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Drs. Uhler letter only confirms what is already well known and agreed to by all sides of this water/sewer issue: the greatest water usage comes from irrigation. So unless you are willing to join the brown lawn movement, (remember the City outlawed zeroscaping years ago) you simply cannot lower your water bill significantly through conservation. Better said, go ahead and flush everytime on number two. The real issue is the high cost of the STRP program and the over capacitated water treatment plant. But it is an issue created by, as Drs. Uhler have said, "our elected representatives and their minions since city-hood". Like it or not, these high costs will remain indefinitely as these past decisions cannot be undone.
What can be done, however, is to make prudent financial decisions going forward. This Mackle Park debacle, among others, comes to mind. In this regard I join the Uhlers in thanking and commending " MITA, MICA, EyeOnMarco, the MIHOA and other populist groups" who have made it their mission to avoid seeing Marco's last decade of tragic history repeated over and over again. There is no question a line needs to be drawn in the sand (pun intended). This massive and uncontrollable debt is not sustainable and Marco Island's future rests on the ability of City Council to reign in this culture of mortgage. God help us all.
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