Letter to Editor: Why did I write it?

Several citizens commented [Monday] night about my authoring a memo criticizing some candidates for City Council while endorsing others. They requested that the memo receive wide distribution, and I indicated I would make it available to the press.

[Editor’s note: See attached documents.]

Some history is in order to understand the rationale I used to make my comments.

Appended below is the organizing memo of the “Marco Island Homeowners” authored by Larry Sacher as Chairman and Ray Seward as Treasurer.

It clearly states that the purpose of the organization is to represent one group of citizens who need to band together to counter what they believe is the undue influence of other groups. They also state that although they are “non-political.” In a direct quote – “However our members could individually choose to support candidates who might be more inclined to wish to protect the interests of single-family homeowners rather than some of the existing Council who demonstrate greater emphasis on behalf of Condos, Hotels, and other Commercial interests.”

It’s this “us vs. them” attitude that first manifested itself in the STRP (Septic Tank Replacement Program) that continues today. It is extremely divisive to our community, but if one group is going to make any issue a “us vs. them” issue, I believe those of us who are the “thems” should know their intent and motivation prior to making any voting decision this election.

On the water/sewer issue addressed in the second part of my memo, the City spent over $100,000 to hire an independent consultant to make sure our water/sewer rates were equitable to all classes of users. The report, the credentials of the consultant, it’s methodology, and it’s conclusions were attacked immediately when it became apparent that the results would not support the recommendations of the Utility Advisory Board in their recommendations to Council.

We’ve gone through 18 months of additional divisiveness and expense because one group does not want to believe what an unbiased consultant has recommended.

For the good of Marco Island, this “us vs. them” must stop. It stops when a group does not make every issue “us vs. them” for whatever gain, personal or political they believe they can enjoy.

Every citizen, even a sitting member of the City Council has the right to express their beliefs. Over the past year I have had the opportunity to address many organizations and groups discussing the real facts of Marco Island finances. The City is in good financial shape. We have worked to keep your tax rates stable and over the past two fiscal years have produced a surplus.

You, our citizens will be voting to elect your next group of Councilors who will shape the future of Marco Island. You deserve the facts. Take the time to read the documents and decide for yourself.

Larry Magel | Marco Island

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ajm3s writes:

Mr. Magel writes:

"It clearly states that the purpose of the organization is to represent one group of citizens who need to band together to counter what they believe is the undue influence of other groups."

Pathetic effort, on several fronts, again, lets reference facts as in documents that are pertinent to Marco Island Property Owners NOT the Marco Island Homeowners:

1. Organization has changed to Marco Island Property Owners to recognize ALL property owners have a stake in being heard
2. If facts have any meaning here is the Mission Statement for MIPO:

http://www.marcoislandpropertyowners....

And the most interesting, is to re-read the quote and replace the words that denote MIPO [It, they, and organization] and replace with "Mr. Magel, Chairman City Council". It now reads:

It [Mr. Magel, Chairman City Council] clearly states that the purpose of the organization [Mr. Magel, Chairman City Council] is to represent one group of citizens who need to band together to counter what they [Mr. Magel, Chairman City Council] believe is the undue influence of other groups.

Wow! And this his is rationale to continue to "inform" with facts?

Update, Mr. Magel has moved from condo owners and continued on to now informing the members of Island Country Club.

Review my comments in the related article.

http://www.marconews.com/news/2012/oc...

And bear in mind, given his behavior as a "privileged" member of council, he can attack any group he feels is a threat to the city, protected under free speech.

Well, I say, keep writing, Mr. Magel, it is just amazing how you continue to foil yourself as believing you are the arbiter of truth, but look like a pathetic purveyor of misleading citizens against citizens to protect poor city management and prop up a council that will not challenge leadership.

Imagine, Mr. Magel sees MIPO as an enemy of the city within the city they reside. Now that is quite an approach.

Bizarre!!!!!!! or Dysfunctional!

Keep us "informed"!

GFonda writes:

The "scarlet letter" can NOT be downloaded

marcofriend writes:

I wasn't going to comment, but this letter infuriates me. I only wish Magel's term was up as I would take to the streets to see that he was defeated. Why? Because of his hateful spewing against 3 particular candidates. I have no problem that he is for the incumbents, but he once again is working very hard to divide the island. Not only did he get elected strictly by having people bullet vote for him, he has now decided to act like this is his city and no one else's opinion matters. My suggestion would be to tell all of your friends and neighbors that if Magel is for someone, then vote for someone else. Let those that are being supported by Magel inform him that what he is doing is just plain wrong!

MrBreeze writes:

"The City is in good financial shape We have worked to keep your tax rates stable and over the past two years have produced a surplus"

Is this the reason we can spend 400,000 dollars on a fire boat? Is this the reason my unoccupied home still costs 50.00 water bill per month for nothing? Is this the reason money is spent like sailors on leave? Tell me the some more good reasons?

