Comments by MarcoCitizen

Written on Marco Island’s Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk fired after two-day suspension:

Can we now get the neglected Mackle Park building painted with Bryan's departure?

Written on 'Building' support: Parks committee will campaign on need for Mackle center:

Since when does a Marco Island committee get to spend our funds to mount a PR campaign for their unpopular recommendations?

Written on New Mackle Park Community Center heads for open workshop; lightning detection begins Monday:

Is there nothing else the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee has to do besides mounting a PR campaign to sell us an unnecessary and unwanted Mackle Park facility? Get these guys something else to do that we do want or suspend the committee meetings until something comes up.
Let's take those City sponsored signs down telling us to speak out unless the City will listen to what we are saying - which is NO.

Written on Marco officer involved in crash to retire, receive $10,000 :

The NUTCASES running the city must go - quickly

Written on Marco officer involved in crash to retire, receive $10,000 :

the nutcases running by the city must go

Written on 12-year-old boy weighing 297 pounds barred from youth football league in Texas:

That mother is a jerk. She wants her son, morbidly obese, to be allowed to crush innocent healthy students trying to have some exercise and fun. Lose a lot of weight kid and you will be welcome on the field.

Written on Letter to the Editor: It’s a safety issue:

The authors of this letter are patting themselves on the back for the unbounded selfishness in denying most islanders and visitor access to our beaches with a bunch of BS. Of course this would not have been possible without the endless arrogance of the City staff and councilors.

Written on Overflow parking at South Marco beach has city leaders seeking solutions :

in response to BronxGal:

Apparently you do not live on the South End . This is not a few weeks ,BUT A FEW MONTHS since December 2011 every day .Now there are spots in the public parking ,and they still park in the swales IT'S FREE!! THATS WHY

Totally under utilized Sarazen Park (without even changing the name) would well substitute for on street parking if the political will,and the incentive of metered income, were there which I doubt.

Since you are now on Marco I take it you agree with Ogden Nash-" Bronx no thonx"

Written on Overflow parking at South Marco beach has city leaders seeking solutions :

On Tuesday, Apr 17 at 12 noon, there were 2 cars parked in the swales and many spaces available in the Collier County lot. The hysterical residents nearby seem intolerant of a few weeks of visitor popularity. Let's calm down and recognize reality - a few weeks of increased people traffic per YEAR.

Written on Bike collisions with vehicles on rise on Marco; three bicycle committee members hit:

It sounds like the Bicycle Commission members are atypically inattentive and accident prone relative to the overwhelming majority of careful and responsible bicycle users on the Island. What is the point here?

Written on Marco ex-cop still hopes to get job back despite careless driving conviction:

Bad,unprofessional cops are a MIPD specialty. Behaviors that would put anyone else in jail are tolerated and protected if you are a cop. Why can't we have a professional force that can weed out these dangerous cops instead of sticking us with them?

Written on VIDEO: Man punched, pepper sprayed in Marco patrol car settles lawsuit for $50,000:

in response to mahiman:

Show that video to all the criminals out there...come to Marco and disrupt us...be prepared for a beatdown. Stop coddling the criminals. I have no sympathy for Scumballs.

Beating and pepper spraying helpless handcuffed people already locked in a patrol car is totally wrong and not within police discretion. Beating people up is wrong and criminal anywhere is the civilized world. Where do you come from, Mahiman, that would find this acceptable?

Written on VIDEO: Man punched, pepper sprayed in Marco patrol car settles lawsuit for $50,000:

So this is the type of cop the MIPD chooses to retain. Any rational citizen would have fired him but not our police department who protect the guilty when they are their own.

Written on Kissing crime: Assistant principal calls cops after elementary students smooch:

A frightening example of bad teachers with poor judgement traumatizing children with absurd application of vague guidelines and well- intentioned but easily and frequently abused laws.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Promoting exceptionality:

Forget the City Council. If we had a City manager who was aligned with the taxpayers instead of the City employees, we would gain major tax savings.
The present management thinks we need to grow and sustain spending. Clearly a mismatch to the present situation.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marco’s debt:

Step one is a new City Manager who is on the same page as the taxpayers. It's clear Dr. Jim has done all he will for us and vigorous new blood is needed.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Not Comcastic:

Marco Island Cable also operates on Marco Island and has local offices. Why are many of us on our island not allowed to hook up to them?

Written on Marco police officer accused of abusing authority after felony traffic stop:

If you guys would cut all these personal attacks out and work together, we could make the MIPD history in favor of the CCSO, but all the BS dilutes the message and prevents accomplishment.

Written on Marco police officer accused of abusing authority after felony traffic stop:

Considering the number of lawsuits our City has to endure in defense of the MIPD, and the additional 4+ million dollar a year we already pay beyond the many millions we pay to the County for police that they don't have to provide, we should definitely have a referendum on continuing our MIPD or allowing back the CCSO.
Saving 4+ million a year while improving service is a move in the right direction.

