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Written on Account established to help captain who lost hand to gator :

Send him a bag of marshmallows, which is what these goobers use to attrack and illegally feed these gators for the amusement of tourists.

Written on PHOTOS: Marco Island couple who did two comedy weddings get married for real:

I wish Donna ALL the luck in the world!!

Written on Arbiter's report reinstates Marco police officer fired last year for misconduct :

I have had two run-ins with this clown. Both of them negative. He is a loose cannon. I'm just hoping nobody has to get hurt before he is fired again.

Written on Collier School District could lease Tract K land in Marco to nonprofit eagle group:

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Written on Collier School District could lease Tract K land in Marco to nonprofit eagle group:

Sorry folks, this comment was somehow misplaced. I was trying to respond to marcoislandwoman's mutiple musings on the first page of the blog! How it got moved down here I have no idea. I am in general agreement with you.

Written on Collier School District could lease Tract K land in Marco to nonprofit eagle group:

Don't you get tired of listening to your own babble?

Written on Collier School District could lease Tract K land in Marco to nonprofit eagle group:

in response to deltarome:

Shame on those on Marco who are using the Eagles to bury their head in the sand. They care nothing about giving island children a decent education. Something they brag that their grandchildren are getting. How selfish. Lely administration is tied up with keeping funding and keeping order, not educating people for this centuries competitive requirements.
Shame on you!

Island children are already getting a decent education. There are two decent schools here on the island and a decent high school in Naples, for those who don't want to ship their kids off to prep school. Lely is an outstanding school with outstanding programs. It's low test scores reflect the large percentage of students who are not native English speakers. My son attends Lely and most of the students and faculty there are rather tired of MIA and its supporters demonizing the school and its curriculum. The simple fact is that every student will get back commensurate with what they put into school. This includes MIA, if it ever opens. As was pointed out to you previously, MIA is the group who should be ashamed of themselves for trying to bulldoze this project through using arrogance, deception, half-truths and outright lies.
It isn't about the children. It's about Jane Watt's ego and a handful of parent's elitism. If they were so concerned about education, they would have settled at the "Y", started operations, proved themselves, then looked for ways to expand. Demanding Tract K is nothing more than their elitist need to have a prestige address on the island.
Explain this; If hard sciences are at the core of the MIA curriculum, how is it that they just hired a principal whose present position is "special projects coordinator" at a language academy!!!
Don't bother trying to shame us...we know we are right.

Written on Collier School District could lease Tract K land in Marco to nonprofit eagle group:

Write the editor, Bill Green an email. I friend did to complain about the headline and was told by Green that the headline was his, not Ms. Farrells and he did not find it bias at all. Let him know you feel. This sort of thing needs to be stopped in its tracks;

bdgreen@marconews.com

Written on Collier School District could lease Tract K land in Marco to nonprofit eagle group:

Frank "Wrecker"s hipocracy never ceases to astound me. He has been putting off legitimate debate on this subject for months and is now upset because the Eagle Sanctuary Group outmaneuvered him politically?
Frank, you have been clearly bias on this subject and have not even feigned parciality in your decisions relating to Tract K. Your ego is bruised, nothing more.
If your record of other expenditures is any indication, I would not let you manage the petty cash box at my office.
Who gave this monkey a gun?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Know the Track K facts first:

Excellent comments, Ray.

The group pushing for the school have consistently tried to twist the facts about those that oppose a school on Tract K. We have been accused of being anti education, anti kids, selfish, etc.
These are typically the tactics of groups who DO NOT enjoy public support.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Educate our kids:

I don't find my view of the world insensitive at all. I just don't have time for people who agonize and despair over silly insignificant issues like what time their kids have to get up. An early rise means they are in bed earlier and are learning a little discipline and responsibility. Skills that are needed in today's world more than ever.
I agree with your point of view. Times and visions change for a particular property. Tract K today is an exceedingly poor choice for a high school. I would also interject that although tract K "was always considered a school site" it is, by the wording of its own deed, open to many other uses. The idea that a school must be located there is nothing more than popular myth.
I am totally for a school on Marco Island, if it is truly needed and if that is what a majority of the residents agree upon.
The only reason I got involved in this discussion at all was as a result of the underhanded dealings of the Discovery School group, who basically thought they could hijack Tract K while nobody was looking. Jane Watt's arrogance was particularly galling. They still think they are going to steamroll this through. If the city coucil buys into this, they should be ashamed of themselves and should be ready to get voted out of office come election time.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Educate our kids:

