Much has been written about the controversy between the Marco Island Civic Association and Donna DiPromessa LLC regarding the mini-golf course on Winterberry Drive.
Although, it is a fact that MICA is assigned to enforce the deed restrictions created by Marco Island’s developer Deltona Corp., the MICA board owes the people of Marco Island some common sense.
Clearly, Fred Kramer and his wife, the owner of Donna DiPromessa, violated the rules of MICA by failing to apply for a permit from MICA for their Marco Golf & Garden project. Still, having a permit from the City of Marco and the approval of our elected body – the City Council – and using vacant commercial lots for a mini-golf course, does it make any sense for MICA to file a lawsuit to remove this beautiful facility? Of course not, in my opinion, it only shows that MICA board members may not be influenced by “political winds” as their president wrote, but they may be susceptible to personal feelings or “Condo Commando” style.
Most of us have had some bad experiences with condominium- or homeowner association boards whose members sometimes went from “serving” to “ruling” the community.
It is up to us, the people of Marco Island, to send a loud and clear message to MICA; that common sense should – always – prevail!