Marco Island Marriott holds second town hall; talks redevelopment

— Like everyone else, the Marriott wants to be understood. In this case, what they want understood is just what the plans are for the hotel’s proposed redevelopment, to counter what Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa general manager Rick Medwedeff called “rumors and misinformation” he said abounds in the community and the media.

The Marriott held their second “town hall” meeting Wednesday evening in the hotel’s Islands Ballroom, which would be torn down and replaced in the new scheme. Something like 200 Islanders came to hear the presentation, similar to one held in November, including many community leaders. Just like at the first meeting, the City Council had a quorum and theoretically could have held a meeting on the spot, with councilors Larry Sacher, Larry Honig, Ken Honecker, Amadeo Petricca and Bob Brown on hand.

Attendees listened for 45 minutes while Medwedeff and architect Malcolm Berg laid out plans for expanded meeting facilities and additional parking, in addition to other improvements including a rooftop restaurant and adults-only swimming pool.

“We need more pool and pool deck space,” said Medwedeff. “I have this magnificent beach, but people are fighting over deck chairs around the pool.”

Under the new plans, he said, the hotel would expand from 726 to 810 guest rooms, which is allowed under the current PUD. The hotel would need a variance to raise its maximum height to 125 feet, not the 117 feet which had been previously stated, which Medwedeff said was due to plans being solidified as the process moved forward. The current maximum height allowed is 100 feet.

Even at 125 feet, said Medwedeff, the Marriott would be only the 32nd highest building on Marco, and he showed a drawing pointing out that its neighbors to the north and south are both higher.

The neighbors to the east have been a focus of the proposed parking deck, and the source of much of the discontent over the hotel’s plans. Medwedeff and Berg detailed the accommodations they are making for these residents, with the deck set back 33 feet from the property line, behind the typically 10-foot privacy walls, and parapet walls to keep headlights from shining into adjacent property, and provide planters for greenery.

Plantings were a repeated theme, with Berg laying out the plan for the proposed “rain garden” feature, essentially making lemons into fresh-squeezed lemonade, garnished with a little paper umbrella.

“We have to have bio-swales (to catch runoff from rain) and those are glorified pits,” said Berg. He waxed poetic on the subject, tossing out terms like “creating a moment of pause, a moment of beauty, of landscape” along Collier Blvd., with a “lagoon” that will “provide a sense of hide and reveal,” fill up and empty naturally as the rainy season ebbs and flows.

The additional meeting space, which Medwedeff reiterated will not make the Marriott a “convention center,” will increase demand for parking most during the island’s slow summer season, when more visitors arrive in their own cars. That is when, he said, the greatest economic impact from the new facilities will be felt, just when Marco’s businesses can use the boost.

Medwedeff estimated that impact at an incremental $46 million, while the hotel would generate an additional $500,000 in bed tax money which pays for beach renourishment and upkeep and an additional $400,000 in property taxes.

In the Q&A session following the exposition, there were a few questions about semi-trailers servicing exhibitors, which Medwedeff said would be more like three to four, rather than the figure of 100 which had circulated, and the commitment not to build east of Collier Blvd. He responded the hotel had the authorization to build a raised tennis facility, which would be more obtrusive.

Overall, though, the crowd was squarely behind the hotel. Dick Shanahan, on the board of the chamber of commerce and board of realtors, and Jane Watt, along with several others, rose to give testimonials to the Marriott’s good corporate citizenship, and each positive statement drew a round of applause.

A lot must still happen before the first guest lounges by the rooftop pool, but Medwedeff said they hope to break ground after the season ends in 2015, and have the project complete by December, 2016.

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RayPray writes:

"Jane Watt...rose to give testimonials to the Marriott’s good corporate citizenship...."

Gunga Jane bought & paid for:

http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014...

Tom_Massie writes:

$400,000 in property taxes, one big whoopee!
35,000 homes on Marco. $12.00 per average home in tax savings per year. I'd rather do without 2 Big Macs at McDonalds.

Is this supposed to impress us? Are they trying to give a line to senior citizens who they think do not know better or are too old to resist?