This is exactly correct. I basically called him a "Troll", which as I am sure you know, is someone who joins chat groups merely to harass, insult,and sidetrack intelligent debate over any given subject. Since then his twisted mind has focused on me and a couple of others. I'm sure in his own mind he feels he is somehow "getting" to us, when in reality he is not much more than a anoyance.
If you read through his posts you will see that he as added nothing of any value to any conversation he joins.
English is clearly not his first language, but it has mysteriously improved lately, indicating he has a co conspirator.
Don't respond to him. You are not talking to a rational individual.
Well check his posts out yourself, I'll waste no more time on him. Clearly an obsessive and disturbed individual, although I do applaud the Marco Eagle's providing equal access for Marco Island's "special" residents to express their opinion.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Educate our kids:

I'm not against a good education for any kid. So they have to get up a bit early. So what? They get out at 2:30PM. They have all afternoon free should they decide to forgoe extracurricular activities. What time do you think those would run to if the kids got to school at 9:30 or 10:00, as you seem to want? Do you prefer them coming back home after dark? I went to a boarding school with classes that started at 7AM and ran until 5PM, then mandatory sports. There were also night classes from 6 to 8, if that's when the class of your election met.
I don't insist they go to Naples to go to school. I insist they don't build a school on tract K, that's all.
My comments were directed at the silliness of this "over the bridge is bad" mind set.
I don't have a harsh view of the world. I am simply a realist. Kids that are overly coddled end up behind the rest. Getting up early is not cruel and unusual punishment, plain and simple.
Fun is good, as long as its not followed by the piercings, tattoos, teen pregnancy and drug use. I'm sure you will agree with that.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Educate our kids:

Why do you think I encouraged everybody to ignore this person? Responding to his gibberish is exactly what he feeds on. Like a dog on a leash, he has not failed to comment on the smallest of my posts with insults and diatribes since I "outed" him weeks ago. I guess I should be flattered that he feels the need to dissect and comment on everything I say. I in turn have not read one of his comments nor will I ever respond to one. If you keep interacting with this person you legitimize him and assign him worth he does not have.
C'mon Mr. Krappblathermann, show them how predictable you are with a retort. You won't be able to help yourself.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Educate our kids:

Actually, yes. My kid goes to Lely and I have to be up at that hour to send him off. What is more. I have to travel to Florida's East coast at least three times a week for business. Poor, poor me.
What you are really whining about is how put out you are about getting up at that hour. What your kids are going through is called training for later life. The world they are inheriting will be tough and demanding. I walked a mile plus to a bus stop in all kinds of weather at that same hour to take a 45 minute ride to school. So please stop trying to impress us with your kid's hardships. As the Messiah points out; it’s a joke.

Written on PHOTOS: Bald eagles on Tract K leads group to push for November referendum:

So, do you plan for your kids to spend the rest of their life on Marco? What happens when they eventually have to leave this little cocoon you insist on keeping them in? Unless you have your own business on Marco and your kids want very much to take it over, you are doing them a great disservice. If you think you are preparing them for life by sheltering them you are sadly mistaken. Most kids I have spoken to want the excitement, challenges and opportunities that Lely, the high school off the island afford. You know, the REAL world.
That being said, what is it with you Tract K School supporters inability to understand that this is not about having NO high school on Marco. Its about where they want to put it. Were you all handed the same talking points by Jane Watt?
Every time the issue is brought up, you attempt to paint people who don't want a school on Tract K as anti kids, anti education, anti high school on Marco.
One more time. We would be happy to support a high school where you can properly shelter and insulate your kids at the YMCA, at Mackel Park or at the Barfield site which were originally proposed

Written on PHOTOS: Bald eagles on Tract K leads group to push for November referendum:

Really? Then why do all reliable polls on the subject favor NO school on Tract K by over 60%?
And if the vote is slam dunk for the school, why is the city council actively, (perhaps illegaly) trying to prevent its placement on a November ballot?
We want a referendum vote too. That's how we will guarrantee no school is built on Tract K.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Educate our kids:

Why are you lumping those opposed to a high school on Tract K with these young, liberal whinners who don't want their precious poo poos to mix with Latinos and Blacks over at Lely?
A lot of us grew up in inner cities and learned the HARD way to get along with others. We adapted, overcame, served in foreign wars, worked our butts off, BUILT this country and triumphed. We now want a little peace and quiet.
What makes you think you have anything on us with your Marco to Naples background?
Let me tell you, sonny. We can teach you a thing or two about wisdom...

