Dear Dr. Biles: Thank you and your MITA board and members for excellence in reporting critical community governance events and affairs with accuracy, objectivity, truth, candor and genuine honesty.
MITA’s October newsletter is a journalist’s First Amendment classic. It’s a Pulitzer Prize nominee for excellence in local reporting. Much of its content merits entry into our City Council’s official record as well as deserving comprehensive reportage and editorial coverage in the our newspaper.
As a concerned citizen, I join increasing numbers of full- and part-time resident voters, property owners and taxpayers resenting the avalanche of debt, soaring utility costs, uncontrolled public spending, poor planning and imbalanced budgets that have been the hallmarks of our municipal government’s actions and behaviors since FY2002.
We citizens have been victimized by the absence of transparency, oversight, public discourse, open debate, responsible accountability and participation in decision-making including the abject renouncement of public referendums. We have witnessed a vortex of local government decisions devoted to astonishing croneyism and crass elitism. Such official civic behaviors have defied the expressed will of informed citizens and have polarized our remarkable Gulf community into just another Florida Interstate pit-stop for cheap day tourists, renters and maudlin resort transients.
Our exceptional heritage and legacies have been forgotten and ruined in the name of “profit and gain.” Is it really too late for Marco Islanders to reverse such bizarre governmental amnesia?
Please continue informing “We, the People” how we can and should return to our historic moorings while reminding us that patriotism can be awkward and embarrassing. MITA continues to remind us, though, it should never be. For that vital admonition, we are grateful for MITA’s continuing civic contributions.