Comments by condoseller

Written on Bryan Milk chastises Marco councilmen, asks for investigation to 'clear name':

This article lacks context. Did Mr. Milk appear before City Council this week? How exactly did he chastise city council members? The headline accusations deserve a more complete article. Eagle?

Written on Marathon's Hernstadt will be Marco Island's new city manager:

in response to condoseller:

Is this last post correct? Konfuzius is Bill Harris and he forgot to change his identity when blogging? Quite interesting.

My apologies to Mr. Harris and Konfuzius. I now see Konfuzius was quoting Mr. Harris. Again, I apologize.

Written on Marathon's Hernstadt will be Marco Island's new city manager:

Is this last post correct? Konfuzius is Bill Harris and he forgot to change his identity when blogging? Quite interesting.

Written on Marathon's Hernstadt will be Marco Island's new city manager:

Congratulations to Mr. Hernstadt. I wish you the best in this endeavor and hope you can provide the leadership our City needs.

I do find it interesting that Mr. Sacher played such a pivotal role in Mr. Hernstadt becoming an applicant AFTER the second consultant's search closed and in his hiring last evening. I hope the foulness in the air is from a developing red tide and not unsavory politics.

Nonetheless, I wish Mr. Hernstadt well.

Written on Ousted Marco community affairs director had several opportunities to disclose conflict:

I no longer find Mr. Sacher trustworthy. I think the City Council or another agency should conduct an inquiry into this matter and it should include discovery into Mr. Sacher's potential involvement.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marco Island utility outages:

While these outages or disruptions are generally inconvenient, overall, I am happy with the service our utilities provide. I believe, by definition, an "outage" or "interruption" of service is an unplanned event. How do you propose utilities inform us of unplanned events?

Concerning Sears, Motorolla, Bank of America, how exactly do they compare to services utilities provide? Your analogy is like comparing apples with pork sausage. Also, Sears, Motorolla, Bank of America have never compensated me for my time or inconvenience when I received bad advice from a sales associate or needed to correct and account balance. I wouldn't expect them to. They return my item, credit my account and apologize for the invonvenienc. That is simply the nature of the rlationship. Likewise, our relationship with our utilities is periodically interrupted and when we report the problem it is corrected and we receive and apology for any inconvenience.

Perhaps your letter was meant to inform readers that you worked for large corportaions (!) or wanted to inform readers that Sears grants 2 weeks notice when they lay off thousands of associates or when they close another store? I know these companies fail to inform us when there is a price increase.

Apples and sausage!

Written on Marco city employee suspended pending investigation into zoning change for former business partner:

My only point is, what is good for the Gander is good for the Goose.

Written on Marco city employee suspended pending investigation into zoning change for former business partner:

in response to marcochoosehs:

So does this mean the city clerk will be investigated for also operating as a realtor and possibly gaining access to the "newcomers" to Marco as they enter City Hall for business...And does this mean that every city employee will be required to disclose their entire business/investment portfolios?? Wake up Marco! A dedicated city employee is being suspended before the facts are discovered. Meanwhile, there is no consistency occurring within all staff members. Is this appropriate?

Excellent point. I always wondered how the City Clerk could sell real estate while serving in her position. It "appears" unethical. She should be required to disclose her client list each year.

Written on Marco city employee suspended pending investigation into zoning change for former business partner:

Mr. Milk has served the City admirably and I hope the "investigation" brings out the facts. I don't recall Mr. Milk ever holding the City Manager position which a previous post represented.

I fear our City is experiencing too much change and Mr. Rivière ruined good people by assigning too much responsibility to them, like Mr. Milk.

I hope our City Council hires a new City Manager who knows and appreciates our community. Someone who can bring transparency and positive change.

I also hope Mr. Milk's exit doesn't define his tenure. He is a good man who has done some good work for Marco Island.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Setting the record straight regarding the manager candidates:

There is no transparency on Marco and Mr. Sacher's "Coffee with the Councilor" will not change that.

Mr. Sacher had an intermediary for his conversation with Mr. Hernstadt. Hernstadt didn't apply during the search conducted by Mr. Slavin and the only reason he was included in the list of finalists was through a non-transparent series of conversations.

