Letters & Guest Commentaries

Letter to the Editor: The Life You Save

The other day I went to a town hall meeting regarding the ambulance service on Marco Island. I learned several important things. The Governor recently signed a bill allowing Marco Island residents to decide whether we want Marco Island to have control of our ambulance service. At the present time, Collier Country has total control of our ambulance and Emergency […]

Letter to the Editor: Is YOUR Life worth more than a weekly cup of coffee?

Marco Island citizens are concerned about how much it will cost them to control their own ambulance service. At the present time, Marco Island’s Fire Rescue Department costs citizens about 0.65 mils in property tax. This is about 1/3 of what the rest of the county pays on average. Ochopee pays 4.5 mils and Immokalee pays 3.75 mils. There are […]

Letter to the Editor: School Board Should do the Right Thing for MIA

Dear School Board Members: It is with a sad heart that I write this letter, for it seems to me that since the very inception of the Marco Island Academy (“MIA”) High School, you have been fighting it every step of the way and for the life of me, I cannot understand why. Maybe I am mistaken, but here is […]

Letter to the Editor: Is Your Life Worth $100?

For those who missed it this past week, the newly formed group to encourage our citizens to vote in favor of the ambulance referendum, OCOA (Our City Our Ambulance), put on a highly informational meeting featuring our fabulous Fire Rescue Chief Michael Murphy. The Chief’s presentation was excellent, and featured all the reasons why every registered voter on Marco should […]

Letter to the Editor: The Long (Wrong) Road to Road Repairs

Way back in February of 2016 the City of Marco Island followed a long range plan to resurface a portion of the roadways on Marco Island on an annual basis. On March 6th of 2017 Councilor Roman prepared a white paper detailing the City’s plan for the annual resurfacing program needs and requested that the Interim City Manager provide for […]

Letter to the Editor: An Open Letter to City Council Concerning Roadway Resurfacings Projects

I listened to the replay of the City Council Meeting held on Monday, October 16, 2017, Item 11. b. A Resolution Authorizing Selection of Roadways to be resurfaced for FY 2018. During the discussion Mr. Grifoni was questioning Mr. Pinter about the selection of roads to be resurfaced. The importance of that discussion was $1 million was reallocated from the […]

Letter to the Editor: Why The Mulligan (Do Over)

On June 15, 2009, the Veteran’s Community Park Master Plan was officially released to the Marco Island Citizens. I suggest that each and every one of you that have not had the opportunity to read and study this Plan take the time to do so NOW. The Plan can be accessed at www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=16152 . You will see that the process […]

The Apprentice President

It is currently one o’clock in the morning. After being bombarded with another day of endless press releases and political analysis by commentators, many whom were simply annoyingly repetitious and obnoxiously speculative, I decided to take a break. Like many Americans, I am disgruntled by the continued dissemination of information, misinformation and conjecture fueled by an exhaustive investigative process, an […]

Letter to the Editor: Invitation to the August Dance

To this Marco resident, City Council meeting of Monday, 19 March 2018, deciding which words should appear on the ambulance ballot was disappointing, but not entirely unexpected. That ballot will appear this August in a referendum asking whether or not you thought adding a City owned and operated ambulance service to the ambulance service Marco already receives from the County […]

Letter to the Editor: Response Times

I would like to address the issue of response times for our ambulance service. Collier County states that they meet the standard of an 8-minute response time 94% of the time on Marco Island. This is second best in the County and much better than most areas in the County. However, “the 94% response time” does not address several issues: […]

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