Comments by WizeOlMarco

Written on Marco Island City Council undoes rejection of Smokehouse Bay Bridge bids:

If the bridge design is revised, should all bidders have an opportunity to rebid? Negotiating with the low bidder of design A doesn't mean you are getting 'the low bid' for design B.

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

"There was talk of health care, a call from an audience member to impeach President Barack Obama and concern from immigration reform advocates. Gauging applause, most of the audience was Radel supporters.

The congressman uses the ongoing series of community meetings around Southwest Florida as a barometer of public opinion."

Why is a series of meetings needed? The so-called public opinion is from an organized group of people, same gang at meeting after meeting. Re-election engineering. If you are not part of the 'gang' would you expect Rep. Radel to even consider representing your viewpoints? Not in today's form of Democracy. If Rep. Radel was truly interested in public opinion he would reach out for opposing viewpoints by pushing back on specious statements, seek meetings outside his 'media comfort zone' (his former employer Fox) and acknowledging positive things about and done by his opposition. Instead Rep. Tradel practices the national Republican Party strategy of denegrating those opposite you. Rep. Tradel, it is your responsibility to represent all constitutents in your district, not a select few; read the United States Constitution.

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

...unelected, unknown neighbors who want to tell me what my house should look like and mandate me to pay for the privilege....

Deed covenants and restrictions are a check-and-balance to our imperfect but better than all else Republic.

Written on Quiz on Collier County's history:

Q.8 Naples' first mayor Speed Menefee earned the title "Fifteen Minute Mayor." How long was his term as mayor?

NDN says the correct answer is 'almost 17 months', however the book "When Peacocks were Roasted and Mullet was Fried" (pp. 20-21), by Doris Reynolds, 1993, Naples, FL: Enterprise Publishing, A Division of D. Reynolds Enterprises, Inc. Copyright 1993 by Enterprise Publishing reports '15 minutes', hence the name.

Written on Marco Island miniature golf course closed; judge orders its removal:

"Do you think the mini-golf place should close and have to restore that lot to it's original condition? What's the value in that?"

Upholding rule of law.

Written on Marco Island miniature golf course closed; judge orders its removal:

in response to MarcoDefender:

Time for a referendum...to eliminate MICA.

We're a city now, how many organizations do we need to "ensure" the right things happen? The golf course is thriving, it's more income for the city and other local businesses and the city approved it. Let's move on, surely there are larger problems this island must deal with. Why is this even an issue now?

Shooting the messenger won't work. Eliminating MICA by referendum would not remove deed covenants, though over time it may lead to lack of covenant enforcement. Covenants are removed by legal process resulting in a court order or vote specific to the covenant.

Cityhood does not eliminate or usurp covenants. MICA has an important role, balancing economic forces that would completely change the Island's land development and use pattern. There is no larger challenge than balancing the varied interests demonstrated by this discussion. This issue is not new or going away.

Written on Marco Island miniature golf course closed; judge orders its removal:

in response to GorchFock:

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Klaus. Let's say I pick up and collect stuff from the curbs Wed nights, haul it to my garage for sorting, then sell it at a monthly garage sale. Does that mean I can install a car crusher at my house because I already started a recycling business? Yes, the mini golf investment is capitalism, even capitalism has rules and regulations. My example is absurd, but so is thinking that something built trumps the rules or laws.

Written on Marco Island miniature golf course closed; judge orders its removal:

Why is this a joke? MICA defends the deed covenants, from my perspective as a property owner, good. City zoning and land use plans should be consistent with the deed covenants, if not, why? Investors took a risk and lost, that's capitalism. From a mini golf customer.

Written on Marco Island City Council approves communication software suite in narrow vote:

I find we already can get copies of docs via the City web site.

In an office environment I eliminated 95% of paper copies (several thousand pages per year)by using a scanner ($300), the professional version of pdf software ($450), snipping tool (free, comes with Windows OS) and email.