Nobody wants this except the few who posted because they think that their income from their businesses would increase, or the car hops who would make more in tips.

ajm3s writes:

in response to RayPray:

"Jane Watt...rose to give testimonials to the Marriott’s good corporate citizenship...."

Gunga Jane bought & paid for:

http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014...

The article ends with:

"With a focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Marco Island Academy was built to guide students from 9-12th grade to achieve post-secondary success. The academy also offers a Hospitality and Tourism program thanks to its partnership with Marco Island Marriott."

I suspect a Hospitality and Tourism program is not filled with a core STEM basis.

Classic example of injecting a program to accommodate financial contributors. I would have been more impressed if the money went to enhancing a true STEM curriculum to hire educators with experience and a strong background in the fields listed while applauding the Marriott in promoting MIA's goals.

I do not believe that is the case and it is sad. I wish the MIA would demand higher standards in the selection of its educators to excel with a STEM program.

Is it simply to create an image on Marco Island?

2themoon writes:

i use to like Jane Watt and her energy.. now shes willing to sell her soul for a couple bucks and some publicity time...too bad

Konfuzius writes:

in response to 2themoon:

i use to like Jane Watt and her energy.. now shes willing to sell her soul for a couple bucks and some publicity time...too bad

Wrong! Just Catholics still believe that you can protect your soul with money.

Jane Watt has a vision and she is powerful enough to bring her vision in reality. Unfortunately the s----- Marco Islander with no sense for the future of their kids and grand kids are her greatest enemies. So she found a coalition with the Marriott people and some other businesses. Nothing wrong with that. I attended golf tournaments for the Academy and donate money for the Academy too. So your statement is overbearing and arrogant.

MrBreeze writes:

As I said in the other post this is a Gold Mine for the Marriott and the shaft for Marco Island.

Sounds like the usual rederick that is passed about right before the final stamp goes on.

The Marriott are fine neighbors no doubt about it. Like all neighbors, sometimes they just need to listen to the other neighbors.

Just have the restrictions in place regarding trade shows/trade conventions. Limit the amount of floor space that can be used for any kind of exibit and limit the dock space also. Regulate it so to keep it honest. This is done all the time. Can I sleep in my garage as a bedroom? Can I rent it out as a bedroom? Lounge? Breakroom? Cantina? Any name you want to call it it is still a garage. Make this is the same way.

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RayPray writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

Wrong! Just Catholics still believe that you can protect your soul with money.

Jane Watt has a vision and she is powerful enough to bring her vision in reality. Unfortunately the s----- Marco Islander with no sense for the future of their kids and grand kids are her greatest enemies. So she found a coalition with the Marriott people and some other businesses. Nothing wrong with that. I attended golf tournaments for the Academy and donate money for the Academy too. So your statement is overbearing and arrogant.

"Wrong! Just Catholics still believe that you can protect your soul with money."

http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/inde...

marco826 writes:

I for one have no objection to the expansion by the Marriott. The hysteria on this blog is silly at best. One writer predicted a fleet of Tractor Trailers riding down Collier like its Interstate 75. Medwedeff said would be more like three to four. I trust him and think he's a straight guy. People! Tractor trailers are not new to Marco. Company's like Sysco Foods service many Restaurants on Marco in Tractor trailers. I recently had a delivery by JB Hunt and Furniture Stores Deliver daily all over Marco. Stop the crying and making up stories. Marriott is the biggest contributor to Marco. Their plans will help the local economy tremendously. Whether people like it or not, Marco Island is a Resort town. You can't have it both ways.

Tom_Massie writes:

Yes, Marco Island is a Resort Town BUT not a Convention Center Town, no matter what Medwedeff attempts to put over on us.

Tom_Massie writes:

I would like my fellow residents to notice that it appeared that the only folks/plants who stood up for the Marriott, at the meetings, are those who received donations and those, few, who will benefit, financially, from Medwedeff's attempt to throw Marco under the bus, or should I say under the tractor trailer so he might make his mark in Marriott's history books, along with a nice increase in salary.

1Paradiselost writes:

It's simple...

Have the Marriott pay for the new Smokehouse Bay bridge. Or do we the taxpayers have to upgrade the bridge For the Marriott's increased truck/car traffic? It's a fact, There are worst bridges in Florida!

