Comments by RayN

Written on The case for space: Marco Marriott details expansion proposal to public:

Eddie what you've said is simply not true. There will be an adverse impact to traffic certainly directly in front of the Marriott, and possibly before it on N. Collier. The notion of going to all valet parking is insanity.

I would love for there to be a rooftop restaurant, limitless parking, and even the tennis courts. But, the Marriott and others are taking the approach as if what is being proposed is on 50 acres in the middle of no where.

Instead, Collier Blvd is what it is what it is, the entry ramp is what it is in terms of valet management, and all the surrounding structures and neighbors are also fixed.

If the Marriott were to propose adding a floor or two to their existing towers, and eliminate the tennis courts for parking, I could see voters/neighbors giving an unhappy "ok."

Sometimes change is good, but other times, no matter how it gets spin and packaged, it's bad. The question isn't what's good for the Marriott, but what's good for Marco Island. So, I'm being selfish. If it comes up for a vote, mine will be NO.

Written on The case for space: Marco Marriott details expansion proposal to public:

Sigh. Mr Breeze ..... a little more homework or analysis please.

The Putt Putt exists today because in the end MICA "won" -- Kramer finally did what he could have done earlier. That little dust up had nothing to do with the City Council, nor anything to do with the Marriott. Apples and pumpkins my friend.

Written on The case for space: Marco Marriott details expansion proposal to public:

Old -- I think you're in the minority when it comes to working 60 hours a week. I hope it's desire and drive -- not necessity. I agree with you that elected officials should do the vast majority of the governing that they're put into office for. At the same time, there are issues that do warrant direct voter input. Are you against any and all referendum decisions?

On the issue of a large dollar item with quality of life implications like a new Rec Center, or even the Marriott which should be outlay neutral, but with potentially great quality of life (and I contend safety issues as well) impacts, my belief is that citizens should be given a voice.

All I have to do is look at Washington and my trust for our "elected officials" goes to zero. From the comments I see in the press and here about Marco elected officials, I also contend that "trust" isn't exactly being nourished.

Written on The case for space: Marco Marriott details expansion proposal to public:

Come on old ..... getting silly doesn't help. Staplers, pencils, pens ...... No, we're talking $4m for a Rec center, significant quality of life impacts like the Marriott project, those types of things can, and in a small community should, have community buy-in and not just the whim of the "representatives" (who sometimes do a good job and other times less so).

Written on Letter to the Editor: Skeptical:

Also need to change the pension systems from defined benefit to defined contribution!! Get the city (TAXPAYERS) off the hook.

Written on The case for space: Marco Marriott details expansion proposal to public:

Referendum. The Marriott is "perfect" as it is now. I dread the thought of what will happen on Collier Blvd with a six-bay loading dock AND all valet parking is going to create a line of traffic waiting to turn in. Valet drivers already think the little stretch is the Indy 500.

We love the Marriott and believe that it should continue renovations and improvements, but within "the box" it contractually agreed to. Do we "need" a JW Marriott? No. Do we need quality of life? Yes.

The City Council "represents" us, but on this issue of changing the PUD with the Marriott: referendum.

Written on Guest commentary: Grady Judd ... Medical marijuana is a sham:

Actually, the guest commentary is a sham. Comparing pot to OxyContin or meth is like comparing a row boat to a cruise ship.

It's clear the writer's real world experience, on something other than the enforcement end is nil. He must also be fortunate to have not had a family member undergoing heavy duty chemo who had no appetite and was only able to get relief through the use of marihuana.

I feel sorry for the good Sheriff because he believes what he's spouting. We need less government dictates in our lives. If free adults can't decide what to eat, drink, smoke, or live with provided their actions don't harm another person -- then they're not really free. Kindly ignore him and if the measure gets on the ballot, please vote to support it.

Written on Letter to the Editor: City debt and employee pension costs presentations:

States and municipalities MUST move away from defined benefit pension plans. The taxpayers can't be on the hook for huge unknown obligations.

