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Letter to the Editor: Kevin Dohm

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Editor: First and foremost allow me to congratulate and thank the Marco Island City Council for finally locating and hiring a city manager with the requisite knowledge and experience to effectively help our temporary elected officials govern wisely. Mr. Hernstadt’s impressive credentials and professionalism will hopefully bring stability and consistency to our island and its political process. The days when city council members could shy away from making the difficult decisions or blame their actions on a lack of knowledgeable information have come to an abrupt halt. I can see why a couple of the current council members (Rios and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: A SOLUTION IN SEARCH OF A PROBLEM.

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What is the issue?  The Marco Island City Council erred in advancing and adopting an overly broad, burdensome and unnecessary Rental Ordinance. It affects thousands of Island property owners. It has absolutely nothing to do with the initial problems identified. This complex new regulatory system will impose recurring fees, inspections and new fines for violations. It affects not only problematic 1 to 2 week vacation rentals of single family homes in residential neighborhoods, but any rental property (or any offer to rent any single family home or condominium) on Marco Island for any period of less than one year. We ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael & Barbara Kurko

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5/13/15 To the Editor,   We wanted to express our appreciation to the four Marco City Council members who last week approved the short-term rental ordinance. This will do so much to preserve the quality of life and bring some order to the rush to profit from the commercialization of our neighborhoods.   The ordinance gives us hope that we and other permanent residents will be able to enjoy our homes relatively free of the disturbance and disruption caused by short-term rentals. It is a good balance between protecting the neighborhoods and, at the same time, being minimally burdensome to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Lee Henderson

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Letter To the Editor I am commenting on the article published in the Marco Eagle on Friday, 15 May titled, Petition Filed, that is being circulated and pertains to the newly passed Marco Island Rental ordnance. The sub headline says “Citizens Group Initiates Effort to Derail Cities Rental Ordinance”.  What the article failed to say is this is not a “Citizens Group” but rather it is a special interest group of realtors and home rental companies. This is a big business special interest group trying at its best to control Marco Island City Council and govern property owners, Condos and single family homes alike. They have ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Humana Agency

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The Marco Island VFW Post 6370 asks your help for homeless veterans of Collier County. We have joined the Humana agency in collecting toiletry articles for distribution to these veterans. These products include toiletries such as shaving gear, lotions, personal hygiene items, etc. All homes have items in the bath that have been there for eons, such as hotel supplies not used. These hotel individual items would be prized by our homeless veterans. Also any personal items on the list that have not been opened are wanted for this collection, as you can see on the enclosed brochure. The Humana ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island

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To Residents and Property Owners of Marco Island Last Friday night I and my family attended a wonderful affair at the Marriott Marco Beach Hotel celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Marco Island. The hosts and speakers at the event went overboard honoring the role of The Mackle Brothers and Deltona Corporation in the founding of modern Marco Island. The MackIe Brothers (my father and uncles) would have been very pleased. I was overwhelmed. Several weeks before the event, I was asked to speak but declined due to poor health. After it was over I greatly regretted that. Nevertheless, when asked, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: April 6th Meeting Agenda Item

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An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items in public. Hence, a councilor’s only opportunity to talk to one another is at a public meeting. Once the hour and half of public comment was over, I was recognized by the Chair to speak. For some reason the audience ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Fireworks

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Dear Business Owners and Island Residents, As a community, we are moving forward with plans for the 2015 Independence Day Celebration on Marco Island to take place on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The purpose of this letter is to ask for your help in sustaining the level and quality of this year’s fireworks display, which is such an important part of our American cultural tradition. The Marco Island City Council contributes $21,000 in funding (one half of the total cost) for this very important community event.  The remainder of the funds must be raised from business and resident donations.  I am asking you ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kenneth E. Honecker

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An agenda item on the May 4th council meeting was a second reading of a transient rental housing ordinance, which I had voted against on the April 6th meeting. Ninety minutes of public comment was taken. Once public comment was closed it was time for council to discuss the motion at hand. Florida Sunshine law requires discussing all business items in public. Hence, a councilor’s only opportunity to talk to one another is at a public meeting. Once the hour and half of public comment was over, I was recognized by the Chair to speak. For some reason the audience ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Suzanne Piro

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Gentlemen, Thank you all for your commitment to Marco Island and enduring an entire day’s and evening session toward giving our citizens the best possible place to live in the country.  You all do a thankless job with little compensation and many headaches Thank you, especially, for two forward moving venues: water rates and the rental ordinance.  In terms of the water rate structure, I am pleased that you are finally moving in a positive direction.  It made little sense to going backward to a Water Rate Utility Board/Committee….has they say been there done that…. The water rates need to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Gerald Swiacki