Recall... We were sold a bill of goods on the STRP increasing the sewage capacity for who... The Marriott. Do any of you remember that fact? Fits in with the plan.

Also has anyone noticed the blue electrical power wires that are laying on the roadway/curb/crosswalks on Collier Blvd. near Kendall Blvd?

Someone needs to call OSHA before some one gets electrocuted or someone flips their motorcycle.

Tom_Massie writes:

1Paradise,

Interesting that you bring up the STRP. We got that shoved down our throats then. I hope that we learned something from the lies and tactics of that operation.

This time we are promises being made by people who could care less about those of us who live here.

Do not let the Marriott throw us under "The Tractor Trailer" for their personal gains.

MrBreeze writes:

Marco826 I disagree, Some are trying to make Marco Island a Resort Town. If poeple stand by and let that happen it will be the end of the place as we know it.

By standard a "resort" is usually a property by boundry all inclusive. To create a "resort town" is just crazy and s-----. Why not just build a casino next and get it over with.

Your statements about the trucks is wrong. Companies that currently deliver food, beverage and goods to Marco Island daily are not running over the road tractor trailers. They are using 28' trailers with "city day cab tractors" which are night and day when compared. Most are single axle vs. tandem long frame highway tractors.
What came to your house is not what is coming to a Trade Show. Please do not try to fool the residents of Marco Island by making such inaccurate statements.

WizeOlMarco writes:

in response to marco826:

I for one have no objection to the expansion by the Marriott. The hysteria on this blog is silly at best. One writer predicted a fleet of Tractor Trailers riding down Collier like its Interstate 75. Medwedeff said would be more like three to four. I trust him and think he's a straight guy. People! Tractor trailers are not new to Marco. Company's like Sysco Foods service many Restaurants on Marco in Tractor trailers. I recently had a delivery by JB Hunt and Furniture Stores Deliver daily all over Marco. Stop the crying and making up stories. Marriott is the biggest contributor to Marco. Their plans will help the local economy tremendously. Whether people like it or not, Marco Island is a Resort town. You can't have it both ways.

According to original developer Mackle Brothers, Marco Island was a resort town 'for the resident homeowners', not for casual tourists or for conventioneers...you rewrite history to suit your business vision. The local economy needs to reflect the resident homeowners' vision.

Tom_Massie writes:

We do not need good vision to see what the Marriott did at the recent meeting. The hall was filled with folks from local business, Chamber of Commerce members and special interest groups to make it appear that the City is pro Marriott plans. The original presentation was mostly residents with the a couple of "plants" standing up in favor. The second presentation appeared to be well planned to appear what is definitely NOT what the residents of Marco desire.

Yes, the public was "invited" but come on now, how many smoke and mirror presentations can they sit through?

ajm3s writes:

The 5 largest Marriotts under the Hotel & Resort brand in terms of total meeting/conference rooms are all located in large cities. Marco Island will be the third largest at almost 80,000ft2, right behind Ft. Lauderdale at 100,000 ft2 and Orlando at 450,000 ft2

The 5 largest (conference centers in total size meeting space) Marriott under the Hotel and Resort are in Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale. If you wish to include the JW Marriott brand you could include Miami.

Why is Marco Island amongst a list of cities rather than small beach communities that Marriott Hotels also serve with much smaller meeting rooms? Because those other tourist beach communities understand the impact of quality of life in their community!

Is this a small tropical town that is to be protected by the terms of the Comprehensive Plan and the mission of the Planning Board? Is the Council listening?

Now is the time to send your emails to Council to let them know, because we heard the endorsements from the MIA board, Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations at both "town hall" sales presentations.

Simply send your councilman a quick email to counter the power culture on this island. I believe there is a reserve of residents that wish the city protect this island and adhere to the agreements.

council@marcocitycouncil.com

Join other residents like myself that simply wish to reside with no special interest other than to enjoy the weather and hopefully a residential community that is not overcome with commercialism.

I am simply asking the Marriott to renovate and redevelop to the PUD agreement signed in 2001 and be a good neighbor. Or are we the bad folks?

Konfuzius writes:

" The local economy needs to reflect the resident homeowners' vision."

