Monday, May 17, 2021

Letter to the Editor: Peggy Reiss, Commander



Letter to the Editor

Naples Daily News, MI Eagle, Sun Times, Coastal Breeze

One of the most wonderful things about living in our island paradise is the tremendous level of community involvement here on Marco Island. That was truly on display at the recent WEAR IT! event sponsored by the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron. I am deeply appreciative of all of the civic and social groups that turned out to spread the word that lives can be saved if boaters will simply wear their life jackets.

Thank you to the City of Marco Island, its Police and Fire and Rescue Departments, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 9-5, the Marco Island Sportfishing Club, the Yacht Club, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, local media and radio stations, and to all of the members of these organizations and to other community members who showed up in support of their neighbors’ safety and well being.

A special note of thanks is due to Dan High, Manager of Rose Marina for hosting the event, providing the crane for picture taking, coffee for attendees, and for donating an inflatable life jacket for the raffle. Thank you, also to John Burton of Snikwah, who donated three SUV protective shirts and a second inflatable life jacket. This support from local businesses is much appreciated.

None of this would have worked as well as it did without the involvement from the organizations and businesses listed above. On behalf of our citizenry who may be just a bit safer due to wearing a life jacket while boating as a result of the WEAR IT! event, thank you.

Peggy Reiss, Commander
Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron

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