Letter to the Editor: Two no-nos for Marco

Marriott expansion — no

Rick Medwedeff and the Marriott Marco Island Resort & Spa seem to feel that we should understand and be willing to make sacrifices so that he and his hotel can increase its sales and profits.

I have no interest in expanding any of the hotels, including his Marriott. I don’t want “an upswing in offseason business” and the resulting increased traffic. I want the small-town atmosphere that we have now.

Marriott should be held to the 2001 PUD — enforce the regulations; don’t change them.

Utility rate hike — no.

Marco City Council approved a 7 percent utility rate hike, coupled with 2 percent cost of living adjustment increases in each of four years. That’s a 15 percent increase we’ll be paying by 2017. At the same time, they want to refinance the existing utility bonds.

Economics 101: reduce spending or increase income. City Council always wants to increase income from our tax dollars. Try reduced spending for a few years.

Smokehouse Bridge reversal — no.

Rename our City Council to Ricochet Council. Just like the community center issue, why can’t the council just accept no for an answer?

Our City Council seems to have forgotten we voted them in for a “change for the better.” Instead, all we get is the same treatment.

The only thing that’s changed is the names of the council members.

Bill Harris | Marco Island

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WMissow writes:

Bill,

It's all about getting their individual names on something such as a bridge, city hall, recreation center or sewer system. Well maybe not sewer system, but the lift stations are up for grabs.

The more things change the more they stay the same, wouldn't you say!

marco826 writes:

Rick is an employee, not his Hotel....as for the small town charm you claim to love, it's debatable how much interference the proposed convention center would bring. What I do know is that it will improve our economy bring more tax dollars ro businesses primarily along Collier and Bald Eagle while the Rest of the Island maintains its residential stature. Calm down.

marco826 writes:

Think about this......name one business owner on Marco who wouldn't love for his business season to expand beyond the 4-5 months which is the standard now....name one.

tnjessen writes:

I've been here for almost 4 years and for the 1st time I have hope for better things to come. The new council has done a great job in the little time they have been in place. Yes, there is much more to accomplish but they need to be given the time to fix or undo all that is wrong which cannot be done overnight. I can see a huge difference in their genuine interest and dedication to the island. They are questioning things that need to be questioned and don't seem to be afraid to go against each other when they disagree. I hope this trend continues as I see it as very positive.

captnjimbo writes:

While I would not wish to create a canyon of tall buildings on both sides of Collier I do believe the people that visit the Marriott fall in love with the Island and many come back as buyers for their retirement. I also sense that while it depends on the manager in place, Marriott Marco has been a positive force, actively supporting the Academy is at least one example. Their commitment to an asthetically pleasing entrance is another. They also provide a couple of pretty good restaurants. I think they are good for the community and I would hope there is a way to accommodate their growth and still keep Collier Blvd charming.

ajm3s writes:

in response to captnjimbo:

While I would not wish to create a canyon of tall buildings on both sides of Collier I do believe the people that visit the Marriott fall in love with the Island and many come back as buyers for their retirement. I also sense that while it depends on the manager in place, Marriott Marco has been a positive force, actively supporting the Academy is at least one example. Their commitment to an asthetically pleasing entrance is another. They also provide a couple of pretty good restaurants. I think they are good for the community and I would hope there is a way to accommodate their growth and still keep Collier Blvd charming.

I thought some suggestions by Planning Board members as well as those provided by citizens in response to the Marriott presentation were excellent, but the response from the Marriott was to dismiss and in some cases reject them at hand, under a host of reasons including ROE.

As to the Marriott's support for the Academy, I have gone on record as offering a view that the Marriott may influence the decisions the Academy makes in formulating curriculum, i.e. Hospitality and Tourism Program 2012-2013

http://www.marcoislandacademy.com/Hos...

I hope not, but a hospitality program is NOT what I would consider a top listing in a school that is in its infancy. This program reflects the type of course offered as an elective. It is a MIA experiment which mimics a jobs training program NOT a course providing a foundation to promote higher learning.

I want to support an A grade high school, but I believe some supporters may be influencing the Academy to its own demise... perhaps the cause leading to a D grade in the most recent review. And I certainly will NOT accept a MIA Chairperson who dismisses a grading audit with comments that resemble those offered as elementary students: "its not my fault but the dog ate my homework"

Next: As a means to accommodate the Marriott's growth, I strongly recommend the Marriott work within the current ordinances and agreements and provide a proposal that is befitting a first class hospitality corporation.

At this point, I give the Marriott a D grade to the recent proposal. Why? Have we not been reprimanded by our teachers when we failed miserably short of their expectations. If an A student or first rate hotel suddenly submits a sub-par report or proposal, are we to accept? If the Marriott cannot work withing the confines of existing city codes, then am I believe that the Marriott may not be an A rated corporation, since the challenge is NOT that difficult to overcome to meet their goal of maximizing occupancy allowed by the city.

Forgive me if I expect more from a high school relative to course offerings or corporation to providing an expansion proposal. If my comments are interpreted as the rantings of another naysayer, may I direct the readers to review the rejection of offerings provided by the public to the Marriott during the public comments portion. Mr. Medwedeff, comments could be interpreted as negative.... a naysayer.

Critical review is NOT a bad thing.

marcoislander writes:

WELL SAID BILL i agree with all your points WAKE UP CITY COUNCILMEN

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