Letter to the Editor: Sad welcome?

Re: The sign on Collier Boulevard as you are entering Marco Island which reads “Spring Break — Police On Beach.”

Is this a welcome to Marco Island? Is it a warning?

It seems very sad to me that someone felt it necessary to put up this sign.

Sandra Earls

Naples

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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Maybe the police put it up to let spring breakers know that we are not the place to put up with the nonsense, some of them are known to do when they are in a place, away from their own homes. Hotels and towns lose millions of dollars yearly because, once again, there are some who think when they rent a room it is for whatever they feel like doing to it and its surroundings.

If spring breakers did not have that kind of reputation there would not be the need for the sign and if a little respect or fear of the law is not enough for those who are destructive, let them go elsewhere.

42yearsago writes:

maybe if all the spring breakers drove buicks with their turn signal on all would be well!!

Pursuit writes:

in response to Ocram:

Maybe the police put it up to let spring breakers know that we are not the place to put up with the nonsense, some of them are known to do when they are in a place, away from their own homes. Hotels and towns lose millions of dollars yearly because, once again, there are some who think when they rent a room it is for whatever they feel like doing to it and its surroundings.

If spring breakers did not have that kind of reputation there would not be the need for the sign and if a little respect or fear of the law is not enough for those who are destructive, let them go elsewhere.

It was a Great idea This is a residential community and we as tax paying resident,s should be able to use the beach without putting up with rowdy trash throwing creep's taking over.
Great idea do it again

captnjimbo writes:

We just visited Siesta Key...nice beach like Marco Island...but a circus!

Buses from Sarasota hotels, 20 minutes to cross the road, Sheriff patrols on horseback.

No wonder folks rate our life and island so high...continues to validate our wisdom and good fortune for buying a little piece of this paradise.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Klaus,

Your perverted use of the word love and reference to young children also should concern readers.

Funny the same comments were made by the "late" (actually you) Klabautermann a couple of years ago prior to his removal by staff.

Maybe the police and community should concern themselves with you?

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Sanctuary, Sanctuary!

marco826 writes:

That sign is ridiculous...Council thinks Marco is Daytona Beach and clearly their intent is to keep young people away. They are old and afraid. They want their sleepy town only for themselves. Marco needs no flashing warnings for guests to our town. What are we? A Police State?.....well, maybe....

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Flashing lights does not make a police state. You have traffic lights that flash that tell you to stop or go cautiously. The signs serve as a warning for those who intend to party too hard, get excessively drunk, cause disturbances and abuse or destroy property.

For those who are law abiding, like I hope most are, it will make no difference, like one does when one stops for a red light, but for those who think a world of excessive drunkenness or destructive behavior is acceptable, it gives them fair warning that there are others who will not tolerate it here.

The Marco Police are doing their job and a "thank you" from Marco's residents is in order.

marco826 writes:

in response to Ocram:

Flashing lights does not make a police state. You have traffic lights that flash that tell you to stop or go cautiously. The signs serve as a warning for those who intend to party too hard, get excessively drunk, cause disturbances and abuse or destroy property.

For those who are law abiding, like I hope most are, it will make no difference, like one does when one stops for a red light, but for those who think a world of excessive drunkenness or destructive behavior is acceptable, it gives them fair warning that there are others who will not tolerate it here.

The Marco Police are doing their job and a "thank you" from Marco's residents is in order.

Your theory isn't only silly, its ridiculous. Maybe we should have flashing signs for all kinds of bad human behavior....No need for flashing signs. If people behave badly on the beaches, they will be arrested and the word will be out soon enough that Marco won't tolerate that.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Marco, I disagree with you. Maybe we should do away with flashing traffic lights and wait for an accident to happen. The flashing signs are a warning to teen agers and young adults to think before they act unacceptably. All too often they act before they think.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Klaus,

Do us all a favor and please refrain from the name calling. One of the blogs was already turned off completely due to the name calling and CYBER THREATS made on the article of Country's Best Beaches.

This can turn to legal actions being taken by someone and I for one would prefer that not to happen to any of us.

