The age-old question of parking will once again be reviewed, as Marco Island City Council at its last meeting moved forward to establish an Ad-Hoc Parking Solutions Committee. The committee was proposed by Councilor Charlette Roman, who formerly had held a seat on the Planning Board, which had previously looked at a number of issues concerning the parking.
Roman proposed a five-person board, which would report back to council at their November 6, 2017 meeting. According to her proposal to council, they would have the members appointed by their May 1st meeting and the board would immediately engage in the process.
In her proposal she suggested that the committee be comprised as follows:
- One member from the restaurant community.
- One member from the retail community.
- One member from the tourism and hospitality industry.
- Two members at large.
- One alternate member who would be non-voting unless activated.
Councilor Rios felt that the committee was too heavily weighted to the business community. “There are too many businesspeople represented,” said Rios. His concern was aimed at desiring to see residents on the committee, although he recognized the contributions to the community by those that were not residents.
Councilor Brown again raised his concern that the make-up of the committee being only five people was not representative of the seven-member board.
Chairman Honig did feel that the inclusion of members from both the restaurant and retail community were necessary. “I really believe we need to have separate representation from a restaurant and the retail community. These are the entities causing the problem,” said Honig. “They need to be on the committee to articulate what harm may be made to them by the suggestions being made,” continued Honig.
In the end, the council voted 6-1, with Brown dissenting, to create the committee, and early this week the city began advertising for potential members. The one change made was that anyone applying must be a resident of the island. You may visit the city website at www.cityofmarcoisland.com should you wish to apply for a seat on that committee.