Comments by gladesgator

Written on Week ahead in state and local government: Feb. 17 to Feb. 21:

John Morgan in Tiger Bay Club in Tampa!! What idiot put this in this paper?

Written on Residents react to idea of replacing Mackle Park Center:

Cheapskates, pennies a day in taxes. You pay more than that for someone to mow your grass a week. Go look at your homeowner's and flood insurance bills. Why aren't you raising #&!! over an amount that matters than trying to deprive the Island Residents of an important improvement.

Written on Guest commentary: Grady Judd ... Medical marijuana is a sham:

Just think, every Morgan and Morgan will proudly display their cards in every pot shop on the corner.

Seems to me that an appropriate question to anyone who hires Morgan is now and always has been " What are you smoking?"

Written on Letter to the Editor: City debt and employee pension costs presentations:

So true, just calculate the value of the pension and prorate it into the salary to get a real value of the benefit and one begins to realize that government jobs with all the security and ease inerrant is a real good gig.

Written on Six rescued from Gulf by Marco Island Fire/Rescue:

in response to August8:

What I would say to you, you do not have all the facts, plain and simple.If an emergency exist and fire is contacted they would respond in same manner they would if a hurricane was in progress?
Study the facts a little more I think you will find the answer and the truth.

I was a first hand observer of this situation so I had the facts clear and simple.

Written on Six rescued from Gulf by Marco Island Fire/Rescue:

in response to August8:

If they could not respond it is because the boat it not always suitable for some conditions or they would have been there !
Who was the nut on the Kayak, many are you know.

As I said it was a mildly stormy day and many small craft pleasure boats were out. The kayaker was an experienced careful and certified paddler who was indeed fine. The Capri fire and rescue would not head out for a simple search because of rain! Had it been a serious emergency someone could have died while a fancy new rescue boat purchased with taxpayer money hung on their dock.

Written on Six rescued from Gulf by Marco Island Fire/Rescue:

This guy was lucky to have cell coverage that far out. Did he have a vhf radio? Was the Coast Guard involved? We need to know more about this.

Written on Six rescued from Gulf by Marco Island Fire/Rescue:

On a mildly stormy day, having lost track of a kayaker near Marco/Capri pass fire and rescue was notified - response was - can't take the boat out now the weather is too bad. Thankfully the boater was ok. What should I make of this?

Written on Public gets first look at Marco Island Marriott expansion plans:

in response to lauralbi1:

Mr. Wahl: I drove this section of Collier Blvd last night and it is impossible for you to have lost any view as no view exists from any home that faces the Marriott property. If, in fact, somehow you have a view, please stay seriously involved and do something about it. But I am going to look again. Facts are one thing, emotion is another.
I wonder if there is any way to get any Beach Parking out of this proposal m??
Ed Issler

This could make an interesting court argument. It seems that with a 150 million dollar budget there would be a little room to offer fair market value to any people immediately impacted by the project.

Written on Boat owners sue Marco marina, say memberships illegally transferred during sale:

It seems that the value of the memberships had decreased or become non-existent by the time Walker made a deal to buy the marina. However, the valuation and ownership issues of members should have been resolved when the sales transaction took place. IT seems that someone really dropped the ball on this.

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

Sounds like you were not willing to follow MICA rules then and simply provided evidence of permanent residence. Instead, you just wanted them to know you.

MICA did not deny the golf course, Kramer, like you, simply refused to follow MICA rules.

You miss the entire issue. Moreover, you give MICA little credit for years and years of preserving the Mackle deed restrictions.

Written on Marco man accused of stealing loose change to buy beer:

I'm sorry but this seems kind of silly? He was trespassed from the Esplanade? For what, being in the fountain. Isn't that enough? What's next with the police state? Ten year sentences for stealing a loaf of bread in the style of Les Misérables? And then to get a write up in the newspaper for something so desperate, can we say insult to injury? I would think MIPD should find better things to do.

Written on Former Gov. Crist has appearance scheduled Saturday in Collier:

Correction, apparently he only failed the Florida Bar exam twice. Even more importantly he failed to live up to many of his promises when he ran as a Republican and changed parties only when he was upstaged by Marco Rubio.

Written on Former Gov. Crist has appearance scheduled Saturday in Collier:

Who would want to hear what that guy had to say? It took him about 7 tries before he could even pass the Florida Bar exam and now he claims to be for the people.

