Letter To The Editor: The choice is clear

In the upcoming election, one choice is clear: An independent voice with proven financial experience — Larry Magel, running against two incumbent councilors and a third try council wannabe.

Let’s make the comparison. Magel’s proven management and civic experience is shown in saving taxpayers $60,000 to $75,000 by negotiating a new fee arrangement for the city attorney and as a member of the Utility Advisory Committee reduced proposed water and sewer rate increases by over 28 percent.

But the biggest difference in conservative value was exhibited when he voted in the minority — a 4-3 vote on the Charter Review Committee against a one time 50 percent increase in council compensation.

His two incumbent opponents chose not to alter the committee’s amendment and put it on the ballot. He said in committee: “Such an increase in a tight budget does not set the proper example.”

Our island needs honest, positive councilors.

The term of the two incumbents has been overshadowed in negativity by one councilor who not only opposed the sewers, but failed in a recall effort of councilors who favored the program. Appearing before the Charter Committee, this councilor supported allowing nonresident homeowners the privilege of voting in local elections in violation of Florida law.

And speaking of Florida law, the biggest cloud of negative perception was his conviction of destroying public records and the county judge’s statement, “He made a mockery of the law.”

Do we want four more years of this negative behavior, or do we deserve a true conservative with a high moral code?

Recently, I was surprised when several people approached me to say they were voting for Magel but thought they were required to vote for three candidates. This is not the case. You may vote for one, two or three candidates.

But if you want to be assured that Magel can work for you, vote only Larry Magel and pass on “the slate.”

Jack Patterson

Marco Island

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OldMarcoMan writes:

What a load of ----

happyonmarco writes:

If you only vote for Magle it's throwing away 2 of your votes! And, if you vote for Magle we get you....Arceri....Granda....along with him! FORGET IT!

lauralbi1 writes:

Very well stated !!!! Next let's talk about a Councilman that was convicted of Destruction of Public Records. The only Florida Politicain so convicted in the history of Florida.
What an honor !!!!
Ed Issler

jwputnam writes:


I think that you are going to have to come up with something a little stronger than that. It doesn't appear to be working. How about Chuck's voting record?

MarcoJimbo writes:

How nice of Jack to put his "two cents worth" in for Larry, assuming he actually wrote the letter. Who can we expect to hear from next, Lazarus, Elliott, or some other member of John's syndicate? If Larry's campaign spending is any indication of his fiscal conservatism, I'll pass. Yesterday, each registered voter in my household recieved the same mailing from him.

ChuckKiester writes:

Jack, I cannot let your LTE rest without a response. First and foremost, it was Mr. Magel and I who negotiated a settlement with the city attorney in an effort to reduce his fees. Secondly, it was you personally who came up to thank me after the vote for agreeing to place the proposed amendments on the ballot "to allow the voting public to decide the issues" when I had serious reservations about the ballot language. While I and all city councilors have been advised by our city attorney to refrain from commenting in favor or against any of the proposed amendments, I will advise all voters to read the fine print (and not just the statement on the ballot)in making your individual decisions. Chuck Kiester

Fossil writes:

Mr. Patterson, you and your political cronies currently run Marco Island. We need NEW leadership. If you want honesty and integrity vote for Joe Batte. He has a proven record of never enriching himself at the public's expense. He loves Marco Island and he will listen to everyone that lives here. Give Joe a chance. Vote for a really good man for a change.

happyonmarco writes:

I have 4 registered voters in my household. My spouse and I and 2 of our voting age children. All FOUR of us received Magle's mailing yesterday. All I can say is after the display of utter ridiculous spending (each one must have cost at least $1.00) and to not take a little time to delete duplicate addresses to the household and just send one brochure has led me to be very annoyed. This type of spending is NOT what I want on council.

marcosandflea writes:

Our household also has four registered voters and......YES, we all received a letter from Candidate Magel. I checked with some friends and YES, everyone registered to vote in their households each received a letter. This is a good indication of poor fiscal decision making, and lack of attention to detail. Apparently, he has more money to spend than all the other candidates put together and seems compelled on spending it!! In previous campaigns our home received one letter and it was addressed to "Head of Household". Perhaps Candidate Magel needs some more experience in Government before running for our City Council.

Our next Council is going to have to make some very tough financial decisions and our house is voting for Keister, Forcht and Batte. We like the sound of Joe Batte, he has stayed the course and is once again offering his service to our community. We have also heard that he is tighter than the bark on a tree and that's the man I want looking after my taxpayer money.

What a waste. It seems the Magel mindset is, "I've got it, so I'll spend it"..........reminds me of the Arceri gang, and look at the problems they caused. When you get your utility bill you can thank the Arceri gang for the ever increasing cost of just enjoying Marco....it didn't used to be like this.

I wonder how many registered voters there are in the Magel household and if they each received a letter from their candidate??

If you want more of the same and keep the Arceri gang in power, vote for "MORE MONEY MAGEL".

marcosandflea writes:

Jack Patterson, John Arceri, Monty Lasarus, Ed Issler, Jose Grande and the rest of the gang at "Celebrate Marco".....your candidate, Larry Magel didn't get the nod from the Editorial Board at the Naples News.

You guys must be slipping. Perhaps the voters have figured out that after the last election you are not to be trusted.

Editorial from Sunday's Naples News.

Marco Island kicks off the first round of voting in this election year 2010. With Naples and Bonita Springs soon to follow, Marco Island voters will select City Council members and decide on amendments to the city charter.

Here are the recommendations from our editorial board for the three seats and seven proposed amendments:

City Council

Incumbents Ted Forcht and Chuck Kiester merit re-election.

They have served capably for the past four years amid a turbulent time, as the city overcame divisiveness on sewer expansion and agreed to proceed. Property taxes started to dry up and fiscal belt-tightening became mandatory.

Kiester still seems to lack a full understanding of the seriousness of his brush with Florida’s open records laws that saw legal precedent set on preserving official-business e-mails sent to and from an elected official’s home. He has a sharper vision for improving everyday life without added public expense — helping bring more shopping to the island.

Forcht sees the new role of council as a caretaker of Marco and its infrastructure; protect what we have.

To join them, we recommend Joe Batte, who is dedicated to public service more than ever. After running for council in vain four years ago, Batte stayed involved, winning appointment to important city advisory boards — on code enforcement and in-depth auditing.

 Also in race: Larry Magel.

 How will the voting work? Candidates run at-large. The top three vote-getters win, and take office for four years.

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