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Letter to the Editor: Andrea Cooper

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Dear City Council, I recently emailed the council with a plea for you to reconsider down sizing the Marco Island Farmers Market. Thanks to those of you who responded. Since then, I have spoken to many of the shop owners of the stores in the Marco Town Center plaza.  They tell me that their business is more profitable the day of the farmers market.  They make more money because people from Marco Island and Naples shop in the stores and eat in their restaurants after the market. I encourage the council to slow down on making this very important decision ... Read More »

Farmer’s Market

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There is a clear misconception that Farmers’ Markets should be merely fruit and vegetable stands.  This perspective is looking through a limited lens of commerce versus one of community, so let’s take a step back.  Here, in Marco Island, we cater to both the local and transient guest, and we are truly one family.  These once-a-week markets for five hours are really about social connection.  Yes, radishes and cucumbers used to take center stage, but they have happily made room for flavored honeys, fresh pastas, locally carved sustainable artifacts, wildlife photography and custom terrariums.  As diversity started to populate the ... Read More »

Letter To The Editor: Pat Berry

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The 15th Southwest Florida Soapfest has come and gone. We made some changes, added an extra day and it all paid off…what a great event. Each year we thank over 100 individuals and organizations who donate to this wonderful cause – whether it be their talent, time, money, food, gift certificates, housing, vehicles, etc. All of us at Soapfest feel very privileged to be a part of a community that pulls together as the Soapfest cogs move to make this wheel turn. We had a group of 9 wonderful actors who donated their time and supported us with bundles of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Larry Sacher

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Recently, both Councilors Joe Batte and Bob Brown announced their intention to seek a second term on the Marco Island City Council. Marco Island NEEDS Joe Batte and Bob Brown! Having had the pleasure of serving on Marco Island City Council for a year and a half now with Joe Batte as well as the time Bob Brown has been on since replacing a former Councilor, I not only heartily endorse their  decision  to run for a 2nd term, but I also want to urge the Marco Island community to get behind Joe and Bob and support their candidacy.  My reasons ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Marriott – Scott Shigley

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It might be time to take a deep breath and consider what can be done if the PUD amendment the Marriott is asking for is denied. From what I have read and heard if the amendment is turned down the following things can still take place without any further consideration from the city council: The Marriott can add the additional rooms they want The Marriott can add extra meeting space The Marriott can add extra parking The Marriott can add elevated stadium type lighting on the tennis courts The following things that the Marriott has offered to do if the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Marriott – Frank R. Recker

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As a former Council member and President of the San Marco Residences Association, the commercial/residential building that abuts the Marriott parking lot on the South, I want to express both my personal support, and the support of our Association, for this project.  This is my first public comment on any issue since I left office in November 2012. I have quietly observed the multitude of issues that have confronted Council, from a distance.  It seems as though the present council acts as it should:  attempting to be objective, unbiased, cooperative, thoughtful and deliberative, almost to a fault, and not allowing ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Al Diaz

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I’ve been following with much interest the barrage of letters in the newspapers from residents against the Marriot expansion and I felt that it was time that I send a letter from the silent majority. I have been a resident of Marco Island now for 25 years and have previously been employed at the Hilton and Radisson Resorts prior to becoming a general manager of two beachfront condominium properties. Over the past 25 years I’ve met many people who have visited the island as guests and renters at the two resorts and condominiums properties where I’ve worked. Many of these ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: In Memory of Mike and JW….

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City Manager Roger Hemstadt visited our Rotary Club lunch and gave a fine speech. In the Q&A a hot topic was the issue over the Marriott expansion. Frankly the sentiment seemed to be: Why is this even an issue? The Marriott plan would boost the local economy. So why pay attention to any spoilers? Over the past few days I’ve chewed over the nature of the spoilers, points a, b & c. a)     Always we have some Luddites, mad about innovations, more technology. They complain, “It’s too much traffic, tourist, etc.” I suppose these luddites are befuddled by the competence ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Thomas

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THE CORE QUESTION IS THE IMPORTANT ONE The Marriott proposal is so complex it has been difficult to identify the “core” of the issue for those of us who live on Marco Island. Even though Marriott has done a fine job of presenting their plans it’s been tough for residents to look beyond those formal presentations to identify any core issues that may adversely affect the happy Marco lifestyle. The principal “core” issue, important to all residents, is the condition of Marco Island traffic, long term. Most residents understand the construction traffic caused by the extended buildout period of such a project ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Virginia Bingle

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KEEP THOSE CALLS AND LETTERS COMING… There is so much opposition to the Marriott expansion that the Marriott has “once again, asked” (the Chamber of Commerce) “for the assistance of the business community in supporting the project. ” (as printed in a recent local newspaper). Herein lies the error of their ways.   They may regret going against the “will of the people”. Those same “people” “are the hands that feed them”…..   These “people” can (will?)  choose not to do business with them…..Thereby voiding any  growth  these businesses  hope to achieve. It is further understood that a plan is afoot, advising Mr. Medwedeff specific advise on how he ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marriot Ordinance denial

