Letters & Guest Commentaries

Letter to the Editor: Response to Butcher and Honig

Recently Tabatha Butcher (Collier County EMS) praised the quality and service given to Marco Island by Collier County EMS. She does not mention the Marco Island Fire/Rescue Department. Marco emergency personnel are certified and provide the same level of care as Collier EMS. When Marco EMS works with Collier EMS on county ambulances, they are able to give certain lifesaving […]

Letter to the Editor: Thank You to All Veterans

Special Message from Congressman Francis Rooney

It is an honor to be given an opportunity to say thank you to the veterans and active duty service members that protect and defend our great nation. Veterans Day is dedicated to American veterans of all wars. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations […]

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island’s Legislative Priorities


I was the city’s spokesperson when Marco Island requested help with five top priorities from our state legislative delegation – Sen. Passidomo and Reps. Rommel and Donalds. Marco Island was allotted more time than any other group. Our state officials listened carefully and asked excellent questions. Vice Chair Grifoni joined me at the podium to respond to many questions about […]

Letter to the Editor: A Failure to Perform a Vital Duty


The single most important duty an elected city councilor has is to assure that the city has evaluated and hired the best possible candidate for its city manager – its chief operating officer. After an extensive and costly executive search process, the city’s search firm presented the city council on October 11 with seven candidates for council to debate and […]

Letter to the Editor: Disappointed


Councilors Reed, Batte and Brown wanted to have our current Interim City Manager, Gill Polanco, given equal consideration for our City Manger position along with the candidates provided by our search consultant. And, even the search consultant felt Mr. Polanco was a viable candidate. But, the majority of City Council decided to follow procedure and decided not to do so […]

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Councilor Jared Grifoni


Councilor Jared Grifoni: You strike me as a bright, young, ambitious lawyer-turned-politician. However, your guest commentary demanding citizen support for replacing the current County’s ambulance service with a similar City-owned service, (COCPN- Support the city’s efforts. 20 October 2017) is worrisome in that you focused more on insinuations and emotion rather than on informative, substantiated pro AND con facts. The […]

Letter to the Editor: Selection of City Manager


I recently had the opportunity to review a one minute and 30 sec. clip from the October 18th special council meeting of the Marco Island city council. The council members were to review the finalist resumes for a city manager. Two members, councilmen Brown and Batte did not participate. One stating he did not have time to review the resume the other, although […]

Letter to the Editor: Gopher Tortoises Entombed at 1851 San Marco Road


“In Florida, under Chapter 68A-27 of the Florida Administrative Code, both the tortoise and its burrow are protected under state law. Gopher tortoises must be relocated before any land clearing or development takes place, and property owners must obtain permits from the FWC before capturing and relocating tortoises.” Entombment is a nasty way to die. On October 9, 2017, the resident gopher tortoises of 1851 San […]

Letters to the Editor: Regarding Donna Fiala’s Coastal Comments

I was both shocked and dismayed to read Donna Fiala’s Coastal Comments “…we are hearing more of an outcry from the public about too much building going on and the commissioners must stop it. BUT, the attorneys for the landowners are standing there with lawsuits in their hand”….”you’d better believe our rules were WRITTEN by attorneys so that we can […]

Letters to the Editor: Question

Question: Suppose you were of some means and hired an employment agency to find a highly qualified chauffer for your family.  Suppose further that the agency provided two applicants for your consideration. One of them suddenly withdrew without explanation.  The other applicant had to be rejected because he had never driven an automobile but was willing and able to learn […]


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