Comments by Brillo

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After thinking this over for some time I have decided to sign off permanently as a blogger on this site. It has become evident that no matter what one person says there is a another to contradict and accuse. Like in every issue there are two or more sides to every story.

To those who have posted that I lied in any of my posts may you live one year longer for every lie, however, since I did not lie may you live one hour less for every time you made an inaccurate accusation.

For all those who blogging on this site, I wish for you the best of health.

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in response to 4marcoisland:

This is about Tract K isn't it? Someone has a plan in mind that has nothing to do with education. Deltona gave it to the school board for a school which is why it says school site on the legal description of the deed. This is also why when we asked the VP of Deltona what the intent was that she said for a public school. I don't think the proponents for the high school are the ones who aren't being transparent. In fact, every time they share any part of their plan, someone opposed works very hard to try to destroy it. Where else in the U.S. can a group of parents work day and night for free toward a public high school (where there isn't currently one available-other public high schools are in Naples-not Marco) and have the local residents who might have to drive past it ready to fight to their death. Marco is a very unusual place.

Please read the deed more carefully it does NOT say school site for Tract K! You told me not to believe everything I read in the newspaper. Nobody can believe everything they read in a blog either. Please, take a closer look at the deed itself. I have and it does not say School site for Track K. Now I am not posting what it actually says because people have to see for themselves what the deed actually says. Look at it carefully then respond.

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in response to 4marcoisland:

Right-so you are saying that everything you read in the paper is fact and truth?????? Because they quote everyone correctly and get every detail right? But wouldn't the truth be boring to read? Then you wouldn't have anything to blog about.

Finally something to laugh at and not in an insulting way......No, I do not believe everything I read in the newspaper and least of all believe it, all, as fact.

I do believe when friends or other people are hurt by another's actions something should be done to prevent that from happening.

I believe people can work together for a better world, starting right here on Marco Island if complete, honesty, transparency and other people's feeling are totally considered, right from the get-go. But maybe the real world just does not work like that.

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in response to giggel211:

Maybe you guys (Brillo, Laurabi etc) should stop spreading rumors like the one with the 200+ kids they would be bused from Immokalee to Marco to attend the HS. This is absolute nonsense.

And then you wonder why you get these kinds of reponses???

@Brillo, your post from today - A lot of MAYBE's.... So let me start with this word too.

MAYBE it would be better if, instead of you guys putting all your effort into spreading lies and rumors about the high school, MAYBE you all should try to support OUR kids and combine your energy to help find the "right" place for the High School.

Perhaps if you read all of my posts that were listed earlier you would not have jumped to your "Bonnie come lately" opinion.

I did, in fact, recommend finding another place other than Tract K. months ago, but was told that this was a "done deal". I, personally, can not remember saying anything about Immokalee.

I do not in any way like being called a liar by anyone, especially by someone who does not know me in the slightest way. You have one hell of a way of expecting a polite response after calling any of us liars.

All that I have written is what I heard at presentations, have read and from others who have had actual conversations with Jane Watt.

Maybe those are the facts but be careful who you call a liar because that person may be closer to you than you think.

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Maybe there would have been less fighting and there would have been support if the school was for Marco Island kids and did not involve busing in 200+ students the same or more distance the proponents did not want their kids to travel. Maybe the community would have been more supportive if City Council allowed discussion at City Council meetings. Maybe the community would have more supportive if the plans of a school did not disturb a protected nesting site. Maybe the community would have been more supportive if the school did not interfere with the lives of people who did not read into the "small print" and then have a school of 500 thrust at them in the way it was. Maybe the community would have been more supportive if there was complete honesty, transparency and total "people" concerns shown by all. Maybe the community would have been more supportive, if almost the first thing they heard from the proponents was not this school on Tract K was a "done deal".

And finally, maybe the community would have been more supportive if it really felt a high school was needed. Now that there are petitions going around with plans of having 5000+ signitures not in favor of a high school maybe the Y property would have been the best idea for our kids.

