Letter to the Editor: Writing on behalf of licensed, insured, and skilled labor workers and contractors

Dear Editor, I am writing on behalf of licensed, insured, and skilled labor workers and contractors on Marco Island.

Many of my clients ask me for referrals for the various trades. I gladly recommend licensed people who I know to be honest, hard working, and considerate. Often at that point or in the future (when estimates are given) I hear something similar to “aren’t they terribly expensive?” or “up north our worker’s are half that!” or even “can’t you just recommend a handy man, I don’t want to pay those prices.”

And so I would like to inform the readers that professional licensed trades on Marco Island are just that. Professional! They do not gouge and they work honest competive rates. These guys are paying nearly $4 a gallon to ride up and down the rodes to service their projects, whatever they pay their employees they have to match that for workman’s comp, their insurances are expensive and going up monthly, their taxes are sky high, their living expenses are too, etc., etc., etc. It is expensive to do business in paradise and they want to make a living. When you receive a bid from a reputable company please take all this into consideration.

Of course you can find a fly by night handy man to do work, I certainly don’t recommend that and if you do, well you pay for what you get. The last thing you want is an unlicensed person who is carrying no insurance, no explanation needed for that point.

In respect of all hard working people on Marco Island.

Bobbie LeCroy-Lansdown

ASID Allied

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1Paradiselost writes:

Bobbie LeCroy-Lansdown

The link below says it all!

http://florida-business-complaints.fi...

MrBreeze writes:

Lets not forget that 4.00 gallon fuel to navigate the island. What does it take 1 gallon per day. "Up North" it costs that just to warm the truck in the morning just to be able to go to work. Just another one of our great examples of "Markup Island" home of the poor contractors who are "just barely getting by".

MrBreeze writes:

Remember "its expensive to do business in paradise" Does it take a special license to work in paradise? Are there special tools to work in paradise? Do you need a special vehicle to work in paradise? I must have missed the "paradise" class and training.

MrBreeze writes:

Klaus, You are right. It is hard to work when the beech is in the background. It is easier to work when facing a pile of mud in the cold.

Irene writes:

Solution: Snow birds stay home if you are going to be so cheap. You clog the roads--25mph in clearly marked 45mph signs. And all of you negative Naples and Marco folks, check the BBB and web site for licensed contractors, if they fail to meet your expectations report them to the BBB.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to Irene:

Solution: Snow birds stay home if you are going to be so cheap. You clog the roads--25mph in clearly marked 45mph signs. And all of you negative Naples and Marco folks, check the BBB and web site for licensed contractors, if they fail to meet your expectations report them to the BBB.

Hey Irene...

Be Happy....Those "Snowbirds" keep your property taxes low. Those restaurants that stay open after season is over is because of "Snowbird" dollars, not your dollars!

You live it a tourist town like it or not. And it's common knowledge that contractors on this island over charges everyone! I have seen it first hand.

What do you think a fair hourly wage should be?

The BBB (Better Business Bureau) is run buy it's members! So when you call them to find a contractor who do you think they will refer? That's right, dues paying members.

Paying dues and building a deck are two different trades.

The only reason contractors in Florida are licensed is because of state income taxes due buy businesses.

Your making money as a business you must pay the state income tax!

Buying A license and taking a test DOES NOT make you a good contractor!

Real life Experience does!

Trexler writes:

Yellow pages contractors aim to charge at least, $110 per hr dedicated to job for skilled mechanics ...and $60 per hr for tool caddys/diggers...discounts to old poor people...so go figure, ..and add 15% for Marco, especially, ..discount 15% for Bonita & Lee..

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