Letters & Guest Commentaries

A Guardian Angel

Letter to the Editor


On Tuesday, I went out to walk on San Marco Road. The sun was going down and before I knew it, I was walking in the dark. I had on dark pants and jacket. A white pickup truck pulled into a driveway as I was approaching and a young man got out, opened the door of his car and took […]

To Fertilize or NOT to Fertilize

Letter to the Editor


As a Marco resident and having a considerable lawn to maintain, I’ve often wondered about the best time to fertilize my turf. After attending a Board of County Commissioners’ workshop on a “Countrywide Fertilizer Ordinance”, I was a little surprised that there were experts proposing that it’s best to fertilize during the rainy season as well as experts advocating the […]

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to City Council


Kudos to the Marco Island City Council for giving everyone involved in the ALF discussion (Petitioner, City Staff, Residents & Council Members) ample time to express themselves at the 1/22 City Council Meeting. As a full-time resident I watched the entire meeting and came away with three key beliefs: The people spoke and the City Council responded by denying the […]

Letter to the Editor: Micro CCRC on Marco


Dear Editor, The Wilhelm Reich, psychoanalyst, quote, “The less he understands something, the more firmly he believes in it,” seems to be true concerning the Micro CCRC being proposed for our island. This is a facility for seniors with independent living apartments, assisted living, and memory care. We are an island of retirees and how wonderful it would be to […]

Need For ALF on Marco

Letter to the Editor


During the debate about the proposed assisted living facility on Marco Island, many aspects of the plan have come under scrutiny by the planning board, the council and the public. While these steps are important, I suggest that the main focus now be on the need for such a facility. As a former caregiver and facilitator of a Marco Island […]

Marco Begins 2019 with First Step Towards Effective Government

Guest Commentary

The hiring of David Harden, a first-rate professional, as Marco Island’s Interim City Manager should be welcome news for Islanders. Effective Marco government may be within reach if Harden’s efforts to stabilize Marco’s city administration and get municipal operations back on track are successful. The selection was made possible by help from the Florida City and County Management Association in […]

LTE: Letter to City Council


Dear City Council,  During the period 2005 though 2008 there was negative publicity and criticism about the City’s plans to eliminate some 5,000 aging septic systems and put these homes on a central sewer system – which was the original intent of the Marco Island waste water design.  Prior members of City Council took a terrible public beating for their […]

LTE: Marco Wildlife Sheds a Tear



One might think that the passage of a new protected species ordinance in the January 7th City Council Meeting would be great news for our wildlife. Regrettably, the new ordinance does not provide a sufficiently strong deterrent for the most egregious wildlife offenders. There will still be people that will destroy our wildlife and their habitat. Though the $5,000 maximum […]

Open Letter to Marco City Council



Councilors: I am using this newspaper venue, instead of the “public comment” segment at a city council meeting, hoping for a more positive reaction than the typical “Thank you…next?”. Councilors, with the recent hiring of professional Interim City Manager David Harden, Marco is finally emerging from an embarrassing situation. The missteps you made when seeking an Interim City Manager have […]

LTE: And the Beat Goes on…



If there’s such a thing as an amusing tragedy, last week’s Council meeting qualifies: Councilor Grifoni received a plaque commemorating his term as Chairman and presumably eclipsing the “No Confidence” vote he received in May. Councilor Honig correctly bemoaned recent disruptions staff placed on historical activities at Mackle Park Lake. However, it never occurred to Honig that a formal motion […]


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