Dear Editor: As a past president of MICA, I have read with interest the letters to the editor regarding the miniature golf course. I agree that the golf course is attractive and looks like fun. We are a three generation family on the Island and I’m always glad to find activities we can do with the grandchildren.
However, whether a miniature golf course is good for the Island is not the issue. Deed restrictions protect all of our property values, and they need to be enforced consistently and continually. Exceptions set precedents. There are apparently other locations on the Island where a miniature golf course is an approved use.
I think the fairest thing is for MICA to enforce the deed restrictions as intended by the Mackle Brothers and for the residents and business owners on the Island to find a way to work within them. Everyone should be aware of the restrictions when they acquire property and if the restrictions are not consistent with their business plans, they should explore their other options. Ignoring the restrictions and plowing ahead and investing under those circumstances is a significant risk.
It’s too bad we are in this situation now where the golf course needs to be taken down. Unfortunately, the wheels of justice move slowly and MICA was not able to get the attention of the business owners without resorting to court action.
If deed restrictions start to unravel, many of us will be most unhappy with the outcome. Let the courts do their work and trust they will be impartial and do the right thing.
In the meantime, personal attacks on the MICA Board, which is responsible for the enforcement of deed restrictions, are unnecessary and divisive for the community.