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I watched the council meeting and the estimates provided were akin to a salesman convincing me to sell my 2006 Porsche 911 for a new Ferrari on a maintenance cost basis.
I find the use of "minimum level" to describe response capabilities of the Coast Guard and county, is quite nuanced.
If you haven't read the most recent rescue and search associated with water, they were successfully performed by the Coast Guard Axillary and Collier County. Even the most recent search of a victim that was found in the canal, was a county helicopter. Quite impressive for providing a "minimal level" of service.
And the most obscene, please tell me why some cities share resources ie. Ft. Myeers, Estero, Bonita Springs for water rescue operations, yet an ALS rescue boat provide by the county at the Isles of Capris is considered minimal. And if I recall the public discussion the new $400K boat will be housed on a trailer on San Marco Blvd.
The amount of monies Marco Island is spending on equipment for water rescue operations exceeds similar communities by a factor of 2-4X. And in other communities I have the pleasure of spending a fair amount of time, with commercial cruise water traffic and vacationers, i.e Newport RI, the disparity is overwhelming. The goal in that city is quick response time with inflatables and jet skis. And RI with Narragansett Bay is quite a recreational gem, and all the municipalities that line the bay, NONE has a rescue boat that even approaches the cost of $400K, even considering commercial fishing and shelling operations. The Coast Guard and state provide the equipment and resources that match the specifications Marco Island felt was "needed" for water rescue. If you believe in efficient government operations, then you would expect "minimum levels" at the local level supported by county and state with more sophisticated and larger capabilities.
And for Mr. Murphy to categorize the Coast Guard's primary responsibility to Homeland Security is quite a distortion of the CG's mission statement. Simply because the Coast Guard is now found in the organizational chart of Homeland Security did NOT change the mission of the Coast Guard as it applies to rescue operaitons, it merely changed the reporting structure.
And for a final thumbnail sketch, I expect local municipalities to provide "minimal level" of services that are supplemented and backed up by county and state agencies with more sophisticated and far ranging equipment.
In your world the county helicopter that recently found the body of a woman in the canal was minimal level.
Sorry, I disagree with your comments on a host of fronts.
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