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For the record, CARES did not initiate the recall petition. Roger Hall initiated it and backed it with his own money. He deserves the credit, not me, although Diane and I signed his petition as private citizens.
You are correct that "Instead of these elected officials (Minozzi, Tucker and Trotter) letting it go to vote, they ran to their buddies in the court system to have it thrown out."
You also are correct that the people of Marco "haven't even BEGUN to feel the reprocussions of that travisty. ...how the hell are we paying for this STRP project with so many foreclosed homes on the isle?"
To that I'll add: How will the people of Marco feel when their beaches are closed and visitors flee from pollution caused by overflowing lift stations and sewage plant failures? The STRP is a double disaster: not only a financial disaster but an environmental disaster waiting to happen. Central sewerage has no place on a flat low-lying barrier island in a hurricane zone ... especially when the sewer plant is situated directly on a canal leading to the Gulf and at a whopping 11 foot elevation!
As I said in responding to a previous article, the discount provided for paying the STRP "up front" in no way compensates for the "opportunity cost" of the money so fronted. When the council "got creative" in producing financing options like postponing payment entirely for 20 years, the die was cast. One of the sitting council members at the time was an accountant but she didn't forsee the implications of that stupidity and those who should have known better (Moss/Harrison/Arceri et. al.) never warned the people of the probable outcome. With most of the construction costs having to be "bonded" and the bond interest and repayment schedule having to be covered by the rate structure, utility rates were destined to rise inexorably. And they have! Everyone is now paying to fund the construction costs for those who wisely chose to postpone paying for 20 years. The city can only hope that those people will move or die soon so that their delayed payment is triggered. Delightful, isn't it! Even then, it's not clear that the city will get its money because there may be back taxes due and mortgage liens on the property. Banks who have foreclosed on a property and are taking a bath themselves may not be too anxious to pay an existing STRP lien. Arguably the city's claim may have priority over a mortgage but the city may have to go to court to establish that pre-eminence and I wouldn't count on Florida courts to decide anything equitably.
Ed FosterFormer Marco Resident & Chairman of CARES at the time.
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