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Letter to the Editor: Robert Nead

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Dear Council Members: As Manager of Cozumel Condominium at Cape Marco I would like to present our strong opposition to the proposed Rental Ordinance. Cozumel Condominium requires rentals to be minimum of 90 days which instills a sense of ownership in our renters; many of whom return year after year and have never been a problem. Also most condominiums on Marco Island have in house management companies to handle any problems that might occur day to day. Also, most of our owners who rent their homes use the services of rental agencies on the island which do a great job ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr Wm. & Kimberly Harris

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Once again the city of Marco Committee Members are trying to penalize those of is that own property & do properly maintain their property & inform our renters of the ordinances of the City of Marco. There are a few individuals that do not inform their renters of these ordinances & do not properly maintain their property.  For this they are going to make us all suffer their consequence. Thus they are going to make all of us owners pay more.  Causing us to increase our rental fees.  This will only deter people from coming to Marco to rent. Causing ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael Memoli

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Dear Council Member I am writing you to express my concerns with the Marco Island Rental Ordinance, currently before the City Council, which would include condominiums in the new regulations. I am an owner of a condominium on Marco Island and believe this ordinance will have negative, far reaching effects on the City of Marco Island and its property owners by reducing the size of the available rental market, reducing the influx of visitors, decreasing the seasonal dollars spent, increasing property owners liability exposure, and increasing work for Boards and Property Management. I strongly encourage the City Council to exclude ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rod Thole

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It’s a Matter of Trust. With the outbreak of emails, and letters again being sent to Marco Island City Councilors, on “reconsideration” of the rental ordinance, it becomes abundantly clear that the Council is again breaking trust with the electorate. The matter of exempting condominiums was debated over many months. Deliberations occurred with considerable input of the citizenry. Condominium owners wrote letters and emails, they appeared at City Council meetings to plead their case, and they met with individual Councilors to explain why including condominiums was poor public policy. Now all of that citizen involvement and input, and the decision ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank Lenzi

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Re: The Marco Island proposed Rental Ordinance Reconsideration Apples, Oranges, Lions and Tigers and Bears. What do they have in common? Everything, according to a few Marco Island City Councilors that are proposing to once again reconsider Condominiums in the proposed rental ordinance. Single family detached homes and Multi unit Condominiums. These are two different animals! 1) Condominiums have rules and regulations that effectively address, renter, guest and owner problems coupled with strong management that actively enforces those rules. Single family homes have no such requirement. 2) Condominiums have legal obligations to have annual fire inspections. Single family homes do ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Karen Young

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Bicycle Madness I had just left Winn Dixie and turned left on Collier. I then turned right on Tigertail and then left on Hernando. Out of nowhere there was a man, shirtless with shorts, riding a bicycle directly in front of me. It was so frightening to me. Both of us were so lucky that I did not hit him with my car. If I had hit this man he would have ruined my life. And I probably would have killed him. These people who rent bikes and think that they do not have to respect the law will destroy ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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City Council Utility Rate Special Called Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1 PM Community Room (City Council Meeting Room) We urge you to attend this very important meeting and voice your opinion. Workshop discussions will include the water and wastewater rate structure, and Marco utilities future capital needs of an additional $300 million!! The water utility is already $150 million in debt. A couple of months ago, after we had a few visitors for 3 weeks, our water bill was $500.00!! Can you believe that? To address this new debt requirement, does that mean that our water bills will increase dramatically, 3 times what ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Donna Harrington

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My name is Donna Harrington and I live at Island Manor Condominium Association located on No. Collier Blvd and previously worked in their office as I do now at The Mariner of Marco Island, Inc. Condominium Association. Condo associations have rules and regulations that govern how problems are to be handled. They also take care of any problems that arise without having to call the police. Most associations, like The Mariner and Island Manor, also have strict rules in regards to rentals (i.e. 30 continuous days) and 90% of these rentals are returning “Snowbirds” who have been renting here for ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thomas W. Carter

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members, It is with great discord that again, we are writing a letter to you on an issue we thought you put to rest via a vote by the majority of members during the March board meeting.  We can’t help to note that your timing to “reconsider” is being held at a time when most of the Condominium/HOA members have left the island for the summer months, making it impossible for us to once again fill your board room. Our position remains the same. The Seabreeze Condominium Board of Directors and unit owners are ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Elaine A. Myers

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After receiving my proposed new Marco Island city ordinance Section 8-100 through 8-104 inclusive in Chapter 8 , I’ve found myself compelled to write to the Coastal Breeze of my serious concerns of this proposal. I have been a condominium owner for the past 4 years at (28 Manor Terrace) the Mariner.  During this time, I have found that the Mariner Management and Board of Directors have shown the utmost professionalism in managing and applying the rules and regulations to make for a beautiful 162 unit complex.  In my opinion the Mariner is the best managed and maintained complex on ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Julie Salisbury