The plans should be changed to defined contribution as soon as possible. Employees need to shoulder some of the burden of their retirement and states and local governments can make annual contributions to the tax deferred pension plans.

It will be unpopular, but it needs to be done. The city can buy itself out with making the first deposits into such accounts based on a method sort of like the current scheme.

Once done, there will be no more "unfunded pension obligations" -- ever.

Written on Mini-golf course reopens after settlement with MICA :

Tahdah .... played first round after the reopening. Won a free additional game on the ball drop/return. A great asset for Marco Island.

Where are the naysayers and misguided now? Oh, they're still here and now chanting "see the system works." Kind of like prosecutors without a case slinging a dozen charges against the wall, hoping that something will stick ..... and when nothing does, they can shrug their shoulders and say, "see the system works."

Whole thing could have been resolved months ago with the exact same outcome. Enjoy it! $12 is still a little steep, maybe the Kramers could offer the MICA discount.

Written on Soldier convicted of murder for Fort Hood rampage:

That's craziness, you want to be responsible for his needs for the next 40 years, open your checkbook and go volunteer to bathe and clothe this pile of fecal matter. He deserves a firing squad, and I would be proud to serve ....

Written on Hear ye, hear ye: Immigration, Obama impeachment are issues tossed at Radel :

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Written on Roger LaLonde Staff Members of the Marco Island Auxiliary Police received their badges on Friday aft:

Congrats Gents!! It's a proud day when you pin it on.

Go forth and do good things; protect and serve, ethically and with honor.

A special trust has been placed in you, but your allegiance is not to the giver of the badge, a party, a religion, or an ethnicity ... it's to the Constitution!

Written on Hear ye, hear ye: Immigration, Obama impeachment are issues tossed at Radel :

Aren't we supposed to have a coffee or beer séance sometime??

After I put my Marriott comments on, the peace pipe may disappear ..................

Written on Hear ye, hear ye: Immigration, Obama impeachment are issues tossed at Radel :

The session started 15 minutes late, and Mr Radel was passionate during much of the event.

The "no" response on the question of an Obama "impeachment" was the practical and realistic answer. He pulled his punch though, because he could have stated that it SHOULD happen. It got worse with the addition that he has met the President ... and then something to the effect of "he's a nice guy."

Well, I will not pull the punch. Impeachment is impractical and unrealistic, but it SHOULD happen. This country is under assault from an Executive Branch filled with corruption and incompetence. Mr. Obama is not the only person who should be shown the door.

Both houses of Congress have "senior leaders" who are beholden not to the Constitution, their constituents, or any sense of ethics. They are beholden to their trappings of power, and run amuck with egos the size of Mt Everest. Anyone with 10 to 12 years in DC needs to head home and give some others a chance ... a chance to undo the mess our two-party system has created.

Ms. Freeman, the only declared Democrat candidate, was also in attendance, and it was my intention to ask Mr Radel if he would meet with us for a series of debates in 2014. Even though I raised my hand several times, the session ended with other hands still in the air, so that was okay.

www.ray2014.com

Written on Marco mini-golf course gets reprieve as judge lifts portion of order:

Ed ... please go back and re-read my comment. It's a two parter. 1st part Marriott (city not MICA), and 2nd part, Kramer (MICA, not city). I just love arguing things on which there is agreement.

Written on Marco mini-golf course gets reprieve as judge lifts portion of order:

The issue with the Marriott is not really MICA, it's with a use agreement that the Marriott signed with the city some time ago that states they won't build a parking garage east of Collier. That and the concerns of those living in the residences adjoining the proposed parking garage.

MICA may be antiquated, but it will be interesting to see if the parties can do what they're supposed to do. There seem to be two MICA issues: the first one is whether the owners of certain lots voted to lift the restrictions ON THOSE CERTAIN LOTS; and/or the second one is whether MICA will amend the business uses "permitted" in the deed restrictions should Mr. Kramer make a formal request.

If there are secret agendas ... they're well hidden. And, at least the dozing is on hold.