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"IGNORE BUTTON" Hey Roger, are you covering Balfour and Wayne?

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WARNING*WARNING*WARNING

Reading of any of the above "virtual character's" K blogs will cause a sense of deep confusion and uncontrollable head shaking. The condition is called "Schmuck-a-titis".

Do not be fearful. It is temporary and can be cured by taking a breath of fresh air and pressing the newly installed "IGNORE" button.

If that does not work you can always call "Ask Gary" for additional medical or legal references.

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Klabautermann,

There is something truly wrong with you, and I along with what my virtual buddies have been doing will not respond to your rantings in the future.
Have a wonderful virtual life!

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K,

"IMITATION IS THE BEST FORM OF FLATTERY"

Thank you.

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Mr. K do you realize everytime your open you mouth you insult people you do not know anything about. You claim to only respond to insults yourself in an in insulting way. Well what is the above? Do you not listen to yourself? The reason I have not responded to you as of late is because your are in fact, my dear piece of noxious, pusillanimous protoplasm, you not worth my effort or time, but please excuse me for this lapse. Now stick that in your ear and smoke it along with your schnapps.

As I do not know or want to know who you are, I have no knowledge of who any of the other bloggers are. They are not my friends anymore than you are.

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Correction to above....You, with a self annointed, moral conscience does (not) seem,.......

Additionally, to set facts straight. I do not live anywhere near Tract K. In fact I am probably over a mile away from that site and have spoken to many people in my neighborhood who fully agree with my position on this issue.

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in response to SunBum:

Shame on this mistitled "newcomer" who has owned a home on Marco since 1989 for expressing a sense of moral conscience toward the civic responsibility for providing the best possible education for our children?

Once again, non-newcomer, if you have bothered to read all of the blogs you would have seen that most of those against the school at Tract K are NOT against better education for our children.

Many have suggested that Tract K was inadequate and should not be the site used for a High School. You, with a self annointed, moral conscience, does seem to consider the moral impropriety of effectively ruining the peaceful lives of people living in the area of Tract K.

Pick another more appropriate site and more will be on your side. Do not turn this around and hold yourself up any higher than your neighbors.

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in response to 4marcoisland:

Addressing the misinformation:
1. There are many people who are in support of a Public Charter High School on the Island. If you were polling the younger families in the community, the studies would reflect this information. Unfortunately there are many people in the younger generation who do not belong to MICA. Many of those who do belong do not take the time to fill out surveys, because they are too busy. The Marco Island Charter Middle School has a waiting list this year, so clearly there are plenty of parents on the island to support a school. You can check with the principal to verify. There is no law that states there should be a vote for a school. Charter schools can be started by parents, business owners or other interested community members. Charter schools are opening all over the U.S. and none of the residents vote to decide whether or not they want it.

2. There is no law that says that City Officials cannot volunteer for a non-profit. The Academy's volunteer list is simply the list of people who have agreed to receive emails and updates about the Academy. They are not required to attend meetings, serve on committees, or even participate in events. They simply receive updates on a regular basis. According to Florida Statute1002.33(15)(a) the Legislature intends to encourage the formation of municipal-operated schools through charter school status. There are actually charter schools that are run by municipalities. As a whole, it is common practice for city officials who have experience and expertise to also serve and volunteer for charter schools.

3. The Charter application follows a model application for Florida Charter Schools. Section 13. in the model is titled “Parent and Community Support and Partnerships.” In this section we mention the local advisory board in detail. We also include a marketing plan that shows how we have been informing the community about the plans for the Academy. While this is not required, we think it is important to educate the community about the project and include them in our plan. The application states that Jane Watt has been speaking to various clubs and organizations on the island and lists several of the organizations where she has given a presentation. However, it does not say that any of these specific organizations support the Academy. The Charter application is public record and anyone can check to verify.

