Letter to the Editor: MICA please, turn your tunnel vision into a wider view

There is great sadness in my heart that Marco Island Civic Association has forced Marco Golf & Garden to lock their gates and close the window to their pro shop.

As the senior bartender at Sasso’s, the restaurant located adjacent to this miniature golf course, I have seen firsthand the fun and heard the joyful voices of the families, couples and groups of seniors who have enjoyed playing the well-appointed and designed course. A great example of how well appointed this venue is, it was awarded the Marco In Bloom 2013 Winter Commercial Property.

However, I am expressing a concern from another perspective. Having owned a marketing, advertising and graphic design business in a resort area of Vermont before moving to “Paradise,” Marco Island is losing a great marketing opportunity. The challenge in a resort area has always been what a community can offer during the offseason. Marco has that opportunity of marketing itself as a family friendly destination. Families vacation when the school year ends. July and August are typically a soft time for businesses here. These families will need to make reservations at our hotels, rent condos, shop at boutiques and beach shops, dine out or buy groceries from our markets.

Marco Golf & Garden is a step toward being a year-round destination.

Marco Island is home to many year-round families as evidenced by the new charter high school.

Aside from the tourist impact, the buzz at the bar at Sasso’s is from our year-round locals who remember the putt-putt of years ago. They are excited that mini golf was finally back!

MICA please, turn your tunnel vision into a wider view.

Jo-B Bromley

Goodland

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LadueVGilleo writes:

This is a most unfortunate situation; however, MICA is not the one to blame for the closing of Marco Golf and Garden.

marco97 writes:

Ladue, You may not think it is MICA's fault but I do and I believe most of this Island thinks it is MICA that shut down the mini golf course. This is not good PR for MICA even if they are right.

lauralbi1 writes:

We all know, or hopefully we all know, that MICA was not, and is still not, responsible for the closing. All the owners have to do is sit down with MICA, resolve Deed Restrictions issues and Review processes, make the changes, if any, and move on to a successful operation.
In my opinion, the entire issue happened as a result of the owners ego and refusal to adhere to the process.
If the owners allow the closure, there is another Mini Golf Course approved and they can now go on with their plans.
Ed Issler

duchess88 writes:

In our society, there's always going to be those that believe they are too big, so "goodly", have the wherewithall and legal knowledge to beat the system and not comply. What I find disturbing is that Mr. Kramer was the former counsel for MICA and as such DID KNOW the process. My questions is: Why didn't he abide by the process, just like everyone else. It really is just that simple. What would this Island be like if we all decided to toss aside the process or rules for city, school, parking, condo or MICA.

WMissow writes:

Mr. B.

Whether any of us like it or not, the decision for this issue will be made in the court of law. It appears that the Kramers have left no room for anything else. MICA has nothing to back down about. They are doing, rightfully so, what they are supposed to be doing and that is nothing less than enforcing the deed restrictions that are on the books.

If it was anything different, Judge Hayes would not have come down so forcibly on the Kramers. Think about that.

Sorry to say, none of your, well meaning, possible, reasons to ignore deed restrictions will mean anything to a judge.

RayN writes:

Kramers need to formally request an amendment to the deed restrictions to add "miniature golf course" to the allowed commercial businesses list, and submit plans for review. MICA needs to do its review and mediate with Kramers to address costs and loose ends. Again, if parties agree, I'll be happy to do the mediation at no cost.

LadueVGilleo writes:

in response to RayN:

Kramers need to formally request an amendment to the deed restrictions to add "miniature golf course" to the allowed commercial businesses list, and submit plans for review. MICA needs to do its review and mediate with Kramers to address costs and loose ends. Again, if parties agree, I'll be happy to do the mediation at no cost.

Ray

Could you be any more self-serving?

RayN writes:

Probably not. I have family visiting right now, we had planned on using the Putt Putt .... friends scheduled for the end of the month. Yes, it's all about me. While plenty of folks are sitting by and lamenting, others have started petitions to MICA or have penned their frustrations or displeasure.

I've signed, I've penned, and on top of that I can bring something more to the table. I don't care "how" the problem gets fixed, I just want it fixed. What I won't do is sit idly by and lament. If anyone chooses to find fault with that, so be it.

WMissow writes:

Now for a little deed restrictions 101.

http://www.bsmlawpc.com/_blog/Municip...

WMissow writes:

Ray,

Mediation after the fact that the Kramers outwardly ignored the deed restrictions is too much to ask and should be too late. They broke the law, knowing the law, and any mediation may "negatively" effect deed restrictions in the future. If they thought that they could mediate and win it should have been done in a timely manner before they did what they did.

Be careful what you "selfishly", (your quote), wish for.

Just think something not too desirable may be the outcome for a lot near you, should this be not carefully and properly administered.

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