Written on Snowden receives asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport:

:-) no plan to do anything but watch and listen.

I'll be waiting for someone to bring up the present agreement, and what benefit their proposal would be for MI. Clearly it'll benefit them, but how it'll benefit "us" (the little people) should be interesting.

:-) Sorry, couldn't resist.

Written on Snowden receives asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport:

WM .... going to the planning board meeting?

Written on Snowden receives asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport:

A swell "reset" by Obama and Clinton.

Maybe the media has misrepresented the world's love and respect for the Prez?

Ooooh, those sneaky Ruskies .....

Written on Guest commentary: Marco Golf and Garden responds to MICA:

Klaus, you're back!! Thank goodness, thought we'd lost you.

Written on Guest commentary: Marco Golf and Garden responds to MICA:

Like the deed restrictions, the PUD is something in black and white and available for the world to review.

http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modu...

And, with regard to both, MICA is empowered to do reasonable things, and the city is on the garage. MICA can so "no" and would appear unreasonable, where as the city holding the Marriott to its signed agreement would probably appear reasonable .... the former I believe adds a little something to the quality of life on the island, where the latter I believe will only detract. At some point, there just aren't enough palm trees and flowers on earth to make a bulky building and parking garage "good" or quaintly tropical.

The Marriott, like Mr Kramer should be allowed to plead its case, and "we" should be allowed some say.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

WM ... things are what they are, not as you or I would attempt to paint them. It would be nice to focus on other matters.

So, I welcome anyone to look at anything that has been said by anyone, in any comment, on any topic and to judge for themselves what is true or correct versus what is not. The following held true and will always hold true.

"I don't take lightly or kindly being misquoted, having someone assert that something clearly meant one way being twisted, or being bullied."

Written on Letter to the Editor: Truth or consequences:

Aj: Putt Putt doesn't appear to be a zoning issue; and I can't imagine anyone building a residence between a restaurant and a church. The three small commercially zoned lots by Sasso's are probably best left that way.

If the Putt Putt is apples and the Marriott project is oranges, my thoughts are our focus needs to be on the oranges.

My hope is that those Marco leaders and citizens who serve as our collective memory and link to the past, hold the line on this. Where there's a personal belief that the Marriott is one of the more beautiful resort properties in the world, I can also see that the Marriott's desire for growth would lessen it and turn that section of Collier into something awkward if not ugly.

This may need to be the line in the sand.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Truth or consequences:

Ahhh, an oasis in the desert. Thanks MD.

There's added irony in this particular little skirmish. Not only does the PuttPutt NOT detract from property values, it probably adds a smidge. To hear people say: looks great, family and friends would like the additional thing to do, or I've played it and had fun .... and then mutter "MICA restrictions" in the next breath without knowing what those restrictions say, is simply amazing.
And, the course actually adds to the tax base, and employs people. We've met the enemy ....... it's fear itself and a little lack of knowledge -- an enemy that WE can defeat.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

I was told/warned that a number of the folks who regularly comment on here are crazy, I've obviously struck pay dirt.

I'll apologize to anyone else who may have wanted to say something and has been run off by "our" behavior.

My good friend WM, self confessed loser and "lowly, oblivious and a brick" must be wearing his aluminum foil hat for time travel. How can one provide "context" on a previous comment .... unless .... it was made PREVIOUSLY?

I've tried to refocus on the issue, I've tried to be concilliatory, but it's clear that the one lie in the foregoing rants for all to see is that someone still wants to play "whose is bigger" when he said he wasn't.

You've proven your "size", your marginal reading ability, and the total absence of any analytical skills. I'm stuck in a Monty Python movie, the quest for the grail is on, the annoying "knight" has challenged me, and after dispatching one limb after another, he still rants and insults -- while babbling chess terms. Kind of pathetic.

If Ms Sullivan is watching this non-existent "contest", I would like her to respond to my questions of her. Again, my apologies.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

ROTFLMAO ... but WM ... you left out the most important -- and clearly still relevant -- part of the discussion string:

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WM, please stop me if this is over your head.