New councilmen, same Marco.

Written on Larry Magel resigns from Marco Island City Council:

in response to WMissow:

There were good reasons Recker failed to get re-elected last time. You do not appoint someone who was an incumbent who lost because the public voted him out of office.

Anyway it is too late, the council already selected and voted on a replacement.

Thank you. I did read in the Sun Times that our City Council has appointed Mr. Brown. Still nothing in the Eagle.

I wrote about appointing Mr. Recker only because he followed Mr. Petricca in vote tally in the last election. There is much talk of we the people in this forum and since Mr. Recker was next in line by votes, his appointment would have been consistent with the electoral (the people's) count. It is now a moot point.

I wish Mr. Brown the very best as councilman and have every belief he will work for the best interest if Marco Island.

Written on Larry Magel resigns from Marco Island City Council:

Considering the last election results, perhaps Mr. Recker should be considered as a replacement for Mr. Magel. Appointing Mr. Recker would return an experienced council member at a time a new City Manager is being selected and his appointment would be consistent with the recent electoral tally.

Written on Marco miniature golf course shut down, owners vow appeal:

It is a shame the minature golf course won't be available to families over the 4th of July weekend; be they residents or visitors. MICA had every opportunity to petition the court during construction. Why wait until the course is open and enjoyed by our neighbors and visitors? It feels ill timed and mean spirited. Since my family is visiting it would have been nice to suggest they enjoy the minature course here on Marco. Instead, they will travel to Naples where I'm sure they will also dine. Their time and money could have been spent on this side of the Jolley Bridge.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Mini golf course good for Marco:

It is a shame the minature golf course won't be available to families over the 4th of July weekend; be they residents or visitors. MICA had every opportunity to petition the court during construction. Why wait until the course is open and enjoyed by our neighbors and visitors? It feels ill timed and mean spirited. Since my family is visiting it would have been nice to suggest they enjoy the minature course here on Marco. Instead, they will travel to Naples where I'm sure they will also dine. Their time and money could have been spent on this side of the Jolley Bridge.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Entitlements are gifts:

Mr. Waldack, plagiarising again? How sad. My late husband would be so disappointed in you.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports...

Written on Marco Island's big flag flies again :

Looks great! Thank you. I hope the lights are repaired soon so it is lit up at night. Last night you couldn't see the flag.

Written on Letter to the Editor: No room for horse drawn carriages:

I'm all for the horse drawn carriages. How charming! I too believe motorists need to slow down on this island and share the road with bicyclists. The bike lanes are there to provide a specific and safe area for bicyclists to ride. Motorists must learn to respect them.

Written on Letter to the Editor: A message from the Big Flag chairman:

Thank you to everyone involved in this effort. The flag is a welcome sight on our island.

Written on Firestorm: Marco Island City Council chambers packed for spur-of-the-moment meeting on inspections :

Mr. Breeze - - No, I am now retired and am not looking for personal gain. My reference to "build" is to build a sense of community where there is ample opportunity to discuss important issues, good and consistent communication from city leaders on challenges and opportunities and good celebration of our life in one of the most beautiful places in America. If such opportunities are consistently offered and community input is embraced, all of Marco prospers.

Simple community engagement which seems to be intentionally avoided by Mr. Riviere, particularly in this case, is all that I seek.

Written on PHOTOS: Marco Island Memorial Day Ceremony:

God bless Herb Savage!! I love his enthusiasm and song.

Written on Firestorm: Marco Island City Council chambers packed for spur-of-the-moment meeting on inspections :

I'm disappointed that the Eagle has not offered any follow-up articles on this very important matter. Surely, members of our City Council have opinions on "orders" Mr. Riviere gave city staff to report to Collier County for duty in the future. The May 25th issue of the Eagle stated, "Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere met with staff and explained a new collaboration he worked out with Collier County's building department. The island's four inspectors will become county employees working with a pooled staff that serves all of Collier County."