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One Marco Islander’s Opinion:   Under the leadership of Councilor Petricca and Councilor Batte, our City Council must be commended for recognizing the inadmissibility of the proposed Marriott expansion petition.  Their petition was rejected because it had been written by the petitioner, the Marriott itself. Hopefully, this means the City of Marco Island is finally starting to demand respect for and compliance with our laws, agreements and procedures.  Regarding the latter, the correct procedure is contained in the mission statement of our Planning Board that reads in pertinent part: “…THE PLANNING BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR [reviewing Comprehensive Plan changes] AND ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Chamber of Commerce

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Dear Chamber Members, Our Planning Board approved and, by a 6-1 vote, sent the proposed Marriott expansion to the City Council for action.  The proposal has changed in two major respects:  the height of the new tower would be 111 feet, rather than 125 feet; and the number of parking spaces has been set at over 1200, with discretion given to the city manager to increase the number if necessary. There are other stringent limitations on the Marriott, including setbacks, vegetation, drainage, hours of construction and severe penalties for violations. Once again, Marriott General Manager, Rick Medwedeff, has asked for assistance from the business ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Civic Association

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Dear Councilman: The Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) was established over 40 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest associations. Our charter provides that the general purpose is to promote and advance the principles of civic improvement and betterment on Marco Island. Subsequently, the Deltona Corporation delegated enforcement of its Deed Restrictions to MICA to maintain the Mackle Brothers’ vision for development of Marco Island. That vision was to develop a community of residential properties supported by businesses to meet the needs of the community. Tourism would play a role in the development of the island supported ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Support for the Marriott

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Support for the Marriott “How can we help” Dear Editor, The owners of the Marco Island Marriott would like to spend $150,000,000.00 in our community to improve their property—our response should be “How can we help”. The Marriott is already the largest employer on Marco Island, their expansion will help create even more local jobs—”How can we help” A Marriott expansion will increase revenues in the form of increased impact fees, increased property tax revenue, and increased bed tax (for improved beaches & museums)—”How can we help” The Marriott (formerly the Marco Beach Resort) has always been the anchor of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jim Ciolino

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Referring to the article, “Parking problem,” dated 3/11/14 Marco Eagle page 6A, there are two reasons that Marco Island has a parking problem. One is over population; Deltona Development Corporation designed this island for only twenty thousand people, not fifty thousand that we have during the seasonal months. Marco does not have a parking problem during the other nine months of the year. The planning board should have recognized this problem thirty years ago. The high rises on the beach where not part of Deltona’s plan for Marco Island. The other reason is that MICA with the help of Collier ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael McNaboe

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I hope city council follows the planning board recommendation and approves the Marriott expansion with no further delays, we are lucky to have 2 first Class hotels  (Marriott & Hilton) on Marco Island, they have always been very generous with all pf our different fund raisers and are considered Great Neighbors.  If it wasn’t for an  invitation to the Hilton Grand Opening in 1985, I may not have ever found Marco Island!! Sincerely, Michael McNaboe Resident Since 1985! Read More »

Camping at the Y Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long

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KEEP MOVING TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER, WELL-BALANCED FAMILY TOMORROW! Did You Know- According to the New England Journal of Medicine today’s young people are not expected to outlive their parents!  This is a startling statistic and is mostly related to Youth Obesity-Type 2 Diabetes. Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island’s Master Plan

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I have been following the Marriott expansion plans intently for months now but a recent spike in Letters to the Editor opposing the plans based solely on Marco being a “residential retirement community” or “tranquil resort island” could not be further from the truth. For the record, I enjoyed five wonderful years employed in the mid 2000′s at the Marco Island Marriott, serving as Recreation Director in my latter years. Additionally, I was the proud author of an in-depth book about our island: Marco Island, Culture & History was published in 1995. When Deltona Corporation executives Elliott, Robert and Frank Mackle Jr. created the island’s master ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Our Donors from THE Nautical Flea Market

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Marco Island Marina Association and the Marco Island Sailing Center would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to our donors for the March 8th Nautical Flea Market at MIMA. Without the help of our silent auction donors we would not be able to raise the funds for the upcoming youth sailing program this summer.  Thank you all again for your generosity! -  Terry Naylon, Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano, Gino’s Trattoria, Marriott Resorts/Members Club at Marco, Hibiscus Golf Club, Island Country Club, Key West Express, Lely Resort Golf and Country Club, Marco Island Sea Excursions Inc, Marco Polo Restaurant, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Where are our other Councilor’s?

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I’m very glad to see that Larry Sacher has already conducted his first “Coffee with the Councilor”, with great success. More people attended that coffee than normally attend the City Council meetings, which shows that people really are interested and really do have many unanswered questions. Now, Mister Sacher has scheduled his second town hall type meeting, to be held on April 3rd. Councilor Larry Honig has taken a different avenue and started a website where citizens can send in questions and topics of conversation and, I assume, receive answers to those questions. That’s two of our councilors, or about ... Read More »