Parody, sarcasm, and HUMOR apparently are also just not in your repretoire. Shame, you make a great straight man. I too, am a "lowly" citizen of Marco, who has to endure babbling from the uninformed, meanspirited, and humorless souls. That's okay, I forgive you.

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If only you could find the board, it might be interesting.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

Part 2 (sorry for the length)

What kind of a person would I be, actually having read "the bill" and knowing what I personally know, if I just sat down and "colored" or worse yet, voted contrary to what I knew to be true or in a manner that would be harmful to constituents.

What I have said before, and I'll say it again, "there will be plenty of opportunity when I misstep to throw stones" ... and I'll expect it and probably deserve it.

But, I don't take lightly or kindly being misquoted, having someone assert that something clearly meant one way being twisted, or being bullied.

Marco Island, Tallahassee, and Washington are filled with folks who are "acting the part" ... who literally don't have a clue about not just how things work (you can get some of that just by watching and hanging around) ... our problem is that too many elected officials don't know how things are SUPPOSED to work.

I have for 35+ years, focused on how things are supposed to work ... which sometimes is a long lonely road. If I had a dollar for everytime I have heard "but we've always done it that way" ... I could probably rake them up.

So, I'll make a shameless pitch, which someone also previously asserted: if you're happy with the way things are, then just keep doing what you've been doing. But, if you're unhappy, if you think that things are kind of broken and would like to see some fixes made -- or even suggested -- that's what I do ... that's what I stand for. And, finally, there are no "lowly" Mercedes and there are no "lowly" citizens, in any context or on any day. Cheers!

www.ray2014.com

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

WM ... this isn't that type of a contest. Everyone should have a voice in things that effect them. I have a vested interest in Marco Island, but I'm not beholden to MICA or the Kramers.

Things are what they are. I was asked by my wife and some of her family, to find out/figure out what was going on with the whole MICA/PuttPutt dust up.

Someone with a long Marco history was kind enough to provide me with a copy of the actual deed restrictions. The truth will set you free, applies to actual knowledge of things.

The situation is a mess, perhaps, because there was some "game playing" going on. In some discussions on the various Letters that you, others, and I have responded to, it seemed like there was an assertion that my position was that Judge Hayes had done something wrong. That has never been my assertion.

But, in all these discussions, it seems like I've been dealing with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats who want to goose-step to bills that have gone unread. It's like being in a book club that is supposed to discuss the book "Forrest Gump" that the members didn't read, and then try to discuss it because they saw the movie and have heard other people's opinions. Well, the book and movie are quite different.

Every assertion and quote that I've put out here on the subject of the deed restrictions comes from the restrictions themselves. But, when I ask for someone to read them and then comment, I just get more discussion of "the movie" and what "others" have said. And, when my answer is unliked, I get attacked ... kind of like the lynching of Zimmerman.

I don't need the job, I don't need the money, I have a great life to live without the political headache. Because I don't desire a political career, I don't have to be politically correct and I don't have to bow down before any party bosses.

End of Part 1

Written on Letter to the Editor: A change for the better!:

If MICA isn't supposed to do what it is empowered to do, why have it? You could hire a chimp, give it a rubber stamp, and have it wildly "approve" whatever floated through the door.

That wasn't the Mackles' or Deltona's intent. Reason, applied to the restrictions and the review of plans, is what they envisioned and it's what residents deserve.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Truth or consequences:

Dave, well stated. Certainly don't want hamburger stands or garages in the middle of residential neighborhoods.

MICA has done a pretty good job in the past and Marco Island is a great place to live and visit.

There seems to be a great deal of confusion on MICA and deed restrictions. I would encourage anyone who seriously wants to opine should at least have read the restrictions and can speak to their contents.

When the Mackles and Deltona cut Marco Island loose, MICA took on their roles. That is, the power they had as the developers they passed on in the restrictions. In most cases, deed restrictions are much simpler, less in scope, and don't wind up with some type of an entity taking the developers role.