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

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

I'm still waiting for Councilman Honig to respond to my request to post costs per lineal foot for new comparable bridges on the Island, so "We the People" can see the difference, if any, to the proposed cost for the Smokehouse Bridge.

Why Honig and not the whole commission?

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

Pardon me but I thought Marco Island was inhabited by conservatives who do not like to see the federal government deep in debt and do not like to run to big government to pay for local concerns.

It seems to me that if the folks on Marco Island can snap up million dollar condos as second homes with little thought they can pay for their own bridge. That bridge also services all the commercial hotels and condos along the beach. Are we suggesting that the federal government should be spending money on projects like this across the board or just in our own back yard?

There may be reasons to put off construction but should tapping government funds to remedy local problems be one of them?

Written on Never too old, never too young: Two unique Ave Maria law school students among 165 graduates:

in response to WMissow:

The question is now, will he or won't pass the bar on his first try?

It took Charlie Crist about 8 times to pass the bar and look where he is not.

For the people(money)!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Mackle Park and equal opportunity:

Let me get this straight! You want the taxpayers to pay for an extended boardwalk at a private membership only beach park?

Are you serious?

Written on East Naples mobile home park owners, like many, feel pinch from Citizens insurance :

in response to deltarome:

This is adjusting risk vs costs. wind insurance has long subsidized substandard dwellings. Flood insurance has subsidized people living in low lying areas. When the govt is the only source of insurance, the free market is telling you that the premiums are not high enough to cover the risk of loss. Get over it and get real. Days of subsidies are ending.

What free market? The insurance companies do not price insurance to cover losses but to raise revenue to invest.

As far as what I want to cover, I find little vaue in what I pay for. My risk is primarily the loss of roofing and I can get a new roof every few years for the cost of my coverage.

Written on East Naples mobile home park owners, like many, feel pinch from Citizens insurance :

With low mortgage rates insurance cost not only are increasing but taking a propotrionaly lager share of the cost of owning a home.

Many would be better off forgoing the insurance and investing the premiums.

When a storm does come along a lot of people rush in to milk claims, getting new roofs etc when damages are reparable. However, just by saving the cost of insurance everyone would be able to replace a roof every few years.

For non nececary items like fancy pool screen encolsure - why bother. If you can afford this type of thing you need to be able to bear the cost of loss or just get a decent and livable home and keep life simple.

It seems that communties could come together and find a more cost effective way to protect property and homes. The open market/goverment manipulated system is suckng way to much resoruces from families that want to own and decent home for reasonable costs.

As far as the England's situation, I bet if someoen was to evaluate their lifestyle choices and saving/investment picture, I bet you would end up not feeling sorry for them. What would citizens charge to cover the entire property now? The Englands should have maintained a lifestyle to allow them to self-insure so to speak. I bet if they had invested the same amount as their premiums and paid closer attention to storm loss potential they could easily have saved more than enough to replace their unit.

Also, their home is not that flimsy. They went through Wilama and lost only a carport. What type of storm will it take to destroy their home?

Written on Physicians Regional and CEO Scott Campbell recognized as the final 2013 Spirit of Marco Island award winner:

Google this hospital and its billing practices and you can see this 'great man' can well aford to spend time doing community service damage control because of outrageous billing practices - that's my opinion and I am sticking to it. How many people are honored after wrecking havoc on others and building business by stepping on good moral principles and then giving away a few bucks or time doing a few good deeds? Perhaps this award winners time would be better spent making sure his company provides decent health care for reasonable cost and not becomming a billing machine!

Written on Bedind the scenes with the Island's 'Water Wizards':

What is the need of the reverse osmosis system? What is the relative cost of the water from the 12 wells? What would it take to capture some of the rain water to return to the system and use the natural prurificaton of the Sun and its water transport scheme?

Come on NDN, give us something to think about.

Written on Marco Island Code Compliance: Seller's failure to connect to sewer becomes buyer's problem:

in response to OldMarcoMan:

Ohhhh Ok, I see now,,,you work for the City Building Dept., sorry if I hit a nerve.

I do not work for the city. I is quite clear, however, that there is a gaggle of posters ready to pounce on the ciy now matter who is at fault.

