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Letter to the Editor: TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE

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Once a year the Knights of Columbus hold a nationwide fund raiser for those individuals that are physical and/or mentally challenged. This is better known as “The Tootsie Roll Drive”, where Knights stand up outside the various local businesses and give out tootsie rolls to children and adults alike. Most patrons put a small donation in a small metal can ranging from pennies to $100 dollar bills. This is done in all 50 States in over 3000 communities where Knights are present. Marco Island is blessed to have citizens with a big heart that always support this fund raiser, and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: THANK YOU!

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Our congregational family of The Jewish Congregation of Marco Island (JCMI), would like to thank the community at large for coming to our table, and making our Deli Fest a success! We wish to express our deepest thanks for the outstanding coverage of our “Deli Fest”, by the Coastal Breeze. In no small part it allowed us to reach a broad facet of the community, reach our financial goals and introduce them to the works of our Synagogue. We made extra this year so we wouldn’t run out. Not only did we feed the throngs in attendance, we also donated ... Read More »

Equitable? Inequitable! Water and Wastewater Rates: Part Four

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As you can see explaining the Marco Island Utility Rate Schedule is not a simple task. There are many inequities embedded in the rate schedule that are not apparent to the ratepayers. My goal to inform the ratepayers of those inequities and ultimately recommend to them a Rate Design that will level the playing field; where all ratepayers will be paying a rate based on the Utilities responsibility for Readiness to Serve and the utility customers’ Demand on the Plants. With that in mind, I will now illustrate an inequity within the Commercial Class of Customers. In my previous writings ... Read More »

Equitable? Inequitable! Part Two & Three

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In my first Letter to the Editor concerning the equitable or inequitable of the current Marco Island Utility Rate Schedule, I compared the customer class of Individually Metered Condominiums to large Commercial classes of customers, the Hilton, Marriott and North Marco Utility for total Base Charge Only. The reason I selected these classes of customers is predominantly where the Base Charge inequitableness occurs. The current utility rate methodology is based on Equivalent Residential Connection (ERC) or meter size. Therein is the PROBLEM. This is not easy to explain, but I am going to try. This methodology was developed by the ... Read More »

Thank You

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On Nov. 21 we celebrated the Marco Island 50th Anniversary with a musical party at Veterans Community Park. In spite of some inclement weather a larger number of Marcoites turned out and had a great evening. I would like to thank the many sponsors and volunteers who worked together to make this event happen. The following is a list of the sponsors and volunteers. If I have failed to mention anyone please accept my apology. Sponsors: First Florida Integrity Bank (Primary event sponsor), Costal Breeze News, CJ’s on the Bay, Freedom Boat Club, Marco Island Water Sports, Island Paradise DJ, ... Read More »

Councilor Kudos:

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A recent Letter to the Editor from City Councilor Amadeo Petricca offered the reader a clear-eyed example of the disparities that exist in Marco Island’s utility rate structure. Petricca’s letter was simple and straightforward, so much so that even an eighth grader could understand and grasp the inequality that exists in our water and waste rates, something that highly paid professional “consultants” seemingly try to avoid. Every once in a while, a city councilor merits kudos instead of criticism. For his honest and direct assessment, totally devoid of the usual Marco political nonsense, Councilor Petricca earned my appreciation and applause…and, ... Read More »

Equitable / Inequitable

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It has been stated that the current Marco Island Utility Rate Schedule is Equitable but, the facts indicate that it is Inequitable. This the first of several letters base on irrefutable facts that Utility Rate Schedule is inequitable. Example No. 1: I presented to Council at the October 19, 2015 Council Meeting a comparative analysis of large volume users. The comparison was Individually Metered Condominiums compared to high volume Commercial users, the Hilton, the Marriott and North Marco Utility. The inequitable result deals with the Base Charges. That is the charge each customer pays even if they do not use ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Arleen Harris

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I recently read Dawn Kuhn’s editorial on the addition of a building for Veterans to meet and gather at the beautiful Veteran’s Park. I also feel that there are plenty of places for our wonderful Veterans to meet on the Island.  The gathering place that has been made so beautiful at Veterans Park should be preserved as it currently is.  It seems like Marco Island wants to build something on every last piece of land on the Island.   We now see these huge, right up to the lot line, homes being built.  The quaintness of Marco has come and gone.   ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: David Rush

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Editor, Coastal Breeze: I believe if Ms Kuhn would re-read her letter before sending it, she might sound more informed with a little bit of editing. Veteran’s Park is NOT a park strictly for veterans.  It is a Park for Marco Citizens and visitors. It gets its name from this Island’s appreciation for what our Veterans have done and the sacrifices they made so we can have the freedoms we enjoy, including a day in the Park. Like others who have voiced and opinion   I’m opposed to putting a building there to destroy the peace and tranquility and the outdoor ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Joan Gerberding)

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To Whom It May Concern, As a fulltime resident of Marco Island, I must voice my opinion AGAINST the construction of a building in Veteran’s Park! I join thousands of other residents who are appalled at the idea of losing this park and putting up yet another building. At a recent city council meeting, a study showing that 80% of the Marco residents polled were AGAINST building at Veteran’s Park was tabled. How do you table a majority opinion? How do you ignore the wishes of 80% of Marco Island’s population? Marco Island attracts residents and visitors because it has ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Park (Dawn Kuhn)

