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Letter to the Editor: Virginia Bingle

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KEEP THOSE CALLS AND LETTERS COMING… There is so much opposition to the Marriott expansion that the Marriott has “once again, asked” (the Chamber of Commerce) “for the assistance of the business community in supporting the project. ” (as printed in a recent local newspaper). Herein lies the error of their ways.   They may regret going against the “will of the people”. Those same “people” “are the hands that feed them”…..   These “people” can (will?)  choose not to do business with them…..Thereby voiding any  growth  these businesses  hope to achieve. It is further understood that a plan is afoot, advising Mr. Medwedeff specific advise on how he ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marriot Ordinance denial

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One Marco Islander’s Opinion:   Under the leadership of Councilor Petricca and Councilor Batte, our City Council must be commended for recognizing the inadmissibility of the proposed Marriott expansion petition.  Their petition was rejected because it had been written by the petitioner, the Marriott itself. Hopefully, this means the City of Marco Island is finally starting to demand respect for and compliance with our laws, agreements and procedures.  Regarding the latter, the correct procedure is contained in the mission statement of our Planning Board that reads in pertinent part: “…THE PLANNING BOARD IS RESPONSIBLE FOR [reviewing Comprehensive Plan changes] AND ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Chamber of Commerce

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Dear Chamber Members, Our Planning Board approved and, by a 6-1 vote, sent the proposed Marriott expansion to the City Council for action.  The proposal has changed in two major respects:  the height of the new tower would be 111 feet, rather than 125 feet; and the number of parking spaces has been set at over 1200, with discretion given to the city manager to increase the number if necessary. There are other stringent limitations on the Marriott, including setbacks, vegetation, drainage, hours of construction and severe penalties for violations. Once again, Marriott General Manager, Rick Medwedeff, has asked for assistance from the business ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Civic Association

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Dear Councilman: The Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) was established over 40 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest associations. Our charter provides that the general purpose is to promote and advance the principles of civic improvement and betterment on Marco Island. Subsequently, the Deltona Corporation delegated enforcement of its Deed Restrictions to MICA to maintain the Mackle Brothers’ vision for development of Marco Island. That vision was to develop a community of residential properties supported by businesses to meet the needs of the community. Tourism would play a role in the development of the island supported ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Support for the Marriott

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Support for the Marriott “How can we help” Dear Editor, The owners of the Marco Island Marriott would like to spend $150,000,000.00 in our community to improve their property—our response should be “How can we help”. The Marriott is already the largest employer on Marco Island, their expansion will help create even more local jobs—”How can we help” A Marriott expansion will increase revenues in the form of increased impact fees, increased property tax revenue, and increased bed tax (for improved beaches & museums)—”How can we help” The Marriott (formerly the Marco Beach Resort) has always been the anchor of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jim Ciolino

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Referring to the article, “Parking problem,” dated 3/11/14 Marco Eagle page 6A, there are two reasons that Marco Island has a parking problem. One is over population; Deltona Development Corporation designed this island for only twenty thousand people, not fifty thousand that we have during the seasonal months. Marco does not have a parking problem during the other nine months of the year. The planning board should have recognized this problem thirty years ago. The high rises on the beach where not part of Deltona’s plan for Marco Island. The other reason is that MICA with the help of Collier ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael McNaboe

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I hope city council follows the planning board recommendation and approves the Marriott expansion with no further delays, we are lucky to have 2 first Class hotels  (Marriott & Hilton) on Marco Island, they have always been very generous with all pf our different fund raisers and are considered Great Neighbors.  If it wasn’t for an  invitation to the Hilton Grand Opening in 1985, I may not have ever found Marco Island!! Sincerely, Michael McNaboe Resident Since 1985! Read More »

Camping at the Y Keeps Youth Moving, Learning and Exploring All Summer Long

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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 ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island’s Master Plan

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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 ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thank You to Our Donors from THE Nautical Flea Market

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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, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Where are our other Councilor’s?

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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 ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: 2014 Independent Survey for Marco Island Voters

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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 ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

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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 ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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

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 ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: God Bless Patriotic Americans!

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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 ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A Message of Appreciation

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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 ... Read More »

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR & CITY COUNCIL

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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 ... Read More »

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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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. ... Read More »

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: “For your kind consideration” & “Be Practical!”

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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 ... Read More »

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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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 ... Read More »