Letters & Guest Commentaries

Waterfront Park an Option


A developer is trying to build an assisted living facility (ALF) on the NCH urgent care property. It is my understanding that NCH in exchange for the land will get a much-needed new building. The problem is this kind of use is not allowed based on the current Marco Island Land Development Code (LDC). Despite this fact, our Planning Board […]

Response to Guest Column

The guest column printed in the December 4, 2018 issue of the Marco Eagle and written by Terri Sommerfield is unfortunately for the seniors of Marco, biased against Assisted Living facilities and senior care which is needed by the citizens of Marco Island. Much of the information presented in the column is taken out of context and misrepresents the proposed […]

LTE: A Reply to Ed Issler

At this point I do not desire to engage in back and forth dialog; however, I will utilize this final opportunity to share with Mr. Issler the sincerity of my thoughts so as not to be labeled a complainer when I have the right to express dissatisfaction. Believe me I am not wallowing in “the agony of defeat”; the citizens […]

County Affordable Housing Lacks Sense

Housing affordability has been an issue plaguing Collier County for decades; the news isn’t new. Along with that, concentrating approved affordable housing projects in East Naples isn’t new either. When one looks at the distance from just a few East Naples schools one can determine that there appears to be a concentration in violation of state statute. Regal Acres Majestic […]

LTE: City Council Theatre

Anyone who believes the selection of newbie Erik Brechnitz as city council chairman was unrehearsed will be interested to know about a bridge in Brooklyn up for sale. The entertainment began when Chair Grifoni opened nominations and Councilor Rios hit his call button and was recognized faster than pus leaves a boil. Rios then made a prepared statement describing a […]

LTE: An Affront to Councilor Roman

An affront to a person occurred at the COMI Council Meeting 11/13/18.  My comments are not out of disrespect for Chair Brechnitz but out of respect for Councilor Roman. It is incredulous that Councilor Roman was not elected Chair; her stellar performance regardless of precedent or number of votes dictated this. It is therefore a fair question to ask those […]

Response to John Arceri’s LTE

Mr. Arceri, I object to your characterization of Howard Reed, and would truly like to understand how you have determined that he is hurting our city.  You accuse him of a desire to make the council look dysfunctional.  Trust me, this council is plenty dysfunctional because of your 2 favored candidates, Grifoni and Honig.  I never imagined how 2 seemingly […]

LTE: A Message from Rabbi Gross

George Washington in 1790 praised our young republic as an exemplary society which “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”  Yet both bigotry and persecution have marked the recent action of some individuals, in the form of a shooting attack that killed eleven Jews at prayer in Pittsburgh on October 27– the most serious anti-Semitic act in American […]

LTE: We Deserve Better

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;” seriously friends, neighbors, and citizens of Marco Island please pay attention to the recent developments regarding Councilor Honig.  It seems Councilor Honig has acknowledged he is the owner of an anonymous website Marco Politics while denying that he authored any of the content; however, contrary to his refusal to admit authorship document reviews […]

LTE: Support of Jerry Swiacki

I am writing in support of city council candidate, Dr. Jerry Swiacki. As a former resident of Marco Island (now living on Capri) and member of the Marco Island Fire Department, I have seen a lot of transition in the city government over the last few years. It seems that each time we get to know a new city manager […]

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