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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 »

LTE: Thank you Beautification Advisory Committee!

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I was recently asked to attend last month’s Beautification Advisory Committee Community Forum.  My wife dutifully went, as we do to many functions that I’m invited to, however once we were there we were astounded by how interesting and helpful the various speakers and representatives were.  With all of the agonizing time Council has spent on developing a “fair and equitable” water and wastewater rate structure, we’ve basically ignored the things we can do to reduce our consumption, with the obvious result of reducing our costs for water. Among the things we learned about were alternative ground covers and other ... Read More »

LTE: Request to Reconsider the Proposed Rental Ordinance

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To: City of Marco Island Council Members After reviewing the most recent draft of the proposed Rental Ordinance 15-01, I am providing the following comments, and request that the Council seriously reconsider the scope of the proposed ordinance. The noise and nuisance problem that Council is attempting to address is limited to a small number of single family homes that are rented for less than 30 days. In addition, ordinances already exist to address noise, parking, and occupancy, and these ordinances apply to all Marco residents regardless of whether they own or rent the property they occupy. The proposed ordinance is extensive and represents unnecessary ... Read More »

LTE: J.J. Shady

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Section 4 line 68 of the proposed Rental Ordinance is not an op-out for Marco Island condos, it is not a blanket registration. In fact it is a cumbersome process with heavy expenses and additional liabilities. Condos should not be a part on the rental ordinance. J.J. Shady Marco Island Read More »

LTE: Elizabeth Moran Di Stefano

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I own a condo in the Duchess on Marco Island and I have been notified about the the proposed ordinance No. 15 and want to point out that I am totally against including condominiums in this ordinance as I feel it is unnecessary for a variety of reasons. Proposing blanket registrations for condos will place additional responsibilities on condo management to file paperwork with the City, and will require an annual City fee to the Association for the right to rent units.  This proposed new rental ordnance should not apply to condominiums, who already have their own rules in place.  Expanding this ordnance to ... Read More »

LTE: Marilyn Mancuso

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The Proposed Rental Ordinance has no valid reason to include condominiums. To protect the quiet peacefulness of single family homeowners next to or nearby home rentals, I sympathize with their concerns. However, condominiums already have their own rules and regulations that are enforced daily on owners, guests and renters. At the Royal Seafarer, there is weekday staff on duty plus nightwatchmen every evening who are very effective in keeping the peace if need be. Because of their presence there are never any serious issues. Each potential renter is required to submit a “Lease Application'” with references and other pertinent information so we always know who the renters are.   ... Read More »

LTE: Lola Sinelli

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I am upset that City Council wanted to help the home owners adjacent to transient rentals on the island, however are lumping Condos in that group. 1.  We have our own governing boards 2.  We can deal with our own loud renters 3.  Our taxes are very high and adding an additional burden on us, when it’s the home owners who have the problems with the renters, is not acceptable 4.  We don’t need redundant fire and code inspections. Please exclude Condominium owners from this enforcement. Lola Sinelli, Condo owner Read More »

LET: Michael Wagenbrenner

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All, As one who has been in the real estate business for 40+ years as both a broker and a developer, I have never heard of such an unusual ordinance. You are  asking property owners to be the first line of defense to deal with unruly tenants. If the tenant challenges the owner and things get out of control. Who is to stop them? The owner cannot evict without just cause and going to court. Marco Island has a police force on duty 24/7. They should be the 1st line controlling the noise level. The property owner should be notified ... Read More »

LTE: Richard Meadows

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MARCO ISLAND RENTAL ORDINANCE – March 2, 2015 Apparently, some members of the Marco Island City Council seem to have confused an issue that concerns short term rentals at private homes with regulated rentals at condominiums. Consequently, the City Council has drafted a proposed rental ordinance with a scope and complexity that far exceeds the regulation needed to solve the original problem. Although there may not be confirmed statistics on the number of complaints received concerning noise, litter and parking issues at some short term rental residences, many neighbors and police officers seem to agree that there is a problem. ... Read More »

LTE: Richard R Riegler

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I am writing re: the subject rental ordinance , representing the views of the Prince Condominium Association , its owners ,the Board of Directors , and our on site Manager. I serve on the Board and have been a resident for 12 years . I do not rent my unit . Our Association has a three month minimum rental policy , along with By-laws and Rules and Regulations , including enforcement provisions which address the issues stated in the proposed ordinance . Relating to the proposed Ordinance’s purposes as stated in the ‘whereas’ paragraphs , it is abundantly clear that this ... Read More »

