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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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