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Written on Marco Island City Council begins manager search, authorizes study on Capri fire proposal:

in response to OldMarcoMan:

Maybe its time to rethink a Mayoral form of Government.
It works pretty good in Naples and its becoming obvious this City Manager form isn't work very well at all for Marco.

I would have to agree that a mayoral form of government might be a huge benefit. I would not do away with a city manager taking care of the day to day operations but having a Mayor he reports to and who the Department Heads answer to as well would go a a long way to fixing many of the problems in this city. Since council continues to insist that they are only legislative we need an executive who is responsible to the electorate. I know that many cities around the country including Sault Ste. Marie, MI use this form of government to good effect.

Written on Firestorm: Marco Island City Council chambers packed for spur-of-the-moment meeting on inspections :

As I wrote to the Naples News regarding this issue it should not matter to the contractors who does the inspections. The only thing should be that they are timely and correct. The sole function of the inspectors is to protect the public by ensuring that the building codes are rigorously being followed. That, however, is a minimum standard inspection and that is what I was told by the Marco Building Official himself.

I do not believe there is any room within a regulatory structure for a list of "Preferred Contractors". That should be left for Angie's List not the city or the county building inspection departments.

For contractors to be concerned that inspections are not going to be done timely is a legitimate concern but any other concerns are not. To say that Marco will fall prey to "unlicensed contractors" is just screaming that the sky is going to fall. Rigorous enforcement by whoever is checking permits is the only answer to that problem.

I can tell you from personal experience that I had numerous problems with inspections and things not up to code. The City's Building Official told me directly that he would pass whatever he had to to just get our contractor off the island. Nice plan for us. By the way our builder was a Florida Licensed Contractor and when we went to take the Builder's Licensees to the State Department of Professional Regulation the complaints were dismissed summarily because we had been issued a Certificate of Occupancy. That despite two reports from professional inspectors attesting to the problems and numerous things not meeting code. Ask yourself how the inspector could be doing his job and miss the fact that NO roof vents were installed or that walk-in showers on a second floor would not have shower pans installed. The list goes on and on and includes much more serious issues and questions such as the actual PSI rating of concrete used for the second floor and the lack of a definitive deck inspection.

Actually the best course of action would be for the city to collect fees for permits and allow the individual to hire an outside inspector to ensure work was done to code and more. That would then make said inspector legally liable for failure to perform something the current governmental entities are not.

Written on Letter to the Editor: City slowly sliding:

The rental house across the street from the City Manager's home has had as many as 7 or 8 cars parked there. In a single-family residential neighborhood but that isn't multi-family per the real estate people, it is extended family; the house has 2 kitchens and 9 bedrooms and baths. I didn't know that extended family applied to frat brothers or sorority sisters but if the city manager lets his neighbor get by with they are doing then why should he worry about the length of grass on a street far, far away. There are many serious problems on Marco that are not being addressed because it isn't good for business or some other excuse. The rental issues are one big problem for the neighbors who have to put up with the noise and disruption that short term rentals seem to bring. I did not move to Marco to be in a resort area that seems to be continually forced upon the citizens who live here.

Written on Could Cape Coral's decision to bury power lines shed light on how Marco can do the same?:

There is only one real practical reason to underground electrical service and that is to make it more resilient in a hurricane. If that is not the case due to flooding and the repair time is longer with buried lines then there is absolutely no point in burying the lines. Beautification or convenience should not take precedence over the practical when we are talking about a life support system and that is what electric power is. Any other consideration that diminishes the survivability and/or lengthens the eventual return of service for electrical power is misguided at best.

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