Letters to the Editor, July 15

Parade of letters

The orchestrated parade of letters demanding the rejection of the proposed Marco Island short-term rental ordinance is certainly interesting. What is even more interesting is that the alleged authors of these letters either never read the language of the proposed ordinance, or instead chose to deliberately misrepresent what the ordinance would require if enacted.

The proposed ordinance is posted on the city’s website, and I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and read it before jumping to conclusions. It does not prohibit, as many letter writers have erroneously stated, short-term rentals. Instead, it establishes an enhanced registration and regulatory process for owners of single-family residential homes who choose to rent these properties for periods of less than 30 days more than three times a year. It requires the owner of these properties to meet minimum life safety standards, requirements that frankly would apply to any owner, hotel or other accommodation property owner.

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It would seem logical that any tenant of such properties would want and demand these various life safety requirements. The new ordinance also requires landlords to make available to tenants information regarding our Marco parking regulations, garbage and recycling collection and collection rules, turtle nesting season regulations and other existing requirements.

With respect to noise standards, the new ordinance incorporates our already existing noise ordinance rules, but adds a reasonable improvement over the daytime noise rules.

In short, this carefully constructed proposed ordinance sets common sense standards and strikes a fair and reasonable balance between landlords who wish to continually earn short-term rental income and all other residential landlords. No residential owner will lose the right to commit to short term rentals. But new minimum standards, many of which already exist to varying degrees in our existing ordinances, will be enforced and enforced.

John Conroy, Marco Island

Greg Folley speaks with a forked tongue

Councilor Greg Folley criticizes council candidate Christine Dowell for her comment at the Citizens for a Better Marco meeting. Perhaps he should criticize the comments he made on his re-elected Greg Folley webpage: “What sets this council apart is that they are actively working to control the size of municipal government by keeping the tax bills of our citizens flat out even as property values ​​soar.

Lesson learned: As assessed values ​​go up, the mileage rate goes down, assessed values ​​go down, the mileage rate goes up. Moreover, the city did not reduce the size of the government, it increased the size of the government.

The only reason this council is able to continue to lower the mileage rate (same taxes as the previous year) is due to the 1% sales tax increase in January 2019 which generates revenue one-time $3.5-3.7 million for seven years to fund city infrastructure projects, which would normally be covered by general fund revenues.

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In addition to the above, Folley states in his bulletin regarding the “Tenancy Registration Referendum” that citizens have the right to sue the city if they disagree with the position of the city attorney. that the city has no authority under state law to regulate or prohibit short-term rentals. .

The citizen can also sue individual homeowners who they believe are creating a nuisance to the neighborhood under the covenants included in the deeds of every single family home on the island. What it doesn’t say is that the Citizens for a Better Marco PAC needs the city to formally respond to a “request for interpretation” of our City Land Use Code (LDC) ordinances. , since September 2001, relating to permitted uses for RSF-1 through RFS-4 zoning ordinances. The Director of Community Affairs, City Manager, City Council and City Attorney refuse to provide this “official” response.

So my response to Folley is that I recommend that single family home voters donate $100 to citizens for a better Marco PAC to build a war chest of $100,000 to $200,000 to sue the town of Marco Island, City Manager, City Council and City Attorney for not applying LDC on the books since 2001 and returning the city to the people of Marco Island.

Amadeo Petricca, Marco Island

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