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Congratulations to both! They deserve a lot of credit for their accomplishments.
Ha ha. Keister doesn't want professional help in choosing a new CM because he did SO well in his last two hires!
Too bad the prior Council, of which Mr. W was a member, didn't consider these requirements. The man they chose meets none of these criteria. Hopefully, this council will pay more attention to PROFESSIONAL qualifications.
This time, please hire a PROFESSIONAL city manager......one with training, experiential background, and CREDENTIALS at least on a par with ICMA certification...not just a retooled whatever.
There is a place for MICA as stewards of our residents'beach. But, they need get over their outdated deed restrictions that are in conflict with the city and county. Let those entities enforce zoning. MICA's outdated restrictions hurt individual homeowners.
Hey Petricca: It's much easier to lobby ONE person than SEVEN.
As usual, Hunter phones it in....nice to pay such a big salary to an absentee chief. But, that's what it was like under the sheriff...absentee protection on Marco.
The signs are working already. Today there were half a dozen cars parked in the swales by Tigertail!
Was that Grado's court mandated punishment for destroying the native habitat and assault with a deadly weapon?
in response to 2themoon:
Eddi, you mean to tell me some half baked covenant from 50 years ago is still the law of the land?
Does that apply to the Constitution also?
I'm sure there were smart alecks (I'm being kind here with that term) like #1 and #2 in Aurora, CO and Newton, CT. also
Let's hope his idea of working together is really working together and not "my way or nothing". Time will tell.
Why don't you run for Council? Oh that's right, you are not a full time resident.
Cars don't kill. People driving cars do. But we have all kinds of regulations regarding cars and the licensing of drivers.
No, there isn't a walkway. However, one thing that should never be forgotten is that Hideaway Beach provides physical protection (barrier) for Marco Island. Lose it and how long before we start to lose other parts of the island? Also, my feeling (and I don't live in Hideaway) is that the County approved the development of Hideaway and as such has a continued responsibility to protecting both it and the rest of Marco. The funds come from TDC; look at how much TDC funds are generated from Marco.
Yes, which church?
There is plenty of court availability at the town racquet center.
Like we all didn't see this coming
Thank you, Ed for being one of the VERY few gentlemen who respond to these comments.
I love all you ultra conservatives....You believe in free speech except when you don't like what's being said. Unless, of course, it is your candidate who twists the truth to make it whatever he wants it to be.
It's Collier County's property....they don't care about Marco.
Welcome to Marco Island, home of the nasty dinosaurs.
Looks like the city screwed up big time.....that's what happens when you don't have professionals in charge. And, how can one attorney represent both the city and the code board? The city never used to allow that, but that was when professionals were in charge.................
Agree, Ilikemarco.....we NEVER hear from the paid executive, the City Manager. Why do we bother paying him?
Fortunately, this will not be a major storm. A major storm hitting the island without a professional city manager in place is very, very scary.
Some people just show their ignorance and low class in these comments.
One my not like Mr. Stefanides, but this was a good commentary and one that many citizens in Marco needed. They still go to the healthcare center rather than dialing 911, despite an extensive educational campaign by the city.
The county provide public health care? In what alternate universe?
I laugh when I see this: "we need to revert back to the Deltona vision". If you truly read and understand the Deltona vision it was all about development, development, development. If it had not been for the law suits brought against them, Marco and the surrounding area would look like a mini east coast of Florida.
Sounds like putting even more insulation between the chief and the citizens. He's barely accessible as it is; now it will be worse.More people to cover for him when he isn't there or is avoiding contact...which is often.
All of us living on the water on in the same boat, so to speak. At some point, everyone's seawall will have to be replaced. Yes, it is an inconvenience, perhaps even annoyance when it occurs next to you, but one day it will be you. It's ridiculous that one person's complaint should make an even bigger problem for all of us. But, then again, this is Marco Island!
And with due respect to Mr. Peterhans, I didn't realize that Switzerland's waterways were saline and subject to extreme tides and frequent storms.
Of course he is staying on; he needs the medical benefits for his young family.
And, what ever happened to Community Policing on Marco? It seems to have disappeared under Hunter.
There is, of course, a difference between Shores Ct. and Bald Eagle Dr....it's called "zoning".
I went there once. They were not helpful. They made me feel I was bothering them asking for something. I never went back...perhaps that's why customers went elsewhere.
On the one hand, it is difficult to support a private beach, but on the other hand the county approved building in such a fragile area, so they have some responsibility here. Unfortunately, the county didn't care about anything here on Marco and that is why they approved such inappropriate building all over the island and now residents are left to struggle with their lack of concern.
More greed on the part of Physician's Regional....trying to make money from the taxpayers. It is not emergency care. There is no need for doctor's office hours 24/7 on the island. What's with this tie between Magel and Physician's Regional??????
This is NOT emergency care. Any one who uses this service for an emergency instead of calling 911 is just delaying needed assistance. We do NOT need a 24 hour doctor's office....especially not one subsidized by tax dollars. Physician's Regional is just trying to make money from the taxpayers. Shame on them.
"I think you're on the right track," said Recker. "The question is how much, how fast. Thousands of voters on this island would rather see a new center than a new (Smokehouse Bay) bridge."
Did he take a poll? If he had, he would probably have found that thousands of voters DON'T want a new center.Out of 18,000 residents, how many really use the center?
And, the finance department wants still more staff? They've already had staff added in recent years.
Wishing you a speedy recovery.
And, as an aside, now they want to add horse drawn carriages to Marco streets? Who is the ringleader of this circus?
Haven't we had enough of the city manager's lack of knowledge, lack of experience, and ineptitude? He was hired to be the puppet of certain council members. It's time to hire a real city manager.
Time to hire a REAL city manager. The imposter needs to go.
Since when do the Columbo's live in "Olde Marco?"
"Irvin listed Tigertail Beach with 287 parking spaces as an underutilized facility. He suggested better signage to Tigertail and roadway upgrades including turn lanes would make it easier to travel toward and from the area. "
Turn lanes? Really? Is he serious????? There is absolutely no need for turn lanes on the way to Tigertail.......
WOW!!! The "City Manager" actually made a public statement. This may be a first.
First, let me say that I personally do not care for Larry Magel. But, I have to give him credit for what he is trying to do. Unfortunately, it will be lost on the ignorant, negative factions on Marco.
The new crosswalks are nice for pedestrians, but it is often difficult for drivers to see them, both in the one by Tigertail and especially in the one by the Marriott.....Better to go a few blocks out of your way and cross at traffic lights.
Steve, did you forget? The fact that we have 2 county beaches open to the public on Marco does make this a day designation.
Great idea...let's eliminate cityhood, let the county take over and they can open up even more beach access to the public!
A car dealership flag and miniature golf tackiness next to Veterans Park. What's next?
Unlike Sanibel, Marco Island is NOT a good biking area. The roads, bikeways, and sidewalks except where Collier sidewalks were widened are not bicycle friendly. You make a place bike friendly when the infrastructure doesn't permit it and trying to pass the area off as bike friendly is just inviting problems.
How do you expect anything to be accomplished when you don't have a real city manager and he chooses to do nothing about everything?
Fitch, a rating agency, upgraded the city’s bond rating to “AA+” in 2011.
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