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Ken Honecker: Running for Re-election A lot has been accomplished in the past 3½ years. Long stalled projects like the Herb Savage Bridge (Smokehouse) are near completion and construction on the new Mackle Park Community Center will start shortly. The renovations of the Marriott were approved, when I was Chairman of Council, and the construction is scheduled for completion later this year. A new professional City Manager was hired. Under his management, City departments were consolidated, new 3 year contracts with the police and firefighter unions were signed and a 5 year comprehensive budget (bucket plan) has been implemented. Code ... Read More »

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Larry Honig Running for Re-election Announcement I’m running for re-election on a positive platform to bring back a sense of community on Marco Island through a less intrusive, more respectful government. Here’s what I want to accomplish: 1. Get back local control of our community. We need fewer government regulations. We should reduce our use of consultants and lawyers who don’t understand our community – there are plenty of good people right here in Collier County that we can use. We can streamline government services – for example, I’d like to see faster review and approval of permits. 2. Create ... Read More »

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Amadeo R. Petricca files for Re-Election for City Council I have been honored to have served on City Council these past three and one half years. It has been very challenging and contentious at times. But, be that as it may I feel I have done my best for the citizen of Marco Island. One of my major accomplishments with help of Chief Murphy, Deputy Chief Byrne, then City Attorney Saunders and Commissioner Fiala we were able to convince County Commissioners Marco’s need for a part time ambulance for in season. This past season we had part time (12 Hours ... Read More »

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Jared Grifoni Announces Candidacy for City Council My fellow Marco Islanders, We certainly have a lot to be thankful for. Our piece of paradise is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. I love Marco Island and all that it has to offer. Over the course of the last few years I have witnessed our home being poked, prodded, and divided by those in positions of authority within our city for the purposes of what can only be described as political manipulation for electoral advantage. It is time that we, the citizens of Marco Island, ... Read More »

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For Whom The Bells Toll Twice daily, at noon and then at five I would stop and listen to the beautiful sound of the Carillon coming from the Marco Lutheran Church. Though I am not a member of that particular church, for just a few wonderful minutes my heart would skip a beat and I would get a warm feeling inside. I guess I felt good about my town. Those bells spoke to us and reminded us that we had a lot in common. Recently, the Carillon bells no longer resound across the land and water. I assumed that the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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New Traffic Signal on Collier The following letter is from the president of South Seas East Association recapping a meeting for residents regarding the proposal of a new traffic signal to be installed at Collier Blvd. and Saturn Ct. with Tim Pinter from the City of Marco: A meeting with Tim Pinter, Public Work Director for the City of Marco, was held with condo association members, along Seaview Court, to discuss the options for a new proposed traffic signal at the intersection of North Collier Boulevard and Saturn Court, 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016.   This signal would include provisions ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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I am happy to announce my candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. My wife, Linda and I, have been fortunate enough to participate as members of Marco Island City Advisory Committees as well as other island community groups and see the opportunities and challenges that face our community. For example, is now the time for Marco Island to acquire our own COPCN (Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity) thus allowing Marco Island emergency services the option to become independent of Collier County, IF necessary? I believe my 45 years as a physician and surgeon faced with numerous emergency medical ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Keep the beaches clean – Let’s all pitch in

Sample of trash collected on surfside by Marco Beach Ocean Resort.

Keep the beaches clean – Let’s all pitch in The Number One attraction for visitors to Marco Island is the great reputation of our beaches often referred to as first class with miles of wide, soft sugary pristine sand. It is the Number One economic engine for the community, without which, the island’s economic vitality could be in jeopardy. Sadly, our beautiful beaches are slowly being tarnished by the frequency of trash found along the dune lines, surf side and areas in between. Both County and City Ordinances are posted at the public beach entrances and a City beach patrol ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Dear County Commissioners and State Officials

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Dear County Commissioners and State Officials: As a former first responder with law enforcement, certified EMT and CPR instructor, elected Marco Is. Fire Commissioner (mid 1990’s) and founding member of the Marco Is. Fire and Police Foundations, I have some knowledge and insight into the life saving importance of response times and actions of first responders to emergency situations. Before Marco Is. became a city, the Marco Fire Commission had many meetings, work shops, discussions and disagreements with the Fire Union and EMS before we instituted the “3 man” concept. In cooperation with EMS officials and overcoming Fire Union opposition, ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Marco Island Seafood Festival

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Marco Island Seafood Festival Thank you so very much to all of the volunteers who gave their time and generous spirit to the Seafood Festival the weekend of March 18-20th. This is an annual event between the Marco Island Noontime Rotary Club, the Marco Island Sunrise Rotary Club and the Marco Island Kiwanis International Club. The proceeds from this annual event are split equally between the three clubs and helps us to provide scholarships for our students and support many of the charitable organizations that benefit our community. There is a wonderful seafood festival committee already in place planning for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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As a community we are moving forward with plans for the 2016 Independence Day Celebration on Marco Island. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help in sustaining the level and quality of this year’s fireworks display, which is such an important part of our American cultural tradition. This year, the total cost is $52,000 for our fireworks display. What complicates this event for Marco Island is the requirement of a large commercial barge (which is approximately 30 percent of the total cost). The Marco Island City Council has voted to contribute $26,000. Donations/contributions from businesses and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: THANK YOU!

