I write to express my opposition to the Marco Island Rental Ordinance recently approved by the City Council. My wife and I purchased our beautiful Marco Island house last year. We are very proud to be able to own this beautiful home in such a wonderful community and we were very disappointed with the recent passing of the ordinance by the city council.
I find it difficult to understand why entirely new protocols need to be established to deal with violations of existing codes pertaining to excessive noise, trash and vehicular issues. No one wants to be negatively impacted by these nuisance issues, but isn’t that why we have code enforcement personnel along with the great members of the Marco Island Police Department. As a retired law enforcement professional from New York, let me say that this is exactly what police officers throughout the country do; respond to citizens complaints and take appropriate corrective action. Examples of such corrective action, at the responding officer’s discretion, can be the issuance of a warning or a summons to the violator (or perhaps effect an arrest if the situation warrants) The incident of course should be documented with the officer submitting a incident report for future reference of an incident at the particular location. The point is this is what police officers do every day. We shouldn’t let city council civilians (who don’t know what they are doing or how to handle complaints) get involved in these matters. Leave it to the professionals.
In my opinion, there is no need to create another overly intrusive; more government oversight; bureaucratic monster to collect unnecessary fees and establish unnecessary rules and laws to deal with situations that can clearly and easily be dealt with through existing protocol.
Our City Council members who voted for this mess of an ordinance should take a look at what is happening in Washington and realize that big government is definitely not the answer. Hopefully they will come to their senses and withdraw the entire ordinance. And hopefully they will pay the price for their poor judgement at the next election cycle.