Letter to the Editor: Now is the time

All citizens and taxpayers need to be heard now as our Planning Board continues its review of the proposed expansion plans of the Marriott Hotel property invading one of Marco Island’s prime residential neighborhoods along Collier Boulevard.

What do our citizens think of Marriott’s view of our future? Do we really believe Marco Island should become a convention center competing today with Miami and Orlando, Florida’s leading convention sites? Do we want a congested convention center dependent upon diversions and attractions to keep conventioneers on site while excluding our traditional Gulf resident-visitor service providers and retailers along the South Collier and Landmark corridor from Ironwood Court to Spruce Avenue?

Time is critical! In the coming weeks, our City Council will make its final review of our Planning Board’s recommendations. How will our councilmen vote? How do we citizens and all taxpayers want them to vote?

Will our Planning Board approve Marriott’s proposal? Why would our City Council be agreeable to making Marco Island a competitor to the glitz and tumult associated with convention centers everywhere? What about the marvelous planning of our founders to establish a world-class residential center? And, of course, do most citizens agree that this proposed commercial expansion is a flagrant violation of the promises made during our 1990’s cityhood campaign to maintain and preserve Marco Island’s residential exceptionality that Collier County would not guarantee?

Please, today, write, call, email, Twitter, et al, your beliefs and opinions about this critical matter to members of both our Planning Board and City Council. Call the City Clerk’s office at (239) 389-5010 for detailed access to the City Council and Planning Board via member’s listed phone numbers and posted USPS/E-mail addresses. You need your views to be heard loud and clear about the proposed Marriott convention center and expansion plans. To remain silent on this issue means consent and approval!

Sayre Uhler

Marco Island

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