LTE: Mary Pat Sullivan

Dear Editors, I’m sure you would like to hear how people feel about ordinance no. 15-01. I understand the City Council’s wish to pass a rental ordinance for Marco Island to eliminate the problems of renters making too much noise, parking haphazardly, and housing too many people. However, I respectfully disagree that condominiums are contributing to these problems. Condo associations have the backing of Florida statute to have rules & regulations to prevent these problems, and more importantly we have the backing of Florida statute to enforce these rules by fining the violators. Their complicated registration proposal (and having someone ... Read More »

LTE: Kimberly Hastings

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Good afternoon, As an owner of a condominium in the Merida complex at Cape Marco, I feel compelled to express frustration at the proposed Rental Ordinance that is up for it’s second reading at the City Council meeting Monday, March 16th. This ordinance is unfairly pointing the finger at all rental properties, instead of addressing the problematic ones. First, condominium rentals are not, and have never been, an issue since every single condominium has an Association that puts in place documents, by-laws, and strict rules to take care of problem renters. Our building, specifically, does not allow rentals of less than ... Read More »

LTE: Please: Mark Dorn

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Please – Just Say No To The Rental Ordinance. This is ridiculous and creates more costs, conflicts, admin burdens to the condo associations and undermines any further investment I would have living on Marco Island. – Mark Dorn, Mariner Condos Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Marco Island City Councilors: A brief observation, if I may: Is it this administration’s intention to note the departure of Nancy Richie in a non-descript manner? Environmental Specialist Richie has been the model of any organization’s ideal associate ever since the City’s incorporation. A 24/7 civil and community servant, Nancy Richie was never the standard nine-to-five robotic employee that is today’s accepted standard. Her service deserves more than a mere nod and murmured “Thanks”. Hopefully city council will, at minimum, publicly acknowledge Richie’s devotion and contributions to Marco Island…and to its environs.        Russ Colombo Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jo-B Bromley

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Sixteen years ago, I moved to Goodland. From the minute I turned the key to enter my new year-round home, I knew that I landed in a very special place in the world. Dec. 6th confirmed my feelings. A week ago, my sweet friend, Margi Fortune, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Three days later, through a few e-mails and Facebook messages, a ball started to roll. With only four days to take the field, our team was ready. Margood Harbor Park was the setting of a very successful fundraiser for Margi. I’d like to thank all the major players, you ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: PLEASE STAND UP

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This past Saturday night in the Christmas Island Style Holiday Parade, the newly formed Marco Island American Legion Post 404 Color Guard had the honor of carrying the flags of America. Three veterans carried 3 flags, one of which was the American flag. As we marched down San Marco I thought, Where are all the patriotic Americans? Why are all these people showing such disrespect towards the American flag? A few people knew what to do and they did it. They proudly stood and either saluted the American flag or put their hand over their heart. But the sad fact ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Roger T. Hernstadt, City Manager

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A prolific writer of letters to the editor has once again misstated the facts which can unfortunately mislead or bias public opinion.  The City has been consistent in explaining that the “bucket plan” was designed to accumulate money to meet the known existing needs for renewal and replacement obligations of the general fund.    This does not mean any new general fund obligations approved by the Council (by the way there have been none to date) or the utility debt which is current approximately $150 million and scheduled to be paid off in 2033.   This community needs to arrive at a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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Like most cities, Marco Island has ordinances governing where, when and how you can display political signs. Some of those rules, including Section 530-527(17), prohibit mounting political signs on vehicles, whether parked or being driven. And some of the rules prohibit political signs from being placed in the public right of way, as well as prohibiting vehicles from being parked within so many feet of any intersection, and within vacant lots without the owner’s permission. These requirements are for political fairness and equality, and for public safety and protection of property. You would think that our stalwart “captains of industry” ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island City Councilman Amadeo Petricca

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Marco Island City Councilman Amadeo Petricca: I support Victor Rios for council I approached Victor Rios to inquire if he would consider being a candidate for Marco Island City Council. After several conversations, Mr. Rios decided to be a candidate. I support his decision and formally endorse Victor Rios’ candidacy for council. He is a person of integrity; he is honest, ethical and a fiscal conservative. Mr. Rios has an engineering degree and an MBA degree. He is well-respected and known for due diligence when working on projects. He has attended 90-percent-plus council meetings over the last several years and ... Read More »