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.