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Letter to the Editor: Frank R. Recker, DDS


I just actually performed a cursory review of the rental ordinance for the first time. The only ‘winner’ in this attempt to regulate rentals will be the City Attorney who will be required to defend multiple legal challenges.  I think there are unconstitutional provisions in the ordinance and would hope that the City obtained a formal written opinion from the City Attorney’s law firm that this ordinance is constitutional and will withstand legal challenges.  I would also hope that the City liability carrier has ‘signed off’ on this ordinance to the extent it will be called upon to defend and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kathy Campbell


10% of voters are required to sign a petition in the month of June, is this fair? I implore everyone eligible to vote, please turn in your signed copy of the petition by May 18th. Real estate offices and the Marco Board of Realtors are collecting them, as you cannot mail one copy with standard postage. More laws will not lead to peace, but injustice to our property owners. Empower law enforcement and ticket offenders. Do you believe it is fair that property owners will be regulated like hotels if they rent by the month or week? No it is not! Renters can ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rafael Curquejo


I have been a regular visitor to Marco Island.  In fact my wife and I got married on the Island on 11.11.11   We love the island and are hoping to permanently move there in the next 24 months. Your new short term rental regulation is a deal breaker for us to invest in Marco. It makes 2nd home ownership harder and in my opinion it affects the marketability of a property. Once you own it makes it tougher by adding certain regulations and expenses to the equation. I totally understand from other Local Realtors that some landlords may have neglected ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Martin and Sheila Bell


As owners and tax payers of 140 Seaview Court 1401N, we want to express our opposition to City or Marco Island Ordinance 15-01. It might be well intentioned, but it is an overreach of government and is unnecessary, costly, and unwieldy to manage. As we understand it the problems this ordinance addresses were in single family homes. Condos are self-regulated and policed by HOA’s and hired Security and are not the problem. Existing city agencies are more than enough to police and enforce noise and trash issues. This ordinance is a classic case of overkill: costly to tax payers, a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank DiMaggio


Dear Sir, I write to express my opposition to the Marco Island Rental Ordinance recently approved by the City Council. My wife and I purchased our beautiful Marco Island house last year. We are very proud to be able to own this beautiful home in such a wonderful community and we were very disappointed with the recent passing of the ordinance by the city council. I find it difficult to understand why entirely new protocols need to be established to deal with violations of existing codes pertaining to excessive noise, trash and vehicular issues. No one wants to be negatively ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Peggy B. Dotson


I would like to voice my opinion of the recent Marco Island City Council decision to restrict short term rentals. Most families cannot afford or even get a month vacation or time off from work. When I first came to Florida to purchase a property, I fell in love with Marco Island because of its friendly family atmosphere. I bought a condo and then a house. I have been renting my home to friends and families from all over the world. Besides aiding my retirement funds, I have been able to share Marco Island and all of its beauty with ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Councilor Batte’s commentary,


Councilor Batte’s commentary, while passionate and eloquent, misses the point on many fronts. I am responding not so much to him as to all of City Council. Obviously Councilor Batte is in the majority, and I suspect his feelings about the matter reflect the majority of Council as well. Here’s where Councilor Batte is just plain wrong: First, the rental ordinance recall petition is not “government by special interests,” as he charges. It is an attempt by the people to take back the government that has been hijacked by those who have hidden agendas that go way beyond “quality of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance – Common Sense


About nine years ago, growing complaints regarding vacationing, disruptive short-term rentals caused the City Council to begin considering the issue. Much commercial lobbying later, the current City Council adopted Ordinance 15-01, the Rental Ordinance. In my opinion, their decision was good and not-so-good at the same time. The “good” includes prioritizing community complaints over commercial interests; requiring registration of all rental properties; assigning accountability for disturbances to the landlord as well as to disappeared short-term perpetrators. The “not-so-good” includes requiring annual registration renewal; mandating city annual fire inspections; mandating a dossier on each tenant for the City; Let’s apply some ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Regards Martin Winter


Hi Editors Just thought that I would tap out a few words on the latest from the good folks on the council at Marco Island. It appears that we are now looking to force home owners down a new path concerning rentals on the Island the legislation looks lengthy and I am quite sure will be just the very start of a process to extract additional revenue from home owners. Quite frankly this is just another Tax  that I am sure will be misappropriated. I would be interested to see the cases of noise etc that justify this move. I ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15


Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15 Welcome to Marco Island, Ms. Turner! I am sure that as a long-term property owner and resident of the Island you are very familiar with the Bundle of Rights of a property owner. One of these rights is “the right of disposition – the titleholder can sell, rent or transfer ownership or use of the propertyat will”. It does not contemplate the imposition of greater and greater restrictions over these rights by any legislative body. As you may recall, this is the second go around about the right of property owners to rent their property. In 2007-08, City Council appointed a committee ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance Petition Ready for Voter Signature


Rental Ordinance Petition Ready for Voter Signature; City Attorney Approves Petition  The Committee seeking repeal or referendum on the recently adopted Marco City Rental Ordinance received approval from the City attorney late Friday May 22, 2015. What’s Next? What is the Petition All About?  The Committee will start circulating petitions this week for signature by registered Marco voters. The petition seeks to compel Marco City Council to repeal the controversial Rental Ordinance 15-01 adopted then modified by City Council to include house and condominium owners who rent their property for less than a year. If Petition drive is successful and ... Read More »

First Four Year Graduating Class for Marco Island Academy

Maureen McFarland, who will be a professor in the fall at Florida SouthWestern State College, speaks to the Marco Island Academy's 33 graduates.

