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Letter to the Editor: Letter to Fire Chief Mike Murphy

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Dear Chief Murphy, Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I am a writer for the Coastal Breeze News and have written 6 articles on the plight of Goodland Road since last November. I went down to the road during the height of each of the five daytime floodings and took photos. None of these floodings was the result of a hurricane. Only one was related to a tropical storm which passed way off shore and was entering the panhandle bend, far to the north when the flooding occurred. Until Sunday June, 5th, I had never witnessed your EMS vehicles trying ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael McComas

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After more than 25 years helping young men overcome a troubled past, the Department of Juvenile Justice has chosen to cease operations at AMIkids Big Cypress. We, the current members of the Board of Trustees, want to thank all those organizations and individuals who have contributed their time and resources to this effort. The individuals are too numerous to mention by name, but please know that our sincere thanks go out to each and every one of you. Michael McComas AMIkids Big Cypress Board of Trustees Ellen Vanderburg – Chairman Denise Murphy – Vice Chairman Joe Paterno Arlene Austin Patrick ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman for Marco City Council

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After much thought, I have decided to run for the Marco Island City Council. I have lived on the island for 14 years, retiring here after a successful 26-year career in the U.S. Army. As veterans know, my military career hardwired leadership, integrity and service in me. Since my arrival on Marco Island, I have stepped up to contribute to our community. In 2002, when our young city had difficulty getting people for the Planning Board, I volunteered and was ultimately appointed to serve twice, from 2004 – 2006 and 2013 – present. Additionally, I have served on several other ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Droning on Agai

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Please, not another LTE from Councilor Rios “droning “on again about Veterans’ Community Park! You must think that you are a crusader for all Marco Island citizens with your constant LTE’s and the television news blurb airing of all your disagreements.   You are not.  You are embarrassing. Please learn to work with City Council, Gerard Baio Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ian D. Small

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My wife and I are English and since our retirement we have been lucky enough to spend our last fifteen winters on Marco Island. Can you imagine yourself happy with a situation where the USA was a member of an “American Union”, comprising Canada, U.S.A., Mexico, seven countries in Central America and twelve countries in South America? The government of the Union would be based in, say, Equador and would have authority to pass laws which the US Congress had no option but to accept. The Court of Justice , based in Honduras, would have precedence over your Supreme Court. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

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As many of you know I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. The overarching theme of the campaign has been to unite Marco Island. For too long our city has been divided up, often times pitting neighbor against neighbor, for short-term political gain. I am running for City Council to represent our entire island community. I am an independent-thinker and I’ve pledged to listen to our citizens on the issues not just throughout the campaign but over the next four years. To that end, since I have announced my campaign I have had the pleasure of meeting with ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Future of Our Parks

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Dearest Members of Our Community, It has been quite a while since I’ve written something for publication in our local news media, but some recent events have left me compelled to do so in the hopes of helping people understand in its entirety an issue which has come before our city councilors. As a Member of PRAC, I have had the honor of participating in an extensive discussion regarding one of our city’s most valuable features: Veterans Community Park. As a committee, PRAC has spent hundreds of hours visiting local groups, holding workshops, and reviewing surveys within our home town ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Soapfest Charity Weekend

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To all of you who volunteer at “Soapfest”, I’d like to say, “Thanks”. Year after year, my roommate, Frankie Bianca and I travel to Marco Island for a weekend of outstanding events. It’s the hightlight of our year! You see, we’re two of the special needs kids who begin the weekend on Saturday morning, painting with the stars.  It’s so much fun, sitting at a table with one of the “soap stars” and painting a picture with them. They are terrific people; can you imagine they travel from Los Angeles or New York just to be with us. I think they ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor Letter to the Editor: Response to Swiacki Addresses Goodland Road

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Dr. Swiacki, I understand you are running for City Council and as such I read, with great interest, your Letter to the Editor regarding Goodland Road. I have to offer many corrections to the assertions you have made, and I hope you take these corrections in the spirit of getting a better understanding of the facts. I am a native son of Collier County – going back to 1963. I am also a professional civil engineer with 25 years of experience in the state of Florida; having owned a civil engineering and land surveying company that has continuing engineering and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Swiacki Addresses Goodland Road

