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The crime on Marco Island that never makes the police blotter: pickpocketing. On an island that many would consider affluent by many measures, I am amazed as to the amount of pickpocketing that is promoted and endorsed by the city, especially those related to safety. For clarity, the city recommends reaching into residents pockets to support more personnel to address a host of issues, to include monitoring gang members!
If the folks are willing to be seduced into accepting this proposal, I recommend enrolling in a AA or NA for group counseling.... because there is an addiction to spending that requires some sort of intervention.
So I ask the council to put an end to this pickpocketing that is being promoted by the city as they create budgets to expand personnel.
Prior to city hood, we had county officers, to which we are still supporting; perhaps its time to reconsider going back, because the residents of Marco Island are not getting a rebate from the county as promised by proponents of city hood. I guess this is simply another example of double dipping. And the city promised with its own police force, it would petition the county to reduce taxpayer support under the guise that we have our own police force.
Here is a dose of reality, in a community where the ability to pickpocket its citizenry has reached a finite limit with the result leading to termination of city sponsored policing.
How much is enough to protect and maintain the safety of property and lives? $10MM, $15MM, $20MM to protect us. I believe we have exceeded the tipping point, and are now heading into a realm where the folks will have to be protected from gang members on Marco Island!
If history can offer any insight, I can see a heightened level of lawsuits,including wrongful deaths and injury, disability claims, more speed limit signage to support the need for more patrols and compliance .....all to be added to the cost and paid by taxpayers.
Please stop this madness!!!!!! Please tell me this is just a bad dream! Please stop poor and excessive recommendations from management that I believe serves its own self interest with little value added to the citizens.
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