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Responsibility.  Accountability.  Safety.  Equality.  These are the issues regarding the rental ordinance.   After much debate over several months in public, at the Planning Advisory Board and as City Council Meetings the members of City Council passed a comprehensive ordinance regarding rental properties.  Without this ordinance property owners could not be identified because they did not have to register.  Any problems with that property from short term renters regarding noise, occupancy and safety issues could not be addressed because the responsible person could not be found. Condo owners needed to be included.  They should not be treated separately from home owners.  ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Linda J. Turner

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The Marco Island Property Owners, (MIPO), Board of Directors thanks Council Chairman Larry Sacher and Councilors Batte, Honecker and Petricca for voting in favor of the Rental Ordinance. MIPO thanks all councilors for devoting many hours of service. Most Marco Island property owners worked many years to save their hard earned dollars so that they could afford to live on this beautiful island expecting a reasonable quality of life.   In time, many of these property owners witnessed their neighborhood transform from a friendly residential community to a rental/hotel business next door with new customers arriving every week. The Rental Ordinance ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Robert Nead

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Dear Council Members: As Manager of Cozumel Condominium at Cape Marco I would like to present our strong opposition to the proposed Rental Ordinance. Cozumel Condominium requires rentals to be minimum of 90 days which instills a sense of ownership in our renters; many of whom return year after year and have never been a problem. Also most condominiums on Marco Island have in house management companies to handle any problems that might occur day to day. Also, most of our owners who rent their homes use the services of rental agencies on the island which do a great job ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr Wm. & Kimberly Harris

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Once again the city of Marco Committee Members are trying to penalize those of is that own property & do properly maintain their property & inform our renters of the ordinances of the City of Marco. There are a few individuals that do not inform their renters of these ordinances & do not properly maintain their property.  For this they are going to make us all suffer their consequence. Thus they are going to make all of us owners pay more.  Causing us to increase our rental fees.  This will only deter people from coming to Marco to rent. Causing ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael Memoli

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Dear Council Member I am writing you to express my concerns with the Marco Island Rental Ordinance, currently before the City Council, which would include condominiums in the new regulations. I am an owner of a condominium on Marco Island and believe this ordinance will have negative, far reaching effects on the City of Marco Island and its property owners by reducing the size of the available rental market, reducing the influx of visitors, decreasing the seasonal dollars spent, increasing property owners liability exposure, and increasing work for Boards and Property Management. I strongly encourage the City Council to exclude ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rod Thole

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It’s a Matter of Trust. With the outbreak of emails, and letters again being sent to Marco Island City Councilors, on “reconsideration” of the rental ordinance, it becomes abundantly clear that the Council is again breaking trust with the electorate. The matter of exempting condominiums was debated over many months. Deliberations occurred with considerable input of the citizenry. Condominium owners wrote letters and emails, they appeared at City Council meetings to plead their case, and they met with individual Councilors to explain why including condominiums was poor public policy. Now all of that citizen involvement and input, and the decision ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank Lenzi

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Re: The Marco Island proposed Rental Ordinance Reconsideration Apples, Oranges, Lions and Tigers and Bears. What do they have in common? Everything, according to a few Marco Island City Councilors that are proposing to once again reconsider Condominiums in the proposed rental ordinance. Single family detached homes and Multi unit Condominiums. These are two different animals! 1) Condominiums have rules and regulations that effectively address, renter, guest and owner problems coupled with strong management that actively enforces those rules. Single family homes have no such requirement. 2) Condominiums have legal obligations to have annual fire inspections. Single family homes do ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Karen Young

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Bicycle Madness I had just left Winn Dixie and turned left on Collier. I then turned right on Tigertail and then left on Hernando. Out of nowhere there was a man, shirtless with shorts, riding a bicycle directly in front of me. It was so frightening to me. Both of us were so lucky that I did not hit him with my car. If I had hit this man he would have ruined my life. And I probably would have killed him. These people who rent bikes and think that they do not have to respect the law will destroy ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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City Council Utility Rate Special Called Meeting Monday, April 13, 2015 at 1 PM Community Room (City Council Meeting Room) We urge you to attend this very important meeting and voice your opinion. Workshop discussions will include the water and wastewater rate structure, and Marco utilities future capital needs of an additional $300 million!! The water utility is already $150 million in debt. A couple of months ago, after we had a few visitors for 3 weeks, our water bill was $500.00!! Can you believe that? To address this new debt requirement, does that mean that our water bills will increase dramatically, 3 times what ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Donna Harrington

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My name is Donna Harrington and I live at Island Manor Condominium Association located on No. Collier Blvd and previously worked in their office as I do now at The Mariner of Marco Island, Inc. Condominium Association. Condo associations have rules and regulations that govern how problems are to be handled. They also take care of any problems that arise without having to call the police. Most associations, like The Mariner and Island Manor, also have strict rules in regards to rentals (i.e. 30 continuous days) and 90% of these rentals are returning “Snowbirds” who have been renting here for ... Read More »