It is interesting that officials are concerned that young people are under represented by the current priocess, yet property owners can not vote in City elections unless they are full-time residents. How about fixing that?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Parking in Paradise:

Post a copy of Collier County ordinance 76-20?

Written on Cracking down: Marco Island Code Enforcement Board signals new 'get tough' attitude:

All a financially strapped property owner has to do is bring a list of the last few years City-reduced fees/fines to their Code Enforcement meeting and ask for the same treatment. A better City approach would be to officially reset the fees/fines to levels commensurate with their recent practice and enforce to the full extent of the law. The City has set the precedent, residents live with it.

Written on Letter to the Editor: My position on the Smokehouse Bay Bridge:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

Thank you for bringing this intelligent article to this Blog.

It is the "Truth and Nothing but the Truth" about how this Once Great Country went down hill.

The falsely inflated real estate prices during the 2002 to 2008 period were, and still are, a major problem. The inflated prices reflected on the taxable values of all homes, and allowed our government to increase their budgets, which need to be re-adjusted back to reality.

Native Americans can tell you "how this Once Great Country went down hill".

All nations evolve, population dictates that will happen. Just like the worn out Smokehouse Bay bridge, well designed and useful when built, now too small and lacking sufficient clearance and sidewalks, based on the increased Marco Island population. I do wonder about the $11 million supposed cost, seems high based on what exists however may be accurate for a larger scale, higher bridge. Does the state have a role in this bridge project?; 951 Collier Blvd is a state highway.

Written on Letter to the Editor: My position on the Smokehouse Bay Bridge:

"in response to WizeOlMarco:

"Not to make this a political statement, but the election and re-election of Obama is a perfect example, and it will require many years to correct the wrongs he is imposing on this Once Great Nation."

Political statement.

Can you think of a better example???

If so, lets hear it."

President Bush policy to deregulate and not enforce laws of the financial industry.

Written on Letter to the Editor: My position on the Smokehouse Bay Bridge:

"Not to make this a political statement, but the election and re-election of Obama is a perfect example, and it will require many years to correct the wrongs he is imposing on this Once Great Nation."

Political statement.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Thank you Petricca, Honecker and Batte:

"..we are in the midst of a puppet city council." Who holds the puppet strings?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Thank you Petricca, Honecker and Batte:

"...within the confines of the sunshine laws, which mean of course that I can basically talk with them only when everyone is looking on. Fine, but sometimes it keeps me from 'splainin myself."

How does sunshine laws 'keep a politician from explaining themselves'? What's to hide from your constituents, the voters? Or, as modern politico, do you represent a select few? Sunshine laws are about the process leading to a vote, not the vote; at the end of the process you can still vote as you decide, based on whatever influences bend your will. This community building project may be a perfect example of why sunshine laws exist and are needed. Your comment should concern all Marco Island residents and voters.

I appreciate your willingness to participate in discussions.

Written on Ask The Pharmacist: Why I disagree with Jolie's decision:

"Her decision was based on the doctors she trusts but I disagree with it." How can S. Cohen have any fact based opinion; she never met, treated or analyzed any part of A. Jolie. S. Cohen's primary career is internet promotion. Shame on NDN to call this news.

Written on IRS head resigns amid scandal, President Obama announces:

Let's make I-75 and all freeways toll roads; let the Coast Guard charge for water rescue 'what the market will bear', close the National Oceanic Administration and make Weather Channel the national forecast center, have Chanber of Commerce determine wages and work place standards, dissolve the Supreme Court so nothing interfers with local control which allows militias to enforce law, whatever is left, and rids us of national military costs. Pay as you go. Paygo.

Written on Barfield Bridge repair underway:

2themoon writes:
The parallels between this city govt and the Obama administration is uncanny. Coverups, misinfomation, pass the buck, tax and spend, intimidate opponents...just uncanny..

What are we doing here folks?