Written on Marco Island Planning Board: Keep the community on its feet:

The fix continues to be in for the Mackle Extravaganza. The City Cronies are in panic mode making up absurd justifications for a plainly unneeded project.

Who believes that the main justification for this project is to improve the Island's health?

Such nonsense begs for the replacement of the usual hacks and restaffing of our advisory committees with responsible, realistic folks.

Written on Marco Island announces comprehensive financial analysis:

in response to MarcoMaven:

The city can save $4 million plus by jettisoning the MIPD and all concerned with it. The city is paying the CCSO as well, anyway, so the MIPD is redundant.

Not only are they redundant, but the county won't keep getting us sued, and these reports of various abuses by the police will stop as will their ever increasing thirst for new improved equipment at taxpayer expense. Of course, we'll save a lot of money too.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Response to the April 15 submission from the Optimist Club:

in response to ajm3s:

Should we draft a list of potential candidates, simply on a platform of fiscal reality followed by an ability to discern budget requests filled with department goodies that do not serve the overarching welfare of the common resident.

I know several who could easily meet this challenge and have the smarts to discern citizen needs from city management needs.

Now is the time to assemble candidates for citizen representation and remove those on council that have essentially represented department heads only.

I believe everyone knows who they are.

I want to join with a fellow traveler to reverse our unchecked reckless course.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Response to the April 15 submission from the Optimist Club:

The City is out of control and the taxpayers have no tools to correct the problem. Jim, his staff and the councilmen pay no attention to our miserable fiscal reality because they don't have to. Perhaps in the next election we can get some realists on the council and replace our remaining wasteful city management with real managers who have respect for the taxpayers money. A fire boat? Mackle Extravaganza? The Optimist's Club is filled with idiots.

Written on A place to park your toys: Duane Thomas has a lot for you:

in response to ajm3s:

Same option as a police officer writing or issuing a warning in lieu of a fine for a traffic or motor vehicle violation.

Enforcement never went away, it is the manner in which it is offered to the residents and vacationers and all who spend time here.

So if people park vehicles on vacant lots next to or across from you, or any other code violation, you think it's ok for the police to, at their choosing, ignore a complaint about it?

Written on A place to park your toys: Duane Thomas has a lot for you:

Since when do the police decide whether or not to enforce the City Codes? If the police think code enforcement is at their option then we need a more responsible police department.

Written on Guest Commentary: Our Island needs the proposed community center:

I suspect the Optimist Club is the Parks and Rec committee that foolishly recommended this turkey in the first place.

Out come the backroom hacks trying to save face for an unneeded and unwanted projects.

These City cronies need replacement by realistic city dwellers.

Jim Rivere - our leader -(who refuses to read opinions) replace those optimists with members of the Realist Club.

Written on Mackle Park Center: Scrubbing the Plan, part II:

I have begun to wonder, based on the City Manager's remarks, whether the City Council has the same arrogant attitude towards the press and blogs, by conscientiously ignoring them.

Is the entire City, management,staff and elected supervision immune, via their ivory tower, to public opinion noise?

Let's hear from the agenda setting City Council Chairman, and other council members where they stands on spending reduction, fiscal responsibility, and the Mackle Extravaganza.

Written on Mackle Park Center: Scrubbing the Plan, part II:

“My policy is not to read blogs and not to read letters to the editor. That makes my day happier and my caffeine level doesn’t have to be so high to survive.”

That's good Jim. Just sit around in a vacuum and ignore the public and the press and maybe we'll go away - or maybe you'll go away.

Written on Marco Island city manager: On Mackle Park plans:

in response to Seawaller:

The only "noise" I hear is coming from City Hall. Mackle Park facility is junk...4th phase of master plan...needs to go through budget process...not until 2014. Reality: 3 phases was more than enough, stop the budget process, stop the planning; we don't need this thing and most importantly can't afford it. If this foolishness is stopped dead the noise will go away and we can go back to figuring out how we're going to pay for all the past foolishness.

Worth repeating!

Amen!

Written on Gang member picks fight with Collier sheriff’s gang unit at county fair, deputies say:

This sounds like a one-sided report. The police who have all the power need to practice restraint in dealing with all the public. Perhaps a dose of additional training for the cops will make them tolerant enough to allow a wide range of behaviors. Talking back shouldn't disqualify people from enjoying their lives even if the police brand them as "Gang Members". Do the police think talking back to them is a crime?

Written on Marco Island city manager: On Mackle Park plans:

We pay Dr Riviere big bucks to run our city. At least we should expect him to listen and represent us, and not the entrenched senior staff and their cronies. Those guys have spent us into unsustainable debt and have made immutable future plans to spend us into oblivion.

