Neighbors unhappy with Rose Marina's plans for expansion

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

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

Neighbors of a Marco Island marina that hopes to nearly double the height of its boat storage building are up in arms, contending it would block — or eliminate — some water views, affect light and air and increase noise.

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

A first reading of the plans go before Marco Island City Council, which meets at 5:30 p.m. today.

The approval enables the marina to tear down and rebuild its 30-foot high dry storage barn and construct a 60-foot-high building to accommodate larger boats, increasing its storage from 122 vessels to 144.

But the 320-resident Anglers Cove Condominium Association opposes the building height increase, noting their condos represent $40 million in property valuations — values they say would plunge if the plans were approved. Their condos are 46-feet high and are 66 feet away from the marina property line. They told city officials they paid $87,000 in city taxes last year, compared with the marina’s $8,911.

Neither Association President George A. Fonda nor Interim Community Affairs Director Joe Irvin could be reached for comment today.

However, in a letter to Irvin, Fonda contended that association members pay a substantial amount of taxes to the city compared with the marina and if residents’ property values decreased 5-10 percent due to the changes, the city would lose roughly $4,350 to $8,700 in taxes. Property owners also would see their values decline $2 million to $4 million.

“These are real and substantial losses to both the city and to ACCA unit owners who sell their units — and a definite impact on the quiet use and enjoyment of their property for those unit owners who stay,” Fonda wrote, calling the proposed change to the land development code “undesirable and unwise.”

Fonda contends the plan benefits the marina, boosting its business opportunities and market values, but hurts residents, who relied on the current zoning when they purchased their condos.

“A land use policy that favors the few large boat owners at the expense of a vastly larger number of nearby residents is unfair,” Fonda wrote. “Creating winners and losers does not seem to me to be in the best interest of the residents of Marco Island.”

Attorney Craig Woodward, who represents the marina, said today that they’d tried to resolve all the condo association’s other issues, including their opposition to open-rack boat storage, which will instead be enclosed.

If the land use code change is approved, it would affect all marinas on Marco.

Also on the agenda is final approval of a budget re-appropriation ordinance that adjusts the city’s 2014 budget from $49.3 million to $55.9 million.

In addition, council members will vote on a contract to replace a deteriorating seawall at the city’s Utility Facility, 807 E. Elkcam Circle. Parts of the wall range are 25- to 45-years-old.

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CopWatch writes:

I agree Pete. Mediocrity personified.

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 a comprehensive plan to protect height restrictions as well as host of intensity issues....and a Midtown District that wants to infil vacant lots.

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

I believe this process is broken and the results are about as confusing to the residents of this island as to the direction we are heading.

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

Konfuzius writes:

I ca not believe that my old friend Chuck voted against the citizen interests. Unbelievable. What is wrong with you Chuck. Councilors Larry Honecker, Larry Sacher, and Amadeo Petricca won a lot of trust back.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to ajm3s:

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 a comprehensive plan to protect height restrictions as well as host of intensity issues....and a Midtown District that wants to infil vacant lots.

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

I believe this process is broken and the results are about as confusing to the residents of this island as to the direction we are heading.

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

In my opinion this voting set a precedent for the Marriott expansion plan.
Marc Island is a big step closer to Marriott Island. To bad that 4 city councilor are not looking to the interests of Marco Islander anymore.

Hardleymarco writes:

Simply put, Paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

CopWatch writes:

Having witnessed the entire meeting I must say I have never seen such a fiasco. Honig doing his best to imitate Howdy Doody. The city attorney in cahoots with the Rose mouthpiece. The entire council clueless, except for Sachmo's dog. The yes sir, no sir city manager still kissing derriere for his gift of 700 hours (17.5 weeks) of paid vacation. City engineers? not knowing the composition of a raw material used in a tax payer funded $800,000.00 project. Joe (I saw nuttin')Irvin looking like a fool. Cops quitting, charities being bilked, $1,800,000.00 in a budget mayonnaise jar. Wake up Islanders, WE are in deep ____ and will be asked to swallow most of it. Misogynist council, no age diversity, no checks and balances, obvious cronyism and that isn't all.

Konfuzius writes:

I mean my problem is I trusted Chuck and I trusted Joe Batte. Both FAILED! I have no idea WHY? I still believe their is no money involved. Kick-back. STRP! However the way they decided is a wrong way for the people of Marco Island. I do not care what ever the Rose family did for Marco Island. I care about the future. An ugly storage building in the center of the residential area is not right. Traffic stops, inconvenience noise and cross roads situations is not we want. STOP IT!!!!!!! You f... Marco Island up city council. WHY?

Mayor_McCheese writes:

Someone should go over to Rose and test their soil for contamination. They have opened this can of worms. There are very few marinas in the US of this age who have not had significant soil pollution. Such a finding will bring in the EPA and that will drag this fiasco on for years not to mention the extreme cost this will be for Rose. Use all tools at our disposal.

This is a terrible decision for so many reasons.

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