Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Dr. Swiacki

 

 

Dear Dr. Swiacki: You have gone to great length and great pains to try to convince Marco Island voters that you cannot take a position on the Veterans’ Park Hotel issue due to guidance that you have received from the City Clerk who received the guidance from the City Attorney. As this issue is one of the most important, if not the MOST IMPORTANT, issues that will come before City Council, I feel that each and every candidate should express their opinion on how they would vote.

UPDATE: ALL CITIZENS AND VOTERS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT DR. SWIACKI CAME OUT IN SUPPORT OF THE 165 ROOM HOTEL PUD AMENDMENT AT THE RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION CANDIDATE’S FORUM LAST WEEK. SO READ WHAT FOLLOWS WITH THAT IN MIND !!!!

As you know, I have spoken with Laura Litzan, our Marco island City Clerk. And she has informed me that if you resign your membership on the Parks and Recreation Committee, even for a couple of months, you can freely express your opinions about many subjects, including Budgets, Mileage Rates, and Projects, like the Veterans’ Park project.

Your wife temporarily resigned her Presidency of MIPO to make the Organization and its’ membership more transparent as far as your Candidacy in the upcoming Election. If you want to let Marco Voters know about you and what type of City Councilor you would be, you have to be able to openly express your positions on ALL matters facing our Community.

I have the utmost respect for you and your wife. But temporarily resigning your Parks and Recreation Committee membership is a 5 minute task and will not impact the Committee in the least, at this time. Failure to temporarily resign will indicate that your position on the Hotel is the same as that of your good friend and our City Manager, Roger Hernstadt. And that is a position that will destroy Veterans’ Park and is a position that the voters need to know about.

I can assure you that “Pro Park” is NOT a position for a City Council Candidate. Our City manager is “Pro Park” also, but is willing to sell it off and destroy it in the process.

To all the residents that have Swiacki signs in their yards I can only ask that you suggest to Dr. Swiacki that he put himself in a position where he can tell the citizens his position on important Marco Island issues, including the Hotel. Otherwise we have no choice but to look at him as the fourth “YES” vote when it comes to the 165 Room Hotel issue. And, in that case, should NOT be elected to City Council!!

Again, now that Dr. Swiacki has come out in favor of destroying Veterans’ Park as we want it, for the sake of a Hotel, I suggest that all followers re-evaluate their support of this candidate !!!

Ed Issler

Marco Island

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