Paul Meyer drops out of Marco Island City Council race

Paul Meyer. Submitted

Paul Meyer. Submitted

— Paul Meyer, candidate for Marco Island City Council, discovered the hard truth that becoming a politician takes thick skin. Late Tuesday night, the Marco Eagle learned he was stepping out of the race for council.

The vote on Nov. 6 will decide four seats for City Council. Meyers was one of nine candidates seeking election.

In his statement sent via e-mail, Meyer likened Marco Island to Charles Dickens’ 1859 work, “A Tale of Two Cities.” He suggested his optimistic view of the island was shattered by the divisiveness he encountered as a candidate.

“Some people are just unhappy and very vocal in their unhappiness,” he wrote in his e-mail.

Meyer felt “fired at from all sides.” He pointed to his support of the new building for Mackle Park as a case in point. Meyer serves on the city’s Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee.

But his criticism of the island ran deeper than a single issue, as he wrote: “I have learned a lot about Marco Island and how dysfunctional it is.” Meyer was disturbed by the “us versus them” attitudes he encountered as a candidate.

With the race in its eleventh hour, two incumbent City Council candidates expressed surprise that Meyer chose to leave the contest so late. Absentee ballots were sent to voters in early October, and many residents potentially already voted.

“I’m sorry to see that he did (drop out),” said Marco Island City Councilor Wayne Waldack. “His timing is wrong. Others have voted for him already, now their voice is wasted.”

Councilor Jerry Gibson, a veteran of the council and past chairman expressed similar concerns.

“It’s disappointing and I feel badly. The hard work of being elected is over. He had some good goals and represented a faction of this island. It’s a shame to see it happen.”

Meyer wished the remaining candidates “good luck” with their races.

“This run for office has been a life-learning experience for me and my family,” Meyer wrote. “That is why I believe I am the smartest candidate for stepping out of this race for a thankless job that pays a whopping $6,000 a year.”

Meyer ended his e-mail by saying: “I’m going back to being just Paul Meyer.”

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marco826 writes:

Politics is dirty business. Paul seems like a nice guy. (Don't know him) I agree with the concerns that some have voted already. People in politics are not ashamed to destroy their opponents. Even worse. Good luck sir.

MarcoDefender writes:

Paul - I voted for you because I know you would have done a great job for this city. I know my vote WAS NOT wasted, as it's a voice for the strong representation of a large part of this island. You will still earn a great many votes, as you will still be on the ballot. I respect your choice and support you. You've chosen family first, and it's the bold and correct choice. Well done!

laslic writes:

Paul, you're right! A lot of unhappy people on Marco Island for sure. I come across them everyday. Wish you would have stuck it out, but family comes first and that's what makes you happy, not money - as can be seen by the unhappiness on the Island. Life is what you make it.

ForParadise writes:

It is tough a circumstance for anyone in local politics. We all need to appreciate the efforts of those we have elected to stand front center and appreciate running and sit for doing so.
Marco Island is a place that has a tremendous amount of diversity. I know that as much as I do having been lucky enough to grow up there from kindergarten. It has changed from county elective to a city we now see it.
The county of Collier has put a lot of what the islanders use today on that island, Mackle Park, Tommie Barfield Elementary, Tiger Tail Beach, and many etc's...
That has been given to the citizens of the City of Marco Island to use and benefit and resource from.
However, I do not see any effort of the Islanders past, present and future as city council using in the best concert.
The fact is Marco is a resort community, it is what the island was framed on and works in the interest of that "goal" and "Plan" that you see today. It is unfortunate that there is and always will be a divide that thinks they can change it. council members running or sitting cannot be "Anti" the plan or infrastructure of which, put "Pro"what the island was designed to do. Be "Pro" what works and or how the island has been designed. That is the efficent way council needs to run the City of Marco.
It is a shame it ever became a city, and of its inefficiency. There has been enough time to get it right.
Marco should know how lucky as a city to have brought in Hunter as Chief. "Gold Star" on that. Lets hope a city of Marco can bring in more what works from within the County it sits.

fairandbalanced writes:

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Thank you for validating his reason.

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