Letter to the Editor: A city has authority

The history of modern Marco Island stated when the Collier family acquired this part of Florida. When Barron Collier Jr. went to Miami to confer with the Mackle brothers it was a tremendous plus for their property’s development.

The fact that the designation of our area as Collier County was caused by the fabulous Barron Collier Sr. family’s and the later development of Marco Island by the Mackle bother’s Deltona Corp. beginning in 1964 is another plus for Florida and for Collier County.

Even the Mackles wanted to make a change in the master plan after they filed it with the county. They felt that we needed more access to the beach and they submitted a request to install additional parking facilities along Collier Blvd. and as I remember the MICA , at the Residents Beach, objected to this. Ultimately the county did not approve added public parking.

After Congress passed a law as suggested by environmentalists, which stopped Marco Island development, the Mackles’ organization ended up leaving and assigned MICA, being given the Resident’s Beach, to represent the island as this was still a county area, not a city; therefore the residents would help administer community matters.

In my opinion, when the citizens voted to form a city, those matters would be taken over by that leadership, the approval of the golf course. The city made a very good decision in accepting this location. Perhaps we would have had additional parking if we had been able to show the city such a need for change.

Change is something which is needed when it improves the lives of its users. I hope that our citizens will seek out a petition to sign.

Herbert Rosser Savage

Marco Island

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LBradeen writes:

Dear Mr. Savage: Concerning your remarks above that MICA opposed beach front parking lots requested by Deltona I would like to draw your attention to your remarks that are recorded in the official records of Collier County. It was you and Jim Vensel that attended the County Commission meeting on September 15, 1981 representing Deltona that asked the County to consider the gift of Tiger Tail Beach from Deltona as a fulfillment of the requirements of County Ordinance 76-20 that required Deltona to provide beach access 100 ft. wide every 1/2 mile. MICA had no presence at the meeting what so ever. The records show "Mr. Savage asked that the Board excuse Marco Island from the requirements of 100 feet every 1/2 mile for beach access points." Please refer to Book 063 page 727 of the records of Collier County to verify your statement. My very best wishes.

WMissow writes:

Here we go again, with what is good for this island. We all have what we think of as valid reasons or arguments for what we this is correct for the "here and now" but long term where does this take us? None of us know.

Let the courts determine what is correct under the law, let the sides have their day in court and lets move on from whatever that decision is.

Konfuzius writes:

The political will of the people is important. And the people decided pro putt putt. By the peoples authority. City Council. It will be a good sign of a gesture of goodwill if MICA resigned and declare their resignation. Job done the last 30 years. It's time for retirement. MICA not necessary anymore. By by!

Konfuzius writes:

"Here we go again, with what is good for this island. We all have what we think of as valid reasons or arguments for what we this is correct for the "here and now" but long term where does this take us? None of us know.":

How true. MICA knows nothing. That is for sure.

happy6 writes:

come on herb..you really know better...just because Kramer is your buddy please don't jump off the curb with him

WMissow writes:

If what we get from the comment of "dictator like leaders" is this beautiful place in paradise as most of us admit to, so be it.

If Siesta Key is better, all around, I will bet you still have time to move there.

WMissow writes:

From my experiences with MICA, standing by the reason they were set up in the first place does not in any way make them dictator like in their behavior.

If they did their jobs any other way, this beautiful island would not be as much of a place to love.

Seawaller writes:

The issue being pressed by Mr. Kramer is not the merits (or lack thereof) of the putt putt but rather the authority of MICA to review requests that vary from the stated deed restrictions. Mr. Savage may very well be correct that the City made the right decision to accept this location but there is no evidence to suggest that MICA would not have come to the same conclusion had an application been presented to them.

If, as Mr. Savage suggests, the vote for Cityhood nullified MICA's role in this process I don't recall that being communicated to the electorate at the time of the vote. However, MICA's ultimate legitimacy will now be decided by the courts.

Unfortunately, a compromise cannot now be reached by Mr. Kramer submitting an application and MICA aproving it. This would end the court action and summarily the challenge to MICA's legitimacy. I do not believe Mr. Kramer values the Putt Putt over ending MICA's role in the future development of this Island.

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