I write as a part-time resident of Marco Island, our family having owned our residence for over 36 years. We abut directly with the east side of the Marriott property, and are one of the 12 properties most directly affected by the proposed expansion, including the proposed two-level garage.
In 2001 the City Council amended the PUD to permit the Marriott Hotel expansion including the spa area, Madeira, removal of tennis courts and construction of a 1,000-space parking lot on the east side of Collier Boulevard, walling off the neighborhood from the hotel property. As part of the amendment to the PUD, Ordinance Section 01-14 amending 91-102, Page 15, specifically states that “in no case shall any above ground structure, to include an above ground parking garage be built on the East side of Collier Boulevard.”
As adjoining property owners we are now confronted with the possibility that the city would again amend the PUD and further prejudice the adjoining property owners by allowing the hotel to construct a two-story parking garage (that’s what the hotel originally called the structure and only switched nomenclature when its architect advised them to call it a parking platform).
So the issue is quite simple. When can the citizenry of Marco Island place full faith and credibility in its government? The city partially sold out its residents in 2001, and we are now confronted with a further diminution of the enjoyment of our property. Notwithstanding the obvious litigation that will inevitably result were the city to reverse field and once again amend the PUD to permit such expansion on the East side of Collier Boulevard that it specifically prohibited, why do the citizens have to face yet another threat to the enjoyment of their property and be subjected to such distress.
The deal was struck in 2001. The PUD was amended in 2001. Residents such as our family relied upon the ordinance, and expended significant amounts to purchase and improve their properties under the assumption that any further expansion of the hotel would be prohibited on the east side of Collier Boulevard.
George and Marcia Argyris