Written on PHOTOS: Bald eagles on Tract K leads group to push for November referendum:

Where do you get that anybody is advocating that the parcel of land should be left alone? Virtually everybody who is AGAINST the school is FOR and active park on Tract K. One that can be enjoyed by all the residents of Marco and beyond.
A referendum in November will decide it all, as long as the City Council stops trying to worm out of its responsibilities to represent the citizens of Marco.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Educate our kids:

But you are counting on a City Council backroom deal to hand you tract K for nothing, isn't that right?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Educate our kids:

Mr. Barry,
"The new school would bring our community together". Well, not as it is currently being proposed by the Discovery Academy. Few people are arguing that a high school may/may not be a good idea. MANY people are arguing about where this group is trying to place it. Tract K is a no win for many reasons.
If you truly want to champion a school on Marco Island. Contact the Discovery Academy and urge them to be realistic, practical, consensus minded and above all good citizens by returning to the original site they had agreed upon. The YMCA. You just might then see your dream of a local high school become reality with the support of the majority of the island's population.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Tract K is beautiful:

You will never get an answer from Mrs. Watt. Why? because there is no logical reason for the switch other than pure, unadulterated self interest. Using reason and logic, the YMCA is a much better location for the school. Some examples;
-Much more centrally located
-Existing infrastructure of playing fields, gymnasiums, a pool, basketball courts. All currently way underutilized.
-Heavy traffic roads already in existence to and from the location.Traffic lights and proper crossing lanes largely in place.
-Police and Fire nearby.
-Parking and outdoor lighting already largely in place.
-A desire by the "Y" to have the school join them at the location.
-General public support for this location.
-A neighborhood that is already acclimated to night lights, public events and the general traffic in the area.

Why is Mrs. Watt flying in the face of all these advantages?......in their minds, Tract K offers a PRESTIGE location for the inflated ambitions and pretentions of her vaunted academy. You don't believe me? go to their website. The amount of misinformation is staggering. They don't have 1% of what they claim to have in place yet, nor will they in any foreseeable future. It is all smoke and mirrors. The statistics they offer. Pure nonsense or speculation. Mrs. Watt claims to have received hundreds of calls from potential new residents who would move to Marco in a heartbeat IF there were a high school available!! If this is true, I'm sure she will not mind sharing this valuable list of contacts with the community.
The fact is that soaring costs and a poor economy is driving young families with school aged children OFF the island. Any realtor who is following trends will verify this. If young families are pouring in. What jobs are they going to? What growing new industry is bringing them all to Marco?
The simple fact is that Marco is largely a RETIREMENT and winter residence community, where people who have worked hard their entire life come to relax and enjoy, not to watch their neighborhood be destroyed,their taxes raised and their voices ignored.
Time to go away, Mrs. Watt

Written on Letter to the Editor: Support a Marco high school:

I broke my own vow not to engage him at all, but with a straight man like this, who could resist?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Object to school on Tract K:

The only selfish act taking place here is a VERY small minority of self serving parents who want their precious poo poos to have a prestigious address for their little elitist school. This is not and has never been only about Tigertail residents. The FACTS are that over 60% of the island's population are ADAMANTLY either against a school altogether or at least one built on Tract K. But public opinion won't stop you, will it? Why? because YOU and your ilk are the selfish, self centered people who don't get that it is not just Tract K neighbors, it is a MAJORITY of the island's population who are against this proposal!!!!!!!
Please give us an educated rundown on why the YMCA, which professional educators have declared a perfectly adequate site for a school, is unnacceptable. The simple answer is that you can't, because this is simply about a personal agenda and has nothing to do with the kid's education. I bet the Discovery Center's board are just SO proud of your support!
And try to get this through your head; Tract K is not a designated school site. Read the deed!!!!
The fact that board moderators had to pull one of your posts tells me all I need to know about you.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Support a Marco high school:

Thank you, Islandeye,
I appreciate someone with the finer tastes!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Support a Marco high school:

Why you are, of course!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Object to school on Tract K:

You clearly have never read the deed to Tract K, which does not specifically designate Tract K as a school site. This is a fact, not conjecture.

Your style and method of "championing" a school on Tract K are commendable. You just doubled the efforts of people who oppose it.
Please contact Jane Watt and her group. We would love for you to be their spokesperson.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Support a Marco high school:

Mr. Kirstein,

Number one. These comments are not the editorial opinion of the Marco Eagle. The Eagle is merely publishing some of the hundreds of letters on the subject it has undoubtedly received from concerned citizens.

