Letters & Guest Commentaries

Letter to the Editor: AM I MISSING SOMETHING???

As most of Marco Islanders must know, our recently hired city manager, Dr. Lee Niblock, has allegations placed against him for committing battery. At the February 20th city council meeting Dr. Niblock acknowledged the allegations against him and requested that he be allowed to take an indefinite leave of absence until the Collier County Sheriff’s Office concludes its investigation. I […]

Letter to the Editor: Dear Citizens of Marco Island

Dear Citizens of Marco Island, If you didn’t attend or watch the live broadcast of the March 5th Council Meeting, you missed an unbelievable attempt to discredit our outstanding police chief and police department.  In order to see this sham unfold, go to CityofMarcoIsland.com, click on agenda and minutes, click on 3/5/2018 video, and click on Agenda items 8 and12 […]

Letter to the Editor: How Not To Solve A Parking Problem, But Create One!

The Marco Island City Council determined that the City has a parking problem. Rather than determine the cause of the problem, the path they chose was to appoint members of the community to a Parking Solutions Committee to solve the problem. Their assignment was to locate areas in the City where additional parking can become available to create parking spaces […]

Letter to the Editor: To Our Elected Marco Island City Council Members

Citizens of Marco Island count on you to do what is best for our island city.  When I read about what the city manager is accused of in the Coastal Breeze I could hardly believe what I was reading. I met him at a “Meet And Greet” at the Island Country Club. Each of your reputations will be on the line […]

Letter to the Editor: Guns in America

Says the Leader of the House, “We don’t want to be hasty and take away someone’s Civil Rights.” What about the Civil Rights of these 17 and the other dead children? Are we not responsible for the kids that go to our schools? “The killer is mentally disturbed they say.” But still he could buy a gun! Is there no […]

Letter to the Editor: REBUTTAL Commentary 

Dear Editor, As both a new full-time resident of Marco Island and a member of the “Fire Rescue Foundation”, please accept my letter as rebuttal to the “Letters to the Editor” published on February 12, 2018 (Marco Eagle) and February 14, 2018 (Naples Daily News) questioning the need for Marco Island to have its own EMS/Ambulance Service(s). Having personally attended […]

Letter to the Editor: General Fund Option to Pay for Ambulance Service

The City is pushing hard to get its own ambulance service to be operated through its Fire Rescue Department. To me, the most logical method to fund this project is to increase the millage rate for General Fund Revenue. This would cover the expenditures under the Spending Cap. This would also give the taxpayers the control they need to ensure […]

Letter to the Editor: YES to COPCN – but How MUCH Will It Cost?

The City Council has on it’s February 5th Agenda a Resolution (2018-XX) for discussion only. This is a draft of a Notice of Ballot Special Election a (Referendum Question) and coincides with the primary election to be held in August 28, 2018. Here is the language of the Referendum Question as drafted: “Should the City of Marco Island provide locally […]

A Letter to Marco Island City Council

Letter to the Editor

Councilors: Greetings and well wishes.  A few weeks ago, Councilor Reed referred to the past proposal of subsidizing  a fully staffed and equipped Emergency Room on Marco Island.  Such concept is certainly intriguing and so the question:  Will Council introduce an effort to formally explore the possibility with either, or both, of our medical communities, (NCH and/or Physicians Regional)? Russ […]

Letter to the Editor: Prudence Pacing Passion

As expected, the City Council voted unanimously last week to apply to Collier County for Florida’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, (COPCN). This is the first step in trying to replace Collier County’s ambulance service with a city-owned and operated service. If all goes well, we the people will vote on the issue this summer. What I found wonderfully […]

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