I am a candidate for re-election to the Marco Island City Council.
I continue to challenge the City on financial matters greatly affecting you — the taxpayer. For months, the City has been negotiating with a developer to build a hotel (165 Rooms) near Veteran’s Community Park, where by, the City will transfer 131 Density Credits (Developer has 34 Densities Credits) to the developer and in turn, the developer will develop Veteran’s Community Park. As a Councilor, I was not aware of the negotiation, and was shocked when I read this in the local newspaper. The first thought that can into my mind was, here we go again; a back room deal is being made and the transparency we speak of is lacking.
I am not a staunch supporter of a private-public partnership, because in most instances the public ends up being short changed. This is a public park and it belongs to the taxpayers of Marco Island. We ask for the citizens input for development of the park and then we pull the rug out from under their feet. The developer’s design of the Park is more of an amenity to the hotel than it is for the benefit of the citizen
The current process by the City Manager to form this alliance is being done without the support of the Marco Island voters as well as the support of all of the current City Councilmen. There are many questions that have to be answered and based on the facts that are available, I cannot support this project.
I am seeking your support for re-election to the Marco Island City Council. If I receive your support and I am re-elected, my goal is to continue my Financial and Executive experience to work on your behalf to control City Spending on Essential and Non-essential Projects. I will continue to work with Councilors and City Staff to reduce Operating Expenses in the General & Utility Funds and maintain Essential Services.
I believe that fiscal Responsibility, Transparency, Honesty, Fairness and Quality of Life are essential to the people of Marco Island.
To discuss this issue or any other issue with respect to the City, you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 239-394-5464