The article also stated, "Riviere said before his time as city manager, Community Development Director Steve Olmsted promised to cross-train inspectors rather than compartmentalize them into their respective fields. Riviere said he didn't make good on that promise. Olmsted was fired one week after Riviere became city manager." If the quote accurately portrays Mr. Riviere's position then hasn't he failed too? Mr. Olmsted was fired 2-years ago. Why hasn't Mr. Riviere insured the cross training occurred on his watch? He has had two years to complete that cross training, hasn't he? Wasn't that his goal?

I truly believe Mr. Riviere is set on dissolving City government step by step, inch by inch, department by department. That is where the due process comes in. Mr. Riviere is responsible for seeing that major decisions, like the one he already made, is presented in public forums so the public can be part of the "due process".

Steve Thompson was appropriately reprimanded and ultimately terminated when he failed to be transparent with the public and City Council. How is it that Mr. Riviere isn't required to meet the same performance standard? It is evident to many who work periodically or frequently with City Hall that he leads with his ego and rational process comes later. The morale at City Hall for many staffers is low because they fear Riviere and his next "collaboration" where he intentionally excludes Marco Islanders, the people he works for, from the table.

Again, I believe Marco Island deserves a City Manager who can competently lead our city; someone who can "build" our community into the happy and friendly place community it once was.

Written on Marco Island's 'Big Flag' raised at foot of Jolley Bridge :

The flag is breathtaking. Thank you to those who saw the need, raised the money and got it built.

Written on Collier tourism up 5.4 percent in April, boosted by first-time visitors :

This is great news for Collier County and Marco Island!

Written on Firestorm: Marco Island City Council chambers packed for spur-of-the-moment meeting on inspections :

While I give Mr. Riviere credit for facing the crowd on Tuesday, I simply find him to be overbearing and egotistical. His quote in this article proves this.

If it is true that Ms. Litzan has been working on a plan to transfer the responsibilities of the city Building Services to the County for one year, why hasn't there been any public discussion on the matter? Instead, Mr. Riviere compliments himself for holding a public meeting on short notice and getting a full room. It appears he sees that as a success. Instead it is a failure because the room was not filled with people happy to be included in policy dialogue, it was filled with people so angry with his decision that we dropped everything to attend.

Mr. Riviere displays a pattern of releasing news about staff and city changes on Friday afternoons. With the building services, on a Friday before a 3-day weekend. His "Wall St." strategy for releasing what some may consider as bad news late on Fridays so it can be lost or tempered over the weekend break, has failed this time. People are angry. His Monday morning quarterbacking on raising fees to support costs associated with building services expenses is a "Jimmy come lately" approach. He should have held that discussion with island contractors months ago because it is clear his actions have been deliberate and carried out in the shade.

Wtiohut the "Firestorm" his arrogance would prevent any opportunity for reconsideration.

His accusation that inspectors are "buddy, buddy" with contractors is an instult to the many highly competent contractors who work on Marco Island and an insult to dedicated and competent city employees. It makes you wonder how he feels about the rest of the City staff since he so freely makes condescending remarks about the inspectors? The Eagle should investigate who Mr. Riviere is "buddy, buddy" with and perhaps it will explain some of his decisions.

Sadly, I feel it is time for City Council to search for a new City Manager. One who truly practices collaboration, works in the sunshine, appreciates our island community and who respects the authority that comes with their position.

I still believe Marco Island is better because it is a City. I don't feel Mr. Riviere shares this belief. If he did, he would have a higher value for the opinions of residents and the work of his staff.

Written on Contractors raise the roof on Marco Island city manager's decision to move building inspectors to Naples :

Personally, I don't care if our City Manager studied at Columbia or the school of hard knocks. Has a PhD or GED. I do care that our current City Manager is failing to build a "community". Failing to bring people together. While I believe Mr. Riviere is well intentioned, I doubt he has the skills to build our community. At the least, he has yet to prove he has those skills. Anyone can toss away parts of our city government services to the County. Marco Island needs someone who can lead and manage our services. City Council should insist on this type of management unless of course they approve of deliberate actions that will reduce and eventually eliminate the need for city services.

Written on Marco Island City Council: Off the map – Rates, roads, and rockets:

in response to happy6:

“It was all a misunderstanding” among city staff, Riviere said, adding no disciplinary action would be taken. “I’ll flagellate myself,” he promised"

NOW...i ask you how in the world can someone "mis-understand"..."go take down the 35 mph signs and replace the with 30 mph signs"...this character is in denial.
he did it...it was his decision...he broke state law and he knows it....so just admit it doc.

