Letter to the Editor: Stick to the plan

Re: Marriott Beach Resort Expansion, Marco Island.

As a former member of Marco’s planning board for seven years and chairman thereof for three years, I have noted with interest the Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa’s latest expansion plan.

During my tenure on the board, we reviewed several previous Marriott plans that were approved by council as submitted despite the board’s expressed concerns regarding customer, employee and subcontractor walking traffic crossing Collier Boulevard and the effect it would have. We were very concerned about safety for those crossing the road and the potential liability for drivers.

I believe that, with the latest proposed expansion of parking and a new parking deck, the city should require the Marriott to provide one or more pedestrian overpasses from the second level of the new facility on the east side to the west side and resort. I note that the Marriott states it will provide valet parking for all its arriving customers, but no mention is made of employee, subcontractor and departing guest pedestrian traffic.

As a reminder, when the Esplanade development plan was introduced/approved, management were required to provide valet parking and that never materialized.

Marco property owners should insist on pedestrian overpasses as one of the conditions for approval of the new Marriot plan.

Everett H. Van Hoesen | Naples

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