About MARK STRAIN
For nearly 20 years, Mark Strain has shared his views regarding the activities of local, state and federal government. What began in 1989 as request from an elected official, who happened to own a weekly newspaper, has continued to his current column, "On the Mark," printed in all three editions of the Collier Citizen.
His purpose for writing has not changed -- to provide stimulus in hopes that readers will not only become more informed, but more involved and reactive to what is going on around them.
Mark’s activities with local government provide fresh insight into the processes that continually change the environment around us. He currently serves as chairman of the Collier County Planning Commission and his involvement with many civic and environmental organizations provides abundant material for his weekly column.
- Columnist - Collier Citizen
02/10/2006 - current
On the Mark: An epidemic called Alzheimer’s
Published 07/18/2011 at 11:28 a.m.
According to Wikipedia, an epidemic occurs when new cases of a disease substantially exceed what is expected based on recent experience. The disease need not be communicable in order to be considered an epidemic. While growing old is in itself ...
On the Mark: Better use of what we currently have built
Published 07/11/2011 at 11:50 a.m.
The Florida Legislature recently approved another extension to large developments approved as DRI’s (Developments of Regional Impact). If a qualified project submits a request by December of this year to extend their completion date, they can add 4 years to ...
On the Mark: For Arthrex, it was actually a better vote
Published 07/05/2011 at 11:46 a.m.
To say that last Tuesday’s Collier County Commission meeting involving Arthrex was unique would be quite an understatement. What followed that meeting has been a bewildering battle of political consequence over an issue that was won not once by Arthrex, ...
On the Mark: New growth legislation closes the door
Published 06/21/2011 at 9:27 a.m.
It is not uncommon to hear our Collier County commissioners comment about the activities going on in Tallahassee. Sometimes the comments are not favorable and tend to express frustration that Tallahassee too often exerts unnecessary control over local municipalities.
On the Mark: Joining resources: The Gordon River Greenway park
Published 06/13/2011 at 11:49 a.m.
Even in the best of times, finding money to improve or create new public projects always generates lots of questions. Often new spending is simply a no win no matter how good the project may be.
On the Mark: Funding private business with taxes
Published 06/06/2011 at 2:57 p.m.
If looking for something positive to come from the failed attempt by Jackson Labs to locate in Collier County, it would most certainly be the heightened awareness of both taxpayers and voters to local politics.
On the Mark: Squeezing more out of every drop
Published 05/31/2011 at 12:22 p.m.
While the economy may be getting better for some people, the high price of gasoline is definitely having a chilling effect on a swift recovery. Gasoline is a factor in everything; especially when products have farther to travel before reaching ...
On the Mark: A backwards approach to new information
Published 05/23/2011 at 11:58 a.m.
Instead of electing our officials based upon the knowledge and experience they possess that will help them to do the job they are elected to, many unfortunately gain their positions as the result of winning a local popularity contest.
On the Mark: What is left of the ATV park?
Published 05/16/2011 at 11:52 a.m.
Every parcel of land has a value and all kinds of variables are factored into the valuations. When thinking about a purchase, if you compare land values set by professional appraisers to the asking price, hopefully what you pay will ...
On the Mark: Pathways are a good fuel alternative
Published 05/09/2011 at 3:47 p.m.
If you think gas prices will ever get back to below $3 a gallon, well, don’t hold your breath while you wait. We will probably be fortunate if they stay below $4 per gallon for any length of time.
My Holiday Wish for Southwest Florida
Published 12/23/2012 at 4 a.m.
By Dave Rice
MARK STRAIN: On the mark - Protecting swamp buggies from growth
Published 02/10/2010 at 5:19 p.m.
Permitting a sports park near existing neighborhoods is often a challenge. In Collier County, with a great number of wealthy and retired citizens who have the knowledge and wherewithal to mount a significant legal and political challenge to any uses ...
MARK STRAIN: Is Collier planning deja vu?
Published 12/09/2009 at 4:07 p.m.
Even though the economy has slowed from the more hectic times, that does not mean the development process has fallen asleep. While applications for new development projects have waned from previous years, many are still moving forward.
Cantidad y valor no son lo mismo
Published 08/05/2009 at 5:35 p.m.
Si un ascenso en el desempleo parece contradictorio con una supuesta mejora en uno de nuestros principales indicadores económicos, una mirada más atenta a las estadísticas pueden mostrar que todo depende de su punto de referencia.
ON THE MARK: Not another mistake with real estate
Published 05/20/2009 at 1:14 p.m.
Many times in the past, we have underestimated the ability of the private sector to correct itself and have implemented government regulation that has proven to be costly, wasteful and premature. When we allow government to interject itself more and ...
ON THE MARK: Conventional approach is more predictable
Published 04/29/2009 at 12:55 p.m.
After listening to seven hours of public comment last week, the Board of County Commissioners accepted a controversial plan for 45,000 acres of development in eastern Collier County called the Rural Lands Stewardship Area. A large number of public speakers ...
ON THE MARK: One bad road leads to another
Published 04/08/2009 at 1:25 p.m.
When a decision isn’t based on a solid foundation or built with reliable facts, no matter how hard you try to justify it, you just can’t defend bad choices. There have been many such decisions in Collier County and they ...
ON THE MARK: Plain and simple reading of the law
Published 02/04/2009 at 2:16 p.m.
For the better part of the past decade, the Collier County Commission has been in a legal war with the Clerk of Courts. There have been high and low points for both sides over the years, but the persistently lowest ...
On The Mark: No better way to spend one’s time
Published 05/28/2008 at 3:01 p.m.
Every year, Florida hosts a large and ever-growing convention to promote homeschooling and assist parents in understanding this viable alternative to public education for their children.
On The Mark: Wrong conclusion makes bad law
Published 07/25/2007 at 6:49 p.m.
Many residents are tired of seemingly unrestricted growth, new towns forming out East and new commercial centers springing up on every corner of every intersection. There have been many suggestions on how to manage the growth in our county. Every ...
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