Written on Marco Island Code Compliance: Seller's failure to connect to sewer becomes buyer's problem:

in response to OldMarcoMan:

"gladesgator Most of you posters here do not understand the story, or are idiots, or have a grudge against the city and want to take every opportunity to bash someone."

So ? Whats your point ?

The point is that there are so many whiney babies posting here ready to jump on the City even when the city did nothing wrong. The city properly answered the estoppel letter revealing the amount of fees due the city. Had any fee been omittied it would be waived due to the listing and the letter.

The city was not required in the estopppel letter to give notice of any outstanding violations. If the letter had included violations perhaps it would not even be considered responsive. Did the attorney ask about any outstanding violations? Apparently not, There is nothing in this story to tell us that.

Interestingly, a different attorney went before the board. The attorney doing the closing did not appear. Why? The realtaors and attorneys were appaently very experienced and did not bother to check on the sewer hook-up or outstanding violations and yet want to blame the city! Where are all of you people that believe in personal responsibility.

Written on Marco Island Code Compliance: Seller's failure to connect to sewer becomes buyer's problem:

.What a buch of babies posting here. If the sewer charge was not paid, what are the chances that the home was indeed hooked up to the sewer system? It is not like the city was imposing a fine for not being hooked up. It is not the cities responsibility to make sure the new buyer understood he was required to be hooked up to the sewer system. Most of you posters here do not understand the story, or are idiots, or have a grudge against the city and want to take every opportunity to bash someone.

Written on Marco Island Code Compliance: Seller's failure to connect to sewer becomes buyer's problem:

Why not blame the realtor and the lawyer? Shouldn't the lawyer know the limits of an estoppel letter. Did anyone bother to check to see that the sewer was connected?

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

in response to WizeOlMarco:

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.

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

Written on Local law enforcement weighs in on gun controls and overreach at Marco Island Town Hall meeting:

This is all a big joke. Many of the constitutional provisions are to prevent abuses by law enforcement. If our law enforcement officials really want to uphold the constitution they can start by avoiding unreasonable search and seizure operations.

Someone of you that make the gushy post please tell me how the right to keep assault weapons will keep you free from oppressive government.
keep you free from oppresive government.

Written on Elvis drops in: Physicians Regional's Marco medical center off to a flying start:

Wow, this was a commentary on the U.S. Healthcare system. Feed em fatty foods, entertain them with a life threatening and dangerous event and then over treat and over charge them!

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

in response to gladesgator:

This whole thing was nothing but a dog and pony show - just grandstanding by some people who want to get in front of others. The second amendment speaks for itself and questions regarding its application go to the U.S. Supreme Court. There are real issues to deal with concerning real people with real needs. This whole thing was just a show by people with too much time on their hands and to much money in the bank.
Our time is better spent being a good neighbor or friend to someone in need.

Does anyone really believe that present day social systems remontly reflect the reason the framers of the constitution included the right to keep and bear arms. I don't think so!

How is it an affront to the second amendment to ban assault weapons? Does anyone think oppressive government can be replaced by a private militia?

If you are afraid that there is a big conspiracy leading to a one world government, assault weapons are not going to help you. Our greatest weapons are prayer,faith, love, hope kindness, honest, truth, good deeds and justice.

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

This whole thing was nothing but a dog and pony show - just grandstanding by some people who want to get in front of others. The second amendment speaks for itself and questions regarding its application go to the U.S. Supreme Court. There are real issues to deal with concerning real people with real needs. This whole thing was just a show by people with too much time on their hands and to much money in the bank.
Our time is better spent being a good neighbor or friend to someone in need.

Does anyone really believe that present day social systems remontly reflect the reason the framers of the constitution included the right to keep and bear arms. I don't think so!

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

I find more tyranny in the oprressive homeowners and flood insurance rates and forced coverage by banks thank I find in ban on assault type wepons. The day has long passed that oppressive goverment could be reigned in by private militia.

Written on Letter to the Editor: The right of the people:

It is hard to imagine any militia that could over through the U.S. Government. Perhaps some of the skinheads in Montana think that is possible. For most of us we realize that the vote and the pen is mightier that the sword. It seems that any physician would also understand?

Our battles take place one by one in the legal system and very few really work for just laws and fight against oppression. However, when the suggestion of gun control comes up the rants begin.

The only groups powerful to make a dent would have to resort to chemical or nuclear weapons and it seems only terrorist resort to such unsavory tactics.

