After two City Council workshop sessions pondering the future of our Mackle Park Community Center, ‘We the People’ of Marco Island continue to appear to be victims of rather than participants in our municipal government’s expensively doleful decisions and political nonsense.
Lo and behold, suddenly, our Mackle Park facilities have been determined to be “ ... aging and neglected ... horribly out of code ... lacking space and equipment ... and needing major repairs and reconstruction!”
Why now? Did this tragic demise and resulting chaos along with obvious civic discord just happen overnight? And, of course, it’s a multi-million dollar property tax burden that is serenely proposed as a reasonable solution absent any public referendum and rejecting any comprehensive community assessments, inputs or pragmatic alternatives.
Why weren’t these glaring Mackle Park maladies and system deficiencies treated and remediated as they occurred in the past 10 years or so? Who in government is responsible for such gross failures to care for and maintain such valuable public property? Why has such neglect been ignored by our City Council during the past decade as our municipal debt soared to nearly $300 million? Are there any safeguards or guarantees that such public misfortune and lamentable waste will not continue as a standard operating procedure of our current City Council?
In brief, do ‘We the People’ of Marco Island have to stand down daily as our City Council continually spends up due to its own gross negligence, incompetence and just plain indifference to the the needs and desires of ‘We the People?’