Dear Ms. Carr: I spoke with the City Manager this morning, concerning the enforcement of the ordinance with respect to the placement and the number of political signs per residential property and/or parcel (commercial) property. We agreed that there is one sign for both types of properties. We also spoke if it were three feet or five from the property line, and I responded, it is not the feet, but the number of signs per property, was my concerned. I mentioned to him that there where three specific locations that were in violation of the code and he agreed. He stated that he would meet with you to discuss enforcement.
I was a bit perplexed that he would speak of three to five feet, when the council voted unanimously 7-0 at the Sept. 17, council meeting to make it 18” for the property line (in from the sidewalk). Plus the fact that all candidates received an email from Laura Litzan stating that the decision is effective immediately. How can some of those Councilor’s who are running for re-election violate their own mandate. I know this is Marco Island and strange things happen here, but that is no excuse.
We all must play by the same rules. It is this type of mixed signals that irks the citizen’s of Marco Island.
The rules have changed: In the afternoon, Liz Carr called me to inform me that she was advised by the Police Chief to enforce the ordinance that is on the books now, until the proposed ordinance is passed. Earlier in the week a candidate was advised by Ms. Carr he had more than one sign on a property and he removed it. Corner residential lots you can have two signs on the property.
Once again, the City creates mixed signals so the candidates are not properly informed.
Who is in charge?
What are the marching orders for Code Enforcement?
Please inform those affected.
Amadeo Petricca | Marco Island