I will do as I ask whether you do or not.

No_more_cyber_bullying (Inactive) writes:

O, I think what you are also refering too is what is known as cyber-bullying. Threats, name calling, personal putdowns, especially repetitive and abusive in nature. There have been successful, financial legal actions taken against those who have acted in such a manner. In addition there have been web-site managers who have been brought to task for allowing such behaviors when they had the ability to control the postings and did ltttle to enforce their policies regarding such.

I think it would be wise for all of us to refrain from what could be considered cyber-bullying or cyber-threats. I, without a doubt, think that there are lawyers who would love to make an example out of one of us if it comes to making a name for himself.

If that is not enough, what does it say for us if our children or grand-children see these actions being perpetrated by their parents and grand-parents?

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Klaus,
It is obvious that nobody cares but you. But please correct your incorrect count.

No_more_cyber_bullying (Inactive) writes:

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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Who cares but you?

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skulljockey writes:

The sign was tacky. It didn't need to be the first visible thing off the bridge.

Not everyone moved to Marco Island to wait for a quiet death. Most of the people on Marco are just a few years away from having their estates decided in contested wills by their kids. If you want a quiet place to reside until death, move to The Villages. Southwest Florida is starting to get younger, meaning 45 to 65 years of age and they have kids. Get used to it.

As for traffic, it's those OVER 70 that pull out into traffic, forget what a turn lane is used for, and never look before they change lanes. Times they are a changin'. Get used to it and get over it.

WMissow writes:

What does that have to do with Police on Beach?

Police give tickets for traffic infractions old and young why not keep the beach safe for all to enjoy?

Does accepting public drunkenness something we have to get over. For who?

1Paradiselost writes:

Season is getting a little long in the tooth this year! Anyone agree?

patannemitch writes:

I find the "hater" talk on this site to be so disheartening. We have multiple opportunities to enjoy the beauty that Marco Island has to offer and should be thankful for the privilege. When I drove across the bridge in early March and saw the "sign," it occurred to me that although it seemed harsh, it is also a statement of what is acceptable. As a property owner who is still employed "up north," I am grateful for my time on Marco, my ability to spend extended time in the summer, and for the many people of varying ages I have met. Making generalizations about the functionality of those over 70 is pointless. Not only is it untrue and disrespectful, but it is short sighted in terms of who generates tax revenue on the island, who provides valuable services, both paid and volunteer and who are our neighbors and friends. Rather than focus on age, focus on appropriate, respectful behavior.

skulljockey writes:

I referred to age because it seems to be a recurring theme of the residents of Marco Island. Some of the noisier complaints are from a small minority on the island that wish it were a gated, age-restricted community. That idea sank a very long time ago. Those same people complain about younger people coming to the island, for any reason. Their complaints are usually invalid as it's the 70 and over crowd cause the majority of the accidents on Marco and are driving while impaired - whether chemically (not just alcohol, but pharmaceutical as well) or physically. People of all ages move here for the same reason - it's a paradise. Those of us born and/or raised here have far more disdain for anyone that came here for any reason other than be a contributing part of the society, not a part-time resident or someone buying (forcing) their way into our life. My kids are true third generation Collier County residents. To read people maligning them really puts me out.

The problem with the sign is that it was in poor taste, more suitable ON THE BEACH itself.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Season is getting a little long in the tooth this year! Anyone agree?

I agree.....Way too long!

2themoon writes:

I believe a second sign should be posted..." Welcome to Marco Island please be advised of all the old fart ex-CEO's that think they run the place"

Mayor_McCheese writes:

I think the sign is a bit silly and also in bad taste.

The real question I have is why on Earth would a college student on Spring Break even want to come to Marco Island? There are no night clubs, few hotels, and most importantly, few other college students. The sort of college student who would come to Marco for Spring Break is a completely different sort than the type one would find in Daytona for example. I think its great if some college students want to spend a week here. Give them a bit of credit. If you read this paper often, you will read about plenty of "local" people misbehaving also.

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