Comments for Coastal Breeze News http://www.coastalbreezenews.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:20:20 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Comment on ‘What Happened to Ochopee?’ by Lynn Madden http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/08/07/what-happened-to-ochopee/comment-page-1/#comment-59645 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:20:20 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=40792#comment-59645 As a New England transplant that has lived in Florida for 20 years, this book made me realize what little I know about the interesting history of the state I now call home. Learning about the hardships and constant roadblocks these people faced while continuing to persevere, as well as knowing it was all based on fact, made this a quick read. The pictures and poetry add an extra special touch as you are getting a glimpse of the authors family history. I have shared this book with friends and colleagues who enjoyed it as much as I did. I’m looking forward to Jeff Whichello’s next release.

]]>
Comment on Contact Us by Bill+Harris http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/contact-us/comment-page-1/#comment-59077 Sun, 10 Aug 2014 20:39:40 +0000 http://coastalbreezenews.com/index.php/?page_id=555#comment-59077 Smokehouse Bay Bridge on Marco Island. Well, the numbers, costs, and dates keep changing. What else did we expect? To address Councilor Honig’s comment in the May 19th meeting that “Mister Harris’s comments can not stand without comment”, and that “this IS not, and WILL not, be a $12Million bridge”, I offer the following figures: $7,625,328 contract with Quality Enterprises; between $530,157 and $650,000 CEI costs to TY Lin; $400,000 for landscaping; $1,881,338 interest on the loan; $2,000,000 paid to TY Lin for design work; $100,000 design charettes; $95,000 paid to Cardno TBE; that all adds up to well over 12 million dollars, for the Smokehouse Bay bridge. These figures are a matter of public record. Of course, Mr Honig doesn’t think we should add things like the 1.8 Million dollars for interest, even though we (the taxpayers) will have to pay that. And I partially agree with him – this is probably not a 12 Million dollar bridge, but that’s what we will have to pay for it. And then, the prime contractor (QE), along with our city’s management and oversight, cannot even put together a plan that would ensure all the prerequisites (like getting permission and permits to install utility poles on private property) are planned for and executed in sufficient time. Otherwise, Mr Medwedeff and the Marriott have wasted the million bucks they spent to buy the votes to have the Marriott’s expansion approved, and the bridge construction expedited. And now, two of our esteemed Councilors want to be reelected so they can continue in this fine fashion. Shameful!! … and I believe there’s a clause in our contract with QE that says if we, the city, are at fault for any delays, they (QE) will be absolved of any penalties when the project completion is delayed. Well, guess what? We’ve already caused delays. And the advertised 8 months project is false. Notice to proceed was July 1st, 2014. Advertised final completion is August 1, 2015. Maybe my math is rusty, but that sure sounds like 13 months – NOT 8 months. Perhaps the Council can inform me of the new math that they’re using.

]]>
Comment on City Manager Hernstadt Aims to Fill City’s Bucket List by Bill+Harris http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/08/07/city-manager-hernstadt-aims-to-fill-citys-bucket-list/comment-page-1/#comment-58749 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:24:23 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=40806#comment-58749 What “Roger” didn’t sufficiently get across is that all his figures and facts are based on data that is months old, and that it mandates NO NEW DEBT. That includes NO new debt for the smokehouse bay bridge, No new debt for the Community Center, No new debt for Veteran’s field, etc. Once the city accumulates new debt, this plan goes into the trash, and we’re saddled with Millions more in taxes every year. I also didn’t hear “Roger” say that there is an end date for this tax hike. So, these new taxes would continue forever.

