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Written on Guest commentary: Marco Golf and Garden responds to MICA:

As I've said on here in response to a number of other letters, Mr. Kramer, I do believe your miniature golf course is beautiful and enhances the community. I'm not sure why you needed to turn this into some kind of test case. You obviosuly know more about MICA and what it would approve than I do. Why didn't you just fill out the MICA application form (and, yes, pay the fee. How much could it have been?), as I did when I built my house on the Island?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Property owner responsible:

I agree with the sentiment expressed by the letter writer.

I go by the site often and I have to say the miniature golf course looks great and I commend its design and construction.

Unfortunately, though, that's besides the point.

My house is not on Winterberry or adjacent to it. I wouldn't want such an enterprise to pop up on my block and and I'm confident City code - as well as MICA restrictions - would not permit it.

I understand that what constitutes appropriate use on a main thoroughfare, such as Winterberry, is a little different and this requires judgements from City code authorities - as well as the enforcer of Marco's deed restrictions.

I can tell you that when I built my house on Marco, I understood that MICA was legally vested with the authority to enforce our deed restrictions and it never occurred to me to leave them out of the loop. How about everyone else? Did any of you who built homes here on Marco not seek MICA's approval before breaking ground?

Written on Letter to the Editor: To fight and argue over deed restrictions and legal protocol is ridiculous:

I appreciate what Ms. Chodaba has written and I agree that the site is beautiful and a wonderful enhancement to the area. I do think her perspective is limited though.

The generosity and civil-mindedness of the owners is not releveant to this discussion. Are we not a society of rules and laws that have to be followed? Can each of us decide what suits our own interests and ignore any proper authority that suggests otherwise?

When I built on Marco, it never occurred to me to ignore the mandated MICA approval process. Did any of you do otherwise?

Written on Letter to the Editor: MICA – Marco residents last line of defense:

I rode my bike past the miniature golf course today and I commend its design and construction. It looks great!

I have to say, though, that that begs the question. You see, my house is not on Winterberry or adjacent to it. Would I want such an enterprise to pop up on my block. Surely not and I'm confident City code - as well as MICA restrictions - would not permit it.

The issue of what is allowable on a main thoroughfare is a complex one that I don't feel qualified to judge. Whether a miniature golf course on Winterberry is considered appropriate use requires judgements from City code authorities as well as the enforcer of Marco's deed restrictions. It's my understanding that the former was provided by the appropriate authority within Marco Island but Mr. Kramer chose not to seek MICA's approval.

I can tell you that when I built my house on Marco, I understood that MICA was legally vested with the authority to enforce our deed restrictions and it never occurred to me to leave them out of the loop.

Did any of you who built homes here on Marco not seek MICA's approval before breaking ground?

I'm listening if someone wants to tell me what I'm missing.

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