Someone also had to order and authorize payment for the 30 mph signs and direct the police to enforce the newly posted limits. I'm afraid Dr. Rivière is not being truthful with residents or our City Council.

Written on This Saturday marks second annual Beach Music Festival on Marco Island:

Proceeds raised from this event should go to fund the July 4th Fireworks. Why should taxpayers support the fireworks when the Marriott, who has a front seat, chooses not to?

Written on Guest Commentary: The economics behind the fireworks decision on Marco Island:

Perhaps Mr. Grover can provide some facts to support his position:

How many businesses have closed on Marco in the past year?

How many businesses opened?

How many (opened and closed) are or were Chamber members?

How much operating revenue did the Chamber lose last year?

How much money does the City lose in giveaways for non-profits to support their fundraising efforts instead of supporting the fireworks?

Why is this a Planning Board issue?

Can MICA fund fireworks instead of a beach concert?

Written on Marco Island property owners avoid thousands in utility assessments, 6 percent rate hike:

How did this get on the City Council agenda if so many of the Councilmen opposed this? Was this a proposal that originated with the city administration? If so, who initiated it?

Written on Marco Island man charged with five DUIs in string of hit-and-run crashes:

Mr. Wallace was also arrested a few days ago. The Marco News reports he was arrested for violating a restraining order. http://www.marconews.com/photos/galle...

He should have been arrested after threatening Mr. Moss and held without bail. He also should have been held after violating the restraining order. How many strikes does this man deserve?

Had he been incarcerated, perhaps the innocent people he injured in the Marco Island accident would be ok today. Hopefully, he will be held by authorities so he cannot hurt anyone else and can get the help he needs at a correctional facility.

Written on Special ceremony Monday marks beginning of new era for Marco Island Police Department:

How unnecessary. I feel badly for Capt. Baer being assigned to such a pomp and pomp affair. Shall we do the same if and when a new Finance or Utility Director are hired? If Mr. Hunter's first day is surrounded by such a deliberate display of ego then, what shall the remainder if his tenure look and feel like? One would think the Budget Committee or Mr. Riviere would prevent this elaborate and unnecessary event and expense. If the Police Foundation is paying for the event then I will have to cancel my membership. We are hiring a new chief; a new employee, not welcoming a head of state. I admire Capt. Baer for fulfilling his assignment. But, who ordered it? How disappointing.

Written on Daily News: Marco Island city manager held back public documents regarding Hunter hiring:

Dr. Riviere has become such a disappointment. Residents are entitled to professional local administration which conducts a legitimate and open search process for all city positions, especially senior management. While Mr. Hunter may have been the final choice, a comprehensive search should have been conducted with resident participation.

Written on Two Marco Island employees accuse Councilman Wayne Waldack of sexual harassment:

Did Mr. Waldack break the law when he copied the works of published writers? If not, he proved he is not ethical.

http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/plag...

Did he violate City policy through his unwanted comments to female employees? Surely other councilmen can investigate and arrive at some conclusion.

How will the rest of our City Councilmen address these charges at their next meeting?

Written on Not in my backyard: Opposition to location may not prevent Marco Island’s proposed charter high school:

The failure of Ms. Watts and the other founders of this proposed charter high school is two fold. First, they failed to understand the community and the history of the sites they proposed building upon. Second, they failed to develop a strategic plan, that gave careful focus to site opportunities and with an opportunity for public discussion.

I'm sure the organizers will say they did have a plan and do understand Marco Island. If that were true, they would not have sought to build on dedicated park land; would not have pursued Tract K without a carefully developed stategy to engage the neighborhood residents; would have understood the restrictions of building near nesting eagles; would have explored the partnership with the YMCA to understand the opportunities and challenges the partnership faced; and would have understood the neighborhood resistance to past development in th Joy Circle area. And, they would have done this all before making any public announcements, never mind several. Ms. Watts should also know that "botanical garden" only serves to enrage those enflamed. No understanding of community, no comprehensive plan and no sensitivity = failure.

