We been coming to Marco Island since 1997 because of the climate. Since then the city has made tremendous progress in many ways. A number of us sat around and talked about the many positives that included Collier Boulevard, Veterans’ Community Park, City Hall including the Police and Fire Departments, at least 20 intersection improvements, Mackle Park’s many improvements, the STRP (Sewer Treatment Replacement Program) to protect our environment, bike paths on almost all the major streets, improvement to the parkways, a new bridge for all of our safety and many other advances for the citizenry and guests.
When we needed additional signage to control traffic we were able to contact Mr. (Rony) Joel and his predecessor and action was taken. When I rode my bike or walked around the Island and saw water leaking from valve boxes or hydrants a simple e-mail to the city and the problems were fixed. For all of you, the past councilors, and dedicated municipals employees we appreciate your efforts.
In the past year or so we’ve seen changes in the administration that make us fear that we are heading in the direction of deferred maintenance. City actions seem more autocratic and less democratic. There seems to be less transparency.
We all know that we must maintain our autos and homes. The council and the city manager must be responsible for maintaining and improving this beautiful community we all refer to as paradise.
We feel we will pay dearly for the soon-to-be loss of Mr. Joel’s services.
Dick and Jennie Plawecki