Letter to the Editor: Future of Marco is now

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.

Bob Olson

Marco Island

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bondie writes:

In regards to Mr. Bob Olson, I see this as a boom to the citizens of Marco Island. It is the visitors and part time residents that help to keep our stores and facilities open all year for us full timers.

1Paradiselost writes:

Personally I feel when someone or a corporation makes an agreement, they should held to those terms of that agreement/contract!

How would one feel if your mortgage company decided to change the terms of your contract?

How quick would you be getting your attorney on the phone if your new current rate was 14.9%?

tikihut2206 writes:

in response to bondie:

In regards to Mr. Bob Olson, I see this as a boom to the citizens of Marco Island. It is the visitors and part time residents that help to keep our stores and facilities open all year for us full timers.

Bondie
You are so right..I am a part time residence of marco..and we need tourists to keep the businesses going in marco..I love owning a condo on paradise and love to see other people discovering our little piece of heaven....

ajm3s writes:

in response to tikihut2206:

Bondie
You are so right..I am a part time residence of marco..and we need tourists to keep the businesses going in marco..I love owning a condo on paradise and love to see other people discovering our little piece of heaven....

Well, we have diversity on this island. I too am a part time resident on this island and own a home on paradise and love to see other people discovering our little piece of heaven....

However, I would not say Marco Island "needs" tourist to support businesses. I see it the other way around, businesses support tourists and residents. And does it have to be through an expanded Marriott chain on a site that is probably one of the most desirous plots of land on Marco Island? How about we encourage the build out of the remaining vacant lots on this island to better serve the business community or more importantly, the residents and visitors who support the businesses?

The Marriott Plan is nothing more than steroidal expansion requiring putting more stuff in a box beyond what is and was allowed in an agreement that the Marriott/Mass Mutual agreed to and which clearly states will accommodate future expansion.

In Section II of the ordinance which contains the PUD agreement:

"It is the expressed legislative intent, in adopting this PUD ordinance, to authorize and ensure that the hotel facilities located on the Resort Hotel Parcel can continue to develop, redevelop, and renovate. This ordinance will be liberally construed to effectuate this intent, and nothing in this ordinance shall be construed so as to make the existing resort a non-conforming use."

http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modu...

And yet the Marriott a mere 13 years later is coming before us to tell us they need even more than written in the agreement to expand beyond the "liberally construed" ordinance.

Not my words, but those found in the body of the agreement.

I encourage the folks to read the ordinance, or else we may fall victim to MarriottCare...allowing a major hotelier to dominate the island while vacant lots remain.

Is this a residential community, or a business community with a desire to expand beyond the vision of a residential community?

Marriott Island or Marco Island?

Seawaller writes:

Why is Marriott so opposed to incorporating lower level parking into their expansion plans for the west side of Collier Blvd? Mission Plaza has it. This reneging on their PUD agreement is just a flat out effort to dump their excess cars on their neighbors. I am not against their expansion, but do not agree that they should be allowed to break the agreement that there be no second level parking on the east side of Collier.

The road to becoming another Miami is paved with small stones. Antaramian got his way and placed many. Marriott wants to go at it too. Bondie and tikihut want more business on the island and I can understand their thinking, but seriously compromising the aesthetics of this island is not going to do it. People who choose to come to Marco do so because of the way it is (was). If you try to compete with Miami on their terms you will lose.

Please understand that this is not just about a single parking garage. Over the years height restrictions have been lifted and concessions made to accomodate higher density, making the STRP and water debacle necessary. It is about literally drawing a line in the sand and saying enough is enough. Develop all you want, but do it under the present guidelines and restrictions.

I have been here for 25 years and am not against progress. However, this knee jerk propensity to grant all sorts of exceptions in progress' name needs to stop somewhere.

It should stop here.

Konfuzius writes:

"We do not want to become a tourist convention destination."
YES! You are absolute right. Just Eddi Issler and his wife working with her small business activity inside the Marriott likes the plan. Anybody else on the Island is skeptical.
I am wondering that now a lot of people take over my slogan of Marriott Island instead of Marco Island. Even ajm3s.
However - the Marriott concept is an indoor or resort concept. Marriott is not interesting to share revenues with local businesses. Maybe all the operations around the cinema (Winterberry/Collier Blvd.) are some participants of this big cake. Local businesses are to far away. Of course it is a factor of labor. Largest labor provider on the island. But 70% are coming every day over the bridges and leave over the bridges every day. Marco Island is to expensive for them to live here. They are not an asset for Marco Island. Just user of our infrastructure and logistic they never paid for. And Marriott/Mass Mutual either.
Finally it is a local political subject. Let the people of Marco Island (still) decide whether they will stay with Marco Island or whether they will change to Marriott Island.
So simple is that.

Referendum time!!!!!!!!!!

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