It is unfortunate this project has only generated negative reactions. Even from those like me, who truly support the concept.

Written on Guest Commentary: Are city leaders creating a conflict of interest?:

I do wish Mr. Klabautermann, that you would tone down the name calling. I generally disagree with comments
made by most of the bloggers you single out, however, often, your comments get far off track because you seek to attack rather than debate a meaningful issue. It is clear that you make good points in your posts. My request is simply that bloggers try to stay on topic and stop having 30-40 posts where a majority are simply personal attacks. I'd like to believe that Marcoites can have meaningful, respectful debate.

Written on City debates fire hydrants and water trucks for public safety:

Not sure why the Eagle wrote a second article on this subject and eliminated the postings from the first. I think my post to the first article still applies and hope Coucil will stop yet another spending spree that is related to the water/sewer utility. My original post:

"With all due respect (to Mr. Murphy), isn't the entire concept of "mutual aid" intended for one fire department to assist another when there is a need for equipment sharing and fire suppression support? If there was a fire and, three trucks were used to pump water to the fire, doesn't Isle of Capri and E. Naples send equipment over to support Marco should another incident happen? Mutual aid is an intentionally developed system so evuery fire department doesn't have to provide staff and& equipment to support every hypothetical situation considered.

As AJM has noted, for those homes living outside the 1,0000 foot distance, there is home owners insurance one is paying for. (I assume those homes pay a higher rate and knew of the distance to hydrants since that is a question on the insurance application form)

I suspect some of these unserved homes are in areas where the STRP construction has already been completed, missing the opportunity for project synergy.

Mr. Trotter correctly points out that this project was not on the table when the millage rate was discussed.

Please stop the sky is falling mentality and make a long range plan that fits within the budget process."

Written on City debates fire hydrants and water trucks for public safety:

With all due respect, isn't the entire concept of "mutual aid" intended for one fire department to assist another when there is a need for equipment sharing and fire suppression support? If there was a fire and, three trucks were used to pump water to the fire, doesn't Isle of Capri and E. Naples send equipment over to support Marco should another incident happen? IMutual aid is an intentionally developed system so every fire department doesn't have to provide staff and equipment to support every hypothetical situation considered.

As AJM has noted, for those homes living outside the 1,0000 foot distance, there is home owners insurance one is paying for.

I suspect some of these unserved homes are in areas where the STRP construction has already been completed, missing the opportunity for project synergy.

Mr. Trotter points out that this project was not on the table when the millage rate was discussed. Please stop the sky is faaling mentality and make a long range plan that fits within the budget process.

Written on POLL Marco Island’s interim manager Jim Riviere may stay on:

I'm sure there are many city empoyees who have met city council goals in recent times who have not received a raise over the past couple of years nor have they received a bonus. Other exemplary and essential staff have been laid off from the police dept. Surely, Mr. Riviere will turn away this bonus offer from his friend councilman Magel. I agree he has performed well during his short tenure but he has been well paid. Marco Island is not Wall St where top executives are rewarded in poor economic times and at tge expense of displaced employees. I also doubt morale is high among the rank and file.

Written on Letter to the Editor: The spending continues:

I often agree with Mr. Putnam except when it comes to spending funds on our parks. In this case, he simply has his facts wrong. Since I attended several of the Mackle Park meetings, I was certain $100,000 was not spent on a landscape architect to re-design Mackle Park. I researched the history and the cost was $59,500. While I disagreed with some of the plan components I think it was money well spent and had excellent community participation. I also know Mr. Souza was not paid $100,000 when he started here. His leadership and the skills of the consultant complimented each other well, just as they should have. Sorry you have your facts wrong about Mackle Park, Mr. Putnam. Other than your recent letter, I do generally agree with you.

Written on Steve Thompson lands Tennessee job about a month after being fired from Marco city manager job :

Congratulations on making yet another soft landing Mr. Thompson. You are like a cat with nine lives who always land on its feet.

