Letter to the Editor: The people have spoken

I may not be the brightest bulb in the circuit and my memory is not the best, but didn’t three independant organizations run public input surveys about the proposed new construction of Mackle Park?

MICA, MITA, MIPO polled their membership to see if they were in favor of the project. The majority voted no. The people also were told that the project would be put to a referendum to allow the electorate to determine the destiny of the project. What happened to “local control” since we became a city? Why is City Council spending all the time, money, energy and staff time researching the talking (for years) adnauseam about something most voters don’t want.

I foolishly thought that our local elected officials were concerned with the “will of the people.”

As the pseudo sophisticated plutrocrats in Washington do, so does Marco do do!

Sal Soldano

Marco Island

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MarcoDefender writes:

Sal - We the People seem to be limited to the membership of those few organizations.

For most who use the Mackle Park Rec center, parents, with young kids, don't have the time, opportunity or ability to participate in these organizations, much less belong to all three and create the "unscientific and a-statistical" result of this "majority". Don't assume that this majority is representative of this island. Your intentions are good, but if you spent any time at Mackle Park, you would understand first hand the value of this proposal for an updated, safer, hurricane-code compliant, increased space for recreation, learning, playing and enjoyment. Time for some more homework before all the ostriches decide spending money is just bad for Marco Island, without some reasonable due diligence of the value.

lauralbi1 writes:

I agree. But the entire concept has not been thought through. What about creating a Catering Rated KitcheN facility and bidding out the rights to cater luncheons and dinners to local (or Naples) restaurant owners. Maybe there are enough private functions that could be held at this PROPOSED new facility that could create a monthly income (from a Lease to a Caterer) of enough money to offset some or all of the cost. At least worth a Trial Balloon.

I see no reason that for an expenditure like this that we should not have a Referendum. I believe it would pass, but we really need to vote on this.
Ed Issler

WMissow writes:

For years we have discussed referendums for this and for that and somehow city council appears to find ways to sneak things thru using some now you see it and now you don't methods of decision making.

Do we think that it will be different this time?

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