How do you feel about abortion doctor? Would you agree with me that Roe v. Wade makes a mockery of constitutional interpretation?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Remove MICA:

1976? What a stretch! Do you really expect anyone to believe you?

Written on Letter to the Editor: 48 years of a Mackle Marco Island:

What a nice letter! Many thanks for taking the time to write it.

Written on Connecticut man dies after being pulled from Marco Island lake:

in response to ajm3s:

Excellent! And you could understand why the rescue personnel told the teenager to come out of the water. But the video, played Hollywood, with little mention of the Marco Island Rescue operation.

Tragedy, and thank god we did not create more victims but it came close... and the last thing rescue personnel want is a search for more victims.

Folks, the Fire Rescue squad did what they had to do and they had the proper equipment to aid in the search. And any fire chief knows the negative impact of the public, as well as, rescue personnel acting under a "hero mentality" for it can lead to additional peril and breakdown of command/protocol.

I understand the hero angle to the video story, but sometimes as we raise the hero to new heights for public consumption, I only wish we would stop looking for heroes and pay more attention to the tragedy and move forward to initiate simple safety recommendations such as placement and identification of flotation devices for emergency use near all public ponds. Simple and inexpensive.

Please let us not turn this into a circus, and that applies to all parties, both public and private.

Sometimes, the less said has more impact.... and I believe I said to much.

The video was poor and news coverage slanted and not really in the public interest.

The latest two post were very informative and appreciated. What has not been answered is when the incident was called in and how long it took the rescue squad to arrive.

Also, someone said the man was a good swimmer. If so, why does a good swimmer suddenly go down?

Written on Connecticut man dies after being pulled from Marco Island lake:

in response to GorchFock:

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How is that rude and ranting, pray tell? One poster asked if he lake was open for swimming and so I provided an answer.

Written on Connecticut man dies after being pulled from Marco Island lake:

in response to Concerned24:

I can not believe some of the rude and obnoxious comments on here. How would some of you feel if this man was someone YOU knew or a member of YOUR family? Dean and his family have been neighbors of ours for many many years. He lived in Marco Island for a while before returning to CT to help care for his elderly parents. It is truly a tragedy that such a decent, kind man died like this. Can some of you that are residents shed some light on this to help us understand what happened? Is this a lake that is open for swimming or not? Someone referenced thick mud, but are there other factors in the lake that would cause him to be trapped or injured (wildlife, currents, weeds, etc.)? If the park was so crowded, how come only one teenager went in to help? Having lived in FL for a while myself and having been a lifeguard in FL, why did it take 35 minutes to locate and pull him out of the water? If the rescue squad was only a few minutes away, what happened? Were they unable to find him? Finally, I saw the guy in the video who went into the water to help and I am grateful to him for his efforts. If anyone has an address for him or a way to get in touch with him, please let me know. I would like to actually send him a card myself to say THANK YOU for caring enough about a total stranger that you put your own life on the line to TRY to save him. We need more people like him in this world!

We share your concern as well as your disgust over some of the rude comments. You should be able to contact the Marco Island police department and/or the parks and recreation department for some answers. The lake is not open for swimming and it is hard to understand how this man was in the water for over thirty minutes. I is too early to make accusations like some of the blabber-mouth posters on this site have done. I hope you follow through and make sure the questions are answered and the answers are made known to the public.

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

in response to RayNetherwood:

To answer the blaring music question I can cite two places easily, Daytona Beach and Destin. And, the comment of noise traveling at night also has merit. Just because YOU have no experience with something doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

We don't want Marco to be a Daytona Beach, BUT some controlled growth is a good thing. For all of the tourists staying at the Hilton, Marriott, the timeshare places, and for residents (and their visiting family and friends) wouldn't it be nice to have lunch or dinner at Sasso's or across the street, and then walk a 100 yards and play a round of minature golf??

Horse poop, NO. Loud blaring noise, NO. But, quality of life improvements ... YES, if they make sense. Kramer and MICA need to get together and approve this project instead of acting like idiots, and I can also see where Kramer should be sanctioned (read that pay some bucks) for having tried to do an end run on MICA.

Kramer's wife owns Sasos so its their call but it does not seem that the type of people dining at Sasso's would have a lot of interest in Put Put. Perhaps going to the theater afer dinner would be more like it.

