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What I do not understand, the folks that wanted a dog park raised more than $50K, vs the $20K the folks (P&R Foundation) + $17K Island CC donation that want an expanded community center. Note: the dog park was a $50K project and the community center is $4.3M. So by my math, I would have expected complete funding by the foundation? Or at least more than the dog folks in convincing the park haters of their commitment.
Am I missing something? And to claim this expansion is for Marco Island residents is quite a stretch, considering the make-up of Tommy Barfield Middle School and visitors and programming.
Why are we wrestling over a community center, when the big need is Smokehouse Bay bridge. I guess we have lost our way, AGAIN!
And to 1P, I believe it is intended (wink, wink) for the school, but surprisingly I did not see Ms. Watt at the podium, however, the program leaders were in full uniform.
The Y was represented but was very careful not to ruffle any feathers. This is a time to fly high and wide but we live in a real world, where projects are promoted on needs and quite frankly, if you stack the programing list with every conceivable learning program, I guess you can re-qualify it as a learning institution. If fact, the city is turning away programs due to limited space. WOW! All that revenue loss!
I was hoping the city manager was going to rescue Mr. Galiana during his presentation, but I believe Mr. Riviere was just as convinced of his revenue projections.
It was painful to watch, and Mr. Honig and Mr. Magel were trying their best to dissuade Mr. Galiana from promoting the revenue argument. Mr. Sacher had to instruct the crowd as to the gross misrepresentation; but Mr. Galiana was convinced, he could justify his tables. It was truly sad.
I believe Mr. Milk could have done better, but against a pro like Mr. Murphy for the fire boat, it is quite a hurdle.
All I may suggest is send it to a referendum, and have the city propose the best plan based on need only, and quit shooting for the moon. They must have been optimistic after seeing Mr. Murphy convince both past and current council that a $400K fire boat was the best solution to maintaining water rescue operations, in light of the crafts in outlying communities and county.
I will say this in defense of Mr. Milk, on my list of city requests, a $400K fire boat would have lower standing, than addressing the needs of the community center. Please address your needs!!!!!
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