Appears that Mr. Thompson was a candidate for this position when our City Council took action.

http://www.ips.tennessee.edu/?pg=131

Written on Marco council members put city manager in the hot seat over EPA’s asbestos investigation :

How is it that the City Attorney was not aware of this matter until last week? This appears to be a breach of duty by either the City Manager, City Attorney or both. Is it he City Manager's obligation to inform the City Attorney of potential litigation as soon as a legal matter arises? Who determines if outside legal advise is required, the Manager, Attorney or City Council? Would the City be in a better position to defend against the EPA charges had Mr. Gabriel and City Council been informed when EPA's investigation began in 2009? Will the City ever understand the benefits of sharing critical information at least with each other?

From City Ordinance:

Section 4.04.  City Attorney.
There shall be a city attorney, appointed by council, who shall serve as chief legal advisor to the council and city administrators and shall represent the city in all legal proceedings and perform such other related duties, as the council may deem necessary. The city attorney may be full time or part time or on retainer as the council may deem necessary. If the position of city attorney is full time, the provisions of section 4.02 applicable to the city manager shall be equally applicable to the city attorney.
(Ord. No. 02-20, § 1, 6-17-2002, referendum 9-10-2002)

Written on Marco sells $58 million in bonds in one day:

How can the City issue this bond offering with a straight face when City officials knew there is pending action by EPA that will likely result in significant fines?

Written on EPA: Marco Island, company violated Clean Air Act by improperly handling asbestos :

I understood Mr. Recker to say he was not aware the City Manager was providing information to the EPA for their investigation, not that he was unaware of the controversy. This article appears to be the setup for a showdown between Council and the City Managee with the City Manager saying, "There's no room for pubic discussion in this" and Mr. Recker saying he will bring this up for discussion on Monday and "There is nothing secret. This should be public record". The public has been left out of this conversation for too long. The City Manager said he informed City Council of the ongoing EPA investigation yet Mr. Recker said he was not informed. Who is speaking truthfully? I hope Mr. Recker wins this standoff and the information is disclosed.

Written on BLOG: Marco City Council:

I think Mr. Joel keeps getting things backwards. Why is he asking for permission to spend money already spent? Wasn't there an audit of the Collier project that suggested city council approval is needed before overspending? How does one change the "scope" without informing council first? Let's hope our new elected officials burn the rubber stamp.

Written on PHOTOS/DOCS/BLOG: It's official, Kiester wins in Marco ballot recount:

The referendum results tell the real story.

Written on Water pressure debate continues on Marco:

I hope a City Councilor asks the City Manager who he finds to be wicked. It is an odd choice of words. Something serious and cumulative must be afoot for Mr. Joel to be docked.

Thanks to others for their advice on water pipes and how to handle the excessive pressure. I will shut my water off before leaving tomorrow. I can't risk getting more pinhole leaks while traveling.

Written on Water pressure debate continues on Marco:

It appears there were many conversations about increasing water pressure to increase revenue despite contrary claims. If not, why was disciplinary action taken? How many more residential pinhole leaks developed in water pipes because of this pressure increase? What does, "innocent and wicked alike suffered,” mean? We know residents with unnecessarily higher water bills are the innocent but who is "wicked"? What a statement! I better make sure I shut my water off before traveling.

Written on Updated POLL & BLOG: Marco City Council supports high school in the park:

MICA should not have to be involved. The City should have done their job and ended this discussion on Monday by enforcing the deed restriction. Instead, City Council agreed to sign a letter of intent which gives further incentive for this group to spend more money on developing plans for a school at Mackle Park. Had the City fullfilled their obligation to protect common land then MICA would have no need to be involved. Let's hope MICA speaks up as they did when the school board wanted to sell Tract K.

Council candidates, where do you stand on this issue?

Written on Updated POLL & BLOG: Marco City Council supports high school in the park:

There is only one question to answer. Should we give up park land to build a high school?

I answer absolutely not.

This should be a campaign issue. Who of the council candidates supports giving up park land to build a high school?

We are not asking about supporting a letter of intent or, about supporting the concept of a high school on the island, the question is simple council candidates, when it comes down to counting your vote, will you vote for or against giving up park land to build a high school?

Whoever states they will vote against giving up our precious park land has my vote.

Ask the question MI Eagle and candidate forum coordinators.

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