]]>
Comment on City Council Approves Lobbyist by Bill Harris http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/08/07/city-council-approves-lobbyist/comment-page-1/#comment-58748 Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:17:40 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=40727#comment-58748 Our City Manager and our City Council want to put us another $30 Million in debt? Are they crazy? Where do they think all that money is coming from? I’m tired of the Marco Island TASK group(the Tax And Spend Kids) that are members of the City Council. … and, why didn’t they hire a lobbyist on a contingency basis? So that he or she only gets paid a percentage of the money that they actually raise, and not a penny until we receive the monies. That would have been the smart thing to do. Instead we hire the City Manager’s friend and pay him a nice annual salary no matter whether he EVER raises any money for the city. **** Again, folks – vote out ALL the current Councilors and get a new batch in. They can’t be any worse!

]]>
Comment on MISSING OUR SEAHORSE! by Aprill PARKER http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2012/04/19/missing-our-seahorse/comment-page-1/#comment-56943 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:48:02 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=20259#comment-56943 Hi. I saw your post about your seahorse mailbox being stolen, and although I never post on these sites-I don’t even have a facebook or twitter account-I felt I had to respond to your particular grievance. Coincidently, I came across your post because I was–yet again–scouring the internet in vain trying to find a pair of replacement concrete wall-mount seahorses for my precious pair that some greedy, insensitive jerk(s) brazenly stole right off the front of our house several years ago. We live in a small town, and the seahorses had been on the front of our home for the thirteen years since we had moved in–they came with the house, so I have no idea how long before that that they hung there. Believe it or not, they helped decide me on the house. First thing I verified with the sellers back in 1996, was that the seahorses were staying with the house. They remained hanging there as I said for thirteen years. Little did I know that we should have cemented them to the brick. One day I noticed that they were just gone. I can’t tell you how bare the house looks without them. I have always loved seahorses since spending the summers as a child with my grandmother in N.C., where we would take trips to the Outer Banks and collect shells on the beach and trinkets in the souvenir shops. And to add insult to injury, I can’t seem to find any comparable replacements. Mine were big–about 2–2 1/2 feet tall at a guess, with nicely shaped snouts and tails. I just can’t believe that someone took such lowdown, common advantage of someone else’s trusting nature. Call me naive, bu it never would have even occurred to me that someone would come right up to our house and steal them off their hooks. They had been there as long as we had. Anyway, I just want them back. I can’t seem to find anything on the internet, and as I have no idea where the original pair came from, I feel utterly helpless over it. The previous owners of the house were moving to Florida, so I’d have no idea even how to contact them for any information. I keep searching online periodically, hoping to get lucky.

All I can say is, I hope some appropriate punishment has befallen the thief who snuck up and helped himself to what he had zero right in the world to. Sound bitter? Damn right I am.

]]>
Comment on City to Revamp Farmers’ Market Formula by Marlys Haughie http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/07/10/city-to-revamp-farmers-market-formula/comment-page-1/#comment-56168 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:21:23 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=40019#comment-56168 I oppose the proposal to prohibit arts and crafts exhibitors to participate in the Marco Island Farmer’s Market. Exhibitors, such as Miracles in Action have attracted many buyers to the Market.. Thank you. Marlys Haughie

]]>
Comment on Contact Us by Michael Milton http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/contact-us/comment-page-1/#comment-56044 Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:46:44 +0000 http://coastalbreezenews.com/index.php/?page_id=555#comment-56044 Hi there, my name is Michael Milton and my wife Sue and I are renting a place on Bald Eagle Drive for the first two weeks of November 2014. We both have stressful jobs and a fortnight of idleness is long overdue. I play guitar and I wondered if you could advise me if there is anyone on the island from whom I could rent a steel strung acoustic guitar. I found Bob Duffy through internet research, however he seems to have dissappeared from the radar and his store appears to have ceased trading. Do you know of anyone from whom I could rent a guitar and also if there are any impromptu jam / open mic nights anywhere on the island? Look forward to hearing from you. Regards Mike and Sue Milton

]]>
Comment on Follow Your Dreams — To Africa by Dean http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/06/27/follow-your-dreams-to-africa/comment-page-1/#comment-54633 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:30:12 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=39879#comment-54633 Great article Carol….I too am waiting for Part 2

