Letter to the Editor: From my bulging Marco Island City Council ‘you can’t make this up!’ file

The gaiety of Valentine’s Day, 2011, was shattered Monday evening while viewing our joyous email missives and greetings from family and friends. Interspersed was an exchange of heart-wrenching, acerbic messages from several concerned citizens revealing the news that our City Council members were, according to Chairman Frank Recker emails: (1) Emphatically opposed to leasing Tract K to the MI Eagle Sanctuary; (2) Definitely averse to the Foundation’s five-year lease; (3) Delivering its Tract K adversity to the Collier County School Board at its Tuesday, Feb. 15 meeting; (4) Dedicated to taking “legal action” to prevent the Foundation to complete its mission; And (5) Viewing the eagle sanctuary proposal as a civic “travesty” and “an arrogant display of disdain for our city and its children.”

Once again, we the people of Marco Island are caught up in our City Council’s continuing “culture of contempt” against We the People that has so ubiquitously characterized our municipal government’s behaviors and decisions for more than a decade. Where and when did our City Council: (1) Discuss thoroughly and openly, let alone vote, its opposition to the Eagle Sanctuary and the Foundation’s leasing plan? (2) Declare its decision to inform the Collier County School Board of its official, unanimous opposition to the Eagle Sanctuary? And (3) Label concerned citizens as “arrogant” and a popular conservation plan as a “travesty” whenever Tract K’s future was discussed openly and thoroughly at a City Council meeting?

The public record shows that our City Council, in the past six months or so, has denied, delayed, postponed and contemptuously ignored this critical issue facing our community. This volatile issue remains intertwined with the so-called “high school question” that has become the topic of passionate dialogue and heated debate by a host of active resident groups, taxpayers, parents, students and educators for nearly two years now. In fact, Chair Recker was MIA-AWOL last week when we concerned citizens attended the “standing room only” Council meeting to discuss and determine what should be our K-Tract public policy as determined by a formal City Council vote. Chair Recker appears misinformed, this week, and has not read his emails and/or, perhaps, even his Valentines.

Isn’t Chair Recker the “arrogant” citizen on this issue blindly leading our City Council, once again, through a “travesty” of civic inaction and civil incompetence?

Not to fret! My “You Can’t Make This Up” file is still waiting for determinative City Hall action on deficit spending, borrowing, unsustainable debt, expenditure reduction, fairness in utility charges, equitable grey water distribution, reduction in carbon footprints by public utilities, etc., etc., etc., for all-too-many Valentine Days since our city-hood independence.

Sayre Uhler

Marco Island

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ajm3s writes:

Council, are you listening, or is this just another comment from a disenchanted naysayer?

Dr. Recker did you say early in your Council Chairmanship that your role is to resolve issues, NOT creating them?

Thank you Mr.Uhler.

dc5799 writes:

Does anyone know of the meeting tomorrow at 2:30 about the new plans for a 6 $million makeover at Mackle Park?
Don't we have enough debt and did we not just get finished renovating the park?
What is wrong with you people?

MarcoDefender writes:

DC - Have you been to Mackle Park lately? It's very busy, busting at the seems with all the use, classes, meetings hosted for various groups, fitness enthusiasts and, dare I say it, children.

If there's justification for open land and dedicated park space for a few eagles, surely you can see the rationale for expanding a park with needed space to support what all those citizens use on this island. Sorry that people require chairs, air conditioned rooms for use in the hot summer and toilets, unlike our low maintenance friends of a feather that now have 11 protected acres over on Tract K. Unfortunately you need a bigger building to accommodate those "human needs".

Come on, you can't have everything. Granted, I place the highest priority on fiscal management, however, I also recognize the value on return on investment, and clearly there some excellent usage and value there.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Come on folks, they are looking for a new building so we can place a city councilor's name or plaque on it. Can we guess which councilor will get the next dedication?

ajm3s writes:

in response to MarcoDefender:

DC - Have you been to Mackle Park lately? It's very busy, busting at the seems with all the use, classes, meetings hosted for various groups, fitness enthusiasts and, dare I say it, children.

