I permanently moved onto this Island seven years ago. I built a home on property that we purchased for our retirement long before there was any talk of city hood for Marco Island. Since I was not a resident at the time of the vote, I could not vote either way, but I don’t remember having any objection then and I don’t now, except for the city that we got!
Many weeks ago, I wrote an open letter to our council entitled ”Please Tell Me Why” which questioned much of the reckless spending since the creation of city hood, the most recent being a $100,000 “design contest” for the not yet necessary replacement of the bridge on Smokehouse Bay (which led to the selection of a $12,000,000 “designer” bridge worthy of our Nation’s capital). I wanted to know why we need council chambers that would make the Mayor of New York City salivate. (Have you seen them, along with the three Huge LCD TVs above their heads? You should!) I wanted to know why Rony Joel needs a “command center” in the new public works building? I wanted to know who authorized the purchase of “Marco Man.”
I did not receive an answer.
The group chaired by John Arceri that calls itself “Celebrate Marco” has been celebrating with your money for far too long. They have been able to do so because they have artfully crafted a council in their own image.
The current seven member council is split by a four/three vote with the spenders being in the majority. “Celebrate Marco” wants it to remain that way!
Three council seats are open in the coming election. Incumbents Ted Forcht and Chuck Kiester have consistently voted against excessive spending. They are both running for re-election and they deserve your vote. That leaves just one council seat to fill ... the seat that will decide whether we go on spending or we try to live within our means.
“Celebrate Marco” has fielded their one candidate, Larry Magel. He has spent (reportedly) approximately $20,000 in campaign funds so far. He is their “conservative“ candidate. (Remember “Change you can believe in?”)
Joe Batte has spent less than a thousand dollars at last report. Joe has been fighting government waste his whole life (visit his Web site … it is truly interesting).
Who are you going to vote for?