The restrictions we live under are powerful and visionary. They grant sub-dividers and MICA to make amendments when reason exists to do so. It's those same restrictions that enable MICA to review construction plans ... and like most things in civil or common law, there must be some semblance of "reasonableness" in what "men" and entities do, especially those with some public duty.

Right now MICA is not broken. It has done, more or less, what it is charged to do, and the local court's decision is no great surprise. Mr Kramer can appeal, but I think at this point that's premature or incorrect.

He now needs to do what he should have done. He needs to ask for an amendment to the restrictions to do some updating of the antiquated list of permitted businesses, and he needs to submit plans for review.

MICA, in turn should assess the merits of Mr Kramer's request for an amendment, and it should review the plans as it normally would.

This is what is reasonable. This is what the Mackles/Deltona intended. And, this isn't some unsupported position or secret meaning, it's right where it should be, in black and white for all to see. I can understand where the issue can polarize people, but what I can't understand is the lack of objectivity and a painful denial of what some thing really says.

To reasonableness and Liberty!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

"Promises"? Go on, I'm interested.

Done any reading/research yet? Nah.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

WM ... again, facts may be partially accurate ... those describing you, only you would know that (well, and maybe those that have the pleasure of really knowing you).

Me ... knowledgeable, understanding, but without unlimited patience.

You're most welcome.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

WM ... you asked the question. I answered the question. You don't like the answer -- or the reality. Maybe you can run to DOJ and claim your civil rights have been violated.

You Sir, are a brick.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

Sigh. I don't know why I choose to spend my time on this. It is obvious that the all knowing commenters HAVE NOT done their homework and actually READ the applicable deed restrictions.

WM, here's how it works. MICA supposedly sends letters to Kramer. Kramer supposedly ignors them. MICA files suit. Kramer using his blessing from the City, plods on with construction. MICA apparently did not file for an injunction, because no stop work order was ever issued.

When the case came before Judge Hayes, that was the situation. MICA said here are the restrictions, golf course not permitted and Kramer didn't submit plans as required. Kramer argues the restrictions aren't valid, Judge Hayes rules accordingly. Thus, his order comports with the status of the case and the facts as they existed.

Now, on the flip side, Mr. Kramer in his own letter, now out in the Sun Times, asserts that MICA knew of his plans and filings with the City and did nothing. I can't get into a who did what, and who said what. It really at this point doesn't matter.

So, that brings us up to the present. Please re-read what I said in response to Ms. Sullivan. Mr. Kramer has been appropriately thumped, I believe has to pick up MICA's legal tab, and now will either appeal or go back to Judge Hayes.

What needs to happen, again, if one has read the deed restrictions and understands them, is Mr. Kramer needs to ask for an amendment, submit his plans, and MICA needs to act on both things.

The creator and nature make irrevocable/immovable laws. Man, as a rule does not. The deed restrictions which the Mackles/Deltona incorporated into Marco properties are written to allow for their amendment. Let me repeat that for the umpteenth time ... the restrictions ALLOW for their amendment. That's what they say! If someone wants to out of illiteracy or indifference pretend otherwise ... it's like trying to reason with a brick.

Try a little reality instead of just mumbling about it. This is like the cry of "racist" by those who have proven themselves to be the most racist. Here we have those asserting some denial of "reality" when they themselves haven't a clue.

So, please, please, please ... unless you've read the deed restrictions, and can talk about the merits of issues, you're just wasting everyone's time.

Written on Letter to the Editor: MICA owes people some common sense:

Herbert, well said. Be prepared for some backlash, not from me, but those well intentioned folks who rant before doing their homework or actually understanding the facts.

I know that there are those who think something bigger/hidden is afoot here. I hope not. It seems to be a small issue which Mr Kramer has allowed to be turned from a burrowing owl mound into a mountain. He has a couple things to do to make this palatable for MICA. If he does those things, then all MICA members (I will join you) should insist that the Board be reasonable, or it would then be clear for all 20,000 members that the old Board should be immediately voted out and a new Board elected.