Written on Connecticut man dies after being pulled from Marco Island lake:

in response to GorchFock:

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Right now, I just asked for the facts, maaam,just the facts!

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

The purpose of deed restrictions is to maintain a neighborhood and provide amenities that all can enjoy. People off island are paying thousands of dollars to join beach clubs that provide less amenities that MICA provides with Residents Beach for about 100 dollars a year. So MICA works for the benefit of all its members.

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

in response to GorchFock:

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In a sense, yes.

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

in response to GorchFock:

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If you buy a house and take title and the deed references an easement, neither city hall, the Governor or the President of the United States can take it away. Why, you did not buy the ability to use your property in a totally unrestricted manner but you bought it subject to the easement. Every property that requires MICA to review new plans had a deed restriction in favor of MICA when they bought the property. It's the same as if you bought in a deed restricted subdivision with a homeowner's association. The only difference is that being under MICA we get much more than our money's worth. See my prior posts in that regard. I can’t tell you what Kramer is doing with that silly put-put golf course.

Written on Connecticut man dies after being pulled from Marco Island lake:

in response to WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot:

Drain the lake! Make it a petting zoo for all the old folks. Couple goats, a lama, maybe a small elephant or two? A lake is no place for these folks to be playing with a toy boat unsupervised.

30 minute response time? There's an armed intruder in my home. It's 1am. What do I grab first? The phone? Or my .45?

No one said anything about a thirty minute response time. I have no idea how long it took for the Fire and Rescue to get there. The article said the man was under for 35 minutes. None of you seem to care about the facts and most are just cynical and meaningless responses.

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

in response to GorchFock:

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Klaus,

Please clarify your question. I did not understand what you are asking. I will say that deed restrictions are covenants that a land purchaser agrees to upon purchasing the property and it is restrictive ownership like an easement. The legal issues raised by Atty. Kramer are complex. However, he well knew of MICA’s position and should have filed to have the law clarified via a declaratory action before undertaking the building project without MICA approval.

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

in response to GorchFock:

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Google deed restrictions and get an education Klaus. And, FYI the USA is a Rubublic not a Democracy.

Written on Connecticut man dies after being pulled from Marco Island lake:

I just watched the NBC video embedded in the article. It says there were many people out here and no one else went into the water. However, there is no mention of when Fire and Rescue arrived. It seems that the NBC video was devoid of any substance but needed a theme and public interest and so it focused on the rescue efforts of the teenager. Well, sure he deserves credit but does everyone else that was at the lake deserved to be condemned as heartless uncaring bystanders? And how did the NBC news crew arrive at that conclusion in such a short time?

Written on Guest Commentary: Sad commentary:

. The Bible also says Judgment begins in the House of God. "Churches" are generally more like little business entities pandering to the social needs of people instead of teaching God's word and building the Body of Christ. Every time you turn around some personality turned preacher is messing around with a member of the congregation, raking in the cash or otherwise demonstrating original sin instead of displaying the redeeming nature of Christ. It is so easy for a fundamental Christian to get a amen’s for putting down Obama but only when the Church is transformed will any have a right to complain about civil government.

Written on Connecticut man dies after being pulled from Marco Island lake:

in response to OldMarcoMan:

If THIS ISNT the place for political rants than where is ?
You must be new to either The Island, the Paper, The Blogs, or Marco Politics.

Are you a heartless soul? A man died. Marco Fire and Rescue are housed three minutes from the lake where he drowned. The walk around the lake should have been busy at the time of the incident. Two teenage boys are being given hero status for their rescue efforts of saving one another but no one has bothered to look into and publish anything about why the victim stayed underwater for thirty five minutes before anyone got to him. There may be no mystery here at all and the death may be due to a series of unfortunate circumstances but I think someone should try to determine what happened.

As far as injecting your petty politics into this scenario, especially since there are answers, I find it very distasteful and heartless

Written on Connecticut man dies after being pulled from Marco Island lake:

in response to OldMarcoMan:

Maybe if we had a 1/2 Million Dollar Boat there,,,,
Maybe if we had more Firemen,,,,,
Maybe if we payed the Firemen more,,,,,,
Maybe if we raised taxes and put in a substation,,,,,,

Lets just face it, we have the best Fire/Rescue Department in the world,,,,,,,till we need them.

This is not the place for politics or political rant. Let's get the facts, ok!

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