Two-vehicle accident slows traffic in front of Marco Island Marriott

This overturned Lexus partially blocked the entrance to the Marriott parking around 4 p.m., Friday. Northbound Collier Boulevard traffic was completely blocked for a short time. Staff

This overturned Lexus partially blocked the entrance to the Marriott parking around 4 p.m., Friday. Northbound Collier Boulevard traffic was completely blocked for a short time. Staff

— An overturned Lexus partially blocked the entrance to the Marriott parking around 4 p.m., Friday.

Northbound traffic on Collier Boulevard was completely blocked for a short time.

As of 4:30 p.m., one northbound lane is open.

No further details are available at this time.

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Konfuzius writes:

I just pass the scenery. 5 police cars around. But the Marriott stuff was in charge for traffic management.
You really believed we need MIPD?

26yearsonmarco writes:

First, the female driving the car in the North bound lane must have been going very fast and not paying any attention to cause this much damage, and nearly killing the driver of the other car that was crossing Collier Blvd going to the Marriott parking area.

Second, the amount of growth in the center of Collier Blvd in front of the Marriott, and other sections of Collier has had me concerned for many years.

Third, I must pass through the Marriott section of Collier Blvd at least four times per day, and NEVER go over 20 MPH.

Konfuzius writes:

My concern are the pedestrians ways too. They are covered by plants and trees and you can hardly see, when a pedestrian will cross the street from the medium.. I slow down on the right line by 20 mph but immediately another vehicle passes me with 35 to 40 mph. I am not wondering if we hear soon of a deadly accident.

captnjimbo writes:

I see another problem there. If I am in my van and stop, people will walk in front of me and right into traffic without looking...problem is strangers to the area may not know and cannot see people in front of my car. Then there are also pedestrians that feel entitled and walk into crosswalk before the cars have stopped...is truly scary at times.

WMissow writes:

It is not going to be any better if The Marriott is allowed the expansion they are requesting.

Planning Board, City Council, the life you save may be your own or someone you know. Collier is not cut out for any more traffic around The Marriott than it has now. Think twice before you give a go ahead to The Marriott no matter how much they promise. The past repeats itself, much too often.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

It is not going to be any better if The Marriott is allowed the expansion they are requesting.

Planning Board, City Council, the life you save may be your own or someone you know. Collier is not cut out for any more traffic around The Marriott than it has now. Think twice before you give a go ahead to The Marriott no matter how much they promise. The past repeats itself, much too often.

This is a very wise political statement1

tikihut2206 writes:

Hascle...I agree they need to do some trimming so people can see when they are making those turns...but really speed limit is 30 most people go over limit..

WMissow writes:

Trimming bushes around the Marriott when there will be tractor trailers halting traffic at all times of the day and night is a minimal drop in the bucket

Traffic will backed up, for who knows how long when the tractor trailers have to maneuver in and across traffic. Cars having to make short stops when this is occurring will lead to more rear enders personal injuries and property damage.

This is a crazy idea from the Marriott people who say this will add something to the island.

It will add public nuisance, noise, road vibrations, property damage, inconvenience, injuries and possible deaths. The Mass Mutual people may not care less as long as The Marco Marriott makes more money to their coffers and shareholders.

Does anyone think that there will not be future accidents, some fatally serious, caused by this madness????

The vast majority of the residents on this island paradise do not want this, no matter what a few local business owners say and what Trojan Horse gifts are offered to charitable groups.

WMissow writes:

A final note:

Planning Board Members, City Council Members please stop and think of all the damages this Marriott brainchild will cause, hopefully before the senior driver behind you stops in time. (no insult intended).

26yearsonmarco writes:

The good news is the driver of the car that was hit is fine.

The bad news, as of last night, is the street lights have been out in front of the Marriott, and at least two blocks South.

WMissow writes:

Correction. Fails to stop in time!

2themoon writes:

just drove by there last night, very difficult to see pedestrians with all the landscaping, bushes , shrubs..etc.

tikihut2206 writes:

really people..I have looked off my balcony and if 10 cars go by in 10 minutes it is a lot..not like Collier has a traffic jam..and when do you drive at night..seems like Collier Blvd closes by 9

WMissow writes:

Tiki,

Wait for the tractor trailers, you will not have to look over your balcony you will hear and feel them go by.

