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Letter to the Editor: Nancy and Dusty Rhodes

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On November 4th we will have the opportunity, as registered voters on Marco Island, to vote for a highly qualified local leader to be a new member of our City Council. Litha Berger has been a community-service volunteer here on Marco for years, chairing the Marco Island Newcomers’ Club, serving on the board of the Marco Island Taxpayers Association, and is currently on the City Parks and Recreation Committee. The business leadership experience Litha Berger will bring to City Council will be invaluable.  Her common-sense approach and concern for Marco Island and its residents will be foremost. Please join us ... Read More »

To the Editor: Bill Harris

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To the Editor: Often, as election time nears, we wonder who we should vote for. This year’s election includes the selection of three Councilors for the City of Marco Island. As a Marco Island full time resident who frequently attends City Council meetings, I always find that Victor Rios, who is currently running for City Council, is always in attendance. He shows detailed knowledge of city issues and his comments are not only informative, but show that he has carefully studied the issues that concern many of us. Victor supports a “balanced growth for Marco Island, so that our wonderful ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bruce W. Novark, M.D.

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I am writing this letter in support of Victor Rios, candidate for our Marco Island City Council. I  know Victor to be an honest & trustworthy hard working citizen.  He is fiscally knowledgeable, responsible, and is committed to making sure the City spends our tax money for programs we “Need to Have”—not on those “Nice to Have”. He has attended a high percent of City Council meetings, paying attention & commenting based on facts. I believe he will listen to us, the tax-payers, & will work hard with others to ensure our taxes are spent wisely & efficiently. I believe Mr. Rios will be an asset to our City. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: James & Joanne Funk

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To the Editor: My wife and I moved to Marco Island 15 years ago to enjoy this wonderful paradise. As voters, we have the opportunity to vote for a candidate who over the past ten years has been a key advocate for keeping our beaches pristine and intact, while preserving our precious wildlife for the enjoyment of future generations. That candidate is Victor Rios for the office of City Council. During the ten years we have known him, he has demonstrated his continued dedication to community and a willingness to help others. This is easily verified by looking at his ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Patricia Sattan

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To the Editor: I would like to share with my fellow voters of Marco Island that I am extremely happy that Victor Rios, whom I have known for a long time, decided to run for City Council of Marco Island. It is great to have choices and my number one choice for Marco Island City Council is Victor Rios. Victor has always shown his willingness to help others. Neighbors and friends seek him out for advice and appreciate hisleadership and community service. As a retired teacher, I appreciate Victor’s strong financial and managerial skills and his ability to understand and explain issues that affect us all. He has attended MI City Council meetings, which better helps him understand what our city needs. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Sherri Wolfe

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To the Editor: The City of Marco island voters need to vote for candidate Victor Rios. Mr. Rios is a very dedicated person whom I have known and worked with for several years. He is very honest and ethical and always fulfills his promises. He wants for Marco Island to continue being the “piece of Paradise that I and all other residents of Marco Island moved here for. For years he has volunteered to make sure that our beaches and wildlife are taken care of.  He believes in a balanced approach to Marco Island’s growth. I know he will serve ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Victor Rios

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My name is Victor Rios, and I am a candidate for Marco Island City Council. This past weekend the Eye on Marco newsletter published falsehoods impuning me. This newsletter is written by the “8th member” of City Council (only 7 are elected), Bill McMullan, who is attempting to manipulate the residents of Marco Island.  Mr. McMullan claims that the Eye on Marco doesn’t endorse candidates, but of course he does everything just short of that. The facts are just the opposite of what Mr. McMullan stated.  3 days after announcing my candidacy he sent me an e-mail  telling me not to run.  He called me repeatedly and sent me emails asking ... Read More »

A Modern Fairy Tale by Virginia Colwell Read

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Once upon a time in the fair land of Paradise, the matter of a new bridge on a well-traveled thoroughfare was brought before the ruling oligarchy. The vested body agreed on the need for a new bridge. They consulted with engineers, architects, and designers form many far-away lands. Paradise should have a magnificent bridge with fancy underpinnings to replace the old, worn-out bridge. A grandiose bridge was not what the people of the realm had in mind. They thought a new bridge would be fine as long as its design was realistic and there were shells in the treasury to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Litha S. Berger

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So why am I running for City Council? To begin, I have been on the Island since 1992 and full time since 2009.  My husband Jim and I both worked on the east coast and for twenty years and came to the Island on weekends.  We started with a small condo on Smokehouse Bay, sold the condo in 2001 and bought a house knowing we would live here to begin a second career for both of us. I enjoyed a wonderful career as executive staff for several companies in geriatric care services from nursing homes, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s Dementia ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank R. Recker

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Gentlemen: To be very candid, the ‘Eagle Sanctuary’ is and was a ruse by the neighborhood residents to prevent the charter high school from locating there. The former school board superintendent sabotaged those supporting the charter high school by signing a lease with the, suddenly passionate, neighborhood bird lovers.  It was a travesty by the board of education in concert with the self serving residents living in the area of Tract K. Deltona clearly intended tract K to be used for a school on Marco. People have no shame.  The ‘sanctuary’ is obviously supported by those who have the gall ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Reckel

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I read your article about PRAC with great interest. I am 75 years old and have benn a Marco resident for 14 years. My family immigrated from behind the Iron Curtain in 1950. I have lived and written my personal biography about living the American Dream. What I see today is De Ja Vu about life in a socialist/communist country. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seem to remember that somewhere between 16.5 to 17.2 of our working population ( tongue in cheek) work for some form of government. What I see happening here is another form of government ... Read More »

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 »