Coastal Breeze News » Letters to the Editor http://www.coastalbreezenews.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:23:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Camping at the Y Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/04/14/camping-at-the-y-keeps-youth-moving-learning-and-exploring-all-summer-long/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/04/14/camping-at-the-y-keeps-youth-moving-learning-and-exploring-all-summer-long/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:07:40 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=37971 KEEP MOVING TODAY FOR A HEALTHIER, WELL-BALANCED FAMILY TOMORROW! Did You Know- According to the New England Journal of Medicine today’s young people are not expected to outlive their parents!  This is a startling statistic and is mostly related to Youth Obesity-Type 2 Diabetes.

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. But, for some kids summer means no access to recreational and educational activities to help them learn, grow and thrive during out-of-school time. As a result, some kids can experience learning loss and gain weight twice as fast than during the school year. For parents and caregivers looking to keep kids’ minds and bodies active, the Greater Marco Family YMCA is offering summer camp to give youth an adventurous, active and healthy summer.

YMCA camp programs provide a fun and unique experience that gives children and teens the opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime.

“YMCA summer camp supports the social-emotional, cognitive development and physical well-being of kids, kids are in a welcoming environment where they can belong, build relationships, develop character and achieve – discovering their potential. We really encourage parents to give their kids the gift of camp so that every child can benefit from the experience.”

There are five reasons why children and teens should attend summer camp:

 

  1. ADVENTURE: Summer camp is all about a wide variety of fun adventures and new experiences, and especially exploring the outdoors.
  2. HEALTHY FUN: Day and Specialty camps offer fun, stimulating activities that engage the body and mind, and also help children and teens learn the importance of nutrition to help improve their healthy eating habits.
  3. PERSONAL GROWTH: While being away from the routine at home, youth have a chance to learn new skills, and develop confidence and independence by taking on new responsibilities and challenges. Camps offer cognitive learning and social-emotional development opportunities for achievement.
  4. NEW FRIENDSHIPS: Amidst the fun of camp games, songs, swimming, educational activities and talent shows, campers meet new friends and strengthen existing friendships. The relationships formed at camp are important and lasting for many youth. 
  5. MEMORIES: Summer camp is an unforgettable experience that will give each camper memories (and camp traditions) that will last a lifetime. Youth return to school with plenty of camp stories to share!

A leading nonprofit committed to nurturing the potential of youth, the Y has been a leader in providing summer camp for nearly 37 years on the island. Our YMCA continues to give youth an enriching, safe experience with caring staff and volunteers who model positive values that help build their kids’ character.

See the website for more information.  www.marcoislandymca.org

Have a Blessed and Healthy Summer

 

Lucinda “ Cindy” Love, CEO


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Letter to the Editor: Marco Island’s Master Plan http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/03/16/letter-to-the-editor-marco-islands-master-plan/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/03/16/letter-to-the-editor-marco-islands-master-plan/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:06:20 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=37192 I have been following the Marriott expansion plans intently for months now but a recent spike in Letters to the Editor opposing the plans based solely on Marco being a “residential retirement community” or “tranquil resort island” could not be further from the truth.

For the record, I enjoyed five wonderful years employed in the mid 2000′s at the Marco Island Marriott, serving as Recreation Director in my latter years. Additionally, I was the proud author of an in-depth book about our island: Marco Island, Culture & History was published in 1995.
When Deltona Corporation executives Elliott, Robert and Frank Mackle Jr. created the island’s master development plan in 1964, it would differ sharply in size, scope and philosophy compared to their other Florida developments. The bold new scenario for Marco, as outlined in Deltona’s 1964 Annual Report, could not have been clearer or more telling. It stated:
“Rather than being aimed primarily at retirees, it (Marco Island) is designed for a complete range of resort and leisure living – hotels, motels, apartments and extensive areas for homes. The company expects that as the community grows, its business and commercial life will expand too, and younger working families will comprise a sizable part of the population. However, it is expected that most of Marco Island’s growth will derive from tourist activities and from the demand for second homes for vacation, weekend and other leisure use.”
More than just a sleepy retirement locale, the brothers clearly envisioned a vibrant resort/leisure community for Marco Island with tourism paramount to its overall success. We should be so lucky to have such a forward-thinking corporate citizen here like Marriott which, for decades, has championed this vital cause far beyond just bricks and mortar.
Michael Coleman
Marco Island