Can you please stay on topic.

There are names and organizations that did not give you permission to use their names for any promoting of your endeavor. Accept that fact and address it alone without all of the other overload of information.

You have brought on a situation that has caused your neighbors to fight with each other. A situation that you "thought up in your head" after you moved here.

Now, you should remove all names of non volunteers from your lists and re-submit with the corrections.

Please remove my name too, if you can find it.

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in response to SunBum:

Having lived in four different locations, I have never known one single person opposed to providing the best education possible for children before moving to Marco. What an unfathomable disappointment to find any opposition to education at all in a city full of above average educated residents. How can anyone who has an education that put them here be so self serving?

I think, for most of us, the concept of being "guilted" went out with our childhood.
How about not caring about people who have lived here for years in a peaceful environment and then have some "newcomer" try to change all that.
Shame on you for turning this around!

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What a wonderful way for these people to give love and care to those adorable kittens. I have heard that they not only care for the cats until they are adopted to a permanent home, but also pay for veterinary bills that each animal needs to bring it to good health.

Thank Goodness there are people like this in this world!

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In the appearance of things, this issue has turned from a NIMBY to a NOMI. Someone not only was selfish and inconsiderate of other Marco Island residents but also got too greedy!

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in response to factdr:

Low blow to accuse Frank Recker of anything inappropriate on a blog. Tell him face-to-face.

Cowards.

It does not cease to amaze me how those opposed to the school like to spread rumors, about anyone or anything.

This is what happens when total transparency is not offered. You asked for it and you got it.

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in response to 4marcoisland:

There is no law that states that city members are required to abstain. They are entitled to their own positions as they are residents too. There is no conflict of interest.
In fact, there are some charter schools that work very closely with the city, better known as Municipality Charter Schools.

For those of you who are not sure if the island can support a charter high school, keep in mind there is a very successful charter middle school on the island right now with a waiting list to get in.

There may be "no law" that states that city members are "required" to abstain. But when their decisions could effect the whole community as a whole and not some interest group then the appearance of inpropriety must be considered.

When they are elected they are expected to look at all sides of an issue, without bias, and with the entire community's wishes and welfare in mind.

The councilor's and planning board member who are on your volunteer list can not, in all honesty, be expected to do this. They can not be unbiased, therefore they should recuse themselves from voting on this issue. If they do not there could be legal ramifacations that would hinder "all" continuation of this issue.

The mentioning of other cities, who after the fact, involve themselves with a charter school has nothing to do with our present situation and it is nothing more than a "smoke screen" on your part to bring it up.

Our city council has made it clear that they do not wish to discuss the issue with the public at open meetings, knowing full well that they have discussed them while being volunteers.
If this does not bring up legal questions then what would?

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I guess some of you, also, sat next to Obama on the same bench in church and "never" heard the Rev. Wright say anything other than words of true love and compassion for his fellow man?

I have nothing against most of the people who are volunteering and in fact, highly, respect quite a few of them. The ones I do not care for are the ones who do not really care for the people or the environment and run around saying that they do. Smoke is Smoke......The only real reason is that they don't want their kids going to school at Lely and that is what started all of this. Facts are Facts and anything that seemed to get added on as time went on was just icing on the cake.

Time will tell if this Island truly wants a high school or not and it should be given to the "whole" population to decide not just some late-comers to the party who decided after they came here that they wanted to change things for themselves at the expense of others.

Lely is a good school and would that much better if everyone involved put their efforts there, where it should be rather than trying to fix something that is not broken.

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Keep up the excellent work! We need someone who can handle the responsiblity in way that you have been doing.

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ALL,

I have been told that due to time regulations that, at this time, for November, of this year, a referendum can not be planned. This does not preclude having one at a later date. But, at this time it appears to be best, if everyone you know gets to be aware of the issues at hand, at the present moment, and get to participate, if they so desire.