That is correct. Marriott is not a big revenue producer for local businesses. They like their indoor full service concept.
However - this is apolitical subject. Let the people of Marco island decide what they want.
Referendum time.

Tom_Massie writes:

I AM GOING TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE I AM SHOUTING WHICH I AM. THE HEADLINE IN THE CENTER OF SECTION OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER DOES NOT IN ANY REPRESENT THE TRUTH.

I KNOW MANY RESIDENTS ON THIS ISLAND AND VERY FEW AGREE WITH THE PLANS OF THE MARRIOTT. TO PLACE A HEADLINE THAT MISREPRESENTS TO TRUTH IS NOT NEWS BUT PURE B.S.

LIKE I SAID ON AN EARLIER POST THE RESIDENTS OF THIS ISLAND ARE SICK AND TIRED OF GOING TO MEETINGS IN WHICH THEY ARE NOT TRULY REPRESENTED. THE FIRST WAS THE STRP AND NOW THE MARRIOTT.

SEND YOU LETTERS OF DISAPPROVAL TO YOU CITY COUNCILORS AND TO THIS NEWSPAPER AND TELL THEM YOUR FEELINGS.

ajm3s writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

" The local economy needs to reflect the resident homeowners' vision."

That is correct. Marriott is not a big revenue producer for local businesses. They like their indoor full service concept.
However - this is apolitical subject. Let the people of Marco island decide what they want.
Referendum time.

K:

I believe (and I may be the only one) but the council wants to hear from the residents, especially on this one. The council recognizes the strength of organizations, but it is the homeowner who wishes to protect the island from commercialism that must voice their support.

The residents have the final word and can stand in the way of the Marriott "over-expansion". If they raise their voices the Marriott can be reminded of the agreement signed specifically with the clause not to have elevated structures except the area under the tennis courts to address building out to the maximum number of rooms allowed (810).

I consider it an "over-expansion" because the additional accessory uses: added meeting rooms, restaurants, bars require a given number of parking spaces. Consequently, the "over-expansion of the accessory uses with additional restaurant, bar and gaming room require almost an additional 404 parking spaces above which include the 88 space for additional hotel rooms.

Only the residents who oppose over-expansion including the parking garage can truly stop them, but they must contact the council via mail, phone or email.

http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/inde...

And that is why the parking garage or deck or whatever you wish to call it is going HUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

marco826 writes:

Some of you guys write like there is already a consensus on this matter. That is not true. In reality, I think the majority don't care. By the way, it is not uncommon for large resort area hotels to include a convention center. I'm all for everybody expressing their opinion. Do so with civility.

ajm3s writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

I AM GOING TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE I AM SHOUTING WHICH I AM. THE HEADLINE IN THE CENTER OF SECTION OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPER DOES NOT IN ANY REPRESENT THE TRUTH.

I KNOW MANY RESIDENTS ON THIS ISLAND AND VERY FEW AGREE WITH THE PLANS OF THE MARRIOTT. TO PLACE A HEADLINE THAT MISREPRESENTS TO TRUTH IS NOT NEWS BUT PURE B.S.

LIKE I SAID ON AN EARLIER POST THE RESIDENTS OF THIS ISLAND ARE SICK AND TIRED OF GOING TO MEETINGS IN WHICH THEY ARE NOT TRULY REPRESENTED. THE FIRST WAS THE STRP AND NOW THE MARRIOTT.

SEND YOU LETTERS OF DISAPPROVAL TO YOU CITY COUNCILORS AND TO THIS NEWSPAPER AND TELL THEM YOUR FEELINGS.

Tom:

I have received an email from a Mr. Rola. His message is simple yet powerful. It is one man's voice, but I stand with him in his reaching out to the community. He understands density and the impact of this proposal, perhaps more so than the council.

This is a city that belongs to its residents in toto and I find it refreshing when a single citizen is willing to put his name and pen to paper and advise his community. He may have more impact than MIA, C of C, K of C, MITA, MICA and MIPO combined.

One man's voice!

And all it takes is a letter, a phone call or an email, about the same amount of effort bloggers expend in normal conversation to your circle or neighbors because I suspect there are a lot of silent residents.