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Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Our Donors from THE Nautical Flea Market http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/03/15/thank-you-to-our-donors-from-the-nautical-flea-market/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/03/15/thank-you-to-our-donors-from-the-nautical-flea-market/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 02:02:42 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=37190 Marco Island Marina Association and the Marco Island Sailing Center would like to send out a huge THANK YOU to our donors for the March 8th Nautical Flea Market at MIMA. Without the help of our silent auction donors we would not be able to raise the funds for the upcoming youth sailing program this summer.  Thank you all again for your generosity!

-  Terry Naylon, Ciao Bella Ristorante Italiano, Gino’s Trattoria, Marriott Resorts/Members Club at Marco, Hibiscus Golf Club, Island Country Club, Key West Express, Lely Resort Golf and Country Club, Marco Island Sea Excursions Inc, Marco Polo Restaurant, Paradise Seafood & Gourmet Market

Mindy Gordon, Recreation Manager
Marco Island Parks and Recreation
239-389-5032
www.cityofmarcoisland.com


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Letter to the Editor: Where are our other Councilor’s? http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/02/18/letter-to-the-editor-bill-harris/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/02/18/letter-to-the-editor-bill-harris/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 02:42:19 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=36447
I’m very glad to see that Larry Sacher has already conducted his first “Coffee with the Councilor”, with great success. More people attended that coffee than normally attend the City Council meetings, which shows that people really are interested and really do have many unanswered questions.
Now, Mister Sacher has scheduled his second town hall type meeting, to be held on April 3rd.
Councilor Larry Honig has taken a different avenue and started a website where citizens can send in questions and topics of conversation and, I assume, receive answers to those questions.
That’s two of our councilors, or about 28% of our elected officials.
WHERE ARE OUR REMAINING COUNCILOR’S ???  Why are they dragging their feet?  Why are they not also holding the town hall meetings and ensuring transparency in government as promised?
Send emails to our Councilor’s, asking that they also hold town hall meetings with question and answer sessions.
And, after more than a year in office, all the councilor’s have finally posted their bio’s on the city’s website.
Thank you,
Bill Harris

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Letter to the Editor: 2014 Independent Survey for Marco Island Voters http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/02/18/letter-to-the-editor-2014-independent-survey-for-marco-island-voters/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/02/18/letter-to-the-editor-2014-independent-survey-for-marco-island-voters/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 02:40:20 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=36445 My name is Joe Rola.

I have absolutely NO business interest on Marco except to enjoy my home and environs. I, like you, fell in love with Marco’s beach and residential charm. I am a Marco Island citizen with limited resources trying to get the word out.

Issues coming before the Planning Board and eventually Council will impact the “small tropical town character” of this island.

An immediate issue of concern is the Marriott Resort/Mass Mutual request for an amendment to the Marco Island Resort Planned Unit Development (PUD), on Collier Boulevard to expand beyond the agreement of 2001. Other similar issues to follow include a PUD request for the shopping plaza at the corner of Bald Eagle and Collier.

All these issues share a common thread that could alter the residential character forever through amendments that would alter our understanding density and increase height and intensity.

In an effort, to express the collective concerns of residents like myself, I am sending via email a survey, The 2014 Marco Island Independent Survey, to registered voters obtained through public records.

This survey is independent with no affiliation with any city or civic organization. This is my effort to obtain a census of opinion to issues that impact the residential character on this island. I ask you to complete and submit the survey. I shall compile results and provide to City Council and all respondents.

I simply need a few minutes of your time to save Marco Island as we know it today, and preserve the “small tropical town” that will be lost if we allow tax revenue to be the dominant drive to development.

