Larry, I visited your website. It is a very nice site and I applaud you for setting it up.
Although you may think that numbers balance I believe that you are "out of touch" with the average citizen of Marco Island. I believe until that fundamental change occurs this island will be further divided or concoured by one mindset.
I now understand the problem "totally".
Ajm3s The answer to you questions is a simple one word answer "Money".
Larry, you were one of the three guys for the taxpayer correct? I am curious as Ajm3s states why have you not stood up against things like the fire boat. I do have hope though that the recent decline to replace city vehicles may give some hope. I will read your website, and I would hope that you and the other members that were elected on the promise to represent the taxpayer of Marco Island will be upheld.
That makes sense. It has to be a disruption of enviorment that is killing them all in a group not just one or two sick whales.
Mr. Bill Thomas Great Letter, Right on with the facts. As a former Owner/Operator who hauled show and convention setups I can tell you that you are correct in your analysis of the truck traffic to and from Marco Island.
If I had to deliver to a convention center first you have to make your time to get dock space. Next, someone has to unload the truck, usually requiring a forklift. Here is the big difference bigger venues have more dock space thus load/unload moves faster. Smaller sites big venues have less docks thus you wait. Most time idling in the street to keep warm or cool depending on the time of year.
I have been in small sites that I have waited all day to get dock space to unload. After which you either wait for the convention to run its course then you are right back at the dock to reload the setup. Some displays can only be transported by the trailer they are built for. Some have special trailers to protect the high-end displays. Where are the trucks going to go? Yes, off island they have to but where? Closest truck stop/parking is Fort Myers Pilot. The congestion is huge, the noise is loud, the exhaust smells and lingers, tempers flare trust me I have seen many fights over parking and dock space. This is just what I said about the "free bridge" now the traffic will come in 85' 80,000 lb. incriminates.
The convention truck traffic is added on top of the already delivery truck traffic that brings all goods currently to Marco Island which is alot of truck traffic currently coming and going off the island.
Ajm3s is correct, where are the loading docks? How can you back in 85' off Collier? Where is this going to go? The people of Marco Island need to stand up and demand answers to these and many more questions. It is not about tourism, conventions, or store owners, it is about the peace and quiet we all bought into and want to remain the same? If I were to park my truck in my driveway I would recieve a violation, what happens when one makes a wrong turn and ends up in a neighborhood? Happened to me, GPS took me there, had to back out down the street stopping traffic.
You gentleman have it right, very right.
You think they could just guide them back out to sea. Sad to see them in that condition.
I have read strange things are happening to bees also. I have not heard much of it though in the news.
I see the paper was quick to respond to its own remark of sonar testing. Something is causing this to happen. The public may never hear what has caused this to happen.
Marco826 You are correct the manager should be fired. No excuse for not maintaining the equipment. Just looking to the taxpayer to squander more dollars in new equipment.
Like I said, the equipment should last a minimum 20 years with good maintence.
It has to have something to do with their brains or hearing. Whales I understand are very sensitive creatures with hearing and guidence features. Why would all these whales just beach and Die? There is a cause somewhere.
I wonder if they will not maintain the new Fire Boat also. Vehicles and equipment on Marco Island should last 20 years with the stable climate that they work under. Maintence and upkeep does not seem present as the City workers just believe they will get new units. Again, a waste of the taxpayers money.
Same old story, He will last some time, retire with a nice check, and enjoy the time he will be on the island. In the mean time nothing will be done to clean up the mess that has been created on this little island.
Lets build some more windmills, and battery powered cars to make factory jobs for the working middle class. Then when the factory fails we give long term unemployment benefits to give "A little help so they can look after their families while they are looking for a new job"
Then what the new widgit factory opens on the taxpayer dime and the whole process starts over.
The windmill factory in my town went broke six months ago. The auction was held and everything was sold for pennies on the dollar invested.
How can this work????
I am waiting for the first time the boat will be used for a "pleasure outing" by a city employee. A training exercise with fishing poles and water skies.
You know it will happen it is just when.
Thats worth 200,000 plus all day long. Why not throw in a house, car, and boat just to be sure we are paying our fair share for this outstanding service.
Maybee, a job for the wife also.
Thanks Ray, I thought that was the same guy, but I could not believe that he would be on the Code Board.
It should be renamed the "Crony Board" where past or fired friends can then make more bad decisions for the Citizens of Marco Island.
How can the Citizens of Marco Island allow this??? What's up with this??????
They should have named it the "Bankrupt City" as that is where we are headed. Can we look up the lawyer for the City of Detroit and get him on standby.
Who is Rony Joel on the Code Board? Is this the same guy who was employed by the City of Marco Island?
This smells real bad.
Just another waste of the taxpayers dollars. Time to clean up and throw out the City Council.
What happened to our elected three for the people of Marco Island? They have turned from the very first meeting.
Marathon? Have you ever been there? I was there in October What is there? 219,000 a year???? Are they nuts?
Why not hire is wife also, she needs a job.
There were enough stupid voters to elect him. Watch them do the same with Hillary.
Yeah, I am thinking Copwatch is August8. Why change names? I will stay Breeze.
What has happened to August8? Has he or she transformed into another code name?
A person of Marco Island history. One of the talented people that put the "dream and vision" of the Mackle Brothers on paper.
Tikihut, You need to lighten up and not take offense. Some times things get heated on topics of opinion.
Please do not call me old as I am younger than you and have been an owner on the island for more than 10 years now.
But, I do say my opinion as you also have a right to say yours and being a owner and taxpayer of Marco Island it is good to see that you are interested in the island, but I would disagree with your vision of the future of the island as you have stated in other blogs.
Again, Only my opinion.
What ever happened to safe stopping distance and control of the vehicle. I guess that does not apply in Florida.
