Letters & Guest Commentaries

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 […]

Letter to the Editor: Demonstrated Commitment to Marco Island




Full disclosure: Jerry Swiacki has been one of my best friends for many years. That said, I’m offended by the attacks being waged against him as a candidate for Marco City Council, but I’m sending this email as a friend who happens to think that the type of slanderous attacks against Jerry have no place in our home that we […]

Letter to the Editor: When Local Communities Step Up, Our Waterways Win




As Vice Chair of the South Florida Water Management District and a South Florida resident, I have a deep sense of responsibility to follow science in making decisions to keep our waterways clean. Our environment and the life that calls it home, as well as our burgeoning economy, depend on both state and federal agencies to do their part in […]

Letter to the Editor: A Simple Question For Voters



Lawns are covered in a rainbow of signs; vicious emails fill your inbox; new anonymous websites pop-up like weeds, it must be election season on Marco Island. Five candidates are fighting it out for three Marco Island City Council seats. Combined, they have raised over $84,000 to win a $6,000/year job. Erik Brechnitz is Larry Honig’s planning board appointee. Victor […]

LTE: Support For Brechnitz


The lifeblood of a city is the prudent management of its financial resources. Erik Brechnitz served the city of Decatur, Illinois, as a city council member and later as mayor. Our council was active, informed, and effective during his terms of office. He is man of high intellect. Erik’s superior knowledge of and experience with municipal finance has been of […]


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