As conscientious as most city council members are about spending or not spending taxpayers’ money, the more public input the council has received, the more cost-cutting efforts resulted. No elected official wants to furlough staff or cut departmental budgets if he or she doesn’t have to. It’s human nature and in a way, admirable.
Public officials sometimes have a tendency toward empire building. Why not put in for an additional staffer or two, if no one complains? Such tendencies are as old as the human race, from the Cave Dwellers Associations, to tribal councils to the UN General Assembly. In our city, the key is common sense. If council shows it, we’ll be fine. If not, we must remind them to do so.
We could start with the idea of raising council members’ annual salaries. They now get $6,000 a year, $9,000 for the chairman.
Even a modest raise now would be ludicrous. When many residents have seen their jobs disappear, their homes foreclosed or their retirement funds wither, denying elected officials a raise, even a dollar a year more, is a no-brainer. Also, anyone who would run for city council for the paycheck would not get our support.
What’s that plant? Tigertail tells all
Have you ever walked along Tigertail beach and wondered about the names of some of the flowers and other plants there? No? Well maybe you should get out more often. The point is that now, visitors to Tigertail can see newly installed signs identifying the plants and giving more information about them.
The cost of the signs, $55 each, was met by donations from members of Friends of Tigertail. This is the second time in several years that FOT has paid the bill for identifying signs that make visiting Tigertail more enjoyable and informative.
Collier County’s Department of Park and Recreation personnel installed them. The eight signs, with color photos, contain descriptions of the plants and their features, with descriptions from the book, “Native Florida Plants,” by Robert G. Haehle and Joan Brookwell.
Our thanks to Debbie Roddy, president of Friends of Tigertail, for a heads-up on the new signs. If you’d like to be part of Friends of Tigertail, you join so at the Web site, friendsoftigertail.com.
All the world’s a stage, including a Marco bank
We want to remind you about tomorrow night’s event at Orion Bank, when the Marco Players leave the confines of their theater complex to travel about a hundred yards to the vaunted, vaulted halls of Orion Bank.
Bank Manager Keith Dameron, a closet song and dance man who thinks that if Pauly Shore can make it in show biz, so could he, says the bank’s In The Round evening the Nov. 29 will be a surround-sound, live explosion of music, comedy, drama and dancing. Call for reservations at 403-5136.
Also, the Marco Players open their upcoming season on Nov. 4, with the Neil Simon play, “Jake’s Women.” Get tickets for performances through Nov. 22 via themarcoplayers.com or by phone at 642-7270.
Chris Curle is a former news anchor for CNN and for ABC-TV stations in Washington, D.C., Atlanta and Houston. E-mail email@example.com. Don is a former ABC News correspondent and bureau chief and a former news anchor for CNN and ABC-TV, in Atlanta. His Farmer File column appears Fridays in the Naples Daily News. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.