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MCA doesn’t speak for all of us

May 16, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

The Matlacha Overlay Plan apparently has been in the works for years by the Matlacha Civic Association. Even though they claim to have had notices for 27+ public meetings, it was amazing to find how many of our neighbors had little or no knowledge until 3-4 weeks ago. The county commissioners now realize from the opposition shown at the last two public meetings that not all from the neighborhood are in agreement with the MOP. Even people who have recently purchased in our area were notmade aware of the issues involving the MOP. Shouldn't they have been informed by the seller(s) that had direct information of the plans?

I personally talked to one new neighbor that had no clue as to what the MOP was about until I told him four weeks ago. He was not happy finding out, as his purchase was already completed.

The MOP, when fully explained to those that weren't aware feel they have been kept in the dark deliberately and were almost blindsided by the Matlacha Civic Association group. Fortunately word got out fast once one person was made aware of it.

The MCA seems to be a select group of people that wish to have things their way, make the changes they want, then tell everyone it is best for all of us. Sure, they already have most of the things they are trying to change. It if is good enough for them to already have, why shouldn't we be afforded the same things if we so desire to?

Yes, there are a few seemingly overlarge homes in Matlacha, but what gives this group the right to claim they had to stop future McMansions? These homes were put up to county codes and restrictions and also maybe a variance. There already exists a process to fight a variance with the county.

Did you buy a lot that looks out to the water on two or three sides? If not then you are on a canal and the view you purchased is what you see out your waterside. Period.

Judy O'Connor




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