In the Marco Eagle:
Serious weed problem on Marco Island
On Marco Island hundreds of lots have weeds that are knee high or more.
County Commissioner John Pistor, for the sixth straight year, has urged the county to do something to establish a more restrictive ordinance. The former County Attorney Donald Pickworth told Pistor that he could find nothing that would make a more restrictive law enforceable and safe.
Members of the Marco Island Civic Association went to Punta Gorda where it has a weed ordinance, as does Naples. The ordinances were turned over to County Attorney Burt Saunders who said he had put the issue on the back burner because of work he had to do in connection with the primary election and parks referendum. The county has a law to cut vacant lots, but not to pay for the work when a private firm cuts down the weeds.
The trends in home mortgage rates see them heading down, but not by much. United First Federal was the first to announce a reduction in rates, but other banks seem to be taking a "wait and see" approach. Its rates dropped anywhere from one half to three-quarters of a percent. A five-year balloon mortgage with guaranteed refinancing is now 13.75 percent; standard one-year adjustable is 14.5 percent. Closing costs have dropped from 3 1/2 to 3 points, which usually is equivalent to one percent of the mortgage.
An international field of 16 tennis professionals, over 35, including Australian great Rod Laver, will complete in a $100,000 invitational at Marriott's Marco Beach Resort, Dec. 15-19. The Pinch Scotch Invitational, the richest event in history for players 35-and-over, is being hosted by Marriott as it bids to become the hub of professional tennis in Southwest Florida. The Marriott is already hosting the Marco Beach Women's Tennis Cup, a $100,000 tournament hosted by Avon.
The new officers for the Tommie Barfield Parent Teachers Group are Sue Oldershaw, president, Karen Hesson, vice president, Georgia Kelly, treasurer and Janet Camposano, secretary.