The Marco Island Civic Association sent 6,302 surveys to MICA members, and 2,029 surveys were completed and returned. The following are some of the key highlights from the survey.
1) Collier County recently increased its sales tax from 6% to 7%. The City of Marco Island anticipates approximately $23 million in additional revenue over the next seven years. What priorities do you want to see addressed with these funds? These were the top two priorities:
69.0% Canal and Beach Water Quality
46.5% Roads and Sidewalks
2) The City of Naples has a Mayor/City Council/City Manager form of government in which the mayor is elected directly by the people instead of having a chair elected by city council. The mayor has one vote on the city council and day-to-day decisions are made by the city manager.
Should the City of Marco Island amend the Charter to change to a Mayor/City Council/City Manager form of government similar to the City of Naples?
61.2% Yes 31.9% No
3) If the City needs to fund important new projects, such as renovating the Fire-Rescue Station, how should such funding be made available?
70.2% were in favor of using reserves after they have been built up, thus avoiding tax increases or borrowing, but delaying projects for several years.
4) Now that the Master Plan for Veterans Community Park has been adopted by Marco Island City Council, how should the City proceed?
63.0% were in favor of developing a phasing plan for the development of the park.
5) A recent op-ed in one newspaper’s editorial urged City Council to dissolve the Marco Island Police Department and replace it with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Should Marco dissolve its police department and return to law enforcement provided by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office? 85.9% NO
6) Other than water rates and parking, what would you like to see improved in the next 1-3 years to make Marco Island an even better place to live, work and play? These were the top two priorities:
63.2% Canal and Beach Water Quality 26.4% Roads
7) Do you feel that an Assisted Living Facility is needed on Marco Island?
45.8% Yes 51.9% No
8) Should medical marijuana dispensaries be permitted on Marco?
41.1% Yes 56.8% No
9) Should the City re-visit registering single-family residential homes (not condominiums) being used as short term rental units which could have multiple family usage?
55.9% Yes 40.0% No
10) Vacant lots on Marco are quickly being developed. Thus burrowing owls, which nest best in open surroundings, are losing their nesting ground. Should the City of Marco Island purchase vacant lots of the burrowing owls to nest on?
39.0% Yes 59.8% No
11) If you answered Yes to the above, should the City of Marco Island place starter burrows on city-owned land, such as Calusa Park along Winterberry Drive?
85.8% Yes 12.2% No
For more detailed results of the 2019 MICA Survey, please visit: www.marcocivic.com.