Saturday, January 28, 2023

Letter to the Editor: Al Diaz



I’ve been following with much interest the barrage of letters in the newspapers from residents against the Marriot expansion and I felt that it was time that I send a letter from the silent majority.

I have been a resident of Marco Island now for 25 years and have previously been employed at the Hilton and Radisson Resorts prior to becoming a general manager of two beachfront condominium properties.

Over the past 25 years I’ve met many people who have visited the island as guests and renters at the two resorts and condominiums properties where I’ve worked. Many of these people went on to purchase property on the island.

It was tourism that first attracted them to our island and that eventually led them to invest in our island paradise.

It’s amazing how many people that I speak with that do not realize the impact that tourism has on our island and state. Florida is only one of seven state with No State Income Tax and that is due to the revenues generated by tourism. Additionally all of the resorts on our island provide tax revenues that offset our own property taxes.

People also don’t realize that the bed tax revenues generated by our island hotels pays for the cost of on going maintenance and beach re­ nourishment of our beautiful beaches.

I would like to inquire if any of our residents truly believes that we would have the variety of wonderful restaurants and services on this island if it weren’t for tourism?

For the first time in my 25 years as a resident of Marco Island I had the pleasure of staying at the Marriott resort this past weekend as part of our Condominium Association Managers of Marco Island group meeting.

My experience further reinforced my belief that the Marriott Resort is a true asset to our community and I urge the City Council to approve the Planning Board’s recommendations to allow the Marriott expansion.


Al Diaz



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