Coming to a town near you. The Code Police.
Newsflash::: Code violator Arrested.
A anonymous tip led the Code Police to a local hardware, where the suspect fled down the paint isle and was cornered next to the nut and bolt rack. After a flurry where the suspect threw nuts and bolts at the Code Police lead Officer August8 charged the suspect and apprehend him.
How much is the Smokehouse Bridge????
13 might just be my lucky number.
I can see it now posted in the Post Office.
Known Marco Criminal, Charges: using high pressure dangerous power wash to remove mold.
Count 2: Installing new key lock door knob with no municipal permits.
Consider the suspect armed with tool set and dangerous. Do not approach as suspect may be under influence of VOC vapors or Chlorine based cleaning products.
HALT!!!!! DROP THE PAINT BRUSH STEP AWAY FROM THE CAN SLOWLY GET FACE DOWN KEEP YOUR HANDS WHERE I CAN SEE THEM.
Naples_Rocket Please if your name relates that you live in Naples thats fine. If you do not you need to relocte there as your vision of Marco Island is that of Naples. I for one do not want Naples that is why I like Marco Island. I do not care about resturants, comedy bars ect. They can all close as far as I am concerened. I want peace and quiet, the beach, low crime, not a tourist trap. All the things Naples does not have due to being ruined by the thought process that you seem to subscribe to. So please leave the island alone it has been under taxover attack by your kind for a long time now but it can and will survive without the tourist mindset.
I agree revert back to the County. Lets rest all the egos and stop the bleeding.
Start a petition to dissolve.
Mister X is probally just another "croney" looking for a good gig with a good check all on the backs of the Marco Island Taxpayer.
What better than another puppet that can be controlled by the powers that be.
Oh, by the way um my buddy needs a job. Ok lets call him Mr. X and get him on the list. Please, do they believe the people of Marco Island are that stupid or maybee they are????
Add Mr. Breeze next to Mr.X if it is that easy.
Coming soon, Mr. Breeze for City Council
Here we go the Code Police are ready to do whatever they are directed to do. How about just sticking to Law Enforcement as you should be. Never mind using "teeth" to harass the guy who is probally not breaking any laws.
I am all for keeping the peace and living crime free, but lets keep it there, not riding around checking if you have a permit to paint your house or dock or something stupid like that.
Marco826 Correct! I find it hard to believe that this group would have turned this way by the way they "promised" before and during the campaign.
It is like different people after the election. You are correct I have back people in local elections only to find after the election their opinions change as they want to be excepted by the group they are supposed to be opposing.
This change brings no positive result for the voters who counted on and elected them.
I agree I am also dissapointed with our new elected council members. What happened to the campaign promises? What happened to representing the Taxpayer of Marco Island? What happened to cutting waste and spending.
Sounds like we need another new group.
Hascle, that is easy to say until it is a member of your family dead on your home residential street. I like the idea of check points coming and going on 951 between US 41. I am all for it bring it on.
This was totally unacceptable and has to stop. Send a warning out this will not be tolerated.
To be killed like that is just hard to believe.
RayN I hope you are right. I see this as high stakes for the island. Wolf in sheeps clothing it could be. Hard to fight big money and win. I have been down that road before.
The bad part is if they do build it and it does not work out the island is still saddled with it. Like any other venture gone bad the real estate remains as a reminder of poor planning.
I hope MICA has some power left....
ajm3s I do believe it will take a very large "push back" from the residents however many of us, myself included cannot vote due to residency on the island. This is where the lack of true votes comes in.
In the end I believe it will happen. The MICA rules have been broken thanks to the putt-putt which set the stage for the main show the Marriott.
Marriott Island it is. The torch of Deltona and Mackle Bros. will soon go out. There is just to much money behind it to stop it from happening.
Ajm3s I think the "Planning Board" is well aware what direction they are titing the island towards. I warned this with the bridge expansion.
Klaus, I remember when you were in favor of the new High School you said anyone against it was yesterday thinker. How is it this project has changed your opinion?
I know you have been on the island for a long time but I do believe you also supported the Putt-Putt also? I warned everyone the island would be "forever changed" and this project might just be the one to do it.
August, I would be in favor of all DUI checks on Marco Island anytime of day or night. I would also be in favor in any and all testing that would show the driver to be impaired be it any substance.
I would have a zero tolerence position for these offenders also.
To be killed on your own street is just not right.
Tikihut, Stay in Jersey where they can't stand visitors only want your money. Your post confirms that. The majority of Marco Island wants to remain the same not to bring your Jersey style here.
Wake up people this is the type of thinking that will ruin the place forever.
I warned you when the "free bridge" was coming that was the start of it.
LEhonig, He is a refreshing idea if you quote "we have plenty of cash lying around" try not to spend it like drunken sailors on shore leave. And just maybee return value to the taxpayer of Marco Island. Sounds like something you can do?
The Mariott is under pressure for convention business which plain and simple is a diagnosis of cancer for Marco Island and the residents of the island.
Conventions bring big dollars but bring big trouble and bad elements. I have seen the small scale trouble the limited tourists bring currently. Ramp that up times ten and see what that brings.
August, no traffic enforcment will stop the lifestyle which some people will never break.
How sad that a innocent woman is killed in her own residential neighborhood.
ajm3s Again, correct on all accounts. What the Marriott is seeking in it's quest of the 21st century is to build as large as possible for as much revenue as possible. I do not believe the Marriott folks are bad people but they do need to realize when "enough is enough"
I like the ideas of keeping the PUD in order although I would allow the update of new building technology to be applied as a change.
Marco Island is not a large convention center town period.
Thank you for cleaning the beach and keeping it nice. I hope the next time I am in town I can join in a clean up.
ajm3s Now it is your turn to go to the head of the class.Right on.
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