The value of MICA is sound in theory and the examples of successful past rejections stated in the comments above make this evident. But like any board, its value is only as good as its members. Those who have had to live with their Condo HOA board can relate to this. Personally I think that giving too much power to a small group of presumably wise people is dangerous. I would rather see wider representation of Marco residents in community decisions via open meetings with resident voting influence and/or referendums managed through registered e-mails or tax payer ID's.
Having said that I don't believe that MICA should limit it's judgement on this matter to architectural concerns. You could have the nicest miniature golf course in terms of low impact visuals, but still be undesirable in terms of your benefit to the island community. I personally believe this to be the case for the golf property. It is nothing less than a cheap unethical tourist trap in my opinion. Charging $12 per golf round is disgusting, but apparently the parents of visiting families are willing to pay it giving into the pressure of kids who want to play golf and having no other reasonable choice. It's the kind of business that makes me sick. It's a monopoly abused to its full potential. You don't see other unique Marco business's like the Bicycle shop for example taking unethical advantage of it's monopoly. There are much nicer miniature golf facilities in SW Florida that charge no greater than $8 per round and some are less. Occasionally driving past the golf coarse when it was operational makes me believe that it won't survive anyway due to lack of volume at those prices. I've had conversations with other locals with kids that would not even consider paying $40+ for 30 minutes of family entertainment. It's too much. The end result is a whole bunch of disappointed kids. So how is this business serving the community? I am a resident and I see no benefit except to the business owner.I suppose that a business owner has the right ti rip-off the tourists if they are willing to pay, but if that is the attitude, then why not have a discounted price for residents.When I first heard of the two new miniature golf courses pending construction I was excited. I was looking forward to taking my visiting grand children and even an occasional round with just my local friends. But there is no way I can patronize such nonsense at $12 per round.In hind sight, I now wish that the other miniature golf course would have gone forward to help dictate the market price through healthy competition. Obviously I can't rely on ethics to make it fair. As-is, I hope you fail.
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