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LTE: Lola Sinelli

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I am upset that City Council wanted to help the home owners adjacent to transient rentals on the island, however are lumping Condos in that group. 1.  We have our own governing boards 2.  We can deal with our own loud renters 3.  Our taxes are very high and adding an additional burden on us, when it’s the home owners who have the problems with the renters, is not acceptable 4.  We don’t need redundant fire and code inspections. Please exclude Condominium owners from this enforcement. Lola Sinelli, Condo owner Read More »

LET: Michael Wagenbrenner

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All, As one who has been in the real estate business for 40+ years as both a broker and a developer, I have never heard of such an unusual ordinance. You are  asking property owners to be the first line of defense to deal with unruly tenants. If the tenant challenges the owner and things get out of control. Who is to stop them? The owner cannot evict without just cause and going to court. Marco Island has a police force on duty 24/7. They should be the 1st line controlling the noise level. The property owner should be notified ... Read More »

LTE: Richard Meadows

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MARCO ISLAND RENTAL ORDINANCE – March 2, 2015 Apparently, some members of the Marco Island City Council seem to have confused an issue that concerns short term rentals at private homes with regulated rentals at condominiums. Consequently, the City Council has drafted a proposed rental ordinance with a scope and complexity that far exceeds the regulation needed to solve the original problem. Although there may not be confirmed statistics on the number of complaints received concerning noise, litter and parking issues at some short term rental residences, many neighbors and police officers seem to agree that there is a problem. ... Read More »

LTE: Richard R Riegler

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I am writing re: the subject rental ordinance , representing the views of the Prince Condominium Association , its owners ,the Board of Directors , and our on site Manager. I serve on the Board and have been a resident for 12 years . I do not rent my unit . Our Association has a three month minimum rental policy , along with By-laws and Rules and Regulations , including enforcement provisions which address the issues stated in the proposed ordinance . Relating to the proposed Ordinance’s purposes as stated in the ‘whereas’ paragraphs , it is abundantly clear that this ... Read More »

LTE: Mary Pat Sullivan

Dear Editors, I’m sure you would like to hear how people feel about ordinance no. 15-01. I understand the City Council’s wish to pass a rental ordinance for Marco Island to eliminate the problems of renters making too much noise, parking haphazardly, and housing too many people. However, I respectfully disagree that condominiums are contributing to these problems. Condo associations have the backing of Florida statute to have rules & regulations to prevent these problems, and more importantly we have the backing of Florida statute to enforce these rules by fining the violators. Their complicated registration proposal (and having someone ... Read More »

LTE: Kimberly Hastings

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Good afternoon, As an owner of a condominium in the Merida complex at Cape Marco, I feel compelled to express frustration at the proposed Rental Ordinance that is up for it’s second reading at the City Council meeting Monday, March 16th. This ordinance is unfairly pointing the finger at all rental properties, instead of addressing the problematic ones. First, condominium rentals are not, and have never been, an issue since every single condominium has an Association that puts in place documents, by-laws, and strict rules to take care of problem renters. Our building, specifically, does not allow rentals of less than ... Read More »

LTE: Please: Mark Dorn

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Please – Just Say No To The Rental Ordinance. This is ridiculous and creates more costs, conflicts, admin burdens to the condo associations and undermines any further investment I would have living on Marco Island. – Mark Dorn, Mariner Condos Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

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Marco Island City Councilors: A brief observation, if I may: Is it this administration’s intention to note the departure of Nancy Richie in a non-descript manner? Environmental Specialist Richie has been the model of any organization’s ideal associate ever since the City’s incorporation. A 24/7 civil and community servant, Nancy Richie was never the standard nine-to-five robotic employee that is today’s accepted standard. Her service deserves more than a mere nod and murmured “Thanks”. Hopefully city council will, at minimum, publicly acknowledge Richie’s devotion and contributions to Marco Island…and to its environs.        Russ Colombo Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jo-B Bromley

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Sixteen years ago, I moved to Goodland. From the minute I turned the key to enter my new year-round home, I knew that I landed in a very special place in the world. Dec. 6th confirmed my feelings. A week ago, my sweet friend, Margi Fortune, was diagnosed with colon cancer. Three days later, through a few e-mails and Facebook messages, a ball started to roll. With only four days to take the field, our team was ready. Margood Harbor Park was the setting of a very successful fundraiser for Margi. I’d like to thank all the major players, you ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: PLEASE STAND UP

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This past Saturday night in the Christmas Island Style Holiday Parade, the newly formed Marco Island American Legion Post 404 Color Guard had the honor of carrying the flags of America. Three veterans carried 3 flags, one of which was the American flag. As we marched down San Marco I thought, Where are all the patriotic Americans? Why are all these people showing such disrespect towards the American flag? A few people knew what to do and they did it. They proudly stood and either saluted the American flag or put their hand over their heart. But the sad fact ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Roger T. Hernstadt, City Manager

