This is not a done deal. The Mackle Brothers (original developers) sold us all a long term master plan for Marco Island where residents, tourists, and business owners would thrive within a residential island community. I first set foot on Marco in 1967 and witnessing first hand the beauty of our Island. My concern is that if we do not speak up now, in the next threeyears the Mackle Brothers plan, as shared with me 47 years ago, will be for naught. Our quiet residential community will become a tourist convention community like Fort Lauderdale.
One major concern that we as a community need to deal with immediately is the Marriott/Mass Mutual’s expansion request.
Acknowledging that the Marriott is an intricate and contributing member of our community, I propose a simple compromise:
- Agree to west side expansion incorporating hidden parking into their plans.
- Agree to a binding promise that Marriott/Mass Mutual will not exceed 125 feet height.
- Agree to stay true to original promise of not building on the residential East side of Collier.
- Beach access, parking lot light below 12 feet, and to never change this PUD again
Wake up and be heard.
Whether you are a resident, tourist or business owner, Marco Island will forever lose its Paradise atmosphere if all of us don’t speak up and be heard.