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Our congregational family of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), would like to thank the community at large for coming to our table, and making our Deli Fest a success! We wish to express our deepest thanks for the outstanding coverage of our “Deli Fest”, by the Coastal Breeze. In no small part it allowed us to reach a broad facet of the community, reach our financial goals and introduce them to the works of our Synagogue. We made extra this year so we wouldn’t run out. Not only did we feed the throngs in attendance, we also donated ... Read More »

Equitable? Inequitable! Water and Wastewater Rates: Part Four

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As you can see explaining the Marco Island Utility Rate Schedule is not a simple task. There are many inequities embedded in the rate schedule that are not apparent to the ratepayers. My goal to inform the ratepayers of those inequities and ultimately recommend to them a Rate Design that will level the playing field; where all ratepayers will be paying a rate based on the Utilities responsibility for Readiness to Serve and the utility customers’ Demand on the Plants. With that in mind, I will now illustrate an inequity within the Commercial Class of Customers. In my previous writings ... Read More »

Equitable? Inequitable! Part Two & Three

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In my first Letter to the Editor concerning the equitable or inequitable of the current Marco Island Utility Rate Schedule, I compared the customer class of Individually Metered Condominiums to large Commercial classes of customers, the Hilton, Marriott and North Marco Utility for total Base Charge Only. The reason I selected these classes of customers is predominantly where the Base Charge inequitableness occurs. The current utility rate methodology is based on Equivalent Residential Connection (ERC) or meter size. Therein is the PROBLEM. This is not easy to explain, but I am going to try. This methodology was developed by the ... Read More »

Thank You

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On Nov. 21 we celebrated the Marco Island 50th Anniversary with a musical party at Veterans Community Park. In spite of some inclement weather a larger number of Marcoites turned out and had a great evening. I would like to thank the many sponsors and volunteers who worked together to make this event happen. The following is a list of the sponsors and volunteers. If I have failed to mention anyone please accept my apology. Sponsors: First Florida Integrity Bank (Primary event sponsor), Costal Breeze News, CJ’s on the Bay, Freedom Boat Club, Marco Island Water Sports, Island Paradise DJ, ... Read More »

Councilor Kudos:

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A recent Letter to the Editor from City Councilor Amadeo Petricca offered the reader a clear-eyed example of the disparities that exist in Marco Island’s utility rate structure. Petricca’s letter was simple and straightforward, so much so that even an eighth grader could understand and grasp the inequality that exists in our water and waste rates, something that highly paid professional “consultants” seemingly try to avoid. Every once in a while, a city councilor merits kudos instead of criticism. For his honest and direct assessment, totally devoid of the usual Marco political nonsense, Councilor Petricca earned my appreciation and applause…and, ... Read More »

Equitable / Inequitable

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It has been stated that the current Marco Island Utility Rate Schedule is Equitable but, the facts indicate that it is Inequitable. This the first of several letters base on irrefutable facts that Utility Rate Schedule is inequitable. Example No. 1: I presented to Council at the October 19, 2015 Council Meeting a comparative analysis of large volume users. The comparison was Individually Metered Condominiums compared to high volume Commercial users, the Hilton, the Marriott and North Marco Utility. The inequitable result deals with the Base Charges. That is the charge each customer pays even if they do not use ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Arleen Harris

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I recently read Dawn Kuhn’s editorial on the addition of a building for Veterans to meet and gather at the beautiful Veteran’s Park. I also feel that there are plenty of places for our wonderful Veterans to meet on the Island.  The gathering place that has been made so beautiful at Veterans Park should be preserved as it currently is.  It seems like Marco Island wants to build something on every last piece of land on the Island.   We now see these huge, right up to the lot line, homes being built.  The quaintness of Marco has come and gone.   ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: David Rush

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Editor, Coastal Breeze: I believe if Ms Kuhn would re-read her letter before sending it, she might sound more informed with a little bit of editing. Veteran’s Park is NOT a park strictly for veterans.  It is a Park for Marco Citizens and visitors. It gets its name from this Island’s appreciation for what our Veterans have done and the sacrifices they made so we can have the freedoms we enjoy, including a day in the Park. Like others who have voiced and opinion   I’m opposed to putting a building there to destroy the peace and tranquility and the outdoor ... Read More »