26yearsonmarco writes:

The good news is, the lights are back on in front of the Marriott.

The next potential place for a serious accident is the crosswalk leading from the parking lot at Collier and Swallow to the beach.

People crossing from the beach to the parking lot suddenly appear from behind a huge sign and overgrowth when you are Northbound on Collier.

Last year, after dark, I came within inches of hitting two "donkeys" crossing on bicycles.

I have mentioned my concerns many times to the "authorities", but apparently it went in one ear and out the other, so I guess we need to wait for an accident to occur before anyone pays attention.

WizeOlMarco writes:

On one hand we want less government and urban influence, on the other we demand someone immediately get out to that public road to cut back that vegetation and why you’re at it instill some new rules...how about, drivers slow down, breath the fresh sea air, see the trees for the leaves. This incident is not a call for public action; except for police-towing-legal-auto-contractor-landscaping-newspaper services.

GorgonZola writes:

The car jockeys from the Marriott staff go flying across the road without looking or using the crosswalks. How do they expect to set an example for the pedestrians? They need to supply their own crossing guard.

ajm3s writes:

Timing is everything. Is this a public relation nightmare for the Marriott expansion? I guess we can expect more congestion once the revised proposal is provided showing additional parking on the east side of Collier (elevated parking) and 6 loading docks on the opposite (west) side of Collier all near the entrance.

I know its one opinion, but the designers of the Msrriott expansion have to be the most narrowly focused at creating a design considering, most hospitality centers are now built with parking located on the same footprint and land the hotel is located...

Congrats Marriott on NOT incorporating a single recommendation submitted by the public and Planning Board at the August board meeting...

From my perspective this revised proposal is dead on arrival...and this article's photo should serve as a reminder/message to the citizens of this island!

Time to take a stand...and it is not against business...it is against POOR DESIGN coupled with breaking promises agreed upon in the establishment of a PUD and signed by all parties!!!!!!!!!!!

I believe the folks would like to a front view (Collier Blvd) rendering of the Marriott with the 6 loading docks on Collier Blvd....a picture will offer more than a thousand descriptive words. I suspect this rendering will not be provided in the presentation, nor the additional valet traffic crossing Collier, or the impact of deliveries on Collier Blvd, or .....the list of violations of existing code and PUD.

If form follows function....then this proposal needs to be turned upside down and sent off island.

Pathetic proposal for a first class hotelier! Just one opinion, I suspect another well known architect who established a tropical ambiance on this island during its infancy, agrees.

MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

Maybe speeding fines should be based upon the PERCENTAGE that a driver is exceeding the limit.

ie. Driving 25 in a 20mph zone is much more dangerous than doing 60 in a 55; yet both are only 5mph over the limit.

WMissow writes:

What do you expect from a corporation that wishes to buy favoritism with the "so called gifts" to charities. This is a great deal larger than those drops in the bucket for Mass Mutual.

These people have attorneys that may turn the 2001 agreement upside down and one would expect that they may try to accomplish just that.

They do not give a rats butt about the citizens on Marco and the lifestyle most of us came here for.

If you want tractor trailers at on many nights rumbling down a street near you. If you want streets and bridges over burdened with heavy vehicles and traffic. If you want traffic backed up on Collier and who knows where else. If you want a Corporation telling you have you lifestyle should be. Sit back and ignore the breach of contract and say nothing.

This whole project is a Trojan Horse for this beautiful Island we call home. It is for a few businesses who see $$$$$ signs before people. This is no joke and should NOT be treated as such.

Stand up and be counted when this fiasco comes before the Planning Board and City Council. If you do not it will be too late.

1Paradiselost writes:

WMissow Says...

"If you want tractor trailers at on many nights rumbling down a street near you. If you want streets and bridges over burdened with heavy vehicles and traffic. If you want traffic backed up on Collier and who knows where else. If you want a Corporation telling you have you lifestyle should be. Sit back and ignore the breach of contract and say nothing."

Question.. Is this the real reason the city wants to replace the Smokehouse Bay bridge?