Listening to conservative radio. Perhaps.

Written on Marco Movies owner takes on Code Compliance over grease trap permit:

I know what a grease trap and collection service is but I'm a bit confused; why is the business owner seeking to change the permit system arguing 'the system is too onnerous on the City'? Perhaps the inspection should be done by the fire department when they make routine safety checks, or as suggested, by the collection companies via a web based filing to the City. Not sure I grasp this issue, just curious.

Written on Storage wars, parking battle leave Marco Island Planning Board in center of scrum:

The solution is for the business owners to provide their own off-street parking by reorganizing their existing parking, buy another property for parking, or moving the business to a property large enough to support the level of business they want to operate. The City's role should be to enforce the existing laws, not rearrange the laws/rules and streetscape to match a business owner's desire. Along Bald Eagle including Old Marco are other commercial properties including vacant land for sale. There is no role for the City to fix this private business issue.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Fighting City Hall again:

Why isn't MICA a formal part of the development approval process? MICA seems able and willing to defend the Island's original residential concept.

Written on Marco Island City Council takes on capital projects, code compliance and illegal immigration:

In addition to the Smokehouse Bay-Esplanade canal bridge I thought the new bridge proposal was to include a new Collier Blvd bridge for the waterway/canal near Bluebonnet Ct and Amazon Ct (Copperfield Waterway)?

Written on Putting out a contract: Marco Island police union, management work to negotiate new labor agreement:

Sorted through the fog of energy, all interesting viewpoints. The money implications are not so simple. Shut down local police, replace with County, what happens to insurance rates (I do not know, but expectation, a rise)? Would private security have to be increased at individual properties (condo complexes)? Seems as though Marco Islanders will pay one way or another.

Written on Marco Island City Council fleshes out community center capital project for Mackle Park:

Marco Island community's center is the crescent beach.

Written on Guest Commentary: By Larry Honig - My city manger evaluation:

Mr. Honig. Why do you say thus via a newspaper Guest Commentary and not in person at the public meeting for which you were elected a representative?

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

Any 'force' to change the way the businesses use the public street sides will have to be collectively by the residents by demanding City rules be enforced. Business owners will have incentive if their customers are getting ticketed for parking. But remember, some of these customers are also residents. One of the condo associations has already expressed to the City that the business parking is out of balance. I don't know if the business owners percieve a problem exists. I know from observation Snook Inn saw a need for more parking and somehow secured additional spaces along Bald Eagle near the dive shop. Anyone know the history of how these spaces were secured?

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

A) community events are occaisional, not daily; B) community events are publicaly supported and the public is the City. C) restaurants and other business are private enterprise operating regularly. In the real world, there is a lot of 'grey area'.

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

in response to GorchFock:

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There is a commercial property for sale at the intersection of Bald Eagle and Palm, east side. Been listed for last couple of years. Small building could easily be removed, most of the site is gravel and driveway. The local commercial property owners and businesses likely do not feel it is their responsibility to provide parking commensurate with their business levels; and why should they? The City leaves the impression the City will eventually provide the parking. It is in the City/Citizens best interest to have a healthy business sector, however the business investment costs should be by the businesses, not the public-at-large. And, the public space should not be converted to a narrow business use. It is an interesting conundrum because a lot of the business customers are residents with their guests from other parts of the island.

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

HOW?????????

See my earlier suggestions, buisiness and property owners need to expand their parking by investing their money.

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

ajm3s, thanks for the interpretation, Marco Island's crossroad is not Bald Eagle & Collier Blvd, it is Growth & Resident Lifestyle. There are imperfect examples of places that adapt to growth without losing their closeness; Carmel CA, Mackinac Island MI, Teluride CO, Falmouth MA. A common thread to all these places, high levels of involvement by local residents and business. Marco Island has the potential to grow and still be the original residential-centric vision.