Or even a Letter to the Editor......

ajm3s writes:

in response to marco826:

Some of you guys write like there is already a consensus on this matter. That is not true. In reality, I think the majority don't care. By the way, it is not uncommon for large resort area hotels to include a convention center. I'm all for everybody expressing their opinion. Do so with civility.

I agree, but the sales presentation is skewed to promoting an expansion beyond the PUD agreement of 2001 which specifically addresses future development including the addition of hotel rooms to maximum capacity. That is why there is provision to elevate the tennis court section in the parking area.

It also addresses renovation and expansion of facilities and does allow any accessory use, i.e. restaurants, bars, gaming rooms, but it must provide parking and it does not limit the number of parking spaces on the beach side, ONLY the east side.

So the Marriott has a host of options, but it chooses NOT to do so. The PUD agreement is a very liberal (in the sense of non-confining).

The only major restrictions are: 1. height of building on west side to 100' and no elevated parking deck on east side.

The Marriott chooses to break that commitment.

They could build a larger conference center, it needs to find a way to park on the west side and it may need to remove the lanai suites to have a bigger footprint to stay within the height restrictions.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to marco826:

Some of you guys write like there is already a consensus on this matter. That is not true. In reality, I think the majority don't care. By the way, it is not uncommon for large resort area hotels to include a convention center. I'm all for everybody expressing their opinion. Do so with civility.

YES! Maybe you are right at this point. My American fellows are lazy in democracy standards. The voter turnout is even by very important elections not very high. On Marco Island just one election was above average. As the STRP pro fraction activated the condo-dwellers to race their voice!

Finally just the citizens hit by the expansion plans of the Marriott will be alert.
However - I am still for a referendum.
Let us venture a little bit more democracy.
Modern America is ready to do so!

ajm3s writes:

in response to marco826:

Some of you guys write like there is already a consensus on this matter. That is not true. In reality, I think the majority don't care. By the way, it is not uncommon for large resort area hotels to include a convention center. I'm all for everybody expressing their opinion. Do so with civility.

I would also like to point out, the Madiera is part of the PUD. The Madiera built to the max number of condo unit (103) allowed in the PUD agreement and provided for all parking on the same grounds.

What I don't understand, the Marriott accepted this agreement rather than using that land for its own expansion of a convention center just a mere 13 years ago.

I don't know how much money changed hands, but it must have been enough to secure the exchange.

And now today residents like myself are considered anti-business and just a bunch of naysayers to promoting this island for visitors.

I think Marriott screwed up or more realistically it has enough influence to change the rules and push forward.

I believe this effort is a violation of the city promise NOT to increase density. And the accessory use clause is a prime loophole as to how commercial entities can increase intensity without the need of transfer of density credits because accessory use is only restricted by available parking spaces.

I know I am in the weeds or esoterica but I think this is a hugh issue because another PUD is about to come before the Planning Board regarding redevelopment of the Beall's/CVS/Progressive shopping area.

There is a lot going on and the Marriott is just the first in the queue.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to ajm3s:

I would also like to point out, the Madiera is part of the PUD. The Madiera built to the max number of condo unit (103) allowed in the PUD agreement and provided for all parking on the same grounds.

What I don't understand, the Marriott accepted this agreement rather than using that land for its own expansion of a convention center just a mere 13 years ago.

I don't know how much money changed hands, but it must have been enough to secure the exchange.

And now today residents like myself are considered anti-business and just a bunch of naysayers to promoting this island for visitors.

I think Marriott screwed up or more realistically it has enough influence to change the rules and push forward.

I believe this effort is a violation of the city promise NOT to increase density. And the accessory use clause is a prime loophole as to how commercial entities can increase intensity without the need of transfer of density credits because accessory use is only restricted by available parking spaces.

I know I am in the weeds or esoterica but I think this is a hugh issue because another PUD is about to come before the Planning Board regarding redevelopment of the Beall's/CVS/Progressive shopping area.

There is a lot going on and the Marriott is just the first in the queue.

