To MICA Board of Directors: No matter how you look at it, this was a public relations disaster for MICA, reminding me of the Susan Komen, breast cancer fiasco.
I am in favor of preserving the character of unique communities such as Marco Island, Goodland, or Everglades City. I am also in favor of civic associations weighing in. However when public sentiment is clearly in favor of a variance, and when such variance would apparently enhance life on the island, it is tough to swallow the arbitrary decision of eight people who are not elected by all Marco voters. Further it appears that this decision is not even supported by your own members, certainly not by elected city officials.
Barry Gwinn, member
Marco Island Civic Association