Guest column: MICA chimes in on Marriott expansion

Dear Members of the Marco Island City Council and Marco Island Planning Board:

Marco Island Civic Association board members have attended all Marriott Resort presentations, in addition to a presentation directly to the board by Marriott Resort general manager Rick Medwedeff. The presentations were informative and clarified many of the issues raised within the community.

The chief objections voiced centered on the parking scheme for the east side of Collier Boulevard; the size of the building renovation on the west side of Collier Boulevard; an increase in infrastructure intensity and amending the original 2001 PUD agreement.

MICA’s major concern is the breaking of a covenant with the citizens who signed off on the original PUD in 2001. The original agreement of 2001 was clear and specific that no additional parking or other elevated structures other than tennis courts were permitted on the east side of Collier Boulevard. It also limited the height of the building on the west side to 100 feet.

MICA’s membership surveys, with approximately 3200 responses, did not support amending the Marriott Resort’s PUD. For reference, the questions and their responses follow.

2013: Marriott Resort officials have briefed six of seven City Council members regarding a proposal related to a conference center and parking structure. The Planning Board, learning of this at a recent meeting, requested that Marriott officials bring this presentation to them at a meeting in August.

Would you support City Council granting an amendment to the Marriott Resort’s PUD, which could allow a structure on the east side of Collier Boulevard and/or grant increased height on the west side of Collier Boulevard?

Yes: 28.2 percent. No: 62.1 percent. Undecided: 9.7 percent.

2011 Would you support City Council granting an amendment to the Marriott Resort’s PUD, which would allow construction of a building on the east side of Collier Boulevard, across from the present hotel?

Yes: 27 percent. No: 64 percent. Undecided: 9 percent.

If the Marriott Resort seeks and is granted an amendment to their PUD by the City of Marco Island in order to build on the east side of Collier Boulevard, should the Marriott Resort create a buffer space by purchasing the properties behind the parking lot currently on the east side of Collier Boulevard?

Yes: 65 percent. No: 15 percent. Undecided: 20 percent.

The survey questions reference building on the east side of Collier Boulevard rather than a parking structure, but the take away is resistance to amending the PUD. The board also recognizes that if the survey were to be taken again with the current information, results could be significantly different.

Further, the MICA board believes if the parking issue could be resolved, for example, expanded to Crystal Shores or other offsite location, the Marriott Resort could focus on the height issue and reach a compromise with the community.

We offer this opinion to the Planning Board and City Council members who will eventually decide this matter and to encourage the Marriott Resort to seek alternative methods to accomplish its objective.

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WMissow writes:

Very good. Marriott, please listen to the citizens of our island paradise!

3200+++ seniors will be very difficult to have to deal with.

CopWatch writes:

in response to WMissow:

Very good. Marriott, please listen to the citizens of our island paradise!

3200+++ seniors will be very difficult to have to deal with.

YUP! Oh BTW picket will not be a fence.

Konfuzius writes:

Maybe I have to renew my opinion about MICA!

ajm3s writes:

Thank You!

26yearsonmarco writes:

As I said in a previous blog regarding Marco Island being named the best Island in the USA, and fourth in the World for tourists, please leave well enough alone.

If the Marriott is not a big enough “Feed Cow” for Mass Mutual, then sell it and move on.

If our Council approves te expansion, the hotel will be closed for an unknown period of time and many long time loyal employees will be laid off, and local businesses will suffer and also lay off staff.

So I repeat:

This is just my opinion, buy I think this article proves the Marriott needs to remain “as is” and continue to try to survive on a measly $50M per year profit.

I do not envy our current Councilmen’s job to approve the expansion, which I believe will have a negative effect on our attraction to the present travelers, tourists and small groups, when they begin to encounter large simi-trucks, and hundreds of short time expo visitors out for a good night on the town.

Marco Island is what it is, and the Councilmen need to consider this in their final decision.

WizeOlMarco writes:

"MICA’s major concern is the breaking of a covenant with the citizens who signed off on the original PUD in 2001. The original agreement of 2001 was clear and specific that no additional parking or other elevated structures other than tennis courts were permitted on the east side of Collier Boulevard. It also limited the height of the building on the west side to 100 feet."