If you look closely, most people commenting are not against a high school on Marco Island, per se. They are very much against the use of Tract K for the school, which the Discovery Center School group is so arrogantly trying to commandeer. This group has been offered at least three other viable school sites on Marco Island. All these sites are pretty much acceptable to a majority of the island residents.
You can thank Mrs. Jane Watt and her Discovery Group for the current controversy, as they attempt to bulldoze their Tract K agenda through, no matter how divisive and harmful this is to a quiet neighborhood, to a resident threatened species and to a majority of the Island's public opinion.
The school could start building tomorrow if they had settled for the YMCA site or Mackel Park or the second story of the current Middle School. All these places were offered to the group, but were turned down, (once the winter residents left so objections would be minimal). They want Tract K merely as a prestige location for their academy no matter how much it may divide this community.
Why don't you contact the Discovery Center through their website and ask them why they are not building at the YMCA, a site which welcomed the idea of a high school on the grounds and which offers tremendous synergies for both institutions?
I would be very interested in their responce.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Tract K is beautiful:

"A Troll is a REAL Creature?"

You clearly are not conversant with internet slang. A Troll is someone who shows up on a chat board, usually sent by liberal minders, to muddy waters, post provocative gibberish and incite divisiveness and confrontations, all in an effort to derail intelligent debate, especially when the bulk of opinion does not favor your ilk's views. I won't even comment on your diction and syntax.
: To the rest of the chat room. Mr. K has suddenly appeared out of nowhere. He has felt compelled to weigh in with ridiculous comments and diatribes on a number of Marco Eagle stories, especially if he detects a hint of conservative thought. If Jane Watt could see who is defending her, she would go into cardiac arrest. The best way to get people like this to leave is to NOT react or respond to ANYTHING they post.
As for you, Mr. K, I would be happy to challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are quite unarmed.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Tract K is beautiful:

I think "Troll" better describes Mr. K

Written on Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Marco:

Now try to imagine this area with 600 highschool students and support staff driving around going to and from.
Say NO to a high school on trac K!!!!

Written on Guest column: Tract K, a Marco eagle sanctuary:

Also, does anybody REALLY believe there will be no profit motive in this group's offering of all these extracurricular "Discovery" programs to the kids? Although many charter schools are non profit they are usually managed by for profit groups. A judged recently stopped one such group in its tracks in Coral Gables, Florida

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/20...

I for one reject giving valuable public land for free to a group that will indirectly make a profit off it.

Written on Marco Island police chief files motion to dismiss harrassment lawsuit:

Everybody seems to have overlooked the fact that the police were there as the direct result of complaints from the drug store's neighbors, namely Publix Supermarket. The police department would have been remiss had they not followed up and investigated. Any of you would be upset if a complaint lodged by you were not followed up on.There have been no complaints from the neighbors of Walgreens or CVS.
Several people who have been questioned leaving Island Drug had long criminal records. My understanding is that nobody was stopped unless a premilinary license plate check turned up something of interest. This was not random.
Corrupt physicians who write multiple prescriptions are a dime a dozen in Dade-Broward.
I for one would prefer these types not come to the island.
Harrass away Marco PD!

Written on Guest column: Tract K, a Marco eagle sanctuary:

Most of the people commenting are not against a high school on Marco Island. What we are against is this Discovery Group's tactics of rejecting what to my count is 3 other proposed sites on Marco to date. All of them much more than adequate for the REAL, REALISTIC needs of a local high school in favor of destroying a quiet neighborhood's only true green area and home to a threatened species. This has all been done in the pursuit of the PRESTIGE they believe this site would give the school over the other sites proposed and considered. So please, give the "It's all about the kids" rhetoric a rest.
It is no secret they waited until most winter residents had left before pulling this "bait and switch" to Tract K after putting the City through considerable effort and expense in preparing a proposal for the YMCA site. They hoped they could just slip this by most residents. Another issue that is galling is the group's arrogant and deceptive approach to this entire process. They have not been shy in bending facts and data to suit their needs nor have they had any issue with putting out assumptions and conjecture as "fact". One look at their website will confirm much of this.
I personally am not against a high school on Marco. I will not, however, stand by and let this group railroad this self-serving process through to the detriment of the immediate neighbors of Tract K. They also ignore the benefit to the entire island population that a well thought out park on the site would bring.
And by the way. I too have seen a copy of the Tract K Deed. Anybody who reads this as a definitive school site is clearly not fluent in the English language.
Let them go back to the YMCA site, which I understand really wanted the synergy a school next door would create, and we can all be friends again.