It is truly, surprising the number of people, for whatever reason, who are at their summer residences are, presently, unaware of the issues at hand. Many do not recieve the local newspaper, nor access the internet. Let them know what is happening so there will be no surpises, for them, at a later time. Thank You

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All,
Due to some state or local regulation, it appears that, there will not be a referendum on this issue. There are, in fact, several petitions going around asking your opinion on this matter. If you have friends who are "snowbirds" contact them and request a letter, signed by them along with their local address, stating their opinion. Get this letter to the people who are in charge of the side being backed.

It is vital that this information is shared with everyone you know. This is the only way we may be able to come to a true consensus on what this community desires.

No matter how entertaining some of these blogs may be, they are only the opinion of those blogging and are in now way representative of anyone but the bloggers themselves.

I believe, that the vast majority of the citizens of Marco Island will do what is not only correct, but best for the community as a whole.

Thank You

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All,
Due to some state or local regulation, it appears that, there will not be a referendum on this issue. There are, in fact, several petitions going around asking your opinion on this matter. If you have friends who are "snowbirds" contact them and request a letter, signed by them along with their local address, stating their opinion. Get this letter to the people who are in charge of the side being backed.

It is vital that this information is shared with everyone you know. This is the only way we may be able to come to a true consensus on what this community desires.

No matter how entertaining some of these blogs may be, they are only the opinion of those blogging and are in now way representative of anyone but the bloggers themselves.

I believe, that the vast majority of the citizens of Marco Island will do what is not only correct, but best for the community as a whole.

Thank You

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LelyMom,

The "all so concerned" 200 volunteers, which the academy boasts should be putting their efforts into something that would benefit the most people, not just themselves.

They are not wanted, for several reasons, where they plan to build. How can they think that that environnment alone will foster a positive community imagage in the long run? You can not step on peoples toes and expect them to say, thank you, thank you, keep on doing that.

With a reasonably concerted effort, Lely has the potential of being significantly better than any world class, (a term that seems to be, presently, in vogue throughout Florida's school systems} McMini School could possibly offer with its obvious limitations.

This would be far more beneficial to a larger segment of our society's future leaders.

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Point to ponder. It is quite interesting how many of us who have disagreed in the past are now coming together on this particular issue.

Entertainment, as usual, will be provided by our never to be known, virtual character.

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Ed,

We may not have always agreed on previous issues. I can promise you, at this time, that I will do what I can to help you with your plans on this very important one.

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Pilar,

Thank you for posting, clearly, what most of us have been attempting to present for some time. Since as you stated, that you also, do not live near Tract K you have added another welcome opinion to this blog.

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There is a person on the blog that does not have the brains to realize that no one is responding to his comments any longer. Can you guess who he is?

Written on Marco Planning Board considers request for mausoleum, seawall issue:

Additional thought...

Allowing the contractors 180 days per year could mean if you have an empty lot near you it is possible to be living near a construction site with trucks and equipment 6 months every year until all the seawalls on your street or neighboring streets are completed. How dumb is this, especially when the city has ordinances with tickets when one parks in a swale or on a sidewalk in one's driveway?

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Why should neighbors to where a seawall is going in have to put up with the mess, the trucks and noise for 180 days in order to convenience the sea wall contractors who are making a living doing sea walls? Those areas are not business zoned and should not be allowed.

Once a sea wall is completed, in at most a month, the contractor should have 2 weeks to get the, dangerous, unsightly, attractive nuisance, equipment away from the area. It is an eyesore to everyone in the neigborhood.

Making excuses for not cleaning up is unacceptable and not the neighborhood's responsibility no matter what the contractor pays the lot owner, who is, most likely not living in the area at that time.

Written on Lely gridiron duo are all-stars in the classroom:

Congratulations to these two young men, who stuck with combining a sound education and a drive to succeed, so masterfully, in sports. It appears that Lely offers a well rounded curriculum worthy of praise!