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A prolific writer of letters to the editor has once again misstated the facts which can unfortunately mislead or bias public opinion.  The City has been consistent in explaining that the “bucket plan” was designed to accumulate money to meet the known existing needs for renewal and replacement obligations of the general fund.    This does not mean any new general fund obligations approved by the Council (by the way there have been none to date) or the utility debt which is current approximately $150 million and scheduled to be paid off in 2033.   This community needs to arrive at a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

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Like most cities, Marco Island has ordinances governing where, when and how you can display political signs. Some of those rules, including Section 530-527(17), prohibit mounting political signs on vehicles, whether parked or being driven. And some of the rules prohibit political signs from being placed in the public right of way, as well as prohibiting vehicles from being parked within so many feet of any intersection, and within vacant lots without the owner’s permission. These requirements are for political fairness and equality, and for public safety and protection of property. You would think that our stalwart “captains of industry” ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island City Councilman Amadeo Petricca

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Marco Island City Councilman Amadeo Petricca: I support Victor Rios for council I approached Victor Rios to inquire if he would consider being a candidate for Marco Island City Council. After several conversations, Mr. Rios decided to be a candidate. I support his decision and formally endorse Victor Rios’ candidacy for council. He is a person of integrity; he is honest, ethical and a fiscal conservative. Mr. Rios has an engineering degree and an MBA degree. He is well-respected and known for due diligence when working on projects. He has attended 90-percent-plus council meetings over the last several years and ... Read More »

Marv Needles and Paul Tateo, Co-Chairs Rental Task Force

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The City of Marco Island is reviewing ordinances that address several issues related to the lifestyle and rights of residents and property owners who chose to rent their properties. The issues identified by the city are: excessive noise, illegal parking, trash left in swales and lack of taxes being collected from rental properties. At the August 22nd meeting of the Planning Board, an agenda item was added to address concerns thought to be the result of rental activity in residential neighborhoods. As an active member of the community, the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) volunteered to establish a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Craig R. Woodward

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I have known Litha Berger since 2002 when I worked with her on a continuing care facility that was proposed by one of my clients for Marco Island. Litha was the professional consultant on the project having spent her career working with assisted and independent living facilities. Unfortunately for the Island, that facility was never completed as many of our residents have expressed a desire to be able to continue to live on the Island even when they need assistance and cannot live alone. In the last 12 years that I have known and dealt with Litha I have found ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Joyce & Rich Kaelin

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It has been too many years since we have had a woman on City Council.  It is now time to rectify that with Litha Berger as our candidate.  Litha has been very active in the community and sincerely cares about Marco Island. I hope you will give Litha consideration when you vote for City Council candidates. Thank you. Joyce & Rich Kaelin   Read More »

Letter to the Editor: JOAN MYERS

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Have you noticed something missing on Marco City Council? I have; it’s called a woman’s point of view. Luckily, that issue can finally be resolved. Vote Litha Berger for City Council Have you heard the expression that if you need something done, you ask a busy person? Simply put, she knows how to get things done. How else could she raise children, obtain her college degree and work full time simultaneously? She’s worked tirelessly for her community working on the Parks and Recreation committee, the Big Flag Committee and welcoming our newest community members as a former President in the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Tony Costantino

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Over the past several weeks the local news publications have given Marco residents the opportunity to voice their opinions concerning the candidates for city council in the upcoming election. The single candidate that truly stands out is Mr. Victor Rios.  Victor is a dynamic individual that will dedicate his proven organizational skills towards the betterment of our island home. Victor Rios will bring back some semblance of fiscal and social sanity to our island.  Victor is dedicated to the preservation of the residential quality of life that brought us to this paradise. He is not part of the real estate ... Read More »

Letter the the Editor: George Karpman

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My wife and I live at 530 Snell Court and we are property owners for over 30 years and we are full time residents. The reason we purchased on Marco Island was to improve our quality of life, the island’s tropical atmosphere and small town character. We are very concerned that Marco Island has little control over single family rental homes. We have been disturbed by loud and excessive noise going late into the night, and excessive numbers of people occupying these houses which appear to be over the safety limit. We, along with our neighbors have called the police ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Representative Kathleen Passidomo

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Over the years since I was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives representing Naples and Marco Island I have gotten to know Litha Berger well.  She is a passionate advocate for Marco Island and its residents and has served the community well as a volunteer in a number of important roles.  She chaired the Marco Island Newcomers’ Club and served on the board of the Marco Island Taxpayers Association and the City Parks and Recreation Committee.  Prior to moving to Marco Island she was an executive for several companies specializing in geriatric care services and helped develop affordable ... Read More »