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Horse-drawn carriages make little sense on Marco Island. There is really no place for them that isn't paved, and the pavement is arguably cruel to the animals. There is also the problem of traffic and animal waste on the streets.
However, a horse trail off the island, perhaps in South Naples, is an outstanding idea and I expect tourists would enjoy it a great deal. We have a lot of horse farms in the area and offering rides to tourists could be a lucrative business.
Read the fourth amendment to the Constitution. Of course it's unconstitutional. So is drug testing of job applicants. So is the outrageous treatment we are subjected to by airport screeners. So are DUI checkpoints, as well as "Driving while Hispanic" stops in Immokalee. Don't forget "stop and frisk" laws, "no knock" laws and dozens of other laws.
We need more judges who will enforce the Constitution.
The less lighting the better. We should just remove half the lights from Collier and redeploy them elsewhere, saving money and electricity. It might make the Olde Marco residents a little happier, too.
Nancy is absolutely correct about dogs on the beach, especially during the times when birds are resting and nesting. It's bad enough watching people violate the small amount of space that the birds occupy. Also, this beachgoer would prefer not to step in dog poop, thanks very much.
Klaus, you'll get no argument from me regarding the President, but this monster flag is a tasteless gesture. If the committee wants to put up a flag of a reasonable size, then I have no objection. All I ask for is a little restraint and common sense.
Why are these people trying to make our island look like a car dealership?
A perfectly good American flag of a reasonable and dignified size already flies at the Marco Island Yacht Club. We don't need this over-the-top monstrosity.
Wait till the first Muslim student starts chanting "Allah Akbar" in a third grade classroom, and suddenly prayer in school won't be all that popular anymore!
Thanks for showcasing people who enjoy and respect the wildlife in our community. Folks travel from all over to see and photograph our shorebirds, and we are lucky enough to live here!
However, I seriously covet that 500mm lens...
Great story. As humans we don't give our wildlife enough credit or respect. Dolphins are amazing animals who have been credited with many rescues of humans as well as animals like Turbo. We are lucky to be able to see them often along the shores of Marco Island.
Well done, Trevor, Ricky and Nick. It's good to see young people who are concerned about wildlife habitat - and willing to do something about it. Thank you for your service both to the birds and to the community.
"Farewell, farewell! but this I tellTo thee, thou Wedding-Guest!He prayeth well, who loveth wellBoth man and bird and beast.
"He prayeth best, who loveth bestAll things both great and small;For the dear God who loveth us,He made and loveth all."
That includes gopher tortoises, bald eagles, and of course, the harmless albatross.
The healthcare law means that an insurance company can no longer hang you out to dry if you get sick. This is not "government-run healthcare," rather, it's a way to stop what has been essentially a fraudulent enterprise by insurance companies. They're happy to take your money, but they don't ever want to pay for your health care.
Why is Congressman Mack against this sensible reform?
Please, everyone observe these nesting area restrictions and give the birds a chance to raise their young in peace. If you want to see the birds up close, bring binoculars to the beach. These beautiful creatures will be back year after year if we just give them a little space.
It amazes me to see people who are obviously eligible for Medicare rant and rave about the recent health care legislation. Do they refuse to allow Medicare to pay their bills when they get sick? Heck no! But if the rest of us poor schmucks get a few measly concessions like an end to being refused insurance because of pre-existing conditions or a guarantee that we won't be dropped when we get sick, all of a sudden that's "Socialism."
Funny how it's not socialism for them- only when it gets offered to other people.
I don't think the health care legislation is perfect, in fact it's far from it. My choice would have been extending Medicare to all citizens. What we got is a small first step in the right direction, and Medicare recipients demonstrating against it is hypocritical at best.
If they want to repeal the health care bill, then they should first repeal Medicare and have to deal with the insurance companies like the rest of us.
Right. Let's bring back pre-existing conditions, allowing insurance companies to drop you when you get sick, and especially that wonderful doughnut hole in Medicare prescription drug coverage. Brilliant plan, Congressman!
Debra is to be congratulated. Though I've never had a weight problem, I know a lot of people who have. Check the homepage of my friend and co-worker from Chicago who has lost close to 200 pounds over the last two years.
How did she do it? The old-fashioned way, diet and exercise, mostly walking! So I would say Debra is on the right track. And yes, I walk four miles every morning, too.
The city first needs to drop a case that it cannot win and repeal the offending ordinance. It should then take the money saved in legal fees and establish six additional public pump-out stations at convenient places for everyone to use. This would at last address the real reason for overboard discharge.
And if you think this is a problem just because of visitors or liveaboards, you need to count the number of boats with heads on Marco Island.
Open the beach access - NOW! Also pass an ordinance that makes it illegal to block pedestrian access to the beach. Give the hotels and condos six months to make the necessary landscaping changes and allow adjoining properties to combine access with neighbors. But stop treating the beach as a private reserve... people live on Marco so they can go to the beach even if they don't live ON the beach.
Sunnycity makes a good point. All they have to do is cut down that wire fence and put some gravel on the path.Our beaches are open to the public, but without public access they may as well be deeded to the condos and hotels that seem to be dedicated to closing them off. This path needs to be opened immediately as the first phase of an effort to provide walkable beach access every 1500 feet on Marco Island.
"Palm frawns?" Don't you mean "fronds?" There is no such word as "frawns," unless maybe it's a cross between "fawns" and "prawns."
And the "Marco Urgent Care Center" hasn't been called that for years. It's the "Marco Healthcare Center."
Yikes, who's writing for this paper now?
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