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Putnam, you are a curmudgeon. You attack the children’s park? We have families on the Island or have you missed the schools here? Hundreds of volunteers cooperated and donated earnest and hard work to build the structure which our children and grandchildren enjoy.
The water company purchase was a brainchild of a friend of yours, Faye Biles. You are rewriting history and bending it to meet your distorted needs.
A teen center would have been a wonderful community addition but I understand it has been cut out of the budget due to revenue cuts.
I think you are wrong about the 4 lane toll bridge too, which is not to say we should neglect the Jolley Bridge. We need to make sure it is safe and can withstand a hurricane.
It is completely deceptive to blame any city administrator or council people for the home values going up or down. The inflated rates had more to do with the speculative ventures of people like Davies feeding the mania. In the end he took a risk. Interesting how you find no fault with Davies’ behavior. He is the one who is short-sighted. He should have seen that he could get stuck with having to pay property taxes on properties that may not sell when the bubble finally bursts. And he is going to be stuck with paying mortgages that are now valued less than the properties on which they are held. And he may have leveraged some homes to buy others with the inflated equity at the time.
But why should the rest of us be held accountable for his decisions? Those of us who live here full time are paying a reasonable amount for property tax and protecting the retired folks on fixed income by the homestead plan.
Davies is disgruntled because now he has to also pay for sewers on the properties he is stuck with. That was a risk he took and apparently failed to appreciate the full extent of. There is no ‘easy’ money. So now he is willing to bash the entire political structure of Marco Island in order to try to get out of the sewer deal.
He got himself into this mess. It is not our responsibility to get him out of it. You sound like you would trade in the children’s water park to bail out Davies….Your priorities do not mesh with the majority’s.
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