To handle the extra (HEAVY) tractor trailer traffic? Follow the money!

2themoon writes:

Bingo!
I do believe the name Marriot Island is more fitting

RayNetherwood writes:

In our great land of freedom and liberty, where we're told what light bulbs to buy, who we can marry, and that we have to have healthcare plans that don't apply to us (Klaus needs maternity care?) ... Libertarians, capitalists, and a whole bevy of folks who believe that government should free people and businesses to do what they want probably feel that Marriott should be able to do whatever it wishes.

Well, MICA and putt putt golf as an example, I believe in contracts, rule of law, and (shock) common sense. Marriott made an agreement, and there seems to be many more reasons to hold them to it, rather than allowing them the expansion they are seeking. That area is a fatal accident waiting to happen. Adding 80 more rooms, with their added traffic, and convention trucks, adds to the hazard -- doesn't decrease it. The notion that parking is going to go to all valet, is equally silly when one considers the traffic the entry ramp can handle. Big check-in days will have traffic backed up on Collier, and big check-out days will prove to be a headache for guests and the Marriott.

But, it isn't government's role to protect the Marriott from bad decision making. It is government's role to improve citizen safety ... and this accident offers some chances to perhaps slow the traffic down and address the visibility concerns.

Marco Island is paradise for those who LIVE here. The Marriott, as it stands today, is also a paradise for those who visit it. Renovate rooms, restaurants, spa, and meeting areas all you like ... but it is my hope that the City will stand by the agreement and not modify it for Marriott's benefit at the expense of residents and increase the hazards of driving or walking on Collier Blvd.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to 2themoon:

Bingo!
I do believe the name Marriot Island is more fitting

NO! Marriott Island fits.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to WMissow:

What do you expect from a corporation that wishes to buy favoritism with the "so called gifts" to charities. This is a great deal larger than those drops in the bucket for Mass Mutual.

These people have attorneys that may turn the 2001 agreement upside down and one would expect that they may try to accomplish just that.

They do not give a rats butt about the citizens on Marco and the lifestyle most of us came here for.

If you want tractor trailers at on many nights rumbling down a street near you. If you want streets and bridges over burdened with heavy vehicles and traffic. If you want traffic backed up on Collier and who knows where else. If you want a Corporation telling you have you lifestyle should be. Sit back and ignore the breach of contract and say nothing.

This whole project is a Trojan Horse for this beautiful Island we call home. It is for a few businesses who see $$$$$ signs before people. This is no joke and should NOT be treated as such.

Stand up and be counted when this fiasco comes before the Planning Board and City Council. If you do not it will be too late.

"These people have attorneys that may turn the 2001 agreement upside down and one would expect that they may try to accomplish just that."

You think that is right? You think that was the goal of the founding fathers? Do you really believe that is America?
Go the Banana republic. That's better for you!

WMissow writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

"These people have attorneys that may turn the 2001 agreement upside down and one would expect that they may try to accomplish just that."

You think that is right? You think that was the goal of the founding fathers? Do you really believe that is America?
Go the Banana republic. That's better for you!

Klaus,

First, lay of off the Boone's Farm.

Second, go to the nearest English teacher and learn how to read English.

1Paradiselost writes:

"Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got
Till it's gone"

"They paved paradise And put up a parking lot"

With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot"

Joni Mitchell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWwUJH...

WMissow writes:

1Paradise,

The Marriott people and the greedy business people just do not care!

26yearsonmarco writes:

Can anyone confirm that the City has given approval to Marriott's Crystal Shores timeshare for two more buildings???

bondie writes:

Cars do have the right of way over pedestrians. It is easier and safer if the pedestrians stop look both ways before they cross the road. Do not assume that trucks, cars, and even bikes, will either see you or stop to let you cross. You are the one in control of safely crossing the street no matter who has the right of way.

RayNetherwood writes:

Bondie .... please publicly announce when you'll be out on the road. Pedestrians, beware, even in a crosswalk -- you may be in someone's crosshairs. :o)

tikihut2206 writes:

I was there when they were building the Merdia talk about noise...Marriot brings in a lot of money to Marco..taxes are high enough...

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