If you have not received the survey and wish to participate and have your opinions heard, please contact me:

Joe Rola,

joerola@comcast.net

 

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Joe Rola


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Letter to the Editor http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/01/12/letter-to-the-editor-5/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/01/12/letter-to-the-editor-5/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 02:54:54 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=35711 We were on Marco this past week visiting some good friends and took a boat trip to Key West. On the return trip we hit some incredibly bad weather, and as a result of the jostling, my wife fell in her stateroom and broke a vertebrae in her back. As soon as we got to our friend’s dock, he called the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department for assistance. They were at the dock in less than five minutes, and although it was quite a challenge to evacuate her from the boat, they were able to do so without exacerbating her condition. She was then transported to the hospital for tests, etc.

We’ve now been to Marco Island twice, and each time we are more impressed with what a wonderful paradise it is! I would be remiss, however, if I didn’t acknowledge the professionalism and compassion demonstrated by the entire Fire Rescue Department, and in particular, Chiefs Murphy and Jones for their steady leadership in a very difficult situation.

The people of Marco Island should be proud of how well their city department responded to this emergency, and we look forward to a more peaceful visit the next time.

 

Respectfully,

Tom Mathias

Greenville, South Carolina


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/12/18/letter-to-the-editor-4/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/12/18/letter-to-the-editor-4/#comments Wed, 18 Dec 2013 15:10:07 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=35198 Re: Smallwood Store Public Hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

Dear Commissioners,

Smallwood Store and Museum is under attack again, but this time by our own county! If you vote to vacate the 100-year old road to Smallwood Store, thereby jeopardizing the continuing existence of this historic structure, you are letting your taxpayers down!

The Smallwood Store came under attack last year when Florida-Georgia Grove (FGG), a Limited Liability Partnership from Sebring, FL, bought property adjacent to the Store knowing that the deed had a public road right in the middle of it. Over one weekend, bulldozers were brought in to destroy the only road leading to the store. They also fenced it off! A lawsuit ensued, and the Judge ruled that the company must restore the road. FGG appealed this ruling and they lost again. Now, the FGG attorneys have gotten involved trying to settle with property owners for an easement, which is inadequate and only benefits FGG! If Commissioners vote “to vacate the road” you are reversing the courts ruling. More to the point you are leaving the public access to Smallwood Store in the hands of a company who has demonstrated they have no sense of history.

The modern settlement of Chokoloskee Island began in 1874. Early residents farmed, fished and caught turtles, selling surpluses in Key West. In 1906, Ted opened his famous Smallwood Store and Indian Trading Post right on the waterfront at the end of the dirt road he named for his wife. The Store served as the town’s post office for the next 68 years. Mail came by boat from Key West, Punta Gorda, Fort Myers and Everglades City – until the causeway to Chokoloskee Island was completed in 1956.

Smallwood Store & Museum has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for 39 years.

Tourists come to Everglades City and Chokoloskee to savor the flavor of old times. Visitors stay overnight, bring tourist dollars, spend money, and boost the economy of the whole area. It makes economic sense to save Smallwood Store, our tourist attraction.

Please don’t leave the fate of Mamie Street (and Smallwood Store & Museum) in the hands of FGG who destroyed the road in the first place for their own private benefit. I ask you to vote to keep Mamie Street a public road as it has been for 100 years. Hold FGG accountable for restoring the proper road as the court decreed. Resolve this issue once and for all.

Sincerely yours,

Elizabeth M. Perdichizzi

Caxambas Publishing Author, Owner
Non-fiction books
Preserving the history of SW Florida 


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: God Bless Patriotic Americans! http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/11/19/letter-to-the-editor-god-bless-patriotic-americans/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/11/19/letter-to-the-editor-god-bless-patriotic-americans/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 04:09:54 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=34690 This Veterans’ Day morning fifteen members of Flotilla 95, Marco Island’s Coast Guard Auxiliary unit, gathered in uniform at Hoot’s Restaurant for breakfast prior to attending the Veterans’ Day annual observance held at Veterans’ Park.

We follow this tradition every year.  We meet at Hoot’s and then go as a group to Veterans’ Park to honor our nation’s veterans.