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GWT,
Since you are not going to answer any other questions I would just like to let you know that I have found 5 Cities in Florida, so far, that appear to question your statement regarding, full time population and having their own high school. I would suggest, that in order to find out which cities they are that you do your own diligent research.

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in response to SunBum:

Brillo,

There has been no response to your asking three times about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation because there is no connection to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The only reference ever was within a blog post following the article, "Marco Island High School Proponents Hold Meeting To Address Neighbors Concerns", June 15, 2010 which stated: "There is a significant amount of research to support the advantages of small schools and increased student performance. This is why Bill and Melinda Gates have poured millions of dollars into the development of smaller learning communities."

Since you made 13 posts to that article, one would assume you read and understood the citing was used to show the respected Gates Foundation as a creditable proponent of smaller schools. Ergo, no need for a response.

One final note . . .

Marco is the largest city in the state without a HS. The money for construction MUST come from private donations and grants.(A public charter school saves school district’s millions in construction costs.) (The charter school statute on funding has previously been published for you.)
http://www.flsenate.gov/statutes/inde...

The operating expenses follow the student no matter what school he/she attends with NO ADDITIONAL COST TO TAXEPAYERS.

Additional operating expenses must come from donations and grants per Florida law.

The demographics of the HS will be similar to that at the MICMS.

There will be 2 buses (3 at most) bringing students from the same locations those students at MICMS come from.

All other students will have to walk, ride bikes or find their own transportation.

No students will be allowed to drive the first year.

From then on, permits for parking will be given on an individual basis.

At least 125 of the island’s HS students are attending private schools, out-of-zone schools or are home schooled.

The maximum number has been set at 500.

Finally, the Marco Island Academy is not at all about issues, it is all about choices. The individual students and their families will be given a choice of the education they are to receive.

All residents will also be given a choice as to whether to volunteer, mentor, assist coaches, or speak, and whether or not to participate in the lifelong learning seminars, art shows, theatre, dance, environmental programs, concerts, sporting events, recreational events, social events, and partnering within the community to be offered by this true community school. All of this is with no additional taxpayer funding.

I do hope this has satisfied your concerns, if not, do stop by the office at the Esplanade for further discussions for this is my final post.

GWT,
No, you have not satisfied all of my concerns. I do not assume anything after I read it. Now that you have finally answered the Bill and Melinda Gates question, which took you several requests, I will again return to the blogs of those who have supported the Academy
and see if what you are saying is only in my imagination, although I heard it from others who claim they heard it directly from Jane Watt herself. Maybe you are calling them liars?

As far as the funding issue, what will actually be covered by your claimed funding sources. List these items so that we can all determine if tax funds will be needed for police, security, sewer service, electrical service, traffic control etc. Everything has to be open to the public in order to determine what is needed and what is not. There are always things that were not thought about that will pop up and bite the taxpayer in the "well you know where".

That is why I check everything that affects me or my family out, very carefully. So don't even think your "vailed" threat to not answer any of my future questions bothers me other than who do you think you are and who died and appointed you a god?

Right at this moment I am checking out the more than 200 cities in Florida that have as many full time residents as Marco Island does and see if what you have previously stated is correct about all of them having a high school of their own. Honestly, I will let you know what I find out when I get the information.

As to your invitation, I have been to the Esplanade office, several times, and with all the 200 volunteers find it odd that it closed as often as it is. When I did see someone there, she was very nice and helpful but did not have enough answers to satisfy me.

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in response to deltarome:

I knew I could flush out the real reason behind the passionate few who don't want the school at Tract K, only an "eagle" park.
It is so the "few" can live next to an empty piece of land that was always destined to become a school. NIMBY-is a selfish way to live. You want to enjoy the benefits of an eductated society but don't want to inconvenience themselves at the expense of others.
Shame on yourselves-U2 Brillo.

Deltarome,
No, just step on the toes of others because of your convenience and not care should be the way I think. Not on your life or mine.

