Comments by MarcoCitizen

Written on Council workshop: City considers building expansion at Marco Island's Mackle Park:

The City Council is going to spend our money on unneeded items because we can't say no. A change in our charter is a good solution where the voters vote on any budget up or down. This works great all over the country in some municipalities but Marco's government is so flawed it allows elected officials unlimited recklessly spending of our money. Let's take the power of the purse strings back from these irresponsible elected officials.

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

The City Council is going to spend our money on unneeded items because we can't say no. A change in our charter is a good solution where the voters vote on any budget up or down. This works great all over the country in some municipalities but Marco's government is so flawed it allows elected officials unlimited recklessly spending of our money. Let's take the power of the purse strings back from these irresponsible elected officials.

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

Change the City Charter to have the voters approve any proposed City budget and put these councilmen, city managers, and back room deals in their place.

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

We're probably wasting our breath. The City Council is going to spend our money on unneeded items because we can't say no. A change in our charter is a good solution where the voters vote on any budget up or down. This works great all over the country in some municipalities but Marco's government is so flawed it allows elected officials unlimited recklessly spending of our money. Let's take the power of the purse strings back from these irresponsible elected officials.

Written on Council workshop: City considers building expansion at Marco Island's Mackle Park:

Putting this unwanted and unneeded waste out for a bid is absurd and any City manager promoting this profligate spending (Jim and Brian) need a talking to or replacement. City council - who do you work for?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Mr. Recker and City Council members:

in response to AllKnowing:

Go Get 'Em Frank! School Board violated the mandate for conditions of use for the land. EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES NOT ENVIROMENTAL WHACKO AGENDAS. They should be sued. Good Call!

Let's put up a viewing site for these protected eagles with binoculars. That's educational in more ways than one and legal and less costly to taxpayers than useless legal challenges. Frank, don't waste our money! How about donating Vet Park Tent City to the proposed high school. This would be a much better use of this formerly wasted money than the current flea market site.

Written on Council workshop: City considers building expansion at Marco Island's Mackle Park:

If the Parks manager hasn't enough work to do but dream up unnecessary spending projects to put us further into debt then let's find him new useful work or get someone else. Enough of these dreamed up projects from bored senior staff. Can't you dream up ways of saving us some money Milk?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Mr. Recker and City Council members:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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I completely agree with all of this except "They know what good is for Marco Island". In this case neither Marco Island nor our high school students are going to be well served with City Council involvement. The kids get a small limited school (and limited social and academic education) and Marco taxpayers will have to fund nonsense ego fights.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Mr. Recker and City Council members:

Even good guys can be wrong on some issues - and this is a good example. Mr. Recker, please back off on this one.

Written on Charter coaches join Island Academy:

Mediocrity was predictable for this small school staff. The kids just have to take it. Real self starting students can survive but students with average motivation will suffer the lack of experienced, stimulating teachers. Smart, caring parents will hopefully guide their children to Lely.

Written on MIA is ‘MIA’ no more – Marco Island Academy lays out plans for coming school year:

This school is a major s----- idea. Short change the kids and to give Jane an ego boost. Are you proud Jane?

Written on Marco Island city employees fare better on benefits than Naples:

Everybody does well in this city except the taxpayer. Police, Fire , Utilities, and City workers all living well off the struggling citizenship. How can we change this so the taxpayer gets value? Need we dump the city to get to reasonable pay standards for administration of our island or can (or will) the City Council and the City Manager try to give us value for our money? I guess not based on past performance. I'm sure the county would do MUCH better.

Written on Marco Island police officer fired for inaccurate report about fight with suspect:

in response to waverunner:

Sounds like this could be Yoda as well. Check the fact regarding how the sheriff is down over 130 deputies. See how costs have changed since 1999, the sheriff in no way could provide the services for the past rates with his limited personnel. Time to move into the new millenium amigo.

We pay twice for police. Once to the county for the Sheriff and again to the MIPD. Why pay twice?

Written on Marco Island police officer fired for inaccurate report about fight with suspect:

in response to happy6:

NO ONE IS POLICING THE POLICE DEPT...these characters come down here form the north and learn to drive a boat or ski and have fun...about the hardest thing they do is find a parking space at 7/11 or sit with the school crossing guard....the entire bunch needs to be reviewed immediately...and the dept cleaned up.

Not reviewed - but eliminated and the Sheriff brought back. $5+ million for us every year henceforth.

Written on Marco man charged with pushing cop after fighting with cab driver:

Since this incident was actually last spring if could be the MIPD is recycling past events to appear that they are doing something. Let's save 5 million dollars every single year and allow the Sheriff who is already payed to protect us to do the job he did so well before this wasteful spending came about.

Written on Whatever happened to? The shakeup at Marco Island City Hall POLL:

These removals of empire-minded managers, is a skill Dr. Reviere clearly has and his superior performance for Marco taxpayers is the proof. I hope he isn't finished cleaning up and streamlining our City.