This morning something very special happened. When the time came for us to pay our bill, the waitress informed us that a couple who had been sitting a few tables away from our group asked for our check and paid our bill including the tip. They asked to remain anonymous and left before we even knew what they had done.

All of us in attendance were moved by their gesture. Thank you to these people for their generousity  in honor of our veterans.

God Bless America… and God Bless patriotic Americans!

Roger M. Blau, Marco Island


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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Message of Appreciation http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/11/08/letter-to-the-editor-a-message-of-appreciation/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/11/08/letter-to-the-editor-a-message-of-appreciation/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 14:22:54 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=34462 The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation would like to send a message of appreciation to our sponsors; Mutual Of Omaha Bank , Coastal Breeze News, Marco Island Florist, Sunshine Tours and Marco Eagle for their contribution to the success of our Inaugural Jerry Adam’s Chili Cook Off and for making the event a wonderful community day. We wish to also give a big “Thank You” to the many participants; Chili Chefs, members, and community volunteers, along with Fire Chief Murphy and his great crew of First Responders. Chief Murphy in a message to our foundation said” On behalf of myself and all our personnel and the community. Thanks for a great family fun day.

If you wish to become a participant in our foundation, call Dianna, 331-0908 or Roy, 350-2667 or write Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation, PO Box 925, Marco Island, FL 34146


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR & CITY COUNCIL http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/09/06/letters-to-the-editor-city-council/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/09/06/letters-to-the-editor-city-council/#comments Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:16:04 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=33533 To the Editor

My wife and I walk around Mackle Park on a daily basis. This summer we have observed the transformation of the Park from a largely swampy and bare field to what appears to be world class playing fields. We have seen how the kids love these fields.

We are confident they will flock in even greater numbers to the new fields. Marco Island has made a bold investment in our city’s youth. My hat is off to the City Council for having the foresight and courage to appropriate the money for this. Special recognition should be given to the Parks and Recreation Department which has managed this project with professional aplomb. Young families considering a move to Marco Island will be amazed and captivated by the beauty of these fields. It is another reason to take pride in where we live.

- Barry Gwinn

 

Letter to City Council

Just read a news report about your vote to raise utility rates.

I had hoped to attend your 8/19 meeting but was out of town. And I won’t be on Marco for your next meeting.

As I understand it, you voted on an “intent” to increase rates without a final determination on the specifics — amount and distribution.

I’ve written to three council members previously and testified years ago when the matter of rate equity was first discussed. I attended many meetings where the study consultant (Burton ) demonstrated rate designs which would achieve equity amongst various user classes. The city decided, in hiring the consultant, that equity in rate making was the goal. The consultant, using utility industry accepted standards, provided very clear and specific formulas. Adjustments are needed amongst the classes. No one disagrees.

Yet, the current proposal for uniform increases perpetuates the inequities! Why? After spending $100,000 + on the consultant, and perhaps thousands of hours of Council time as well as time put in by the Utility Advisory Committee and numerous citizens who attended and spoke at meetings, Council appears to be choosing to dismiss all of this fine work and effort and is leaning towards an across the board uniform rate increase without any justification.

Indeed, if state regulation for rate matters applied to the city as it does for other private entities, the Public Service Commission would demand justification for a uniform rate increase (as well as the amount), would certainly see the inequity amongst user classes, and would insist on a rate structure which would achieve an equitable distribution of costs and the resultant revenue requirement.

And to make matters worse, it appears that Council is considering the perpetuation of this inequity for several future years, proposing uniform increases for all classes.

Why has Council decided to abandon an equitable rate making policy? Why has Council chosen, apparently, to have certain classes of customers subsidize other classes (primarily single family residences)?

Council has no justification for uniform rate increases and would be derelict in its responsibilities related to fairness for all should uniform rate increases be enacted.

I attended one Council meeting some time ago when a councilman asked the city attorney what the consequences might be should Council not adopt the rate structure found to be equitable by the consultant . The attorney suggested the city could be subject to a lawsuit. Is this the risk you intend to take?