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Marco Island City Council, Back in February you voted to exclude Condominium owners from the proposed rental ordinance. Subsequently a councilman asked for “reconsideration” and unfortunately this legislative maneuver passed. Does this mean when someone doesn’t get their way on the council, it is brought up over and over again?? In the second reading version one of the proposed changes is that Condos will have to hold a vote to get the majority of owners to agree to be excluded, plus all people who rent will have to be registered. This will increase work for Boards and Management and does ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Condo Owner

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I am very disappointed in your most recent vote, making Condo owners abide by this ridiculous ruling.  I thought that Condo’s were not considered in this ordinance.  It is my understanding that ONE, only ONE council member brought it up again, and it was passed.  I would like to know which one brought it up and I would like to have him recalled.  Considering all the people who were against including condos in this proposal, they passed it anyway.  I would also like to know how many complaints they get every year about renters in condos and how many complaints ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: James Beckett

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Marco Island City Council Member, My name is James Beckett and I am a resident of the Monterrey building in Cape Marco on Marco Island.  I am writing to express my support of keeping the “Exclusion” of Condos in the proposed Rental Ordinance based on the fact that we already have regulations and controls in place to take care of any related renter issues.  These regulations are rigorously enforced and I would prefer we keep it that way and not add to our building management’s workload. Respectfully, James Beckett   Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jane and Fred Schuh

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To: City Council, City Manager, City Attorney and City Clerk for City of Marco Island This letter is to state our opposition to the new Rental Ordinance or at a minimum our opposition to include condominiums.  We are opposed to reopening and reconsidering the ordinance which recently passed. We have owned a condo on Marco Island for 11 years and have never had any issues in which this new ordinance proposes to solve. We are opposed because: There are no problems reported at the Gulfview. Problems should be analyzed before sweeping all condominiums into an ordinance proposed to solve a problem in single ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Carolyn Beckett

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Dear Marco Island City Council Member, As a resident of the Monterrey, Cape Marco, I am writing to express support for the “EXCLUSION” of condominiums in the proposed Rental Ordinance that is now being reconsidered. Such oversight by the City of Marco Island is a duplication of effort given the existence of Condominium Boards and management that already ensure properties are properly maintained, managed, and do not create a potential for nuisance for neighboring properties.  Noise or nuisance from residents are addressed by the Board and annual fire alarm and fire sprinkler inspections currently take place. The City of Marco Island should ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Joanne Cascio

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As an owner of a condo in Marco for over 15 years, I would like to express my concerns regarding the City Councils’ newly proposed rental ordinances.   1- Condominium rentals are not and have never been an issue since all Condominium Associations have Documents, by-laws and strict rules that take care of problem renters. As a matter of fact these rules give them more leeway than the proposed Ordinance will have on the issue of problem rental. In essence the Condominium Association and Management take care of these issues very effectively. 2- .  Section 2 – Sec.X.2.1(b) allows a ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Wilma Sanders

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A few months ago I called the PD suggesting they notify people by newspaper, of the correct way to approach the single file bridge lane merge on N Collier. This would help to avoid confusion. She said they did put something in the newspaper, in August. Apparently the fact we have thousands of transients on the island every week doesn’t matter, they told people in August. I discovered I had been doing it wrong forever. It is NOT stay in a single line to the right (and curse all those who drive up on the left and expect to cut ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Lee Willer-Spector

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In February, Keith Flaugh of the SWFL Citizen’s Alliance lambasted the 5 of 7 Marco Island City Council members who did not support his anti-common core resolution calling on the Florida legislature to throw out the common core standards for public schools. The 5 councilors led by Chairman Sacher, including Joe Batte, Bob Brown, Ken Honecker and Larry Honig were correct, showing wisdom and independent thinking when they ruled his request as outside their area of expertise and scope of responsibility, relying instead on the education experts and the legislators to decide. The anti-common core bill supported by Keith Flaugh ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Al Russell

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I’m writing to express my objection to the proposal rental ordinance. I have owned a condo at The Essex Condominiums for 22 years. Condominium rentals have not been a problem and still aren’t today. All condominiums have documents that state laws and strict rules to take care of problematic renters. In fact these rules give us much more flexibility than the proposed Ordinance will have. These rules take care of problems very effectively so why would we want to risk losing that. All condominiums are required to be inspected for updated building code and annual fire inspections that are already performed in ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Siegfried and Bonnie Speder

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Are condominium owners of Marco Island a problem to this community or not? Answer. They are not. Why? Because as local responsible members of our community we live by our Rules and By Laws of our Association. Our condo rules are enforced and carry a fine if violated. Our condo already receives an annual fire inspection and required building codes. Adding your ordinance would be a duplication and add fees. Why do city councilors think that their rules will be better than our rules? They will not improve anything or solve any problems, because there are no problems to solve. ... Read More »