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

in response to GorchFock:

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"Go to Old Marco Island. Than you can see what it means give restaurants permits with NO parking space at all.
The people were their first."

I agree, Old Marco has insufficient parking January thru March. It is business responsibility to fix, without City subsidy.

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

in response to naples_rocket:

because it is City of Marco that approved (and still is, if I'm not mistaken) restaurant and other business expansions without requiring for additional parking.
But as we heard last night, City has never been run better.

By your reasoning, a business that grows out of its space should expect the City to provide it with expansion area? Come on; the parking is the responsibility of the businesses, not the City. As I noted, the businesses have options. If a business can't individually afford to rent/buy additional property, multiple businesses could form a partnership and work together to get the added space. Maybe the City is included in the partnership, however the investments and costs associated with the new parking should be assessed to the businesses, not the City at-large. Parking projects, such as needed for Old Marco, is too narrow, not a public purpose.

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

in response to gladesgator:

Apparently you have never run a business. Besides, what has this to do with boating and live aboards?

Has nothing to do with boating and live aboards. Same news has 2 stories. Read the bottom half; is about the Marco Planning Commission. 'Running a business' may be your test, mine is being a resident taxpayer.

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

P.S. "Board members agreed that all facets of the midtown plan needed to be reviewed including the benefits and obligations of using CRA funds. However, they felt it was prudent to continue their conversation before public scrutiny."

How about including the public in 'their conversation'?

Written on Marco Island Planning Board reviews live-aboard vessels, delays moving ahead with midtown public forums:

Why does the City seem intent on taking responsibility for providing parking to Marco Island businesses? Businesses have plenty of options, most obvious, purchase a vacant lot (or an improved property and remove the improvements) for their customer parking use. When business operations grow to exceed the capacity of the property (building and associated land area), expand by buying (or lease) adjacent property or relocate to another location. The City should not spend any money creating parking for local businesses (caveat, unless a City/public project eliminates a business parking). In all seasons I support local business and urge everyone do to do. I also support the independence of the City and community at-large.

Written on Restrooms, restaurants and roadwork confirmed at Commissioner Fiala's Marco Island Town Hall:

"Caxamabas Pass, one of the county’s busiest boat ramps, will have its operations outsourced to a private vendor. The change should provide better service for customers, Williams said."

Anyone know why this is necessary?

Written on Resolution supporting Second Amendment narrowly approved by Marco Council:

"Did we not elect them to represent us? But you require, we direct are concerns only to state representatives? Wow!"

Corporate approach, i.e. delegating an organization to handle what I believe is a personal responsibility. Yes, the Marco Island council is elected to represent you/me/us...as it pertains to governing Marco Island; Marco Island government engaged in the 2nd Amendment? Why?

"...local government is not to be contacted in support of a resolution to direct the state to act in a manner to stifle federal infringement of the 2nd Amendment. I guess our local representatives should be silenced or take a pass..."

As a government official, take a pass, as a citizen take whatever action, if any, they feel appropriate. I'm sure Marco Island will follow through and send the message of the meeting, hopefully it won't be signed 'The Residents of Marco Island'. The petitioners for the 2nd amendment message target the wrong messenger.

Written on Resolution supporting Second Amendment narrowly approved by Marco Council:

"I believe we witnessed that last night when a mass of citizens gave testimony to their elected representatives requesting a vote on a resolution. And the elected representatives simply cast a vote, so the citizens can now have a voice cast forward to the state legislature."

Your 'mass of citizens' is only some. Citizens cast forward their voice to the state legislature by citizens directly contacting their state representative. Your corporate approach to representative government doesn't appeal to me.

State representatives.

Representative Kathleen C. Passidomo
Senator Garrett Richter
Suite 304
3299 Tamiami Trail East
Naples, FL 34112-5746
Phone: (239) 417-6200

Written on Resolution supporting Second Amendment narrowly approved by Marco Council:

Who the hell do they think they are NOT to uphold the Constitution?