Could also prove to be an interesting court case, MICA Board disregarding petitions and requests from its members to do something and the Board ignores the members. Need to get 10,001 folks to say, "this is what we want".

Keep this issue going with family, friends, and MICA members.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Public sentiment is clearly in favor of a variance:

Well said. What the property owner needs to request is not a "variance", but an amendment/updating of allowable businesses that can be sited on those commercial lots; there are some 60 "allowed" businesses to include bowling alleys and stuff like "telephone and telegraph stations/exchanges" .... telegraphs!

The Mackle brothers/Deltona created reasonable restrictions, and both Mr Kramer and MICA need to do their respective jobs ... request an amendment and submit plans for review (Mr Kramer), and approve the amendment request and review/approve the architectural plans (MICA).

Written on Letter to the Editor: Let the courts do their work:

It's nice that someone is trying to give MICA some coverage. But, it's also a little disturbing to hear what sounds like an obliviousness to what the deed restrictions actually say. Will Ms Sullivan acknowledge that the restrictions would allow Mr Kramer to put a "telephone station or telegraph exchange" on the property at issue? Will she at least acknowledge that the restrictions EMPOWER the MICA entity to amend the restrictions for "cause"?

If she will not, then she either doesn't know and should actually read the document or, worst case, she does know and is deliberately not being candid.

Well written laws, well written contracts, and well written deed restrictions allow for reasonable changes to be made on reasonable grounds. The Mackle/Deltona deed restrictions are well written. So, it's not a matter of ignoring the court, it's a matter of Mr Kramer doing the right thing, and in response thereto, MICA doing the right thing too.

Please be kind enough, as a past MICA President, to set the record straight because there are many people who don't seem to have grasped the real issues and what can/should be done.

Written on Letter to the Editor: A change for the better!:

Ahhh, Mr Savage, your heart is in the right place, but be ready to be schooled by "self proclaimed" experts that believe ... whatever "the state says" is gospel (even if the state didn't say it).

You see there are those who would have you believe that "duty is duty" .... that sentiment sure killed a lot of folks. So, I join with you in hoping that the parties can fix their issues (which they could do). Common sense should prevail, let's hope MICA hears voices such as yours.

Written on Guest Commentary: 'MICA Board of Directors would like you to know the facts':

WM: Please stop, you're embarrasing yourself. It's clear more homework is called for. What's a "mediator" and what's an "arbitrator"? I could easily be a mediator ... but in this matter probably shouldn't be an arbitrator. The mediator simply gets parties together and tries to get them to .... get ready .... think about trying to resolve something. Not so with an arbitrator where objectivity would be a criteria, especially if decisions were binding on the parties. WM, please stop me if this is over your head.

Parody, sarcasm, and HUMOR apparently are also just not in your repretoire. Shame, you make a great straight man. I too, am a "lowly" citizen of Marco, who has to endure babbling from the uninformed, meanspirited, and humorless souls. That's okay, I forgive you.

My my all the pent up hostility, must have hit a nerve somewhere. When the little petty mudballs get thrown, it's easy to see who has cast them.

You've asked questions, I've answered them. You've made grossly incorrect claims, I've rebuffed them. Your attempts really are unimpressive. The voters of District 19 deserve someone who can determine right from wrong, who will be loyal to them and not "party bosses", and who will fight the good fight when that time comes. WM, everything else aside, I would even work hard for you if you came to me with a problem. So ... unless there's something factual, let's just call the discussion on this over. It's not fair to you, me, or the other folks on here who may want to comment on the topic. Okay?

Written on Guest Commentary: 'MICA Board of Directors would like you to know the facts':

Now, to strike a blow for truth and accuracy against the pompous and perhaps illiterate, we'll try to make it simple.

1. Who cares about "WM's" opinion ... what Marco residents should be concerned about are "facts". Seems as doing one's homework, is not the strong suit for WM. The mentioning of some deed restrictions, and implying that therefore all must be the same, is foolish and more importantly, inaccurate. Deed restrictions are like fingerprints, every one is a little different and apply to very specific properties, and the attributes are likewise specific and unique.

