Letter to the Editor: A change for the better!

Reading about the past, present and future with respect to deed restrictions, I’m reflecting back to an era which is prior to cityhood of Marco. The master plan was filed with Collier County and as development was occurring, a need for additional access to the beach was necessary for visitors as well as residents parking areas. Deltona Corporation filed a request to the County to change some of the area on Collier Boulevard to permit five different areas for that use. As I remember, MICA, having been given the Resident’s Beach to administer, objected to the additional parking, a change to the master plan. The county refused to allow it.

In my mind, this was another sign of the Mackles’ desire to serve all, not just private membership facilities; one had to be a permanent resident and a member of the association at the Resident’s Beach to park.

Another change which is typical for all is the putt, putt course on Winterberry Drive. Our lives have changed as well. The Mackle brothers’ lives changed when they could not finish building the paradise which they had started. A change to allow us to have the putt, putt course on Winterberry Drive will be a tremendous plus for the community.

Let’s hope that our citizens will help to keep that change. God bless America!

Herbert Rosser Savage, Sr.

Marco Island

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RayN writes:

Ahhh, Mr Savage, your heart is in the right place, but be ready to be schooled by "self proclaimed" experts that believe ... whatever "the state says" is gospel (even if the state didn't say it).

You see there are those who would have you believe that "duty is duty" .... that sentiment sure killed a lot of folks. So, I join with you in hoping that the parties can fix their issues (which they could do). Common sense should prevail, let's hope MICA hears voices such as yours.

LBradeen writes:

Dear Mr. Savage: The Deltona Corporation appeared at the September 15, 1981 meeting of the Collier County Board Of Commissioners to inform the Commissioners Deltona felt they had fulfilled the requirements of Ordinance 76-20 that required that beach access be provided every 1/2 mile on the Gulf Coast of Collier County when they donated Tiger Tail Beach to Collier County on February 14, 1969 (Please see page 55 of the Commission Minutes and recorded in Book 063 page 723 at the Collier County Clerk of Courts.) You and Mr. Jim Vensel were present representing Deltona. On page 57 of the minutes it states; "Mr. Herb Savage asked that the Board excuse Marco Island from the requirement of 100 feet every 1/2 mile for beach access points." You can refer to Book 063 page 727 of the official records of Collier County to verify your statement. MICA was not present at that meeting and took no position on beach access as you mention above. Thank you for your many years of dedication to Marco Island.

MrBreeze writes:

Again,We all have high opinions for Mr.Savage and his dedication to Marco Island, Deltona Corp and the Mackle Brothers.

Mr.Savage, With all due respect I believe this is not about the Putt-Putt but rather following the rules about Zoning, Building and Construction.

Yourself being a prominent Artichect on Marco Island since the beginning would be the first person to know this. The course may be just fine but if the rules are changed the next project may not be fine but the rule change will give the green light as the precedence will the be set by the Putt-Putt. This is where the danger lies.

So, please do not be fooled as this is not just about the course. It would be as if the island that you help created was to totally change if the rules are "flexed" or "ammended" to allow the course. This is like the "wolf in sheeps clothing"

Please apply your vast knowledge as I know you know what is right here.

Also, I do not agree with MICA and the parking lot. I think as owners we are due a place to park as I would be willing to support maintence but the fees keep on rising. Those who live here full time act as if you are an outsider with those parking lots. Those lots should be available to the "owners of property on Marco Island" as I am shure that was a selling point from Deltona to be able to park at the beach. This I support as wrong and needs to change.

RayN writes:

If MICA isn't supposed to do what it is empowered to do, why have it? You could hire a chimp, give it a rubber stamp, and have it wildly "approve" whatever floated through the door.

That wasn't the Mackles' or Deltona's intent. Reason, applied to the restrictions and the review of plans, is what they envisioned and it's what residents deserve.

WMissow writes:

Herb,

Knowing you and what you have represented to all of us Marco residents over the years will not be altered by your opinion above.

You are considered to be one of Marco's finest citizens. I will always try to accept your opinion as one to be respected.

You see your opinion does not play the disrespect game that others feel they need in order to get their point across.

Thank you for your input.

LadueVGilleo writes:

Having read Mr. Kramer's commentary in the Marco Sun Times, I came away with the impression that Mr. Kramer is using the Marco Island Golf and Garden as a way to "gut" MICA and the deed restrictions they enforce.

Let's not kid ourselves; Mr. Kramer built the golf course to make money. And if he succeeds in undermining MICA and the deed restrictions what other checks and balances will the city have to maintain what has made Marco so great?Please don't say the City Council.

Mr. Kramer questions Marco's being governed by 50 year old deed restrictions. I'm sure many citizens will agree that they have worked pretty well: Marco is a paradise. Will getting rid of the deed restrictions make Marco Island better or will it be the Marco Island version of Pandora's Box?

Mr. Kramer has a dog in this fight. Deed restrictions haven't helped him with his golf course. Undermining the deed restrictions will be a benefit to him, and he is working to do just that.

I must say I do have a problem with people who look to exploit the system to make money for themselves at the expense of others. If Mr. Kramer succeeds, won't the island suffer without deed restrictions?

ajm3s writes:

in response to LadueVGilleo:

Having read Mr. Kramer's commentary in the Marco Sun Times, I came away with the impression that Mr. Kramer is using the Marco Island Golf and Garden as a way to "gut" MICA and the deed restrictions they enforce.

Let's not kid ourselves; Mr. Kramer built the golf course to make money. And if he succeeds in undermining MICA and the deed restrictions what other checks and balances will the city have to maintain what has made Marco so great?Please don't say the City Council.

Mr. Kramer questions Marco's being governed by 50 year old deed restrictions. I'm sure many citizens will agree that they have worked pretty well: Marco is a paradise. Will getting rid of the deed restrictions make Marco Island better or will it be the Marco Island version of Pandora's Box?

Mr. Kramer has a dog in this fight. Deed restrictions haven't helped him with his golf course. Undermining the deed restrictions will be a benefit to him, and he is working to do just that.

I must say I do have a problem with people who look to exploit the system to make money for themselves at the expense of others. If Mr. Kramer succeeds, won't the island suffer without deed restrictions?

Interesting, and bear in mind with regards to zoning, PUD;s and all things considered restrictions, the Marriott is about to embark on a serious expansion of facilities with tremendous financial incentive.

So ask yourself, as a property owner with the bulk being private non-commercial residences nestled in a resort setting: How is this going to benefit your property and quality of life? You decide, if NOT the city will decide based on a very strong argument to increase tax revenue to support more city services.... for more stuff! And we have a waste treatment facility to take all this crap.

Its your choice! Is this the making of a small tropical setting as outlined in the Planning Board mission statement:

"The Planning Board's focus is to enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors on Marco Island while managing growth and development and protecting the island’s tropical small town character."

http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/inde...

I guess if you follow the money the city will make a recommendation to allow the Marriott to build it.

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