I can understand and follow you. I have the same concerns. I mean the next step to finish Marriott City is the empty space at the EX-Marriott vacation club property. I do not believe the Marriott plan in a very close future is to let the lot empty. Marriott vacation club is history. The lot still exists.
What is the next step there??
Manhattan skylines coming up!
If all this belongs under the control of our sitting city councilors responsibility - good night Marco Island. This people believed just once: We are important!
Unfortunately I can not even remember the name of the last city councilor. Totally unimportant. But the damaged for Marco Island they created are tremendous.
It is a political subject.
Referendum time. Nothing else!

1Paradiselost writes:

Great idea, I'm in! But would you need a permit? (Everything on Marco needs a permit) and would the MIPD remove you from the sidewalk?

Tom_Massie writes:

Can you imagine a group of senior citizens picketing against the Marriott. I would love to have the television stations involved.

Boy that would look good for the Marriott on, hopefully, national news. Just dreaming.

CopWatch writes:

Count me in. If the mind and soul can perceive it, the body can achieve it. Sic - Hell have no fury like a community lied to.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

Can you imagine a group of senior citizens picketing against the Marriott. I would love to have the television stations involved.

Boy that would look good for the Marriott on, hopefully, national news. Just dreaming.

I am agree with you. YOU are a dreamer in this case.

Tom_Massie writes:

K man,

I think with little real organization that there are plenty of residents on this island who are truly fed up with promises being broken by these special interest groups that they would come out, with signs and bull horns to embarrass the living BeeGeez out of the Marriott Corp. and Medwedeff.

Do you think that Medwedeff would be willing to take that chance?

Maybe a meaningful change in position by The Marriott could soothe some of those feathers.

Tom Sr.

ajm3s writes:

May I recommend going to the Marriott presentation being hosted by the Marco Island Property Owners on February 13th at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

http://www.marcoislandpropertyowners....

The new city manager will be there as well.

marco826 writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

Marco826 I disagree, Some are trying to make Marco Island a Resort Town. If poeple stand by and let that happen it will be the end of the place as we know it.

By standard a "resort" is usually a property by boundry all inclusive. To create a "resort town" is just crazy and s-----. Why not just build a casino next and get it over with.

Your statements about the trucks is wrong. Companies that currently deliver food, beverage and goods to Marco Island daily are not running over the road tractor trailers. They are using 28' trailers with "city day cab tractors" which are night and day when compared. Most are single axle vs. tandem long frame highway tractors.
What came to your house is not what is coming to a Trade Show. Please do not try to fool the residents of Marco Island by making such inaccurate statements.

MrBreeze, You need to get you ruler out. There are no length restrictions on Marco Island. 40' Tractor trailers are here every day. Hang out at Winn Dixie or Publix for a birds eye view my friend. You can't just make up stories to prove your point of view my friend....

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

K man,

I think with little real organization that there are plenty of residents on this island who are truly fed up with promises being broken by these special interest groups that they would come out, with signs and bull horns to embarrass the living BeeGeez out of the Marriott Corp. and Medwedeff.

Do you think that Medwedeff would be willing to take that chance?

Maybe a meaningful change in position by The Marriott could soothe some of those feathers.

Tom Sr.

I know Rick Medwedeff personally. He is a very nice guy. He is doing his job. If you or I will be in charge for that we will do the same. Has nothing to do that I have a totally different standpoint. I do not like the way Marco Island is managed. I guess the major responsibility for the wrong direction is to blame by the realtors and chamber people. We - the citizen - of Marco Island were never organized. By the way it is hard to organize Americans to pool their common interest. Normally city councilor are the representatives of Marco Islands interest. But in the past to many city councilor reported to the syndicate or were dependent to some other organizations and interests.
My hope was this city council with VC Sacher on top. But he is the same like turncoat Poppoff. On force he is talking twaddle and can not remember his promises campaigning before election day.
So maybe the homeowner meeting bring our ideas in the right position.
In my opinion it is still just a political subject. Referendum time. Let the people of Marco Island decide what they want.

Tom_Massie writes:

Sorry, but your nice guy is still on the side of the Marriott. We could feel "sorry" for him but we have to do what is right for us and not what is right for the Marriott's bottom line which will have a negative effect on our quality of life and possibly our own bottom lines.

That is our JOB!