2. WM's "dealing" with deed restrictions is also no big whoopie. It's obvious that he either had help with their interpretation or that those restrictions essentially were without any impact on him. (In addition to about 10 years of contract interpretation, in Kentucky I, myself, yours truly, had deed restrictions removed by a vote of property owners, as the instrument allowed -- and, I actually wrote the document that was signed, filed, and rescinded them. I'm offended when those who know nothing or very little, somehow become self proclaimed experts and hurl stones at those who would disagree with them.)

3. If WM can follow ... the types of businesses permitted on Mr. Kramer's property (provided I was supplied with the correct instrument) are shown on page 229 of the restrictions; the duration and renewal of the restrictions is on page 233, and on page 234, para 16, is the language that would allow MICA to make reasonable amendments to the restrictions. Shock, it's a living document, kind of like the Constitution.

4. For those that vote straight "R" or "D" tickets because their mommy or daddy did, or they always have, I guess what we have in DC is the government we deserve. I assert that it's time for something different. WM your "vote" threat is kind of meaningless, you've proven your colors and ability to think, and you probably never would have anyways. Your loss.

So, I can take my lumps when I'm wrong about something, and when I am there is no doubt that a chorus of voices will be happy to point out my failing. But, I do not have to accept bullying by the blind who will not see, the deaf who will not hear, and the occasional windbag who "thinks" that somehow his "opinons" trump reality. Sorry. It's there in black and white.

Written on Guest Commentary: 'MICA Board of Directors would like you to know the facts':

in response to WMissow:

What is 16 out of over 250,000?

Boy would I call that flailing in the wind.

Uhhhh, let's see after officially endorsing Mr. Southerland and withdrawing, and asking supporters to please NOT vote for me (even my wife and I voted for Mr. Southerland), some 16 kind souls had to physically write my name on their ballots ... no little block to check. What would I call that, "remarkable." I had hoped for ZERO.

Also remarkable is your input here is as bereft of knowledge as all your preceding stuff. We'll have to deal with that.

Written on Guest Commentary: 'MICA Board of Directors would like you to know the facts':

WM ... actually, I think that Mr. Kramer believed that he was going to "win" with his argument of MICA's expired control. Obviously didn't work.

Where in my post is anything about "the court letting him get away with anything"?

Please, unless YOU have actually read the deed restriction language, what it allows, doesn't allow, and other fine points, don't talk like you actually know anything about them.

If you want to review them, and I'd be happy to provide them, and THEN have a discussion fine. Otherwise ... you're flailing at the wind.

Written on Guest Commentary: 'MICA Board of Directors would like you to know the facts':

Sigh. Mr. Kramer should do three things, at least with regard to resolving this problem. If there's an additional or different hidden agenda involving MICA, that will come out into the open soon enough.

He needs to simultaneously submit a request to MICA for it to amend/update the deed restrictions to, let's say for example, add "miniature golf courses, and internet cafes" to allowable businesses and remove "telegraph exchanges and haberdasheries" from the list; submit the as-built plans to the MICA AR person/committee; and, agree to mediate any issues MICA presents.

Also, in the multitude of posts here and to other letters, not a single person actually living in the vicinity of the course, has commented negatively ... the earlier "fears" would not seem to have been realistic.

Written on Pathway to safety: Marco Island Bike Path Committee moves forward on bike lanes:

Could someone please explain the logic of changing the Winterberry-Barfield intersection from "three-way stop" to "death sentence"?

What study was done? What residents/pedestrians/bicyclists were consulted.

Marco Island may be making an excellent case of why it cannot govern itself. We seem to live in the land of the arbitrary and capricious ... maybe Collier County could do better. And, if the life of the Smokehouse Bay and Winterberry bridges can be extended, there are ways to add pedestrian/bicycle paths on metal frames adjacent to the bridges at a fraction of bridge replacement costs. (Hint: Walton County up in the panhandle did it ... works fine -- we could probably do it too.)