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

This is what we have been saying all along. Please read the comments above. NOBODY here is totally against a high school on Marco. We are against where this group wants to place it. I have now found out that this group was also offered the entire second floor of the new Charter Middle school building for the high school as well as the site at the YMCA. Why not build there, where island opinion is basically in favor? This group went through the motions of being interested in the YMCA site, allowed the city to go to significant expense drafting proposals and plans for a school there then waited for most winter residents to leave before pulling their bait and switch to Tract K, which is what they wanted all along.
They waited because they knew winter residents would be largely outraged. They now figure they can push this through while most people are unaware of what they are doing.
I can't congratulate Jane Watt or her group. Instead of accepting two perfectly suitable sites for the school, they have arrogantly and devisively tried to bulldoze their agenda past a large number of people who don't want this area of the island ruined by her selfish plans.

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

So, you are saying the the Collier County Board of Education is incompetent and out of touch with your special needs? Yet these are the same people you are turning to to get your elitist school started? Isn't this just a bit cynical?The kids are important, but you are asking a large number of residents to make sacrifices YOU are not making in the quality of their neighborhood and their life. If this was really about the children and the future, you would get back to the only real opportunity to get this school started in the short term. That is the YMCA tract.
Why do you continue to skirt the real issues and continue to fall back on your silly "its about the children" talking points?

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

This goes right back to the point I was making earlier;
Why not spend the efforts to Improve Lely? Why aren't you trying to turn around an existing school instead of harming it by pulling students away?
If you MUST have your elitist academy, why are you insisting in antagonizing the residents of a large area of Marco when a perfectly adequate school site has already been offered to you with little local opposition?
The only conclusions I come up with that make sense based on your group's actions to date are that your group is elitist if not outright racist, arrogant and antagonistic.
Is this the "Discovery" method of community relations?

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

Oh, and let me add one of your own quotes:

"There is a significant amount of research to support the advantages of small schools and increased student performance."
Really? then you would have to agree that the smaller YMCA site would be much better than Tract K, right? The fact is that your group is trying to balloon this school into a 600 plus student academy, making your arguments about a smaller learning institution laughable..
Understand that nobody here is necesarily against a school on Marco. You were given a perfectly adequate location to build it, but you got greedy. Go back to the YMCA were a perfectly adequate small school can be built and we will all be friends again..

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

First of all, this is not about having or not having a school on Marco. It's about where you want to put it.
You present perfect arguments supporting why we need to invest and improve our existing schools. Why not invest these funds over at Lely? Why not apply all these revolutionary learning concepts you claim to posses over there? The infrastructure exists.
Why aren't you interested in improving the lives and grades of students there, as equal members of the Collier county community? Why press on here in the face of massive local opposition?
I'll tell you why. You don't want your kids at Lely. You want them at an elitist local school.
This isn't about the kids. It's about exclusion and elitism, plain and simple.

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

I rest my case.

MarcoGTW, I'm still waiting for your documentation of all the "facts" you recently threw out to support your position of support among the community.
You are clearly not talking TO us, you are talking AT us......

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

Amen,

More inuendo, half truths and outright fabrications from this group.
Let's get one thing straight. There is NO "win-win" situation for a school on Tract K. There will only be the supremacy of one side and the disappointment and anger of the other.
If you truly were about building consensus and looking for a "win-win" your group would have settled for the YMCA site, where there is general agreement that a school there, although not supported by all, would be tolerated.
Your attitude has been nothing less than arrogant. Your group is bound and determined to pusch this down people's throats. All your literature,your talks and presentations reflect this. Your see this as a done deal and your efforts to assuage the opposition are but the thinnest veneer of "consensus building"
You are in for a fight. Legal if need be. Return and be content with your YMCA site, which the majority of the island would at least tolerate.

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

To MarcoGWT,

What the Mackle brothers envisioned in the 1960's has very little to do with the realities of this tract and the existing environment that surround it today.

The website you provide, (which I've seen before), predictably addresses NONE of the neighborhood concerns which have been voiced in this section.

