.00 per foot formed on dry ground. So how wide and deep are seawalls? It seems very expensive at 58,000 for how many feet for a residential lot?

Our_world_according_to_zookeeper (Inactive) writes:

There is no doubt in my that we on Marco are being taken for a ride when it comes to what we have to pay for sea walls.

There are numerous other areas around Florida that pay far less than what the rip off artists charge us here. I have heard that in some areas the costs is about 40% of what our lack of true competition contractors are getting away with here.

I heard someone say to me that he was quoted $30,000 to replace an 80 foot sea wall. In other areas of Florida the quote is less than $15,000 for the same length wall.

Are our contractors using silver coated rebar or just coating their pockets with the highest amount they can charge and get away with?

We need to open this up to true competition and allow other sea wall contractors access this honey hole that local contractors presently have.

MrBreeze writes:

Is that why they call it "Mark-up" Island?

1Paradiselost writes:

Is that why they call a $100.00 bill a Marco $10.00?

MrBreeze writes:

I thought a 50.00 dollar bill was a "Marco Five"

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