Tom Sr.

Tom_Massie writes:

in response to ajm3s:

May I recommend going to the Marriott presentation being hosted by the Marco Island Property Owners on February 13th at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

http://www.marcoislandpropertyowners....

The new city manager will be there as well.

I did not know about this organization. Thank you very much for the website.

MrBreeze writes:

Marco826 I agree Publix and Winn Dixie will bring a 53' tractor trailer to the stores. However, that is their truck, parking on their property. Not a fleet lining up to unload. That is why the impact is not even noticed.

So clean your glasses up and take notice. It is their property that the truck they own delivering their goods is sitting on. It is not backing across Collier Blvd. to access it's destination. That is the difference my friend.

CopWatch writes:

in response to ajm3s:

May I recommend going to the Marriott presentation being hosted by the Marco Island Property Owners on February 13th at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

http://www.marcoislandpropertyowners....

The new city manager will be there as well.

Good, I hope someone asks Hernstadt how much welfare subsidy for his lease we are providing. Oh by the way he should also be required to answer why he already has accrued paid time off when he has yet to work one second. Roger that??????????????????

Tom_Massie writes:

Just heard today from a member of group that the Marriott gave some substantial funding to that they, too, are not in support of the plans that the Marriott has put forth.

Quite interesting that there are some people that can't be "bought" in this day and age!

Thank goodness for that.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to Tom_Massie:

Sorry, but your nice guy is still on the side of the Marriott. We could feel "sorry" for him but we have to do what is right for us and not what is right for the Marriott's bottom line which will have a negative effect on our quality of life and possibly our own bottom lines.

That is our JOB!

Tom Sr.

I am agree but I can respect a nice guy. Rick will be paid to do a good job for the Marriott.
I wrote that my standpoint is different and I will fight my interests.
Understandable?

marco826 writes:

in response to MrBreeze:

Marco826 I agree Publix and Winn Dixie will bring a 53' tractor trailer to the stores. However, that is their truck, parking on their property. Not a fleet lining up to unload. That is why the impact is not even noticed.

So clean your glasses up and take notice. It is their property that the truck they own delivering their goods is sitting on. It is not backing across Collier Blvd. to access it's destination. That is the difference my friend.

MrBreeze. Stop it. You keep changing your story. There will be no fleet of trailers lining up outside the Marriott. You're an alarmist with nothing to do. You also deny that Marco is a resort town. Sorry. We are. We are not Sanibel. Our leaders sold us all out 20 years ago when they allowed Collier Blvd to turn into a Mini Myrtle Beach destination. Tee Shirts anyone? Chinese Souvenirs? At least the Marriott and Hilton brings class to the island. Stop whining. Marco still has plenty of beautiful residential properties.

CopWatch writes:

Folks here is a case where size doesn't matter - frequency does. Get on the same page and fight the good fight.

ajm3s writes:

I forgot to attach the letter that I recently received from a concerned citizen. It is circulating about and asking those concerned to pass it on. Note: the REAL day to offer pur perspectives is at the Planning Board meeting on Feb. 21st. This is where the open discussion begins, even though there may have been a lot of backroom politicking. This is the time to act in concert to offer a view that will not be supported by the CofC and MIA board directors.

Subject: Wake up and be heard

My name is Joe Rola.

I have absolutely NO business interest on Marco except my home. I am just an average Marco Island citizen like yourself.

WE NEED TWO MINUTES OF YOUR TIME TO SAVE MARCO AS WE KNOW IT TODAY.

Issues such as Density Transfer Credits, Rose Marina, Purchase of CVS/Beals shopping plaza and Progressive Auto PUD request, as well as the MARIOTT/Mass Mutual Marco Hotel request for TWO changes to their PUD, are issues that will change our residential island community FOREVER.

Take five minutes of your time to attend the Planning Board Meeting on Friday, February 21st at 9 AM to express your support.

Please wake up and send email(s) to our leaders: council@marcocitycouncil.com

Keep it very short!

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ajm3s writes:

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There are two (2) KEY issues for your first email to YOUR city council

1- Just say NO to the Marriott/Mass Mutual plans to build on East side of Collier Boulevard…

Marriott/Mass Mutual promised in writing to our community in 2001 PUD to “IN NO CASE” allow any above ground structure on the East side of Collier boulevard to include a parking structure.