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At the June 6th Marco Island City Council Meeting, our Council discussed how to respond to Collier County Commission Chair, Donna Fiala’s May 25, 2016 letter. The letter requested that the City of Marco agree to escrow $2 million in County money owed to Marco Island for road maintenance. It also requested a renegotiation of the 2002 Inter-local Agreement. In that agreement, Collier County agreed to pay the City $1 million a year for 15 years. In exchange the City agreed to MAINTAIN all the roads in the City and take ownership of Collier Blvd, San Marco Rd, and Goodland ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: From Victor Rios re. Marco Island Veterans’ Park

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Several months ago, the issue of Veterans Park came to the forefront when plans were put forward by MI City Manager and others, to build a multipurpose building in Veterans’ Park with the guise that there would be a facility for Veterans. Veterans were the “Hook” to get $2.5 million from the Florida legislators, then requiring the City to borrow another $5 million and further increasing the city debt. This fell apart quickly after every Veteran organization in the island objected to having their name associated with a structure that was going to do very little for Veterans. At the time, I wrote a Guest Commentary objecting to the process. There ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Community Park Counterpoint

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Mr. Rios, the name of the park is Veterans’ COMMUNITY Park, NOT Veterans’ Park. The Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) Board of Directors would like to remind you that it was the community that purchased this parkland, and 18 community members created a Master Plan for community use. A portion of the park was then designated for a Veterans’ Memorial. The MICA survey offered one, broad question, regarding development of the park. In the MIPO Board’s opinion, the absence of specificity left the respondent’s imagination to wide open speculation and fear as to what might be developed on the property ... Read More »

Letter to the editor

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To the Editor: On Monday at Veteran’s Park on Marco Is., the Marco Island Strummers were asked to play patriotic music for the Veteran’s Day Celebration as they do every year. This year we parked a long way from where we were to set up. I would like to express my sincere thank you to the kind helpful fire rescue and police force. We had allot of heavy equipment to get out of our car to use to play music for this event. The crew of kind considerate men saw this and offered their assistance. It was so very much ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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Letter to the Editor, June 1, 2016 This letter is in response to the Naples Daily News Editorial on June 1, 2016 regarding improving inter-government communication.  I am running for City Council on Marco Island and this is one of my main campaign issues.  It is imperative that Marco Island has an improved working relationship with the Collier County Board of Commissioners because without one, Marco Island essentially has “taxation without representation”.  Demographically, geographically and monetarily, in terms of taxes, Marco Island is almost identical to the City of Naples.  Yet, so frequently Marco Island is an afterthought. Marco Island ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Howard Reed Announces Candidacy for City Council

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I am Howard Reed and today I announce my candidacy for the Marco Island City Council. My wife and I have been Marco Island residents since 2005. I have been a frequent speaker at City Council meetings. Last year I had the privilege of sharing a leadership role in the citizens’ petition to repeal the destructive and divisive rental ordinance. Many of Marco’s citizens have encouraged me to run for the City Council because they agree with the values that I will champion if elected. These values include: – Protection and improvement of property rights and values – Preservation of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Traffic Signal Collier/Bayside Area

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I ask council to take a close look at a tentative decision to locate the proposed stoplight at Saturn. Let’s go back to the beginning. The primary need for a light is to provide safe access to traffic traveling North on Collier from the Bayside area. Traffic from and to the area from the South is expeditiously handled now and will continue to be handled by easy access from Seaview Ct., Saturn and Collier. This needs no change. • The sketch of the Saturn concept provides some interesting facts. For openers, the Saturns do not line up. It will be ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Gerard Baio

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What’s Good for the Goose… In March of 2015, a councilor called the Marco Island Police to report violations of excessive noise, disturbance of the peace, and excessive occupancy occurring at a nearby house to which the police responded. Because these disturbing violations continued, the councilor then called the police chief for relief and to restore reasonable peace and quiet. As a result, Councilor Victor Rios made a huge ordeal on how that councilor “abused his position as a councilor” by calling the Police Chief and directing orders to resolve the problems. Last month, Councilor Rios called the Police Chief ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Jerry Swiacki

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On March 21, 2016, I came before City Council as Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee to report on our findings regarding the development of Veterans Community Park. Under the direction of City Council, our committee was instructed to receive citizen input regarding further development of the park. This issue had been an agenda item for PRAC since February 2015 and continues to remain on the agenda. At every meeting citizens were asked for their input regarding their concerns and desires. For the past eight months, there has been considerable outreach by PRAC to several civic organizations and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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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 »

Letter to the Editor

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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 »