Written on LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Keep the Marco police:

in response to mahiman:

My wife and I recently purchased a home on Marco. One of the major reasons, very LOW crime rate. We've been all over Florida and the Caribbean and have seen the crime. This pro-active police force keeps the rift-raft out. The dirtbags are afraid to cross that bridge. Keep the force and keep this one of the safest places in Florida!

My wife and I moved here before Marco was a city and among our reasons was the very low crime rate and the safety that our two bridges afford. The sheriff did a great job then and we were all safe. The big difference now is for the same thing we pay 5 extra million a year plus annual demands on the taxpayer for new equipment and generous staffing. There is no reason to waste big money - is there?

Written on LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Keep the Marco police:

The sheriff will do as good, and very likely a more professional job than the MIPD as the past has shown. Savings to the taxpayer is $5,000,000 every year. It is also very likely that in each future year the MIPD will ask for more money, more cars,newer guns, tasers, radios, office equipment etc with no gain for the taxpayer. The MIPD was a mistake we shouldn't and don't have to live with.

Written on ‘Happy Hanukkah’ banners waving again on Marco Island:

in response to happyhorowitz34145:

Seriously?
Do you think just getting rid of an attorney from Miami will fix/solve the problem of being in touch with our issues?

How about, just after the attorney is fired, we dump the entire Council, whom by the way, since its inception, has never been in touch with "our" issues.

Replacing the remote attorney would be a good start.

Written on ‘Happy Hanukkah’ banners waving again on Marco Island:

I think it is time to replace our Fort Lauderdale based City Attorney with a local firm who is in touch with us and our issues.

Written on Hanukkah not part of Marco Island holiday banners:

Possibly some banners saying "Hanukkah Island Style" might be allowed by the City Attorney. With nonsense issues like this, exactly what are we celebrating?

Written on LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Keep the Marco police:

Taxpayers on Marco pay twice for police and fire protection. Does anyone out there voluntarily pay twice for anything? Let's put the choice to the voters on the next ballot and the result will probably be major savings for Marco taxpayers.

Written on Letter to the Editor: We need a quality high school on Marco:

Please go away. We don't want, need and can't afford your small, limited school. Give the kids a break by giving them a full high school experience.

Written on Marcophiles: Answer to Marco city financial strains — naming rights:

We should sell the utilities and Vet Park to reduce debt.The Marco Island Police Dept. and our fire department should be folded into Collier County to stop taxpayers continuing to pay twice for these services. Then the City can right size to this small community and concentrate on us - without all the old and un-missed, misguided and stupidly acquired financial baggage from yesteryear.

Written on Guest Commentary: Are city leaders creating a conflict of interest?:

Go away. We don't need or want your charter school!

Written on 2 top Marco Island cops fall victim to city budget cuts:

I'm certainly regret the personal loss of the affected officers and wish them well, but as a taxpayer I want to applaud loudly for the apparent new sensibility in City Hall acknowledging and acting to right size our government for our citizen's limited and possibly shrinking means.

Written on Police files: Old fashion legwork meets new age technology:

We are already paying Collier County for police. Why pay twice?

Written on Marco Island pharmacy files harassment lawsuit against city and police chief:

Let's replace our expensive, bored, amateur police department, bring back Collier County Police and save millions of taxpayer dollars.

Written on Steve Thompson lands Tennessee job about a month after being fired from Marco city manager job :

It's scary to think his screw-ups could be multiplied by 345 all over Tennessee. Hopefully he will be carefully supervised and his influence limited to prevent him from spending that state into bankruptcy with outrageous employment contracts and profligate spending. The best part is he'll be far from Marco. Good riddance!

Written on Marco Island considers Tract K purchase from Collier school district:

A growth minded city still out of fiscal control.
Let's sell some stuff and reduce debt and taxes.
Need land? - use some of the Gipsy Tent City (that we over paid for).

Written on Planning Board questions legality of Marco Island CRA committee :

We need a CRA like we need another useless Gipsy Tent City on the Glon property now called Veteran's Park. Forget the CRA and sell that property, reduce our debt and taxes and reduce staff on our 'Planing Board".

Written on Crist signs Fla. bill legalizing red light cameras:

Forget my vote Charlie!

Written on Guest Commentary: Parting thoughts from community development director:

Glad to see that free-spending bottleneck and obstructor gone!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Congratulations! But ...:

Do we need our own Police Dept when we are already paying for Police from Collier County, ditto for Fire and do we really enjoy any benefit from our own growth minded City instead of Collier County administration. How's your wallet doing? I would certainly like to see some of these alternatives on the next ballot.

Written on Chief of police: Nepotism considered in Marco Island's police, code enforcement merger:

Putting a fig leaf in charge of Code Compliance isn't going to clean up that arrogant department.

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