Marco Council approves zoning change for Rose Marina

A rental boat at Rose Marina. Roseanne Pawelec / Eagle Correspondent

A rental boat at Rose Marina. Roseanne Pawelec / Eagle Correspondent

The Marco City Council voted 4-3 Tuesday to approve a land-development code change that would allow Rose Marina to build a 60-foot, state-of-the-art boat storage barn.

The 320-member Anglers Cove Condominium Association had opposed the plans, contending it would devalue their homes, block or eliminate waterfront views, and affect light and air.

However, Tuesday’s vote only changes the land-use code and Rose Marina still must come before the city’s planning board and council again with its development plans, which also includes additional boat storage on an adjacent property.

“All this did was change the zoning code to allow someone to go for a conditional use to get up to 60 feet,” said the marina’s attorney, Craig Woodward, after the meeting. “It just opened the door, so to speak.”

The change would affect two other waterfront C-5 zoned properties, the Anglers Cove land and Walker’s Hideaway Marina, neither of which is likely to use the zoning change because of impediments that prevent them from accommodating large boats.

“We’re going for a different market, the larger boats,” Woodward said of boats 40-feet long and over.

The vote came after a one-hour hearing and presentation of design plans by project manager Josh Maxwell, of Turrell, Hall & Associates; Rose Marina employees and others.

Rose Marina, which owns land on both sides of Bald Eagle Drive near Old Marco, received unanimous planning board approval for the increased height in the city’s C-5 zone, to 60 feet. Without that change, the approved height was 35 feet, with a conditional use of 50 feet.

The marina plans to tear down its 30-foot-high dry storage barn to build a 60-foot-high building to accommodate larger boats, increasing its storage from 122 vessels to 144. Other plans for a dry storage facility on adjacent property weren’t heard Tuesday.

“What we are asking the city council to do is consider the welfare of all the citizens of this community,” said Anthony Schifano of the Anglers Cove Condominium Association, urging council to deny it and seek changes.

Jim Johnson, of the Marco Civic Association, called the plans incomplete and insufficient and urged denial.

But others spoke out in favor of the renovation and expansion, including the Marco Chamber of Commerce and the Marine Industries of Collier County, which cited the need for a larger boat facility to accommodate the demand for storage for larger boats — and more boats — on the growing island.

“There is no facility on the island that can accommodate 40-foot and larger vessels,” Maxwell told council.

Dan High, the marina’s assistant general manager, said the marina has been constrained from accepting more boats and large vessels. He added that the marina was built in 1969, so it’s not up to standard codes.

“It would serve the need for people who make boating a part of their life,” High said.

Council members wrestled with the decision, with councilors Ken Honecker, Larry Sacher, and Amadeo Petricca voting against it. The marina plans return to the planning board and council in March or April.

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marco826 writes:

I Feel for the Residents of Anglers Cove as well as Marco Citizens. Anglers Cove Residents are being thrown under the bus. Why have Land Development Code if at any time a small group of people can come along and change it? Council on Marco is a disgrace. Rose will get their 60' Building and more storage across the street along side the Church. How nice for Residence's in every direction that they will be staring at racks and delapidated boats. Property values will for sure PLUMMET for Anglers Cove people as well as surrounding streets like Giralda. Traffic stops to accommodate boat movement will make a traffic heavy street heavier. “It would serve the need for people who make boating a part of their life,”....What a Pitiful argument. Residents in this part of town need to oppose these plans in full force. Soon City Council will approve a factory with smoke stacks in your neighborhood if the right amount is paid...

Konfuzius writes:

Chuck, what is wrong with you. You voted against the interests of your nice neighbor? I can not believe that. The first time you disappointed me.
Why did you do that? Councilors Larry Honecker, Larry Sacher, and Amadeo Petricca won a lot of trust back.

ajm3s writes:

The city is about to embark on punching through height limits, here at the Marina and yet to be seen Marriott expansion plan, still in development.

Folks, this is a city that has ordinances and a land development code to protect property owners of the impact of height as well as host of related intensity issues....

I bring both areas in this discussion to raise a point, all amendments request exceeding height limits. Any realtor will tell you if you can go higher its cheaper than buying or using vacant lot to expand.

I believe this process is broken and the results are about as confusing to the residents of this island as well as to the direction we are heading. Did the Comprehensive plan consider the negative impact of "canyonization"?

I guess we will have to look up to see the future of Marco Island while we blot out the sunsets.

We need more Kelly Linmans on the council and planning board to cope with "De Facto Zoning changes"!

CopWatch writes:

According to Fla. Stat. Ann §100.36(1), "Any member of the governing body of a municipality or charter county, hereinafter referred to in this section as “municipality,” may be removed from office by the electors of the municipality."

Hardleymarco writes:

Of course they approved it. They always do.

Mayor_McCheese writes:

Bad, bad, bad decision. Maybe the EPA should look into Rose's environmental record on their current site. Do some testing, I bet there is something foul there that can gum up the works. All that oil and other chemicals leaking there since 1969. I bet there are all kinds of things there that will very expensive to clean up and to defend against.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Hardleymarco:

Of course they approved it. They always do.

How do you know WMissow alias islandeye. How many identities have you on this blog?

harrisbill239#279036 writes:

I agree. This is just one more step in the over-commercialization of Marco. They're hitting us from all sides. We have the Island Plaza PUD with CVS/Beals/Progressive/Bargain Basement, etc. trying to get around the LDC and zoning codes; we have the Marriott wanting to change our island into THEIR Convention Center conglomerate, then we have the Rose Marina. Rose, as a first step in a multi phase plan, wants to change the maximum height from 35 feet to 60 feet for their C5 zoned sections. And the 60 feet, per Ping-Ping-Ping-Richochet Irvin, is only to the mid point of the roof, which means that the peak height will likely be the same as their C4 lots on the land side of Bald Eagle (75 feet). Then there's the next step for Rose, they want to change the wording of sections of the code that define "Marina", so that they can use the same variances for their C4 lots on the land side. Then they will be able to use those land side lots for boat storage, etc. Can you imagine the traffic jams of having huge forklifts and cranes moving big 40 foot boats from one side of Bald Eagle to the other? Especially in season!!! And, if Marriott gets their way, our entire year's will ALL be "in season". by the way, Ricochet Irvin is up to his old tricks of ever changing opinions and "official interpretations". He now says that the paved alley parking for the Bargain Basement was "not really" an approved method of allocating sufficient and required parking spaces. How will this impact the Island Plaza's (CVS, etc.) plans for a PUD? Will they have enough parking spaces? They're already at least 10 spaces short,not counting those "unapproved" spaces in the alley. And did you notice that Ricochet Irvin was careful to indicate that the definition of "Marina" means "CHIEFLY" on navigable waters? Sure sounds like a set up for the C4 lots on the land side of Bald Eagle to be counted as part of the "Marina".

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