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