I urge you to consider seriously what you are about to do. And the consequences on individual rate payers as well as the city. Do what you know is the right thing to do. Adopt the equitable rate structure Council had designed by its consultant.

Dick Riegler


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/08/29/letters-to-the-editor-7/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/08/29/letters-to-the-editor-7/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:00:24 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=33346 Marriott Marco Beach Resort Expansion

On Friday, August 2nd, Mr. Rick Medwedeff, General Manager of the Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort, made public the proposal for expansion of the hotel facilities at the City of Marco Island Planning Board meeting. Owning and operating a small business on Marco Island, as well as residing on Marco for over 30 years, I would like to establish my full support and address several issues of the hotel’s proposed expansion.

To begin, the benefits of additional rooms as well as expanded meeting space to enhance business during the shoulder and off-season months is clearly evident. The positive impact of the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort to the community is simple. It is greatly due to the Marriott’s success, that we have been able to support a variety of businesses to thrive on Marco Island. Remembering, these are the businesses that visitors and residents alike frequent. Without the Marriott’s success many businesses would not be able to survive the shoulder and off-season months. Generating additional visitors during these off-season months would be most welcome by all businesses. Currently, a large number of businesses must close during summer and early fall due to the lack of visitors and seasonal residents on the island.

It has been publicized that some have taken an opposing position before the public presentation occurred. As a full time, informed resident, I would encourage all my fellow seasonal and full-time islanders to carefully review the particulars to the Marriott’s proposed expansion before voicing an opinion. It is only through accurate information and mutual communication that one can fully evaluate and come to an “informed position” on this proposal.

The Marriott has always held to the highest standards we all expect from this premier property. Not once has the Marriott Corporation ever chosen an endeavor that has been to the detriment of the island. It has also been my personal experience to enjoy many improvements and facilities the Marriott offers. Many of my fellow islanders and I have frequented Quinn’s on the Beach, Tropics buffet breakfast, Kurrents Restaurant, Koral’s Sushi Bar, and the beautiful Balinese Spa. These facilities are open to the public, and are fully enjoyed by all who experience them. They are just a few examples of enhancements the Marriott has chosen to create and have done so quite successfully.

Additionally, the tax base generated through the Marco Island Marriott is extremely beneficial. Let us also remember that the Marriott has always been a supportive partner to the Marco Island community. The Marriott has partnered with the community through its support of the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Marco Island Academy, the Marco Island YMCA, the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Events, the Marco Island Beach Renourishment Project, as well as the Harry Chapin Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity and the Marco Island Chapter of The American Cancer Society. The list is endless.

Therefore, for those of you in need of information please reach out to the Marco Island Marriott’s executives requesting an accurate report of their proposal. For those of you who are in support of this proposal: let your voices be heard, as this is not the time to remain silent.

Respectively submitted,
- Sandy S. Franchino

 

Pedestrian Safety

As a former member of Marco’s Planning Board for 7 years and Chairman thereof for 3 years, I have noted with interest the Marriott’s latest expansion plan.

During my tenure on the Board, we reviewed several prior Marriott plans that were approved by Council as submitted despite the Board’s expressed concerns regarding customer, employee and subcontractor walking traffic crossing Collier Blvd. and the affect it would have. We were very concerned about safety for those crossing the road and the potential liability for drivers.

I believe that, with the latest proposed expansion of parking and a new parking deck, the City should require Marriott to provide one or more pedestrian overpasses from the 2nd level of the new facility on the East side to the West side and resort. I note that the Marriott states they will provide valet parking for all its arriving customers, but no mention is made of employee, subcontractor, and departing guest pedestrian traffic. As a reminder, when the Esplanade development plan was introduced/approved they were required to provide valet parking and that never materialized.

Marco property owners should insist on pedestrian overpasses as one of the conditions for approval of the new Marriott plan.