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I just read with great interest the proposed building for the Veterans Community Service Center. When the citizens of Marco Island voted to spend $11 million for the Glon property we were given the opportunity to view different proposals for the new park. It wasn’t voted on to be a “Veteran’s” park but a park for the citizens of Marco Island. There was to be peripheral parking, not a huge parking lot in the middle of the property, lots of shade trees, a play ground for the children, most importantly an outdoor amphitheater similar to the one in Cambier Park ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Tarik N Ayasun

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Letter to the Editor   “The Board of Directors, Administration, staff and students of Marco Island Charter Middle School congratulates Marco Island Academy and Ms. Jane Watt for their successful purchase of the land which they have been leasing since the opening of their school. We also thank Bill and Karen Young who kindly lent the funds which made the purchase possible. Success of a public Charter High School will benefit all the students and citizens of Marco Island in particular and Collier County in general. We now anxiously await the District School Board’s final sale of Tract-K to the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dawn Kuhn

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I just read with great interest the proposed building for the Veterans Community Service Center.  When the citizens of Marco Island voted to spend $11 million for the Glon property we were given the opportunity to view different proposals for the new park. It wasn’t voted on to be a “Veteran’s” park but a park for the citizens of Marco Island.  There was to be peripheral parking, not a huge parking lot in the middle of the property, lots of shade trees, a play ground for the children, most importantly an outdoor amphitheater similar to the one in Cambier Park and Bonita ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Linda Colombo

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Dear Councilors and Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, The purpose of this letter is to inform you that I am not in favor of the proposed building at Veterans’ Park. When the people of Marco voted on a referendum to buy the property I believe most of us were envisioning a place to enjoy with various venues. For example, a band shell, a walking path on the water’s edge and a performing arts, center.   Many designs were bantered about and considered by P&R. I understand the price tag on those desired plans is unaffordable at this time. ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Academy Land Purchase

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Marco Island Academy Land Purchase “The Board of Directors, Administration, staff and students of Marco Island Charter Middle School congratulates Marco Island Academy and Ms. Jane Watt for their successful purchase of the land which they have been leasing since the opening of their school. We also thank Bill and Karen Young who kindly lent the funds which made the purchase possible. Success of a public Charter High School will benefit all the students and citizens of Marco Island in particular and Collier County in general. We now anxiously await the District School Board’s final sale of Tract-K to the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Hector C. Fernandez

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  Open response to City of Marco Island City Council and Marco Island Citizens, I wanted to take a moment to clarify some points regarding the recent “Repeal to the formerly adopted “Rental Ordinance 15-01”. I was informed that an article I wrote for the Coastal Breeze under the recurring column of “Ask the Architect” titled “To Rent or not to Rent” was cited during City Council session. The article in question attempted to analyze the controversial on again, off again ordinance from a technical point of view as it relates to Zoning, Land Use and Deed Restrictions. Let me ... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Repeal Rental Housing Ordinance 15-01

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In Response to Councilman Ken  Honecker’s Letter to the Editor Thank you for so clearly stating the facts regarding the Rental Ordinance. And yes, this divisive issue has torn apart the residents of the Island with people taking sides for the homeowners, condo owners, Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Homeowners Group. Code enforcement, police department, City staff and the City Manager did very little to protect home and condo owners from unruly vacation renters. The police department did not keep adequate records of the violations. The issue surfaced March 2015 at a council meeting when the subject became ... Read More »

For the Adoption of The FY 16 Tentative Budgets; Final Millage Rates & Final Budget Board Of County Commissioners Collier County, Florida

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Submitted Notice is hereby given that the Collier County Board of County Commissioners will meet at 5:05 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, located on the third floor of the Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail E., Naples, Florida 34112, to conduct the final public hearing for the adoption of the Collier County Fiscal Year 2016 Tentative Millage Rates and Final Budget. The meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via colliergov.net. About the public meeting: All interested parties are invited to attend and to register to speak. All registered public ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: NOW LET’S HEAR THE TRUTH

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Words cannot describe how disappointed I am with all the commentaries by a few malcontents in this Island that will stop at nothing to get their way to further their personal agenda. There is enough blame to go around; the question is where do I begin? First a non-Island resident attacks a City Councilman at a public meeting with false and inaccurate information, all based on an illegally obtained report by a renegade Officer that is upset with the system and wants to use this as means to embarrass his superiors. He provides a copy of the report to a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Chief of Police

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Message to the Community: As Chief of Police for the Marco Island Police Department, I am deeply concerned regarding recent allegations regarding the possibility of internal procedural violations, moreover potential criminal acts associated with the un-approved dissemination of an un-vetted police report. I have been meeting with the City Manager, staff and consulting with allied criminal justice professionals since early July when I was made aware of the facts. I regret that the concerned parties did not contact me personally, as the subsequent dialog would have answered many questions and reduced personal and community distress. It appears clear that certain ... Read More »