Letter to the Editor: Ordinances – why bother ?

Why do we have all these ordinances, resolutions, amendments, rules, and deed restrictions – they are little known and seldom enforced. And if we’re not going to enforce them, why should we continue paying the city’s Code Enforcement employees their salaries, benefits, and Cadillac pension plans? And why do we keep paying for city boards to be switched around from one department to another? The job responsibilities are the same, no matter which department they’re in.

The island’s mini-golf course owners violated rules they were intimately familiar with, yet the City Council and building department approved their permits and construction, and allowed the owners to thumb their noses at the requirements to submit their building plans to MICA’s architectural board.

Next is the Marriott expansion; another case of ignoring the rules and regulations. Read the 2001 PUD and restrictions against height over 100 feet. Marriott’s various plans are well above that, some plans include 142 feet, and don’t forget restrictions against building on the east side of Collier. Do we want all the traffic and noise, both in and out of season? I don’t.

At the Oct. 21 City Council meeting, the zoning department presented the sidewalk ordinances for review and discussion, to get council approval to enforce this ordinance. Ordinances already exist, they’ve previously been approved; the ordinances should be enforced through the department heads and city manager; council has nothing to do with this.

Man up and do the job we’re paying you to do!

Bill Harris

Marco Island

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MIOCENE (Inactive) writes:

"Man up and do the job we’re paying you to do!"

Bill, I think there are also some 'broads' on the payroll.

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