Dr. Riviere had a strong start as our City Manager but based on his disrespectful response to the people who want a responsible and responsive government, he may have already done for us what he is capable of, and new blood is probably needed to root out the remaining unsuitable senior staff.

Clutching and outdated script and insisting there can be no other options but to have the taxpayers build a facility to compete with the hotels and restaurants for wedding and affair business pretty much summarizes why he and his wrong thinking staff have to go.

Otherwise, if we let these guys ignore and dismiss us, we'll never regain control of our city

Written on Marco Island city manager: On Mackle Park plans:

It sounds arrogant that Dr. Riviere thinks opposition from the citizens on the proposed Mackle Extravaganza is just noise and the real priority is to stick with an antique concept plan out of step with need and fiscal reality.

Doctor, your contempt for the dissenting citizens opinions is not flattering. Didn't you consider anything we said? Don't you have a duty to listen? - or at least pretend?

Written on Mackle Park expansion plans topic of Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting:

in response to ajm3s:

What about Veterans Park? We have not even developed that expensive piece of real estate that is now a conditional Market Square. Yet, the Council of past and the residents voted to purchase the Glon property. Now we live with the consequences. So to your need to MAKE THE TIME, well time is money and it goes both ways. When you spend a lot in the past for projects that do not come to fruition, we cannot continue on this path and now need to make choices with a new set of conditions.

And to the P&R Foundation, put up the fund raising money for your ideal to meet children's need. If in your words, it was for ALL, why discredit the "old folks". I believe we need more commentary from the P&R Foundation, because from my perspective I may need enlightenment. From what I hear, I sense there are some that have seen the vision but rejected the NEED. Or maybe, we should rename it a SENIOR CENTER and get the support of the "old folks". But that is not what the families want on this island, they do not see the NEED.

Do we really need an indoor gym? A computer classroom? A teaching kitchen?

There are so many mislaid specifications that it parallels the genesis of the MIA and its misguided model for education. Unless of course, you believe, as I do, this Community Center was an extension of the MIA think tank, coupled with a belief that Mr. Milk and his second hand man, can compete with the hospitality industry on Marco Island.

Or is this a "keeping up with the Jones" in Naples.

God help us all.

God will help when we rise up to replace the stagnant Parks Committee thinking with new blood that recognizes and represents present priorities - reduce debt and reduce City expenditures.

The giddy expenditures of the past are examples of behavior we need to avoid hereafter. Resignations for some of these committee fossils who continue to mindlessly support planning mistakes of the past would help!

Otherwise we will have to evict them from our City planning and withdraw their influence.

I question whether the City Manager has the political will (guts) to change our historical course towards financial ruin and repopulate our City advisory commissions with smarter, responsible and representative citizens. Let's push him to address this core issue.

Written on Mackle Park expansion plans topic of Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting:

I think this is a case of a Parks Director who is oblivious to the need of the citizens while being misguided by an outdated plan and a commission of cronies who believe the City backs them with a blank check.

I also believe that the Parks Director and his support commission neither learn from nor admit their past mistakes.

We can only hope that clearer heads prevail and Mr. Milk stops promoting this turkey.

Written on Guest Commentary: Mackle Park Community Center’s proposed $7 million project: Should we have a voice in the decision?:

Bryan is now proposing a scaled back expansion at Mackle.

There wasn't anything in the original proposal that was needed. Hopefully this wasteful project will be scaled down to zero. If not it just shows how in this city, commissions (appointed by and connected to the city staff) are encouraged to proposed unneeded and expensive extravagances and count on back door handshakes with the city council to rubber stamp.

How about a city commission (staffed with motivated citizens - not the usual cronies) to find ways to reduce spending and debt? Jim Reviere, please take note.

Mackle could however use a coat of interior paint. Bryan take note.

Written on Guest Commentary: Updates about the Marco Island Academy:

The above post is nonsense. The Marco Apartheid Academy is not about educating homeless. It hopes provide a limited educational experience as an alternative to Lely. The excuse for this is to avoid the bus trip to Naples for the students. This is one part racism and one part ego for the founders and none of this potential taxpayer grab is pioneering spirit.

Written on Guest Commentary: Updates about the Marco Island Academy:

This is a tiny school begging for money, offering limited educational and social opportunities, and puffing themselves up as World Class. Already the organizers are angling behind the scenes to grab taxpayer money for their missing facilities.

I feel sorry for the students whose parents unwisely signed them up to likely mediocrity and for the taxpayers who are certain to receive demands to prop this folly up.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Inappropriate relationships?:

These commissions the City creates are apparently to reinforce the agenda of the "Big City" minded senior city staff. They cross justify each other for spending on wasteful extravagances, and celebrate the taxpayer's limited tools to stop them from raiding our wallets.