A City government does not 'uphold' the constitution. It is every citizen's responsibility to uphold the constitution. Don't abrogate your resonsibility.

Written on Resolution supporting Second Amendment narrowly approved by Marco Council:

In a democracy, county-state-federal governments are supposed to be guided by the constituents they represent (people), not guided by other governments (such as a City). If person(s) want to have a government express their interest then they should appeal directly to that government, i.e. attend county-state-federal government meetings. As a Marco Island resident I do not want my City giving any advise to the county, state or federal governments. Will the City say 'a percent of Marco Island residents seek nullification of federal gun regulations (that haven't even been specified or passed)? Shame to the Marco Island residents for wasting the City government's time and money on this matter.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Federal overreach demands local action:

"...support the Constitution of the United States and will obey the laws of the United States and of the State of Florida..."

'We the people' means all the people, not just the gun toting. The Second Amendment can be repealed by new amendment like any amendment. Your suggestion that a City rep should resign if they don't represent your view of the world is an insult to democracy. Try using a ballot, petition or public demonstration initiative as a means to force your views to be adopted as community standard. One role of the Constitution is to protect the minority from the majority.

Written on Gun resolution and city manager performance appraisal on the docket for future Marco Island City Council meetings :

The reason for asking the Marco Island government to take a public position on the 2nd Amendment is? Paranoid Marco Islanders on display. What example you set for future generations? Try speking with your neighbors, fellow Americans. Waving your blue steel bravado means nothing.

Written on Marco civic group sues to block miniature golf course approved by city officials :

"Here is a suggestion for those being sued by MICA ... MICA has an illegal access to the beach. Decades old decision by Florida Supreme Court ruled that restricting access to any beach is illegal."

'Hey, all condo-owners, move your fences and buildings so I can get to the beach.'

Written on Marco civic group sues to block miniature golf course approved by city officials :

What about the 'rule of law'?

The news story indicates the issue of MICA's legal standing regarding building projects has already been legally tested and MICA won (through the appelate level; State Supreme Court would follow). Investors beware.

PS I agree, the parking in Old Marco is out of control, this year's twist, restaruant employees using the street swale to park their vehicles.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Toughen laws; don’t take away Constitutional rights:

Klaus should leave because of his ancestry? Hmmmm. Calusa ancestry records don't include any records for the 'Sailor' family...ye who blows hard should be careful of what wind they inhale.

Written on Boater safety and responsibilities make headway at Marco Island Waterways Advisory Committee :

"...The condominium is located at the point where the Marco River meets the entrance to Collier Bay. In 2012, emergency dredging of the pass changed currents and the velocity of water entering and leaving the pass...."

The pass is the point for much of the tidal water flowing in-out of Collier Bay plus Marco Island's north side canals. During incoming tides the water flow can be strong, sweeping vessels toward the condo docks and seawall. Plus, is a 'no wake zone'. Inattentive boating or equipment malfunction = trouble at this location.

Written on Radel sworn in as congressman, hopes for 'a new era of working together' :

Radel's radio career as a hate radio monger suggests...? Radel's 1st post election action was to revise his financial statement. You fill in the blank.

Written on Former Marco police lieutenant receives final warning after sending inappropriate photos :

Why is this guy still employed by Marco Island? August?..is this a retold story?

Written on Rescue boat sails through special meeting City Council moves forward with lifesaving vessel :

Why not buy a boat designed for 'in the canals and Marco River only', no Gulf of Mexico use, cross train the police force and make the boat detail one of the regular 'police car' routines with rotating staff? I've watched the 'we need a better boat' process, accept there is potential for needing water rescue and water side fire fighting, just do not understand the scale of the boat. What happened to the argument that the boat is needed for fire fighting capacity, which no longer is heard?

When the boat is delivered, turn it over to the Coast Guard to operate.

PS Will the new boat result in a better fire/police protection rating and lower insurance rates?

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