Letter to the Editor: Public sentiment is clearly in favor of a variance

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

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RayN writes:

Well said. What the property owner needs to request is not a "variance", but an amendment/updating of allowable businesses that can be sited on those commercial lots; there are some 60 "allowed" businesses to include bowling alleys and stuff like "telephone and telegraph stations/exchanges" .... telegraphs!

The Mackle brothers/Deltona created reasonable restrictions, and both Mr Kramer and MICA need to do their respective jobs ... request an amendment and submit plans for review (Mr Kramer), and approve the amendment request and review/approve the architectural plans (MICA).

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