Letters & Guest Commentaries

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 […]

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 […]

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