- Everett H. Van Hoesen, Naples, FL


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: “For your kind consideration” & “Be Practical!” http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/08/11/letters-to-the-editor-for-your-kind-consideration-be-practical/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/08/11/letters-to-the-editor-for-your-kind-consideration-be-practical/#comments Sun, 11 Aug 2013 20:40:45 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=33147 For your kind consideration

We feel this is the right time for the City Council to impose a spending moratorium on large projects on the island until the tremendous debt imposed by the water company purchase and sewer construction projects is absorbed. We believe now is NOT the time to add more debt for projects that are not critical. We also believe the city needs to learn how to preform “due diligence” on its projects.

Due Diligence, it is used to investigate and evaluate. It spurs investigation in all relevant aspects of past, present, and the predictable future. It translates into basic common sense, such as using help from knowledgeable people, through research and doing the appropriate homework.

We now know that due diligence was not performed on either the water company purchase or the sewer system. The proof is in the debt and the fact that we still do not know the cost of fixing the underground systems.

We are now hearing about new large projects that don’t appear to have had the appropriate due diligence. We have already spent $2,000,000 on the Smokehouse Bay Bridge (SHBB) and still do not have the answers If we were putting the bridge out for bids, why are there so many questions? Some as basic as, should it be built now? Why not ban vehicles, with a gross weight of greater than 10,000 lbs, from crossing the bridge until due diligence is completed, perhaps for five years? Those vehicles can use the entry from Route 92 and San Marco Rd to eliminate the need to cross the SHBB and use Route 951 for deliveries before the bridge. Or use Route 951 to Bald Eagle to San Marco Rd. The 80% condition and the relief of the heavy weight vehicles should allow sufficient time for due diligence.

We believe that the spending of $450,000 for the Fire Department and $2.2 million for Mackle Park enhancement, as well as other large projects, can be put off while the city absorbs the already heavy debt.

We would like to recommend the City Council establish a FIVE YEAR MORATORIUM on spending for high priced projects and use the money to reduce the debt. This would give the city time to complete due diligence on any of the problems that the water and sewer systems, as well as the new projects that are under current consideration.

Between the three of us, Jack Markel, retired from American Water Works Company after over 37 years in the water industry, managing utilities having a capacity of up to 105 million gallons; Peter Clapp, owned and managed a structural steel fabrication company and a specialty equipped sheet metal plant after retiring from senior management of large corporations; and Richard Kaelin, retired Vice President of a large corporation in Illinois that purchased several companies after using due diligence.

Thank you and with respect,

- Jack Markel, 13 yr Marco home owner and 26 yr Marco land owner

- Peter Clapp, 17 yr Marco homeowner

- Richard Kaelin, a 15 yr Marco homeowner

 

Be Practical!

In reading a letter to the editor by Ms. Fay Biles, magnificent leader of the Marco Taxpayers Association about the building department of the city in reference to two different families who complained about the poor inspections during the construction of their homes.

Each county has a building code which is required by the state. Each project requires a building permit in its location. The above families, I assume hired an architect and engineer to design and prepare documents for a building permit to build their homes. The city reviews the documents to make sure that they follow the codes. During construction, the building department follows a standard procedure during that phase, for which they pay a fee for the permit to build.

The architect and engineer should be hired to include monitoring in the construction phase to assure that the building is being built in accordance with the construction documents they prepared. I am not familiar with these two homes, but to assure compliance to the owners’ desire, monitoring by the professionals should be done. We can’t expect the city inspectors to do all of that.

I, as a local architect, request that monitoring be a part of the agreement with the owner. I’m not expecting the city to do my job. I have always had good feelings working with the contractor, the city and most important, the owner.

- Herbert Rosser Savage, AIA

  Marco Island


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/07/18/letters-to-the-editor-6/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/07/18/letters-to-the-editor-6/#comments Thu, 18 Jul 2013 14:08:49 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=32821 Sign the Petition: Save Marco Golf and Garden

While MICA is a respected Association of Marco Island, many Islanders are disgruntled with MICA’s legal action to close Marco Golf and Garden. Many of these residents are MICA members!!

