With the primary election completed, Marco Island can look forward to some individual local races. On November 6, in addition to selecting the President, a U.S. Senator, and many other races, Marco Island voters will elect four city council members from a pool of nine candidates.
The nine, including three incumbents, all qualified by submitting 126 valid petitions, representing one percent of the vote tally in the last general election, in addition to a 10 cent per signature verification charge, and a $60 filing fee to the Supervisor of Elections, making the cost to run for the Marco Island City Council a minimum of $72.60.
Each winning candidate will serve a four-year term, with elections staggered so four or five seats are open every two years. After two terms, councilors are term-limited; Dr. Bill Trotter, an incumbent, is not able to run again, so his seat is open in November.
The Marco Eagle is spotlighting each of the candidates with a brief bio, plus why, in their words, they want to be on the council and why the voters should want them there. Each candidate was asked, via email, the same list of questions, to ensure a level playing field. Last Friday, we highlighted Larry Sacher, Frank Recker, and Ken Honecker. Today, we present the next three profiles.
Having lived on Marco Island for five years, Larry Honing says he is running as an outsider, to bring “fresh eyeballs” to the City Council. He and his wife Lisa have four grown children, and came here from Spartanburg, South Carolina, as well as Atlanta, St. Louis and Chicago.
The current consultant to the retail apparel industry, and former CEO of two firms, as well as partner in McKinsey & Company, and senior vice president of Abercrombie & Fitch and Alliant Foodservice, among others, puts his business experience high on the list of the expertise he would contribute to city government. He said he wants to “reduce the level of debt, reduce the intensity of city management required, and reduce the rancor.”
“I believe it's time for a new face on the Council, someone who can bring a tight focus on fact-finding, problem-solving, and complete, full, open, lengthy communication with the citizens -- and listening to them,” said Honig.
The biggest issues he sees facing the island are the growing impact on our infrastructure, especially in season, how to balance competing priorities without increasing taxes, and dealing with the conflict engendered by recent and ongoing utility work, “whose ability to divide the community seems boundless.”
Why should Marco voters elect him to the City Council?
“I listen, and I communicate. I exercise good judgment. I am a voice of reason and restraint,” said Honig. “I'm an outsider, and I can bring fresh eyeballs and a new perspective to complement the institutional knowledge already on the council.”
Honig is a member of the Island Country Club and the Marco Men’s Club. He has a website, www.HonigForMarco.com .
Wayne A. Waldack
Local voters elected Wayne Waldack to the Marco Island City Council in 2008, and Waldack is running for re-election in 2012. The 17-year resident of Marco Island said he first visited the island in 1965, and it was belief in the Deltona master plan for Marco Island that led him to run for the City Council.
Before coming here, Waldack lived in Chicago’s western suburbs, working for the Illinois Dept. of Labor, and was a licensed real estate broker for 26 years, as well as an insurance and mortgage broker, and real estate appraiser. He is the father of two and grandfather of six.
In addition to attendance at City Council meetings, recently by phone following an accident when a motorist crashed into his bicycle, Waldack has been a regular at many city meetings including the planning board and code enforcement board, a member of the Smart Growth Coalition for Collier County, the Coastal Advisory Committee for Collier County, and the Energy & Environmental Committee.
Waldack is also an active member of San Marco Catholic Church as a Eucharistic Minister, and a 4th Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.
“Too many things are decided by a select few,” he said, arguing for more transparent government. Waldack sees parking for stand-alone restaurants, beach parking, and “finding a solution to the capacity charges on water/sewer bills, which distorts the real cost of water and sewer bills,” as additional hot button issues to be dealt with in the near future.
Why elect Wayne Waldack?
“I have no personal agenda to achieve except that which is in the best interest of the City of Marco Island.”
Amadeo R. Petricca
Amadeo Petricca is running for City Council because he has seen the council in action, and is not satisfied.
“I am not happy with the performance of this council and past councils. They seem to be driven by special interest groups, and not in the best interest of the taxpayers,” said Petricca.
The 10-year resident of Marco Island, previously from Paterson, New Jersey, has a background in accounting and management that he says could be useful to the citizens of Marco Island. He served as staff accountant, controller, plant manager, general manager and chief operating officer of a manufacturing company. Petricca and Joan, his wife of over 50 years, have two sons, one deceased.
Petricca is a regular at city meetings, and has served on many boards and committees, including the Utility Advisory Board, Electric Municipalization Committee, Utility Rate Study Committee, Forensic Audit Committee, Audit Scoring Committee, and the CRA Ad Hoc Advisory Committee. He is a director of MITA, the Marco Island Taxpayers Association.
“I have an understanding of City operations, especially financial,” said Petricca with some understatement.
For the major upcoming issues facing Marco Island and the City Council, Petricca listed first “Transparency!” wanting to get government open and accountable. Additionally, he said, new facilities at Mackle Park and Veterans’ Community Park, the Smokehouse Bay Bridge, bridge repair in general, streetlights and road maintenance all have to be dealt with.
Why should Marco elect Amadeo Petricca?
“Based on my educational, private sector financial, managerial and executive background, I feel I am well qualified to perform the duties as a City Councilor,” he said. He cited his participation in committees and boards, and added, “I am very knowledgeable when it comes to City finances.”