If there's justification for open land and dedicated park space for a few eagles, surely you can see the rationale for expanding a park with needed space to support what all those citizens use on this island. Sorry that people require chairs, air conditioned rooms for use in the hot summer and toilets, unlike our low maintenance friends of a feather that now have 11 protected acres over on Tract K. Unfortunately you need a bigger building to accommodate those "human needs".

Come on, you can't have everything. Granted, I place the highest priority on fiscal management, however, I also recognize the value on return on investment, and clearly there some excellent usage and value there.

Rip Van Winkle woke up and found that parks are now a collection of buildings where they now engage in indoor activities.

What happened to parks that simply were parks, primarily an open environment. So I guess this is where innovation is now heading, till the soil and lay down a grade beam for the future of treadmills, balance bars, classes, meetings...... Isn't that the definition of a school with a gymnasium.

Maybe its me, but does the government need to provide treadmills, balance bars since our membership at the Y and Curves is getting pricey. Is it the responsibility of providing all the equipment for exercise, or maybe we do have a right to exercise, just like we have a right to work, really? A right?

I need my medication, my head is spinning, on this merry-go-round. Is Marco Island's goal to create an amusement park at the expense of our fields?

We already have an amusement park, the Community Room at City Hall. Just kidding around! Can we have a full-time clown at the park too? We need a laugh as well, it's a right granted to its citizens? We just need to vote for those sympathetic to our rights or is it wants or is it needs.

Confused again on the role of government, especially the extent of its reach.

UPDATE: The walking paths at Plummer Park were just repaired. Thank you for maintaining the simple things without the need of a committee. Can you now go on to the cul-de-sacs in the same simple approach to maintenance, like cutting grass. No beautification recommendation required. MAINTENANCE!

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to islandeye1#236971:

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Islandeye 1#236971......

The Marco Defenders real concern is having others supplement his/hers lack of funds to educate their children.

Marco Island Academy is about the public funding a so called private school for certain children, without their parents having to paying tuition.

How could any caring concern parent deny their child a full diverse high school experience, and put them in trailers?

The parents that are the loudest moved here not because of their children, but because of their own selfish egos, the kids had no voice, no choice..

We will see how "green" MIA is when they apply for permits to remove the turtles from the property on San Marco Rd.

As far as the Track K comments, "Their's no crying in baseball"... Games over, and move on.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Bottom line, Islandeye, the proponents do not care in the least about the "other" children at Lely.

I guess the horrible use of the term "child hater" so often used by Klabautermann and Herzili really relect on those "other" children and definitely not their own.

1Paradiselost writes:

Ocram & Islandeye.......

The child haters live on this island. They are the parents of those who hate anyone who is from a different social or ethnic group.

Their greatest fear is that Johnnie might fall in love with Juanita or Maria. And God forbid, Juanita or Maria finds herself pregnant.

Those select parents and their actions will be taking funds from the Collier County school budget for their publicly funded private school.

ALL taxpayers in this county will be affected by higher school taxes for MIA's public/private school.

Now they want to take our "City" tax dollars and build the Marco Island Academy a 39,000 square foot building with an "Indoor Basketball Court" located In Mackle Park.

Let's not be fooled, that's just what it is. If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, It's a duck!

I applaud Mr. Trotters suggestion that the building be put to a voters in a referendum.

I am dismayed again with Mr. Reckers comments "Bill, how did you get the STRP get done without a referendum".

BTW while this conversation was going on, Jane Watt was in attendance...I wonder why?

Some of our elected officials are out of order. They and are not representing the "Majority" wishes of the taxpayers of this Island.

While watching the council meeting last night on TV.. I noticed, Why no close up's of Frank Recker? Do we need to spend more money and buy another camera?

1Paradiselost writes:

The question is the Marcos own sick blogger..... we all know who....

I have only one question for you, when you got arrested for assault who did you beat up?

marcojerry writes:

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

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