Thank you MICA.

MrBreeze writes:

Agree. MICA's job is just that, Marco Island Civic Association. They are the stuarts of Deltona and the Deed Restrictions. Thank you MICA for doing what the citizens of Marco Island deserve.

Konfuzius writes:

I mean some people have a great problem with this MICA members survey:

1. Marco Island VI and "L'Enfant terrible" Eddi Issler! He is finally unassembled as speaker of the Marco Island majority! The Marco Island majority is not in favor of this expansion plan. That is now fact!

2. Joe Batte and Bob Brown want be re-elected this year. Both will be get a second political tsunami effect like Waldi, Gibbon and Recker.

The people of Marco Island will never forget that this two try to sell Marco Island to MassMutual/Marriott to create MARRIOTT ISLAND I wrote since years.
With their votes pro ROSE mariner they disqualified themselves. Chuck is a snitch too, but his terms are anyway over.

So people (Brown and Batte) watch the MICA verdict. You still can point. But be straight. Don't sale your soul to the syndicate like Eddi, the VI and "L'Enfant terrible" of Marco Island.
Be honest and take care of Marco Island. Otherwise you will make history. As the political "Judas Iscariot" of Marco Island.

OldMarcoMan writes:

When do they (The Marriott ) build a walkover on Collier Blvd for the Hotel to the Marriott Convention Center and Marriott Parking Structure?

Parking for Registered Guests Only
please

lauralbi1 writes:

OPEN LETTER TO MICA
RUTH: As a member and one of your most dynamic supporters, let me ask you one simple question:
3,200 RESPONSES DOES NOT REPRESENT EVEN 25% OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS ON MARCO ISLAND AND NOT EVEN 20% OF THE FULL TIME RESIDENTS ON MARCO ISLAND. MY QUESTION PERTAINS TO THE QUESTIONS ASKED AND TO THE OPINION RENDERED.
"DID THE SURVEY, AND DOES THE MICA OPINION HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANY MICA RESPONSIBILITIES OR ANYTHING THAT MICA IS CHARTERED TO DEAL WITH" ??
With no basis or justification for any of this survey, it should not have been done in the first place and the MICA opinion, in this case, has no validity or basis.
All the proposed activity is consistent with Deed Restrictions imposed by Deltona.
To me what is more relevant is the fact that the Gas Station, Tire Shop, Motorcycle Shop, future Hotel and Gun range at Progressive Auto are all deed restricted. That is where MICA needs to render it's opinion and recommendations.
Ed Issler

1Paradiselost writes:

From the article above....

Would you support City Council granting an amendment to the Marriott Resort’s PUD, which could allow a structure on the east side of Collier Boulevard and/or grant increased height on the west side of Collier Boulevard?

YES: 28.2 percent. NO: 62.1 percent. Undecided: 9.7 percent

2011 Would you support City Council granting an amendment to the Marriott Resort’s PUD, which would allow construction of a building on the east side of Collier Boulevard, across from the present hotel?

YES: 27 percent. NO: 64 percent. Undecided: 9 percent.

First I would like to thank MICA for conducting the poll above. It gives the residents and our city officials some basis for the mood of the people who live here & pay taxes in our community.

I do not know Ruth, however its is unfair for someone who is unhappy with the results of the poll to express anger!

When they do a survey/polls for statewide and national elections. Only 1/10th of 1% of the electorate are polled. When the elections are completed the results are generally within 2% +/- of the actual outcome.

In the MICA poll above as Ed points out ONLY 25% of the registered voters were polled.

Looking how national polls are conducted and the MICA poll, It would be safe to say that the voters on Marco Island overwhelmingly DO NOT support any amendment to the 2001 agreement between the people/city of Marco Island and the Marriott.

"The original agreement of 2001 was clear and specific that no additional parking or other elevated structures other than tennis courts were permitted on the east side of Collier Boulevard. It also limited the height of the building on the west side to 100 feet".

I agree with a blogger who said above...