]]>
Comment on Happy ‘100’ Gretchen Hawes! by Avy+Schilling http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/06/13/happy-100-gretchen-hawes/comment-page-1/#comment-54177 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:43:47 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=39532#comment-54177 Dear Gretchen,

I think of you every day! I remember all the good times we had — you and Chick and Jack and I. Happy Birthday!
All my love,
Avy

]]>
Comment on Happy ‘100’ Gretchen Hawes! by Avy Schilling http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/06/13/happy-100-gretchen-hawes/comment-page-1/#comment-54175 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 22:42:32 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=39532#comment-54175 Dear Gretchen, I think of you every day. I remember all of our good times–you and Chick and Jack and I. Happy Birthday!. Love, Avy

]]>
Comment on City to Revamp Farmers’ Market Formula by Michael http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/07/10/city-to-revamp-farmers-market-formula/comment-page-1/#comment-54123 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:46:07 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=40019#comment-54123 There may be local competition for some Marco businesses but it is only for 1 day a week for 5 hours. They have 6 days and 17 hours free of the farmer’s market business impact. Does the council limit the restaurants that sell pizza on the island? Why do they allow a Publix and a Winn Dixie? Use common business sense!

]]>
Comment on City to Revamp Farmers’ Market Formula by Andrea+Cooper http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/07/10/city-to-revamp-farmers-market-formula/comment-page-1/#comment-54119 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:12:48 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=40019#comment-54119 I am not sure the Council realizes what a major shopping and social weekly event and tradition this is! People come to the market to enjoy the ambiance, to take advantage of the variety and quality of the vendors, to visit with friends and family, and to shop for many different items made or grown by local artists.

If the prepared foods and arts and crafts are eliminated, will the Seafood Festival not be allowed? Will all fairs with prepared foods and arts and crafts be eliminated?

The farmers market is not an “eating out” destination and does not serve liquor. If people do not want to cook and therefore buy a lunch at the market, then I am sure they will continue to buy their lunches at local restaurants the rest of the week. The arts and craft vendors I see at the market do not sell the arts and crafts that I see at stores around the island. It’s very different.

I sure hope the Council reconsiders and allows this tradition to continue.

]]>
Comment on City to Revamp Farmers’ Market Formula by Amy http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/07/10/city-to-revamp-farmers-market-formula/comment-page-1/#comment-54039 Sat, 12 Jul 2014 07:53:05 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=40019#comment-54039 Great comments! Would you both be willing to write a letter to City Council explaining your views? We might need all the help we can get!

]]>
Comment on City to Revamp Farmers’ Market Formula by Tom Jones http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/07/10/city-to-revamp-farmers-market-formula/comment-page-1/#comment-53915 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:22:41 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=40019#comment-53915 My wife and I come to Marco Island six weeks in the fall and four weeks in the spring, and our time on the island meshes beautifully with the opening and closing of the Farmer’s Market. We look foreword to it every year, and shop and buy at the Market every week. And, farm products are not all we buy: orchid plants, bakery goods, occasionally some crafts, etc. The food and refreshment vendors also get our business. Any attempt to artificially limit or restrict the breadth of vendors there will surely backfire on the overall business. The only suggestion I can make is to limit restaurant vendors to Marco Island, Goodland, and the Isles of Capri.

]]>
Comment on City to Revamp Farmers’ Market Formula by kay+Dougherty http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/2014/07/10/city-to-revamp-farmers-market-formula/comment-page-1/#comment-53777 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 23:53:50 +0000 http://www.coastalbreezenews.com/?p=40019#comment-53777 So we have a very popular farmer’s market that draws a lot of people. And we want to change it because…? Because local businesses that cannot compete resent its success? Shouldn’t they see it as an opportunity to raise the quality and appeal of what they sell? Since the market ended it is very hard to find truly fresh produce on the island Many of the restaurants badly need to update their menus. Don’t blame your more successful competitors – raise your own game.

]]>