I encourage all Island residents to understand the facts of the Marco Island Marriott’s renovation plans before deciding if they are for or against this project.
After listening to a recent presentation by Rick Medwedeff from the Marco Island Marriott, and seeing the depictions of the proposed plans, I was pleased to understand the real facts of this project.
A convention center is not in their plans. Additional meeting space is, but it is nowhere near the size of a convention center. The proposed space won’t even double their current meeting space; definitely not a convention center. Nor will the space allow for large conventions. The addition is simply not that big.
Traffic and parking has been a concern. A parking garage is not in the plans; a one-level parking area is. According to their plans, an increased setback from neighboring homes will actually provide more barrier than the current parking lot does. By adding lush landscaping and aesthetics, the depictions of the proposed plans are actually more appealing visually than the current parking lot.
One topic that most all Islanders can agree to is the beauty of the Marriott property. If they proceed with the project, no doubt it will be done in their customary first class manner with as little impact to its surroundings as possible.
For those interested, I encourage you to reach out and understand the real facts. Facts and fiction are two very different things.