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in response to SunBum:

This whole issue has gone so far out of control with unfounded, outrageous accusations it would be laughable were they not so clearly engineered to create the impression of, and to derail, a "runaway train".

As has always been stated . . . The demographics of the Academy will be similar to MICMS with 2, at most 3, buses serving the same areas the TBE/middle school buses currently serve.

The first year, no students will be able to drive. ALL students not on the scheduled bus routes will walk, ride bikes or find a ride. The second year and beyond, limited student permits will be issued on an individual basis.

Speaking of trying to derail a train. This train should never have been on any tracks until it had the majority support of the community.

We who do not think it is such a great idea, in the form presented, should have a right to both clarity and transparency before a "penny" of our tax dollars are appropriated.
If the community wants this, then why do you not agree to a referendum? If you feel that you have the support you should not be against such a simple solution. If the majority wants your plan, you will get the go-ahead. If not then there was something wrong and has to be re-thought.
If we all play fair, we will all benefit.

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in response to SunBum:

This whole issue has gone so far out of control with unfounded, outrageous accusations it would be laughable were they not so clearly engineered to create the impression of, and to derail, a "runaway train".

As has always been stated . . . The demographics of the Academy will be similar to MICMS with 2, at most 3, buses serving the same areas the TBE/middle school buses currently serve.

The first year, no students will be able to drive. ALL students not on the scheduled bus routes will walk, ride bikes or find a ride. The second year and beyond, limited student permits will be issued on an individual basis.

Then how do we arrive at the "magic" 600 needed. Was that a fictitious number?
Somehow my arithmatic says 280 Marco Island students possibly, and the remainder bused in.
How many grades are in the Middle School? How many will be in the High School. The High School has 4. I think it is going to have to be 3 - 4 "Double Deck" buses to fill the eventual quota.

What about the distances travelled by the off Marco Students? Do you have an answer for that?
Somehow this does not seemed to get answered by any of your posts.

By the way you missed on finances once again. Where is the money for the school coming from?
This is the third time I am asking about the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? Were they or are they involved?

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Ed,

One of the "main" motives of this plan was that "our" kid should not have to travel 14 miles to school. How many miles is it from Immolalee to Marco, more than 14 miles I am sure? Do these, upwards of 300+, kids deserve less than ours in the educational system? They most likely have to work after school to help out with their parent finances and need the extra time. This is nothing less than a "double standard".

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in response to SunBum:

"As far as Jacques Cousteau Society is considered ..." (1999)

And so?

Wrong Cousteau, wrong Society!

There is no reasoning with those who, intent on being negative, pass the sins of the father on to the son even though their association ended in 1993.

It also appears that Dr. Richard Murphy worked closely with Jacques Cousteau. He started with him 38 years ago and was involved with much of what Cousteau did during that time. It looks like this is a different Society is another faux-pas.

Written on Letter to the Editor: STRP, the positives and negatives:

K,
FYI. I happen to personally know Fay and think that the Biles' are one of the most outstanding families on Marco Island and have done more for the citizenry than anyone else. I would appreciate you getting your facts and insults straight.
A person, such as yourself does nothing for their image.

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in response to deltarome:

I love the spin on this subject.
While the school board owns track K and has no money to build a school, that doesn't mean that the land can't be bought by someone else who then puts up a school.
This isn't about eagles or schools, this is really about neighbors who bought houses built next to land that was set aside for a future school and then not wanting the school to be built there. Not In My Back Yard-NIMBY.
Selfish and not realistic in my opinion.

Don't you think that is part of life.......being selfish for your family, being selfish for your neighbors, being selfish for yourself?

What is the opposite of that? Being careless about your family, being careless about your neighbors, being careless about yourself.

I think there has been quite a bit of the former going on.......On both sides of this issue which is why we need a Referendum! Nuff said.

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in response to SunBum:

"As far as Jacques Cousteau Society is considered ..." (1999)

And so?