2- Please ask our Council to honor the existing and current 2001 PUD 100 ft building height code (like the Ocean Beach hotel one door south).

If WE must give them a variance please limit it to a MAXIMUM of 125 feet.

THIS IS PROBABLY THE SECOND MUST IMPORTANT ISSUE IN THE HISTORY OF THE CITY OF MARCO ISLAND. THE RESIDENTS NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE CONSEQUENCES, TAKE A STAND AND BE HEARD. Please email NOW.

council@marcocitycouncil.com

Keep all conversation short and focused.

1- NO – to further multi-story development on the East side of Collier Blvd.

2- Comply with the current 100ft building height code or if a variance is given, make it a maximum of 125FT

3- Then educate yourself to how the concept of DENSITY TRANSFER CREDIT will affect us all.

SEND THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE ON YOUR PERSONAL CONTACT LIST…Their support is very important.

PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF OUR LEADERS.

They live here full time and have donated themselves to serving US, but make no mistake; OUR CITY COUNCILORS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU.

YOUR CITY COUNCIL ARE THE *ONLY SEVEN VOTES THAT REALLY COUNT*.

Be heard, write or call your Councilors.

Tom_Massie writes:

Excellent post, AJM!

If the Marriott puts one over on us it will be too late. Please have yourself heard at the Planning Board Meeting.

As AJM said, this is much too critical to let slide by!

Sarge1543 writes:

I recommend this publication change it's name from the Marco Eagle to the Marriott Eagle. The transparent attempts to sway public opinion in favor of the proposed Marriott expansion are pathetic. Mass. Mutual owned property that could have been used for expansion, and they sold it to the developers of the Madeira at a very substantial profit. Now they want to increase density on their remaining property. If the publisher of the Eagle, and Mass. Mutual are confident there is "sparse opposition" to this attempt to diminish the quality of life here, I encourage them to use their influence, and that of the Chamber of Commerce and Ms. Watt, to have this issue put to the voters in a referendum. They will find overwhelming opposition to the building of a convention center. Folks who live here don't want to live in Miami, Tampa, or even Naples. We want to live on our peaceful, residential island.

Konfuzius writes:

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With Mitt Romney (loser) as member of the board?
You are kidding me?

1Paradiselost writes:

Mitt Romney Rejoins Board Of Directors At Marriott International.. Posted: 12/03/2012

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is headed back to work at Marriott International, rejoining the board of directors for a third time, the company announced on Monday.

"We are delighted that Gov. Romney has agreed to rejoin our board, on which he has served with distinction twice before," J.W. Marriott, Jr., the company's executive chairman, said in a statement. "We will benefit from his tremendous energy and capability to guide long-term success in an increasingly complex business environment. We look forward to working closely with him again as a member of our strong, talented and diverse board."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12...

Most of us voted for Mitt.. Maybe we should also send letters to Mitt expressing our opposition to the expansion?

MrBreeze writes:

Marco826 Where have I changed my story? I disagree with you we are not a "Resort Town". Some like you want us to be a resort town. I am not an alarmist as you label me. I do know that if the Marriott is turned in a "convention center with trade shows" there will be more than two tractor trailers arriving guaranteed.

I like the current Marriott, I agree it brings class, but even class can get excessive as is happening here. I hope that they can expand and realize trade shows are not in the best interests of the residents of Marco Island. I agree the t-shirt shops are not my idea of perfect but I can tolerate what is currently here as long as more do not follow. So stop attacking me and start finding ways that make solutions not more problems but please do not try to convince me that we are "sold out" completely.

Ajm3s Excellent idea about the e-mail to the City Council.

MrBreeze writes:

The Sun Times had a excellent article about the 49th Anniversary of Marco Island, Deltona and the Mackle Brothers. The best line of the article is when the Mackles knew they found something special when the set foot on the beach. That is what all this is about, not ruining the legacy of those great visionaries by bad planning, overbuilding or congestion.

Hat's off to those gentlemen who left behind this great paradise which needs to be protected for everyone to enjoy.

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