Thursday, October 1, 2020

RESPONSE TO CHAIRMAN ERIK BRECHNITZ MEETING 06-01-2020


As the President of Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) Board of Directors, I would like to address statements made at this past City Council Meeting 1 June 2020.  When City Council discussed holding an abbreviated format of fireworks on July 4th, Council Chair Erik Brechnitz misstated MICA’s position regarding the fireworks.

The MICA Board of Directors had a discussion and made the difficult decision that it would not be hosting its annual July Fourth Celebration this year due to the COVID-19 situation.  MICA sent a letter to City Council on May 8, advising them of the decision and outlining the concerns it had with the sheer number of people who typically gather, especially to watch the fireworks. 

Chairman Brechnitz stated that it was unfortunate that an unelected body and director could make a determination for the City of Marco Island.  First, the MICA Board of Directors is elected by its members and is responsible to its members to make decisions as to the safety, enjoyment, and cleanliness of our properties, i.e., Marco Island Residents’ Beach and Sarazen Park.  Secondly, MICA made no decisions for the City of Marco Island.

The continued concern with the unknowns of the Corona Virus has given us all pause. 

Neighboring communities and counties have not yet opened their beaches; restaurants are just at 50% capacity; and July Fourth fireworks displays have been canceled almost everywhere.  As explained in an email to City Council on June 1, offering an abbreviated fireworks display will still attract out-of-towners and bring at least, if not more than, 5,000 people to our beachfront, thereby creating a gridlock with all of those people exiting via a few narrow walkways.  A 12 minute display versus a 25 minute display – no difference to people looking to attend a fireworks show.

MICA wishes to thank the City Council for its continued mutual cooperation with our organization. We certainly hope in the very near future our difficulties with the virus, red tide, and other issues will be resolved, and we can all go back to enjoying the Paradise where we live!

Bob Brown
President
MICA Board of Directors

cc:  Marco Island City Manager

2 responses to “RESPONSE TO CHAIRMAN ERIK BRECHNITZ MEETING 06-01-2020”

  1. Connie Green says:

    Congrats MICA for understanding and addressing the “real and necessary” responsibilities of our residents. Thank you for all you do for our community. It is so much appreciated by many.

  2. Gail Hoopes says:

    Thank you to MICA for this common sense approach to July 4. MICA offers me, as a citizen of Marco Island, much more opportunity for input about island concerns than our “city officials” ever have. Marco City councilors can make their own decision about what they choose to do for 7/4. They will then have to take sole responsibility for the outcome. Thank goodness these entities are separate!

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