For the record, I do NOT have an opinion on this hotel proposal, nor have I ever communicated to these writers that I have an opinion on this project. At this point in time, I do not possess enough factual information regarding the project to personally make a proper and informed decision. In my 47 years as a practicing physician, gathering all factual information and assessing all the appropriate diagnostic studies were imperative before making an appropriate plan for treatment. I think City issues deserve the same practice.
As Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC), at our August 16th meeting, the Committee elected NOT to address the subject (prematurely) until after the developer makes formal presentations and NOT until Council directs PRAC to review this matter. Additionally and most importantly, as long as I am serving as the Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, I am NOT allowed to state an opinion on this matter.
What I have observed is this:
On September 2, 2016, the developer presented the proposed hotel project before the Planning Board. The Chamber expressed its support of the project, some citizens expressed their concerns about this project, and the Planning Board had questions and concerns. The Planning Board directed both the developer and City Staff to come back to the next Planning Board Meeting (October 7) with more details and answers.
I will keep my ears open to hear ALL the facts first so I make the most informed and appropriate decision. I will attend all future Planning Board Meetings, Council Meetings and any public presentations (if any are held) regarding the proposed hotel project so that I will be as informed as possible. I will also keep my ears open to listen to the citizens as their concerns do matter.
Dr. Jerry Swiacki
Candidate for Marco Island City Council