"MICA's job is just that, Marco Island Civic Association. They are the stewards of Deltona and the Deed Restrictions. Thank you MICA for doing what the citizens of Marco Island deserve".

captnjimbo writes:

Yesterday I rode my bike carefully surveying the present wall from both sides. The wall is well camouflaged by the owners in the cul-de-sacs east of the wall. All but one of the houses are one story buildings. I think any issues, except for that one home could be mitigated by moving the two story parking garage 30 feet west of the present wall and the walling in the east side of the structure same look as the present wall, which would provide protection from headlight distraction and noise.

Just an opinion...not an argument.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to lauralbi1:

OPEN LETTER TO MICA
RUTH: As a member and one of your most dynamic supporters, let me ask you one simple question:
3,200 RESPONSES DOES NOT REPRESENT EVEN 25% OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS ON MARCO ISLAND AND NOT EVEN 20% OF THE FULL TIME RESIDENTS ON MARCO ISLAND. MY QUESTION PERTAINS TO THE QUESTIONS ASKED AND TO THE OPINION RENDERED.
"DID THE SURVEY, AND DOES THE MICA OPINION HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANY MICA RESPONSIBILITIES OR ANYTHING THAT MICA IS CHARTERED TO DEAL WITH" ??
With no basis or justification for any of this survey, it should not have been done in the first place and the MICA opinion, in this case, has no validity or basis.
All the proposed activity is consistent with Deed Restrictions imposed by Deltona.
To me what is more relevant is the fact that the Gas Station, Tire Shop, Motorcycle Shop, future Hotel and Gun range at Progressive Auto are all deed restricted. That is where MICA needs to render it's opinion and recommendations.
Ed Issler

"OPEN LETTER TO MICA
As a member and one of your most dynamic supporters, let me ask you one simple question"

I mean if you have supporters and friends like Eddi Issler you need no enemies anymore!

Eddi - you are on the loser side again!

You fight just for your business inside the Marriott. Nothing else!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

From the article above....

Would you support City Council granting an amendment to the Marriott Resort’s PUD, which could allow a structure on the east side of Collier Boulevard and/or grant increased height on the west side of Collier Boulevard?

YES: 28.2 percent. NO: 62.1 percent. Undecided: 9.7 percent

2011 Would you support City Council granting an amendment to the Marriott Resort’s PUD, which would allow construction of a building on the east side of Collier Boulevard, across from the present hotel?

YES: 27 percent. NO: 64 percent. Undecided: 9 percent.

First I would like to thank MICA for conducting the poll above. It gives the residents and our city officials some basis for the mood of the people who live here & pay taxes in our community.

I do not know Ruth, however its is unfair for someone who is unhappy with the results of the poll to express anger!

When they do a survey/polls for statewide and national elections. Only 1/10th of 1% of the electorate are polled. When the elections are completed the results are generally within 2% +/- of the actual outcome.

In the MICA poll above as Ed points out ONLY 25% of the registered voters were polled.

Looking how national polls are conducted and the MICA poll, It would be safe to say that the voters on Marco Island overwhelmingly DO NOT support any amendment to the 2001 agreement between the people/city of Marco Island and the Marriott.

"The original agreement of 2001 was clear and specific that no additional parking or other elevated structures other than tennis courts were permitted on the east side of Collier Boulevard. It also limited the height of the building on the west side to 100 feet".

I agree with a blogger who said above...

"MICA's job is just that, Marco Island Civic Association. They are the stewards of Deltona and the Deed Restrictions. Thank you MICA for doing what the citizens of Marco Island deserve".

For what else you can be agree?
Hopefully our city councilor got the message!

MrBreeze writes:

Again, Thank You Marco Island Civic Association.
I believe your decision would be supported by the Mackle Brothers as well as the Deltona Corporation. Do not believe one minute that the opinions of other Marriott expansion supporters will lessen the impact and power of MICA. I believe MICA would prevail in the legal system if it goes that far. The Deed Restrictions are clear, the PUD was granted and must not be altered.

The residents of this island are counting on you. Do not let us down. Thank You for standing up for what is right, legal and ethical.

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