It's time to confess.
Celebrate Marco is guilty, and so am I, of certain acts and beliefs:
I confess that Celebrate Marco did honor Fire Chief Mike Murphy before an overflowing crowd, for being recognized as Florida's Fire Chief of the Year.
I confess that Celebrate Marco did honor Tommie Barfield Elementary School and the Marco Island Charter Middle School, and their students and faculty. As part of the confession, we did recognize and celebrate their astonishing records in front of hundreds of attendees.
I confess that volunteers from Celebrate Marco (and I was one) did knowingly participate in Spooktacular along with Marco Island city employees, members of Kiwanis and others before a crowd estimated to be more than 1,000.
I also confess that the kids really seemed to enjoy the event.
I confess that Celebrate Marco committed the unforgivable act of researching and — gasp — actually reading the Florida statute on recall and explaining the required procedures, although not taking a position on recall itself.
I confess that Celebrate Marco, under my cover letter, requested the City Council to pass a resolution recognizing civility and reasonable discourse and respecting the rights of others who have contrary views.
Finally, I confess that I serve as a member of the Marco Island Planning Board, that I sit next to Dr. Jim Riviere, that I like Jim, that I respect Jim, and that I defend his right to express his views.
Whew, confession is good for the soul.
Monte Lazarus , Celebrate Marco , Marco Island