By Roger LaLonde It was a walk back in time for many of the Marco Island Academy graduating Class of 2015 when they returned to the Family Church, formerly the First Baptist Church, on May 29. It was where the school got its start in 2011. The auditorium was packed in celebration as ceremonies marked the first class to complete four years of education at the young school. Starting with 62 students in 2011, the class size will be 255 in the fall, its maximum size at its one-year-old location on San Marco Road, on the way to Goodland. There ... Read More »

Poling, Havemeier top Charter School student athletes

The Charter School girls soccer team, recognized at Charter Sports Awards night.

By Roger LaLonde The Marco Island Charter Middle School Sports Awards night was again a celebration of student athletes on May 28. The top four award-winning athletes are outstanding in the classroom as well. The night’s top award, Student Athlete of the Year, was won by eighth graders Mickey Poling and Teagan Havemeier. The Mickey Mendel Sportsmanship Award went to Richard Reisinger and Laura Poelstra. Poling played cross country, basketball, soccer and track while sporting a 3.6 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 system. “His work in the classroom has been excellent. He is ready to soar into his new ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Support of Marco Island Referendum Petition on Rental Ordinance 15-01


Rental Ordinance Circulating for Marco Island Voter Signatures After receiving petition approval from the Marco Island City attorney, the Committee to Repeal the Ordinance has sent electronic versions of the petition and ordinance to concerned residents and organizations for distribution. The Committee chose multiple distribution channels including email from the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce (link available for petition download with instructions); the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (links for download); website download, and hardcopy versions of the petition at many public locations. What Interested Voters and Taxpayers Can Do Residents who have received an electronic copy of the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Robert Russo


Gentlemen, I write to you to in the hopes that you can cease the frequent and continuing harassment of Councilor Rios by some members the council especially by Mr. Honecker.  Does Mr. Honecker have an outside agenda with Mr Rios that he is bringing to the council. His frequent looking at the ceiling and loud and obvious exhale of breath because Mr Rios is asking for more information are so insulting..Let us get things straight Mr. Honecker you have been a disappointment for the people of Marco Island you are not following what they have asked you to do but do only what you want. Instead of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Harris


Councilor Honecker, I’m surprised that you said ‘repugnant’, when a prime definition is ‘antagonistic’, which describes your actions to a “T”. I disagree with a lot of things you said. One is that you must meet with the City Manager before every meeting to be effective. Roger must feel distrusted if he has to meet with all Councilors individually before each meeting. You, and all the other Councilors, must feel confused or not understanding each time you feel the need to enlighten the public, staff, and managers with your questions and suggestions on agenda items, since you say that these ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Gerald R. Swiacki


Regarding the Petition to Repeal the Rental Ordinance Shame on the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce.   The Chamber has aligned itself with the Realtors in an effort to damage the homeowners of Marco Island. The Chamber is assisting in gathering petition signatures to repeal the rental ordinance. They are attempting scare tactics to gather signatures by telling homeowners that their property values will decrease if the ordinance goes into effect.   On the contrary, property values will increase because it will create accountability for rental properties. A person wishing to buy a house or a condo will know that they can ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Property Owners Board of Directors


The Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) rejects the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce’s petition drive to repeal the recently passed Rental Ordinance The Chamber of Commerce, together with a group of self-interested realtors, has made the political decision to support a challenge against the City Council’s passage of the Rental Ordinance. The Chamber has acquired a mailing list of Marco Island voters and is actively soliciting voters to sign a petition demanding repeal of the ordinance. The Chamber claims this is to improve the quality of life on Marco Island. The Chamber’s definition of quality of life appears to be ... Read More »

Winn-Dixie Stores to Give Away $150,000 in Free Groceries to 30 Customers During the Great Grocery Giveaway


Thirty lucky Winn-Dixie customers will win free groceries for a year by entering the Great Grocery Giveaway today through June 16. Every customer who enters will receive a $10 off $100 purchase coupon upon entering a valid email address online. “We know many of our customers work hard to stretch their grocery budget from month to month, so we want to give something back by awarding free groceries for a year to thirty customers in the Winn-Dixie market,” said Bill Nasshan, EVP and chief merchandising officer for Winn-Dixie. “We want each of our customers to be a winner, so we’re also ... Read More »

Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference benefits 140 girls


About 40 Southwest Florida women in business mentored 140 girls as part of the 16th annual Girls Going Places® Entrepreneurship Conference on May 6 at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Girls Going Places® conference is a partnership between Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Development Center at Florida Gulf Coast University. It is designed to mentor and educate young women, ages 12 to 18, in the areas of entrepreneurship, careers and financial independence. “Girls Going Places here in Fort Myers is a wonderful collaboration between Florida Gulf Coast University, Alliance Financial Group and the Small Business Administration’s Small Business ... Read More »