There was a time in the development of Marco Island when MICA played a vital role as a successor to the island’s developers, Deltona Corporation. Long before the City of Marco Island existed as a city, the zoning authority in existence for this area, Collier County, was ill suited to manage and regulate the growth and development of Marco Island. Back then, the necessity that MICA become the successor entity to maintain and enforce the deed restrictions put in place by the Mackle Brothers to manage growth and land use made perfect sense. That day is long past.
We now have a representative city government, one elected by the people who live and own property here, with the various boards and commissions needed, to regulate growth and development. For MICA to continue to assert itself in that capacity, today, serves no purpose other than to fan the egos of those at MICA who would seek to maintain this outmoded and unnecessary authority. It is time for MICA to get out of the land use approval process. Let the people of Marco Island speak through their elected officials, the land use professionals they appoint and the various citizen member Boards created for that purpose, perform their function unimpeded.
The City of Marco Island, after careful consideration and review, approved the Marco Golf and Garden, miniature golf course. It was found to be within the scope of what was healthy and viable for Marco Island land use. The out-of-date MICA officials however did not lend their stamp of approval to the project.
When MICA decided to take the issue to court it was much more about them defending their “turf” than it was any regard for the best interest of Marco Island. It is high time that MICA understands that the role they once played is now at direct odds with the freely elected government of our city. They are defending a turf go longer necessary or relevant.
Let our elected officials manage Marco’s growth, development and land use. Let ideas like the Marco Golf and Garden Miniature Golf Course flourish and continue as a welcome addition to our community.
Roger M. Fleming