The fact is, you will have no control over, nor do you care about the collateral damage this project will bring to the area. After all, you don't live anywhere near this area. Whether the school itself will raise our taxes or not is imaterial. There will be plenty of costs related the the collateral damage I mentoned above. The city will have to pay for these damages somehow. Unless your commitee plans on taking on the litter control and other upkeep tasks full time?
1,400 Students? 1,800 Parents? 800 Grandparents? Do you have any hard data to back these figures up? Please share
Even if there were 1400 students in the global student population, kindergarden to eight grade, how many of them would be actualy attending a local high school at any one time? 200? 300?
Of those 1400 students you mention,how many currently attend Lely and will be moving on?
25% of the Island's permanent population? But wait, you didn't take into account OUR Parents and Grandparents, since we are going to indulge in counting irrelevant persons!
Population 17,000? What about the OTHER 28,000 residents of this island who are here DURING MOST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR!?! Don't they count? Are they second class citizens?
The reasons behind your group's waiting for the majority of this seasonal group to leave before springing your bait and switch to the Tract K proposal on the people of Marco is not lost on most of us here. The winter residents in the Tigertail area will be furious when they find out.

There is no "legal and moral" obligation to destroy one of the last remaining green spaces on this island to fullfill a totally self serving goal. The YMCA site, which your group has so conveninetly abandoned, more than meets the truly unecessary needs of the current and foreseeable future student population

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

Whether the charter application has been approved or not. Bitter political experience has taught most of us to voice our opinion early and often.
The group pushing for this school has demonstrated itself a devious, unscrupulous lot who are using every political trick in their arsenal to get, as "1paradiselost" pointed out, "Their way". My bet is that not one of the members of this group live anywhere near the Tigertail area.
They cleverly gained a foothold by proposing the school project in a less desirable place, allowing moneys to be spent in the planning, presenting and approving of the proposal, only to turn around and declare they now had a better idea, which is what they wanted all along.
Bait and Switch

Eagles, you say? (look up statutes)Oh, but we are going to be a GREEN School!
So, no recess and no school bells, right? Has anybody ever experienced the din of 600 students at recess? I lived for many years within five blocks of a high school. The noise at recess is anoying and constant. There is no way to control this noise. The Eagles will be gone in a month and adjacent property sellers will be showing homes at night!
Regardless of what this group thinks they can control on the school grounds, the fact is they will never control the fallout of litter, ruined swales and blocked driveways as parents wait for pickup, speeding, traffic congestion and accidents, which are the natural consequences of their proposal. Don't believe me? Go ask any neighbor of the existing schools, (and these are smaller kids, not high schoolers!).
Taxes WILL GO UP and adjacent property values WILL GO DOWN. It is inevitable. If you believe otherwise you are very poorly informed.
Has anybody out there proposed a Tigertail Neighborhood Association? I would be willing to join and contribute. It is critical that we make people aware of what a terrible idea this all is..

Written on Marco Island high school proponents hold meeting to address neighbors’ concerns:

To Marco98

The best way to practice conservation and green thinking is to leave this tract alone! The fact is, the group championing this high school pulled what can only be described as a political bait and switch when they pushed for and received permission to move ahead with the YMCA site.
They got greedy
Their spokesperson, Ms. Watts presumptious attitude that "this school will happen, get used to it" has not endeared her or this group to the balance of the community. The high school may happen, but I and others like me are going to make sure that this virgin tract of land is not the place where this school will be built.
Aside from the land. Has anybody considered access? There are no turning lanes onto either Tigertail or Kendall coming southbound on Collier Blvd. Are we to now expropriate peoples front yards to build turning lanes? Tigertail is a dangerous turnoff as it is now. What will traffic flying over the Smokehouse Bay bridge southbound do when they are confronted with two or three cars waiting to turn onto Tigertail? Are we to put a light there now as well? What happens if the proposed Smokehouse Bay bridge project closes southbound traffic at that point?Do we have six hundred students screaming around Bald Eagle to San Marco to Collier every morning?
What about the traffic flying down the two cross streets, Century and Hernando? Please don't tell me that there will never be anybody late for school flying down these residential streets from Kendall crossing over to Tigertail. Many people are going to be hurt in traffic incidents if this goes through. Mark my words.

This is nothing but a terrible idea being promoted by a group of self-centered, selfish individuals who have put their personal needs above those of the community.

Written on VIDEO/PHOTOS: Firefighters respond to house fire on Marco:

This is my home. A family member was injured.

I don't appreciate a family tragedy being used as a platform for petty snipping at local politics.
Shame on both of you!

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