Sign the petition, let MICA know that you are unhappy with their action… Ask that they allow Marco Golf and Gardens to re-open. Petition information/locations…. e-mail vbingle@naples.net

Respectfully submitted

Virginia Bingle of Marco Island

 

Thanks for your support

First and foremost, we want to thank everyone for the great support that we have received from the community, including from many individual members of MICA. Second, we take great pride in having created a botanical garden special to our island. Third, we take great comfort having made people of all ages happy playing miniature golf.

We respect the trial court but are proceeding to ask it to reconsider its ruling. If it does not, the ruling will be immediately appealed. During this time of review, we are seeking a stay which would stop the course from being destroyed and the gardens leveled.

While we are obviously more than disappointed with the court’s ruling, an immediate appeal will hasten the appellate court’s review of the two underlying issues effecting the entire island community. First, we maintain that the Deltona deed restrictions were extinguished years ago and MICA has no right to try to enforce them. Second, despite having collected possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars, MICA has never had the right to charge any fees to any property owner for its architectual approval.

As to our miniature golf course, it will reopen. The only question is when. Thank you again for your support.

Marco Golf and Garden

Sadness in my heart

There is great sadness in my heart that MICA has forced Marco Golf and Garden to lock their gates and close the window to their pro shop. As the senior bartender at Sasso’s, the restaurant located adjacent to this mini-golf, I have seen first hand the fun and heard the joyful voices of the families, couples and groups of seniors who have enjoyed playing the well appointed and designed course. A great example of how well appointed this venue is, it was awarded the “Marco In Bloom” 2013 Winter Commercial Property.

However, I am expressing a concern from another perspective. Having owned a marketing, advertising and graphic design business in a resort area of Vermont before moving to “paradise,” Marco Island is losing a great marketing opportunity. The challenge in a resort area has always been what a community can offer during the off-season. Marco Island has that opportunity of marketing itself a family-friendly destination. Families vacation when the school year ends. July and August are typically a soft time for businesses here. These families will need to make reservations at our hotels, rent condos, shop at boutiques and beach shops, dine out or buy groceries from our markets. Marco Golf and Garden is a step towards becoming a year-round destination.

Marco Island is home to many year-round families as evidenced by the new charter high school. Aside from the tourist impact, the buzz at the bar at Sasso’s is from our year-round locals who remember the putt-putt of years ago. They were excited that mini-golf was finally back!

MICA please, turn your tunnel vision into a wider view.

Jo-B Bromley of Goodland


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photo by NATALIE STROM

Many thanks to all who came out on Saturday to give the Marco Island Center for the Arts its wonderful new look.

Dave Rice who chaired and brought this project to fruition is to be congratulated. Florida Paint Center Inc. donated much of the paint. Publix saw that innumerable workers were never hungry.

And to Executive Director Lynn Holley, our staff, those who contributed and the painters, many experienced and many who had never before thought about painting a building, your gifts of time and enthusiasm will be remembered with gratitude.

 

Sincerely,
Rosemary Wick
President, Board of Directors
Marco Island Center for the Arts


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Letters to the Editor http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/05/23/letters-to-the-editor-5/ http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2013/05/23/letters-to-the-editor-5/#comments Thu, 23 May 2013 15:14:07 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=31865 The Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation would like to thank our sponsors, volunteers and the Island community for their contributions in making our April Pancake Breakfast a huge success. Thank you to Coastal Breeze News, Cocomos, Pyramid AmSan, Marco Eagle and Mutual of Omaha Bank for their support. And a very heartfelt thank you to all of our Fire Fighters and EMT’s who assisted that day. Their commitment to our community is why the Foundation was created. Hope to see you all in November.

Dianna Dohm, President

 

I see the Kmart at the junction of Rts. 41 and 951 is still empty, Wouldn’t it be nice if someone put a bowling alley in that spot? It would be a wonderful place for families to go for some fun.

We used to have a bowling alley near us in NJ that had children’s, women’s, mixed and adult leagues. They ran birthday parties for children and family fun nights for couples; there was a concession stand for food and drinks and a bar for adult beverages. There were no video games so it did not become a hangout for teenagers.

It is a shame that space remains empty. A bowling alley in that location would be great for the families in Marco and Naples.

By Arlene Coff

 


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