Letter to the Editor: City Council vote - Know where your candidate stands on Marco’s future development

As you go to vote for our Marco Island City Council, please consider the following:

This election in my eyes will shape the future of our community more than any event in the 24 years I made paradise my home, why?

The people who live here full time have not had their opinions used to chart our future. We can do a better job of listening to the voters.

Facts to consider as you place your vote:

We have 2500 lots still left to reach build out.

Everyone can agree the traffic was the worst in our island’s history last February and March.

Our future density is the single most important issue today.

All three running for re-election voted for density transfer credits.

The only ones to benefit from more hotels and convention centers? It bring us the residences: Double the traffic and noise, 100 semi trucks each week drooping off and picking up trade show booths, 5,000 to 10,000 conventioneers drinking and wandering our streets, safety of our kids, more parking issues, more waiting in lines at local establishments.

A promise is a promise: Mass Mutual Insurance Company who owns the Marriott property made a contractual agreement with 162 home owners and the citizens of Marco Island to (City Ordinance 01-14 amending 91-102 found on page 15 of city ordinances on city web site) “In no case” shall they build on the east side of Collier Boulevard. It is the only reason they got the PUD in 2001.

The master plan for Marco Island was (is) a small residential community with just enough business to meet the needs of the residences.

We the citizens should not be forced to take this issue to referendum. A promise made is a promise kept!

Bob Olson

Marco Island

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