Wrong Cousteau, wrong Society!

There is no reasoning with those who, intent on being negative, pass the sins of the father on to the son even though their association ended in 1993.

If it were not for the name of the Grandfather, Cousteau would not have been used by you for publicity. So let stop the bull-chips in trying to justify something that relates to animal-abuse and racist comments and attempting to say it meant nothing.

Perhaps before your groups seeks publicity, they should have had all of the facts.

It appears that animals were used as props and discarded as such after his movies and documentaries were made. How are you going to justify this to your students?

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Ray,
Thank You for getting back on topic.

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Ray and K.,

Your discussion is in poor taste and insulting to all Islanders and should not be here!

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in response to 1Paradiselost:

Brillo, I would like to know why the article that appeared today's paper "Bald Eagles on Marco key to species recovery". Is not in the on line version of this paper???? I have lived here too long and smell a rat.

You have that right or I would say it appears "ill-Eagle" to me.

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Has anybody in charge of the Acadamy read this "entire" article about the Cousteaus. I am wondering if the people where the "Meet the School Board Candidates" meeting took place read it. It is a very disturbing "eye opener". If they did not they should and be aware of what the Cousteaus stood for.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-ent...

Written on Letter to the Editor: Know the Track K facts first:

in response to captnjimbo:

The Eagle has landed...

Eagles are very flexible...if it gets distressed it will move. Are there not a million other trees in the surrounding area...are they not given the gift of mobility... are they not wild animals that move at will...were they nearly extinct because of encroachment???

Yes to all except the encroachment. They along with many species ate animals that ate crops treated with DDT, a poison that was commonly used for insect control, that poison got into the creatures that ate the crops, that poison got into the water and the birds of prey ate the moles and mice and fish and it affected their egg shells, the egg shells were so thin they would break in the nest.

This Eagle is not a big deal...Eminent domain is used to displace humans for the good of a community all of the time...the eagle will simply fly away if he doesn't like the neigborhood.

FYI,

I think you should get a copy of today's Marco Eagle. There are a lot of very knowledgeable and influential people who do not agree with your mind set! To top it off the heading reads: "Bald Eagles on Marco key to species recovery".

The article also goes on to say that as of yesterday there have been no applications received as "disturbance permits" by Florida Wildlife Commission and that no disturbance permits are being considered for Marco Island at this time.

How was there ever a "Done Deal" in place that was quoted by the Acadamy speakers?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Know the Track K facts first:

Thank you for taking the time in posting the above information and applications.

I have several questions that still need to be cleared up.

1. What were the answers to the questions in the application? Should not the Marco community know what is being proposed and by what means it will effect our lives here on Marco? Maybe your Web site would be the place to post these answers so that our community will know the facts? We should know what is being offered and be able to question this because it is our community which will be, in the long run, held responsible for its content.

2. How will this all be funded? Not only the construction but also all of the outside of the building necessities that go along with a school?

This should include, infrastructure, utilities, police traffic control, ingress and egress control. I have read that 95% of student expenses comes with students from other schools. Where will the other 5% come from? What does this 95% actually cover?

Also, as previously requested, how is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation involved with this project?

3. Who are these other professionals who are so involved with this program? Could you please list their names and contact information so that
they can be contacted. Maybe your web site can list who they are along with the four you already have listed.

Why is it that of the four top people which you have listed, only one has a true background in education? The top three are either former drug sale representatives or retail store personnel. Having a couple of years as being involved with volunteering at a Middle or Elementary school does not qualify as "Educational Professional".

4. Has anyone done a study which can be reviewed on how this will effect the neighborhood it will be placed in? In order to be welcomed this should be a prime consideration, or do you just not care?

I am really sorry that I can not accept your word or anyone else's word on this until I really know all of the facts.

Phrases such as "world class experience" and "massive project" do not cut the mustard and appear, on the surface, to be too good to be true without complete transparency.

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