My goal is to protect the community we all love. I am not opposed to the Marriott expansion but believe with all my heart they are making an overreach. We can not blame them because Marriot/Mass Mutual are driven by profit.
I ask for the forgiveness from my community for supporting Mass Mutual’s 2001 PUD. I believed in the contractual promise they made to the 162 home owners and to the entire community to “In no case,” build any above ground structure, to include a parking garage on East side of Collier boulevard.
The PUD gives them the right to build and we should all protect each others property rights. Bottom line is they were going to lose the PUD vote 3 to 4 so they made promises. They wrote the PUD in 2001 exactly the way they wanted going forward and we should hold them to that PUD. They can still have the J. W. Marriott title under the existing PUD.
Marriott’s has now made a formal presentation to our city planning department. The process has started. The new proposal is their initial presentation of Aug. 2 with a different parking garage on the East side, which they promised in writing, would never be built.
The time is right now to speak up! Planning boards Jan. 17 or Feb. 7, 9 a.m. meetings may hear this issue. It is open to the public.
Please reach out to the MICA, MITA, MIPO and every other group on our residential island community to share how this would change our residential island more than cityhood or the sewers ever did!
We are blessed to live in quite residential community.
We do not want to become a tourist convention destination.
Thank you for your help to save our residential community and let your council hear from you.