Despite the overwhelmingly negative response within the Marco community to Council Chairman Larry Magel’s letter to the condominiums, he continues to try to justify his deplorable actions by referring to an organizing document written by Ray Seward and myself when we first formed the Marco Island Homeowners. Most importantly, despite his attempts to justify his actions, Mr. Magel has yet to answer the simple question of why, if he was elected to represent all of Marco Island, he felt compelled to only write a letter to be distributed to condominiums.
Continuing his arrogant position, Mr. Magel, who is also president of the Island Country Club, has now selectively sent an e-mail to certain members of the Island Club in which he states “I am positive they will move quickly to negate the independent consultant study on water and sewer rates and implement new rates detrimental to the ICC.” As an Island Club Member myself, I am awaiting a response from the board as to whether or not Mr. Magel violated the club rules against utilizing the club’s membership roster to promote political agendas.
As to his consistent theme about the initial documents we crafted while creating Marco Homeowners, during last week’s City Council meeting David Scarborough, one of the organization’s members, addressed the letter and Mr. Magel’s actions, however Mr. Magel refused to accept that the organization, shortly after being formed, changed both it’s name and it’s mission statement to include all property owners, hence the name change to Marco Island Property Owners. I will quote the stated objectives of the organization directly form their brochure: In developing a Charter for MIPO, the organization has proposed focusing on the following objectives: To be an advocate that represents all property owners; To ensure a “communication network” that quickly gets the word out on issues affecting the community; To develop a good working relationship with existing community-based organizations; and To initiate sub-committees of interested citizens who have significant expertise in specific areas who can research and comment on issues affecting the entire community.
Once again the question needs to be asked: Why, Mr. Magel, do you promote divisiveness by selectively appealing to certain segments of our community, when you were hired to represent all of Marco Island?
Larry Sacher | Marco Island