And the survey says . . .

MICA results indicate Marco majority says no to high school

The Marco Island Civic Association’s annual survey results are in and though they don’t surprise MICA’s executive director Ruth McCann, the results may be somewhat surprising news to many others.

City councilors say it is one of the only tools to gauge overall community opinion on several prominent issues.

Some of the results that stood out to McCann included the results of the spending cap question, which she said were very clear.

The survey revealed that the members want the spending cap to remain in place in the City Charter, with 85.6 percent responding that they wish to retain the spending cap as currently written.

“Even if you add up those who want to raise the cap to 5 percent, 10 percent or eliminate the cap entirely, that percentage totals just 7.8 percent,” McCann said.

The remainder of those surveyed, 6.6 percent, were undecided.

The electric municipalization survey question was new to the survey and 82.7 percent do not want the city to expend any further funds to investigate electric municipalization, another clear statement from the membership.

More than 6,000 surveys were mailed out this year and more than 2,500 completed surveys were returned.

“That is a 41 percent return, which is slightly higher than last year,” McCann reported.

This year’s survey was mailed in March with an April 1 return deadline. In past years the survey has been mailed in April or May.

About 58 percent of respondents answered the question “Do you support a public high school on Marco Island?” with the answer “no.”

McCann said that result didn’t surprise her, but said she could understand how attendees to meetings advocating the school may believe the support is higher.

Members of the Marco Island high school initiative, including Jane Watt, did not comment on the result or whether it would persuade their approach to building a Marco Island charter high school by 2011 or 2012.

“With many important issues on the horizon, the MICA Board wanted to get the opinions of the members in order to be best prepared to address the issues,” McCann said.

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MarcoJimbo writes:

It appears the people have spoken on electric municipalization. At the next City council meeting we'll find out if anyone was listening when they are to decide on appropriating $22,500 for an electric municipalization study by consultant WHH Enterprises.

sailingalong writes:

We know that Arceri isn't giving up. Trotter is going to listen to him over 82% of the voters. You can count on Waldud continuing to have his strings pulled by Arceri and Arceri needs a new $500 per hour job. No wonder our council has a 1/3 un approval rating.

sailingalong writes:

Come on Kelly, let's tell the whole story. It is pretty revealing that 1/3 of the responders disapprove of the council and the city manager while only 1/3 approve of them. That is very newsworthy!!! Stop shielding city hall and print the full story as the Sun did. The Eagle will continue to lose readership and credibility unless you stop the obvious bias. We are disappointed in you.

lauralbi1 writes:

Come on people, at least get the facts right. That is always the problem with you. That's why very few listen to what you have to say, at least at the voting booth. 2,500 surveys were returned to MICA. I had thought that a household was a survey, but that is not the case. Each member got a survey. That means, as an example, for 82% that responded on the LCEC issue, there were 2,050 opinions against starting the committee or looking into the takeover. That is a whopping 16% of the registered voters. sailingalong wants to make an agenda based on 1/3 of the responders which is a whopping 6% of the registered voters on the Island. I'm not making any judgements on any issues. Let's just take the survey and the results and express them for what they are. The opinions of 2,500 MICA members. More members did NOT respond than did respond (3,500 vs 2,500). I'd say that is almost more telling than the results themselves. Nothing to get excited over.
Ed Issler

liberator100 writes:

58 percent of Marco Islanders say "NO" to a high school and Jane Watt has no comment? What is wrong with this picture? What happened to "the majority of Marco Islanders are in favor of a high school" comment Jane? When more than two people get together in a room and agree on an issue; they think they are representing the majority! Mario Sanchez had a forum on the same issue and guess what; no one showed up! Where is Sanchez now? Nowhere! Are you surprised?

happy6 writes:

ed..the facts are the problem with you...distorted.

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