Hope the new guys can truly represent the "homeowner" we need to be finally heard.

20_Days writes:

Magel's comments are nothing but juvenile. He got his hands caught in the cookie jar and is justifying his actions by claiming someone else did it also.

Man up Magel, your hand was where it did not belong!

2themoon writes:

Im a condo owner amd i can see Magels motives, same as aceris 4 years ago divide and conquer! Homeowner vs. condo owner...his gang should be run out o own on a rail

sachcpi writes:

In case you are not aware of it, Larry Magel, who is also President of the Island Country Club, sent a "secret" e-mail to some members of the Club, of which I am also a Member, once again threatening them that if elected I will double the cost of re-use water. This is an outright LIE! I have never been quoted or said anything about re-use water, nor have Ken Honecker or Amadeo Petricca. Magel made sure Bill Trotter's proposal to increase the rate from $1.54 was defeated as he continually misled people about the "true cost" being less than that amount, which not even City Staff could agree to!

Feel free to contact me directly: Larry Sacher (councilorlarry@comcast.net) or via my website (www.larrysacherforcitycouncil.com).

2themoon writes:

If you repeat a lie enough it will stick as the truth. Run Magel Aceri and the syndicate out of town on a rail!

20_Days writes:

The citizens of Marco Island have to do something about the fact that our city hall, with Tucker's name outside and Magel inside has unaffectionately been named "Liar's Lair".

Maybe, in this upcoming election, all the citizens can reclaim the dignity and respect that our councilors and govenment building should represent to all the good people of this beautiful city.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to 20_Days:

The citizens of Marco Island have to do something about the fact that our city hall, with Tucker's name outside and Magel inside has unaffectionately been named "Liar's Lair".

Maybe, in this upcoming election, all the citizens can reclaim the dignity and respect that our councilors and govenment building should represent to all the good people of this beautiful city.

Lying is unacceptable from ANY local or national elected politician!

We all should question the motives of anyone voting for such a proven liar.

"Jerry, just remember. It's not a lie... if you believe it..."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vn_PSJ...

20_Days writes:

1LostinParadise<

"Its not a lie if...you believe it.."

A lie is a lie whether or not someone believes it or not. I think you are mixing this up with you belief of the lies our President has filled you with. That is since you have proven yourself to believe them so much.

1Paradiselost writes:

Pilar AKA Zookeeper....

I try to post links for the information I blog.

Unlike what you do which is total BS!

I agree with Rick Santorum when he says that "All Republicans are dumb"!

America is a great country you say what ever you want.. even if it not the truth. If it's what you want to hear, without checking the facts it's true to the uneducated listener.

I have total respect for Santorun for telling the truth, unlike that liar Romney

http://www.examiner.com/article/rick-...

20_Days writes:

Keep guessing 1LostinParadise,

One moment I am Jerry the next Zookeeper maybe I am Islandeye as you guessed earlier. Then again, I may just be someone you really know.

As far as the people running for office on Marco you finally appear to have something right. That's a good start and shows that there is a least some hope for you.

20_Days writes:

For the grandchildren's sake!

JohninMarco writes:

Mr Magil tell the real story. First any member at the country club knows that you raise the rates for the water after assuring them that you would not. Remember your talk at Hidaway?
Next please tell the other candidates about your e mail on how you are are bullet voting in only Recker and Gibson . Yes Gibson the wheres Waldo candidate who most people at city hall question where he lives. I think that most condo owners have seen your game before, and this time around are far smarter.

marco826 writes:

As I recall, Mr. Magoo as a Character was a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his nearsightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem.

ajm3s writes:

in response to marco826:

As I recall, Mr. Magoo as a Character was a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his nearsightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem.

Excellent caricature!

20_Days writes:

Magel has to go just based upon the lack of ethics involved in his underhanded method of being voted into office, his divide and conquer tactics, "secret letters", and his just plain lack of consideration and disrespect to those who disagree with him.

Trust is a major factor in leadership.
Our trust in Mr. Magel has been reduced to merely dust.

Whatever his motives are, we do not need him representing us in such an below board, and unethical manner.

Councilman Magel, please step down.

You have been caught and no excuse you make now will truly justify your actions and re-gain the respect you need from the citizens of Marco.

WizeOlMarco writes:

Those that appear divided, if and when elected to the same politic body, will they work together or ? Given Mr. Magel will be around for the next term seems a vote for Mr. Magel's opponents becomes a vote for divided government. To Mr. Magel's opponents, upon successful election, how do you prevent the divided government?

20_Days writes:

Divided government is a start to get rid of the divide and conquer tactics of the existing incumbants.

Mr. Magel should resign, but a big ego rather than caring for all of the citizens of Marco will stand in his way.

He will have to learn to work together with the new councilors, won't he now?

20_Days writes:

Klaus you are not helping anything with your Obama, or are you that far gone to see the consequences of your misplaced blogs.

Obama will never help Marco because it represents the 1% he hates.

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