Letter to the Editor: What is a home?

You’ve heard ‘home is where the heart is’. But basically, a home is your permanent residence, as spelled out by our government. But sometimes, people try to differentiate between one type of home against the other, such as some in our City Council have attempted in the past.

A person with a single-family home is a homeowner, just as a person in a condominium is a homeowner. They both have a vote in their government, they both pay taxes to their numerous government departments, so what is the difference? The difference is what you make of it.

Most of us on Marco Island own homes, be they apartments, single family or condominiums. It is unfortunate that some people try to pit one against the other for their personal reasons, whether it is to get votes for themselves or their pet projects in the city. This took place regarding the water-sewer debates, with unfortunate results.

One thing about us ‘homeowners,’ we have an equal right to vote on matters of government that affect us, such as major expenses for projects; roads, bridges, water plants, etc. Each vote counts the same as the other, regardless of where and how you live, with a dollar out of one pocket equaling the dollar out of another. We can make a difference in our city by getting together and using the power of the majority to control what takes place on Marco Island.

We are in debt up to our eyeballs and yet we are asked to spend money we don’t have to keep our government workers busy. As divided groups, we don’t have the collective voting power to control spending as we should. Together, as respectable homeowners, we can make a difference, and there is a group that serves this purpose. It is the Marco island Property Owners Association. It has no axes to grind, just the future of our island as it’s goals. Our problems are the same, and all members are treated the same, so please join us and make a difference, a good difference, that of the future of our island. Please e-mail me if you are interested and I will respond with information (Vfw6370dave@yahoo.com). Thank you.

Dave Gardner

Marco Island

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