Marco Island, Fla., - City Council is expected to make a final decision about a $150 million expansion of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort. If council members give the go-ahead, the company will demolish a two-story building on its property to make way for a nine-story 72thousand-square-foot facility.
"Its going to enable us to capture some business in the summer months," said Rick Medwedeff, General Manager of the resort.
The addition boasts two levels of meeting space, a roof-top pool area, a restaurant, 84 additional guest rooms and an indoor recreation room.
"Think about a Dave and Buster's, but on steriods," said Medwedeff. "Virtual golf, virtual bowling, virtual skeet shooting.
Medwedeff tells Wink News the resort is only 65% full during the summer. The new addition could help increase that number to 80% and help create an additional 97 jobs each year.
"Instead of someone only getting 32 hours maybe they'll get 40 hours because we have the business to support them," said Medwedeff.
But, homeowners like Cindy Clark are concerned the addition will bring more traffic to the island from pedestrians and drivers.
"People tend to drive like there's nobody else on the road," said Clark. "There's lots of vehicles."
She says more traffic will hurt island living. Other homeowners disagree.
"If it brings business I see nothing wrong with it," said homeowner Roy Strattman.
Count on Wink News to bring you any updates from tonight's meeting.