Thank you to our fellow citizens who want to protect the residential island community we all cherish. The citizens voted six times against cityhood and the seventh time it was put on the ballot, it passed by 244. The propionates of cityhood sold the issue on “We would controlling our own destiny and prevent major corporations from taking over our residential island community.”
Marriott/Mass Mutual has made two well-orchestrated presentations to our Planning Board. On Aug. 2 they proposed a project that would take 18 months of heavy construction to build, go beyond the city height restriction of 100 feet, and break the 2001 contractual promise they made to the City of Marco Island and 162 properties in writing which reads “in no case, however, a above ground (which it underlined for clarity and importance) buildings or elevated structures including parking structures be permitted on the East side of Collier Boulevard.”
They have controlled the information flow so far. Articles in our newspapers have yet to quote the contractual agreement.
The press has painted a picture to our community like this is a done deal. Let me assure you all that is far from the truth. The last election the candidates who supported the expansion lost. The four who won agreed to never allow the above ground construction on the east side. We have a good City Council and it just got better with the adition of Bob Brown.
A convention center, which at 87,000 square feet, would require estimated 150 to 200 semi tractor trailer truck to bring trade show booths to the faculty and four days later return to pick them up. This process would repeat week in and week out 52 weeks a year. Currently the Marriott services a low impact incentive based convention business. This business would change to the more profitable physical display type conventions which by nature require heavy truck support. Our small island is not the place for such a facility. Mass Mutual now owns land at Hammock Bay which is a win win for everyone.
What can every island property owner do? Call or email your councilor. Send letters to the editor.