Letters & Guest Commentaries

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 […]

Letters to the Editor: Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results! As a former City Councilor who chose not to seek reelection, I have purposely not made any comments regarding the current Council. That said, and having been involved in a City Manager search, I do not envy what this Council has to go through, however having listened to […]

Letters to the Editor: Entitlements

Entitlements The word, ENTITLEMENT, has been raised high on the flagpole as benefits of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. According to the new federal administration, these benefits spend too much money of the Government budget and must be reformed. Fewer benefits, the more money saved, so goes the theory. This took me to the dictionary to find a true meaning […]


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