Jim - create a commission to study reducing our crushing debt,selling some misguided acquisitions, reducing wasteful and duplicate spending like the Police and Fire which we also pay Collier County for and they are happy to take the money without having to give us the any service.

Let's have some honesty and recognition of reality in our government. This is a small city. Stop behaving like is isn't.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Inappropriate relationships?:

Obviously the system is corrupt with senior staff involved in back room deals and fiscally unsound recommendations.

This culture of cronies is big trouble for us since the city manager a major player.

Written on Frustrated residents voice displeasure to Marco Island City Council over Mackle expansion plans:

These commissions the City creates are just to justify spending on useless projects. Jim, create a commission to study reducing our crushing debt,selling some misguided acquisitions, reducing wasteful and duplicate spending like the Police and Fire which we also pay Collier County for and they are happy to take the money without having to give us the any service. Let's have some honesty and recognition of reality in our government

Written on Guest Commentary: Mackle Park Community Center’s proposed $7 million project: Should we have a voice in the decision?:

These commissions the City creates are just to justify spending on useless projects. Jim, create a commission to study reducing our crushing debt,selling some misguided acquisitions, reducing wasteful and duplicate spending like the Police and Fire which we also pay Collier County for and they are happy to take the money without having to give us the any service. Let's have some honesty and recognition of reality in our government

Written on Guest Commentary: Mackle Park Community Center’s proposed $7 million project: Should we have a voice in the decision?:

in response to terridisciullo:

You are and always have been a part of the problem.

Keep your money.

We are trying to keep ours.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Color me cynical:

Right now it's too easy to pass a budget as our government can do as it pleases with our money.

Previous City Councils have betrayed our trust by racking up crushing debt for us and it looks like the current council is intending to follow suit. Our aloof councilpersons evidently cannot be trusted with our money.

By taking back the power of the purse strings by insisting that the taxpayers approve the City budget and thereby making it hard to spend our money, we would be blessed with major saving that would pay us dividends every year into the future. Our collective wisdom might even get us out of debt eventually.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Mackle Park project: Send it out to a referendum and you will get your answer:

Right now it's too easy to pass a budget as our government can do as it pleases with our money.

Previous City Councils have betrayed our trust by racking up crushing debt for us and it looks like the current council is intending to follow suit. Our aloof councilpersons evidently cannot be trusted with our money.

By taking back the power of the purse strings by insisting that the taxpayers approve the City budget and thereby making it hard to spend our money, we would be blessed with major saving that would pay us dividends every year into the future. Our collective wisdom might even get us out of debt eventually.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Why I don’t attend City Council meetings any more:

in response to captnjimbo:

One mission of the council should be to look to the future and the needs and attractions for the next generation. We are moving from a vacation resort community to a place where real people are living. Not everybody walks the beach everyday. I would agree however that little bites would be easier to swallow and if there is a well thought out plan there is nothing wrong with an improvement mentality done over time.

Do do realize that we are hundred of millions of dollars in debt and the councilmen and City Manager apparently couldn't care less. Spending beyond our means big time means decades of austerity to reduce our debt to rational limits. If you wanted your government to spend sensibly, you moved to the wrong city. Let's make the necessary change and work to reduce debt and spending. Mackle only need an interior coat of paint, not a Brian Milk extravaganza.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Why I don’t attend City Council meetings any more:

in response to islandeye1#236971:

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Right now it's too easy to pass a budget as our government can do as it pleases with our money. By taking back the power of the purse strings and making it hard to spend our money, we would be blessed with major saving that would pay us dividends every year into the future. Our collective wisdom might even get us out of debt eventually.

Written on Guest Commentary: Mackle Park Community Center’s proposed $7 million project: Should we have a voice in the decision?:

It smells like the fix is in on the Mackle waste and since the public can't really do anything about it, the city council and senior city staff are smugly safe and empowered until the next election. Newly elected councilmen will quickly realize this and the cycle will repeat until we're all broke.

This is no way to do the people's business!

It looks like cityhood was a gigantic mistake because this deeply flawed city government is out of our control and the taxpayers have no good tools to fix this corruption. Now, if the City had to come to the taxpayers to approve spending ......

Written on Letter to the Editor: Why I don’t attend City Council meetings any more:

It smells like the fix is in on the Mackle waste and since the public can't really do anything about it, the city council and senior city staff are smugly safe and empowered until the next election. Newly elected councilmen will quickly realize this and the cycle will repeat until we're all broke.

This is no way to do the people's business!

It looks like cityhood was a gigantic mistake because this deeply flawed city government is out of our control and the taxpayers have no good tools to fix this corruption. Now, if the City had to come to the taxpayers to approve spending ......

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