Letter to the Editor: Proud to be an Islander

Proud to be an Islander

We fell in love with this island the first time we saw it six years ago and purchased a home four years ago, at the top of the real estate market, and now live here full time.

It was the best investment we ever made because the “return” in terms of the quality of life here is unmatched.

I often tell a joke about the longtime Marco resident who passed away, and when he was at the pearly gates, St. Peter asked him where he was from. The man replied “Marco Island” to which St. Peter responded “Oh-oh, you’re not going to like it here.”

A slight exaggeration, but it would be hard to find a better place in the country. I could not even list all of the activities, clubs and special events on the island. The seasonal people and the visitors give the island new life each year.

Our current and past council members and city staff have done a great job at looking forward, and after all, this is the direction we are all going. Collier Boulevard looks great, Veteran’s Park will be a big new asset and, to name a few others, the teen center, dogs in the parks and a “dog park,” city sewers, better athletic fields, biking trails, young child park and the farmer’s market. The residents also support so strongly all of the other activities of the island, such as the church events, public library, new historical center, charter school, festivals, community service projects, etc.

I also believe it is a positive that many residents keep an eye on the government on the island, challenge and question their decisions and express opinions. To me, this is democracy at its best. I am proud to be an Islander, and I have confidence the island will only continue to improve and enhance the quality of all of our lives.

Linda Goslee

Marco Island

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