|Published:||Jul 10, 2013 9:33 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 10, 2013 9:48 PM EDT|
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - A mini golf course on Marco Island is facing a big problem. Marco Golf and Gardens was only open for two months and now is in danger of being torn down for good.
Some residents have even started a petition in hopes of saving the green saying it's quality entertainment for locals as well as tourists.
"I think it's a nice thing for the island. I also think it's counterproductive. It's not going to be restored to its natural state," said a neighbor.
Fred and Marianne Kramer own the course. But when people call the business, they are met with a recording.
"Thank you for calling Marco Golf and Gardens," the outgoing message says, "Because of our ongoing litigation with the Marco Island Civic Association we are presently closed."
MICA says the Kramers failed to submit plans for the golf course for review before the facility was built.
"While we maintain that both the course and the gardens have added to our island community MICA disagrees. Nevertheless, we are committed to reopening and we are pursuing that with the courts. We truly appreciate all of the support we have received and we thank you for your support," the answering machine states.
But according to MICA, they made several attempts to speak with the property owner and builder and only filed the lawsuit as a last resort.
"I think that they should give them a second opportunity to correct the issue they overlooked," said Marco Island resident Rebecca Mathis.
"It's already here. It gives something for the locals to do and it's just another attraction for tourism which is a lot of what the island revolves around," a neighbor agreed.
The Kramers say they intend to challenge the lawsuit to keep the course from being destroyed.
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