Where's the thinking outside the box? With the Barfield four-lane "racetrack" now open for cars to really disregard the speed limit, where's the focus on safety.

The city got it "right" on swale parking ... how could it get the Winterberry-Barfield intersection SO WRONG??

Written on Letter to the Editor: Putting MICA to a test:

Mr. Adams, from MICA has responded to the great debacle of 2013.

He cited Mr. Kramer as having "ignored" MICA. Speaking of "being ignored" the following email was sent to MICA on July 1, 2013 ... so far, not a peep back.

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Hi, I've looked on the website, but can't seem to find the info.

I'd like to see the 2011 and 2012 annual reports (financial statements) for the association.

I'd also like to see the articles of incorporation and/or the by-laws for MICA too.

If the documents are available in PDF format, I'd appreciate getting the copies emailed.

Thanks!

Ray Netherwood
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The most important take away from Mr. Adams' comments is that MICA is empowered to make changes when allowed by the deed restrictions. In the case of the property in question, they are permitted to do so.

I have no axe to grind with MICA or Mr. Kramer, and my interest is purely selfish and personal. I want to go, with or without family and friends, and play a round. My wife and I bicycled over once and found the course to be a welcomed joy to what is available to residents on the island. Now we can't.

I don't know about past differences, the need for chest pounding, or anything else hidden from open view. What I do know is that I wish Mr. Kramer and MICA would come to some type of a win-win for them and for the lowly citizens and members of MICA.

Written on Guest Commentary: 'MICA Board of Directors would like you to know the facts':

Since this looks like a re-submission of an earlier blurb, two can play the game.

Speaking of "being ignored" the following email was sent to MICA on July 1, 2013 ... so far, not a peep back.

<QUOTE>
Hi, I've looked on the website, but can't seem to find the info.

I'd like to see the 2011 and 2012 annual reports (financial statements) for the association.

I'd also like to see the articles of incorporation and/or the by-laws for MICA too.

If the documents are available in PDF format, I'd appreciate getting the copies emailed.

Thanks!

Ray Netherwood
<UNQUOTE>

The most important take away from Mr. Adams' comments is that MICA is empowered to make changes when allowed by the deed restrictions. In the case of the property in question, they are permitted to do so.

I have no axe to grind with MICA or Mr. Kramer, and my interest is purely selfish and personal. I want to go, with or without family and friends, and play a round. My wife and I bicycled over once and found the course to be a welcomed joy to what is available to residents on the island. Now we can't.

I don't know about past differences, the need for chest pounding, or anything else hidden from open view. What I do know is that I wish Mr. Kramer and MICA would come to some type of a win-win for them and for the lowly citizens and members of MICA.

Written on BREAKING NEWS, POLL: George Zimmerman found not guilty:

It would almost seem like those who scream "Racist" the loudest, are themselves the biggest racists. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, a good score of others, can't be bothered with the actual facts of this case (and many others that they have rushed to judgment on and later been proven wrong).

You would think these noble knights would spend their lives in Chicago, Detroit, and other places where senseless black on black murders are daily news and often in multiples.

The Zimmerman trial was a political ploy from the get-go, and now we have our impartial Department of Justice (you know, the Dept that used tax dollars to send agitators/observers to Sanford for "Travon" rallies), looking into whether there have been any "civil rights" violations. Well, there have been, Zimmerman's civil rights have been grossly violated.

Written on Letter to the Editor: MICA please, turn your tunnel vision into a wider view:

Probably not. I have family visiting right now, we had planned on using the Putt Putt .... friends scheduled for the end of the month. Yes, it's all about me. While plenty of folks are sitting by and lamenting, others have started petitions to MICA or have penned their frustrations or displeasure.

I've signed, I've penned, and on top of that I can bring something more to the table. I don't care "how" the problem gets fixed, I just want it fixed. What I won't do is sit idly by and lament. If anyone chooses to find fault with that, so be it.

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