Letters to the Editor

Slate Not True Voice

As many of you know by now, Roger Hernstadt, our City Manager, has resigned last night at City Council meeting. If you voted for the “Slate” of Jared Grifoni, Howard Reed, and Charlotte Roman, and wanted the City Manager gone, you got what you wanted. If you are unconcerned or uninformed citizens that voted for the “Slate,” then you got ... Read More »

Contrasting Thoughts

It’s disappointing to read comments of respected Marco Islanders imitating attitudes of losers in our recent presidential elections. When accusations are spewed against Marco’s new councilors, without a speck of supporting evidence, it’s reminiscent of the senseless actions taken against our new President for no proven reason other than that he was elected. Some Marcoites wail over City Manager Hernstadt’s ... Read More »

My Surreal Encounter With Angels

This is weird. I no longer trust boat trailers and I think of mangroves as angels. Actually I’ve never thought much about either one. After all, here in Southwest Florida, we see boat trailers all the time. And we take care of our mangroves but we take them for granted. Now my thinking is completely different. About eight o’clock one ... Read More »

Spineless Behavior

I would like to begin by thanking Marco Island City Councilors Batte and Brown for showing the citizens of Marco Island that they have dignity, intelligence and class in their performance on the City Council. Unfortunately, they are the only ones serving on the council who do. They are quite obviously the only councilors who have backbones. I was outraged ... Read More »

Council: Critiques and Credit

Critiques: With the sole exception of our new council’s lone female member, Charlette Roman, who makes her points clear and concise, the remaining councilors trend towards long-winded discourses, irrespective of need and regardless of the Chair’s efforts to keep things moving. For example, in one instance when the Chair simply asked one councilor if he agreed with a particular statement, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: City Council Behavior

  Lady and Gentlemen, It is with great regret that I have to send you this Email. I was hoping that after the initial few council meetings after the election, much of the rancor directed toward the City Manager would stop. Unfortunately, in my opinion, it has only gotten worse. The way some of you continually belittle Roger Hernstadt is ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: The Grinch is Alive and Well on Marco

By: Robert Nace Four days to Christmas and after weeks of greeting residents and visitors to Marco Island, Merry Christmas signs were removed from city right of ways. Up steps the Grinch, Mr. Ray Netherwood who used his political influence and friendship with fellow Libertarian Jared Grifoni to force his view and opinion on our residents. Official emails indicate that ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: A Response to Tarik Ayasun’s Editorial

One of the great things about the American nation is the diversity and breadth of its media. It’s so great that a piece like “November 8th: A most important day” can enjoy a full page spread in local press, merely by convincing the editor of its worth. (Coastal Breeze, Page A10, October 28). The author’s patriotic emotions are admirable, and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Response to Tarik Ayasun’s article in the Nov. 10 edition of Coastal Breeze News.

Mr. Tarik Ayasun complaints in his opinion piece of November 10 that “those who live outside of the borders of this great county develop their opinions based on false and one sided information solely on ‘reporting’ done by probably the most biased and intellectually corrupt, deplorable press corps ever assembled in the history of this country.” (Have you done historical ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Talk About REAL Hypocrisy!

Talk About REAL Hypocrisy! Apparently, Larry Honig’s plan to elect his slate of four to take over the city is in jeopardy, and he has resorted to telling lies about me. Mr. Honig incorrectly stated that at a 2015 Council Meeting, as PRAC chair, I spoke about how I would configure a $7.5 million government building.  Absolutely false.  I will ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Hypocrisy in the Park

Hypocrisy in the Park Jerry Swiacki writes that “Veterans’ Community Park is not in jeopardy.” You wouldn’t know it from statements he has made publicly. In a city council meeting Oct. 5, 2015, Jerry Swiacki talked for 3 minutes about how he would configure a $7.5 million government building in the park. In a parks committee meeting (his is chairman) ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Hey Now…What’s That Sound?

Hey Now…What’s that sound? No, it’s not the quiet generated by the fact the elections are finally over. (Thank the heavens above!) It’s the sound you probably barely heard, that’s the sound of many of the island’s businesses closing their doors and locking their locks for the last time and closing forever. And the list gets longer every month. Don’t ... Read More »

Letter to Editor: Veterans’ Community Park is NOT in Jeopardy

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Veterans’ Community Park does not need saving.  It is safe under the prevue of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC).  Marco Island is NOT loosing control of the Park’s design and development.  No developer is in control of the Park’s design and development.  PRAC is on top of this too. For almost two years, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman gets my vote!

Over these past weeks, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming City of Marco Island Council election. Charlette Roman is the most accomplished candidate running this term with a proven successful background.  Charlette has a broad scope of experience, responsibility, and proven decision making skills that have ... Read More »

Letter to Editor: Disgust With Personal Attacks

Recently the Letter to the Editor section of our local newspapers have been filled with letters regarding the upcoming City Council Election trying to sway voters to vote for their particular favorite candidate. Most of the letters have been positive and have pointed out the good qualities of the candidates that they support and some have been from candidates themselves ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Grifoni

In our Marco Island City Council race this year, we can vote for four candidates. I hope you will join me in including Jared Grifoni as one of your four choices. He is an extremely bright attorney, an articulate speaker and has a solid grasp on the issues and solutions needed for Marco Island. Jared is the type of person who can ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Candidate’s Judgment

Well it is that time again. The vote signs are growing all over Marco making sure that we all are aware of the coming city council election. Thumbing through my Marco newspaper, it was interesting to read of the candidacy of Jared Grifoni and to note the invitation to his candidate’s forum at “Joey’s Pizza.” Sadly as I turned the page, it was even more interesting, even more enlightening to see that “Joey’s Pizza” was petitioning the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Response to Candidates LTE

Trying to respond to all negative remarks about City Council and the decisions they’ve made can never be accomplished in one letter to the editor. I will attempt to do so by keeping it brief and to the point. To criticize the City Council as a body, when they are independently making a decision, is unjustified. Discussion of items on the agenda at council meetings (in the sunshine) and their decisions should be based solely on facts. City Council has made many decision over ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Trust & Honesty

Dear Residents, After learning about the candidates, I believe those who will best serve the residents are HONNECKER, PETRICCA AND SWIACKI.? After learning their agendas and speaking with them, I believe they are the most honest and trustworthy. After explaining problems that residents face, they have shown the most support.? Trust and honesty are my main objective. Karen Salvi Marco ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: All Time Low for Local Politics

Dear Fellow Citizens, The state of local politics on this island has reached an all time low. We have self appointed judges who, based on their own criteria and unsolicited opinions, unfoundedly evaluate a citizen’s constitutional position and circulate their vicious self serving opinion to others. As a result, unquestioning citizens are emailing these negative opinions to others as if it ... Read More »