Comments by lauralbi1

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marriott’s ‘expansion’:

SmallTownAdvocate: If you are going to post, then please provide us with some meaningful opinion or information. In the case above, if you have observed what you state, then you must also have observed the 3 time a week car carriers loading and unloading cars at the beginning and end of season in the same parking lot (without City permission). You must also have observed the vendor parking for all Craft Shows held at the Episcopal Church in our Park parking lot.
The main difference is that the Marriott gets City permission to use the lot when they do.
The funny thing is that conceptually, I actually agree with the basis of your complaint. The parking lot is for Veteran's Park. But your pettiness above is actually an illustration of how weak and ridiculous the arguments and opinions are that oppose what the Marriott is trying to do.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Supports the Marriott expansion:

WizeolMarco: Absolutely correct. The difference is that we offer different opinions on different subjects and do not make it personal.
Those that I referred to have a one track mind.
Remember, there were 30 (yes only 30) at Mr. Sacher's last Town Hall Meeting. That says a lot !!!
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Supports the Marriott expansion:

I only wish this could have gone the Referendum route. Then and only then could we have silenced those that think they actually speak for the majority. Mr. Pence, do not get discouraged. If you look above, you will see comments from 6 (six) bloggers. The same bloggers that write all the time. The same thing, over and over.
I only wish that more of the people like you and I would get out and vote. We have an important election this year.
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Island's annual Easter Sunrise Service beckons the faithful :

Where is the service being held. Oh, the Marco Island Marriott. Thank you to them and I hope all Islanders enjoy the service.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Killing the golden goose:

I will direct my comments to the LTE. The subject is then 80 rooms ?? Are you really trying to say that 80 rooms, or 80-160 people at any given time is the subject of your LTE??
Give us a break !!!!!!! I recommend limiting the number of car carriers allowed on our bridges and on the Island at any given time.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Where are the supporters?:

Come on you guys !!!!!!!!!!! Be real and face the truth. Mr. Sacher, to his credit, held another Town Hall meeting and there were 30 people in attendance. I would venture a guess and say that most of the comments above were from citizens that were there.
This LTE brings out a valid point. The majority of the Island (and voters) are happy and satisfied with the way things are going and the way things are run.
Marriott has signed documentation from the affected neighbors supporting the expansion plans.
Allan and Shirley, you just need to accept the fact that there are some residents that think this should be a retirement community. They failed to review the Deltona Master Plan when they bought here.
Oh, and somebody above asked about MICA. Everything being done here is in accordance with the Deed Restrictions, which is what MICA is concerned about.
Ed Issler

Written on Sacher's Town Hall talks Marriott, Rose Marina, beach patrols and obnoxious odors:

These blogs are getting to be like an LTE from Sayer. They seem to be assuming that they (these few blogs) represent the "People" of Marco Island. Please do not forget that we have over 13,000 registered voters. Please do not forget that while I congratulate Mr. Sacher for the second of his Town Hall meetings, there was only 30 in attendance (most of whom have blogged above).
The people that are enjoying Marco Island and are happy with Council, the Marriott, etc. are not blogging and complaining.
Just remember that Mr. Pettricia won his seat by 144 votes or 1/10 of 1 percent. I certainly congratulate him on his victory. It is to all of our benefit to get as high a percentage of voters to vote !! That way we can be certain that Council members are representing the MAJORITY of voters
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Does anyone else see irony here?:

Please, please, get your facts straight before you strike with your pen. It only makes you look uninformed and diminishes your opinions on other issues. The Marrott already operates at 100% (95% to 100%) during season. 80% of their occupancy is Corporate and does NOT, I repeat, does NOT, arrive with or utilize rental cars during their visit on Marco Island. They arrive by Bus or Limo from the airport. Marriott shuttles groups to events and the local restaurants pay for taxis when guests decide to dine at their place.
So what else is there to say??
The Marriott is not a part of the parking, and traffic, problems that confront the Island everyday, during season.
The Marriott had nothing to do with the design and permitting of restaurants around the Island.
You need to realize that our Planning Board and City Council are VERY INTELLIGENT people and they know the FACTS.
They know that the Marriott has nothing to do with the parking issues on Marco island. They know that the Marriott has little impact on the traffic issues on Marco Island. During the day, 100% of Marriott guests are either in meetings or on the Marriott beach. You will have to find another excuse for the traffic.
I love to read blogs and love to respond. For me, the only request is that when you write an LTE or blog, please get your facts straight.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Big problems with big business:

Here is a thought for you. The Marriott operates at 100% (between 95 and 100) occupancy during season. Almost 80% of that business is Corporate and the people arrive and leave without ever having any rented vehicles. This business places no stress on our traffic or parking. They may cause us to wait extra time for dinner reservations, but ___. There are many more ACTUAL facts available as to how the Marriott operates, but the naysayers do not seem to be interested in facts.
Those are the real facts and the facts that intelligent people like our new City Councilmen are aware of. Not the ridiculous claims and concerns that have been made in these blogs.
The facts are available to any of you that are interested in the FACTS. Seek them out and stop spreading ideas that are designed as self fulfilling.
You can accuse, spout off, be angry, call me whatever you want to, but the truth is the truth and facts are facts.
Ed Issler

Written on Common ground: Planning Board begins quest to find more public parking:

Dear ajm: You need to take your concerns and your talents and get on another bandwagon. The Marriott is not, and does not, create parking issues for Marco Island. Every day many, many Islanders park on Marriott property and use Marriott property, illegally. Certainly you do not want the Marriott to open parking for other businesses, do you ??
Your blog above makes your whole stance on the Marriott watered down. In fact Marriott hosts many, many, charitable and paid for events each year and is able to accommodate all the cars in attendance. In fact, as you very well know, most of the year the Marriott does not even need their parking allotment. Whatever is decided about parking will only be applicable maybe 20-30 nights per year, when Florida groups attend and drive in instead of flying in. You do not know the first thing about the Marriott operation, so do not come across like you do.
Please get a life.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Environmental impact:

There is always the alternative of:
http://www.stackparker.com/. Not to say that Marriott needs to use this system or would use this system. When one understands that Marriott only needs the mandated spaces a few times a year, one can see going to a space saver type of system. After all, all parking will be Valet anyway.
By the way, Beach Parking is now eliminated with the new proposal, I believe, along with extended landscape buffers (in width, not effect).
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Environmental impact:

Sorry, parking has been resolved without added elevation on the east side of Collier.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Environmental impact:

Nice try, but you are just grasping at straws. You can confirm what I state below with Nancy Ritchey, City of Marco Island Environmental Officer.
Every day the Marriott cleans and grooms the beach and patrols the beach to make certain that nobody is violating our environment. Beach goers are not permitted to take live Starfish and are asked to pick up after themselves if they are illegally disposing of items.
And NOBODY or NO BUSINESS is more concerned and does more for the Sea Turtles than the Marriott. All lighting is shielded so that no lighting reflects towards the beach during the time the turtles are nesting. Outdoor activities are not allowed after 8 or 9 pm. Outdoor Marriott restaurants close early.
Guests are given written notice that they are to keep their curtains closed after dark during the nesting period. Security Guards patrol the property and look for rooms that have not drawn their curtains and actually contact those rooms and ask that they close their curtains.
As concerned about these issues as you appear to be, I am certain that you are happy and satisfied about how the Marriott conducts their business with regard to the turtles and the environment.
I do not work there and have no financial interest in the Marriott, itself. My wife does have a shop there (for 21 years). I have observed all that I describe above.
If you like and if you are interested, I can put you in touch with a Marriott Executive that can provide you with more details and possibly talk to you about volunteering for environmental activities at the Marriott. Just respond via these blogs and I will see what I can do.
We all thank you for your concern !!!!
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marriott proposed renovation:

Dear Mr. Thomas: I am certain that whatever is finalized will work for the better of Marco Island and its' residents.
While you are on a proverbial soapbox, might I suggest that you campaign against "snowbirding" for the same reasons you mention in your LTE. If you were to drive by the Veterans Park Parking Lot on a daily basis, over a years period, you would observe over 20 (yes twenty) fully loaded car carriers taking North and bringing South fully loaded trailers, each with 10 cars. These car carriers are EACH MUCH HEAVIER than anything that would be going to the Marriott. Each car carrier is using the Smokehouse Bridge and our streets. I am certain you have seen many parked on the side of Collier or in the middle of Collier Blvd. loading up or dropping off cars and affecting our local traffic.
Of course, living in paradise, this does not affect my ability to enjoy each day to the fullest. Might I suggest that you do the same.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: To City Council, Planning Board members:

Let me assure all of you above (and below if they come) that the Marriott Proposal WILL, I repeat, WILL, be consistent (in accordance with the terms) with the already approved PUD. Next argument ??
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: To City Council, Planning Board members:

Dear Mr. Fisher: Before I provide you with some facts, please allow me to inform you that my wife owns a business at the Marriott and has been there for 21 years. Of course, expressing facts has nothing to do with what I just said above, but if I do not say it, then there will be bloggers that will try to diminish the truth by saying my viewpoint is slanted.
1. While your concern for the homeowners is admirable, I too have friends that do live in this area, there has never been a "westerly view" for these houses. Deltona built this hotel when they first started marketing the Island, along with the Restaurant (originally the Voyager). In addition, the parking lot property is "zoned" the same as the San Marco Residences property and before this land was a parking lot, it could have been a hotel, condo, or apartment building. The homeowners behind were and are aware of this.
2. Then your expert assessment of the construction period. Please, if you are that concerned, get the facts. Demolition, a loud, dusty process, will be 3 months if this is approved. I assure you that it will be done during "off season" when statistically, most homeowners are not here. Exterior construction will be less than 9 months. Anything else (interior walls, carpet, plumbing and electrical will not bother the neighbors.
Please, next time you write an LTE, just be honest. Call it like it is. You are not concerned about the homeowners adjacent to the Marriott, you just want more of the Island to yourself.
My opinion, based on fact, is that it does not hurt to share. The fact is that the Marriott, during season, already runs at 95% or higher occupancy. The proposed project is to supplement occupancy during off season.
If you like, I can get you in touch with actual personnel that would be involved in this effort, if approved, that can give you, AND THE HOMEOWNERS, the real facts. That will happen anyway, if this project is approved. So I would encourage you to follow any announcements on the subject.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Agree, disagree:

To quote one of the blogs above, "Keep the development of the Island in accordance with the Mackle Brothers vision."
I think you will find the Deed Restrictions are being complied with at the Marriott. The Deed Restrictions are what express what the Mackle Brothers desired. All the other items, density, parking, height, zoning are items that were imposed by the County and then the City.
You do understand that the Marriott is compliant with density (with the new request). I also believe that Marriott will be compliant with parking WITHOUT violating the terms of the 2001 PUD.
So, based on this, I guess I Disagree with the LTE.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Agree, disagree:

I have been hanging around the Marriott for 21 years. I have seen more 18 wheeler car carriers, filled with automobiles of snow bird residents parked on streets and in Veterans Park, each year, than I have seen in the entire time at the Marriott.
Try your scare tactics on somebody else. Please get your facts straight.
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Island business accused of motorcycle manufacturing, code violation:

NOTICE TO CITY STAFF AND ANYONE INTERESTED: I have taken the trouble to obtain the Deed Restrictions for all these properties. It might also be of interest to the Kelly's attorney, who has been screaming the loudest, that the Deed Restrictions DO NOT ALLOW "any mechanical garages, no gas stations (except for the corner, in this case Collier and Bald Eagle)", the gun shop/range is an unapproved use, the Jiffy Lube is not approved for this property.
Just like the case of the Miniature Golf Course, there are owners in this Unit very willing to challenge these uses in Court. deed restrictions also do not allow a Hotel, Use for these properties (the PUD application).
I think it is about time that MICA, by letter, inform the Kellys, and their Attorney, about what Deltona had in mind for this property and the fact that they are WAY OUT OF COMPLIANCE.
It is just a shame that the City does not refer to the Deed Restrictions as part of their normal review. Certainly with the PUD Application, the Deed Restrictions will be considered as the PUD Application goes outside the bounds of zoning.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marriott expansion goes with Mackle Brother’s vision:

Okay Bloggers: Just for argument, let us say that Marriott complies with the 2001 PUD. Will we no longer see negative blogs with regard to the Marriott?? A simple parking solution http://www.stackparker.com/ can take care of any additional parking requirements without violating the 2001 PUD.
Wish you all the best of luck and a HAPPY DAY IN MARCO
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marriott and Marco:

As one that has better things to worry about and one who chooses to not get bogged down in negativity, I am getting the impression that if Marriott abides by the PUD then anything else would not concern most of you with regard to this application ??
The parking issues can be easily resolved without adding an elevated parking structure. The cooling towers, in my opinion, can be engineered differently to lower the height, the elevation increase on the beach side does not affect the skyline whatsoever and the additional rooms requested are in accordance with zoning requirements.
So what is next for you above that need to complain about something.
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Island Planning Board opts for more time to consider Marco Island Marriott 2001 PUD amendments:

Kon____: You are grasping at straws. Even Ruth has the information that will tell you that 50% of MICA members are not voters (nor full time residents) on Marco island. They join MICA to go to the Residents Beach. Their home addresses are on file at MICA. Please go check for yourself.
So, at best, we are talking about 1,600 voters, less than 10% of registered voters on the Island. The Planning Board and Council know these percentages. I am confident that they will vote what is in the best interest of MARCO ISLAND, not a few people that want this Island to be a retirement community. Let's wait and see. I am perfectly happy to do so !!!
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Island Planning Board opts for more time to consider Marco Island Marriott 2001 PUD amendments:

Very encouraging. Good to see that the Planning Board wants all the information
Ed Issler

Written on Guest column: MICA chimes in on Marriott expansion:

OPEN LETTER TO MICA
RUTH: As a member and one of your most dynamic supporters, let me ask you one simple question:
3,200 RESPONSES DOES NOT REPRESENT EVEN 25% OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS ON MARCO ISLAND AND NOT EVEN 20% OF THE FULL TIME RESIDENTS ON MARCO ISLAND. MY QUESTION PERTAINS TO THE QUESTIONS ASKED AND TO THE OPINION RENDERED.
"DID THE SURVEY, AND DOES THE MICA OPINION HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH ANY MICA RESPONSIBILITIES OR ANYTHING THAT MICA IS CHARTERED TO DEAL WITH" ??
With no basis or justification for any of this survey, it should not have been done in the first place and the MICA opinion, in this case, has no validity or basis.
All the proposed activity is consistent with Deed Restrictions imposed by Deltona.
To me what is more relevant is the fact that the Gas Station, Tire Shop, Motorcycle Shop, future Hotel and Gun range at Progressive Auto are all deed restricted. That is where MICA needs to render it's opinion and recommendations.
Ed Issler

Written on The once-a-week retail emporium: Vendors wake up early to offer a little bit of everything at the Marco Island Farmers' Market:

Lance: I would be very interested in knowing how much the Farmer's Market COSTS the City of Marco Island each week. It has long been a contention of mine that the City does not charge the vendors enough money for booth space each week for the privilege of taking our money. It would make a great article and research project.
The booth space costs around $30 per week if bought for the entire period. With 110-115 booths the City has around $3500 income per week. There are 2-3 Police Officers there for 6 ours or 18 man-hours to be paid back to the Police Department. There are 2 City Employees that spend a total of 3 hours each setting up and then 3 hours taking down or 10-12 hours of City Employee time that needs to be re-paid back to the City. There is a person with the City to administrate the Market who spends ?? hours per year.
Man-hours alone cost more than the Market income. We were told at one time that farmer's Market would operate independently of the City.
I do not espouse to end Farmer's Market. I merely recommend that someone do the research necessary to turn it into a profit center for the Taxpayers by increasing the Booth fees.
Ed Issler

Written on Property owners' forum: MIPO hears from Marriott's Medwedeff and new city manager:

Kon____: You had your chance on the STRP and got voted down by a LANDSLIDE. The STRP is now history. Stick to the story and the issue.
Ed Issler

Written on Property owners' forum: MIPO hears from Marriott's Medwedeff and new city manager:

70 people attended and I know that at least one half would vote for the Marriott ina referendum, from the picture and names. another 10 people in the blogs, the same 10 people that have been blogging about this all along.
Let's move on to a subject that has relevance. And yes, this expansion will not change Marco island or it'ambiance.
put it to a referendum !! let's see once and for all who makes up the character of this Island. 2,500 votes will not stop this from approval by the voters.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Scale matters in a small tropical town:

I really had to take a moment and temper my response as there are bloggers above that have absolutely NO IDEA about what thet are talking about. My wife and I personally send 100's of people from the Marriott, each month, to eateries and businesses om Marco Island. I suggest to those of you above that actually want to know the truth, that you go around and ask the owners of the restaurants on Marco Island the following question "if the Marriott closed up, would your business be able to continue more than 1 year?".
You people above that think that your property values and the appearance of Marco Island have nothing to do with the Marriott are burying your heads in the sand. That, along with the MIA and other local charities have their success directly related to the Marriott.
I dare any one of you to speak with local business owners and let us know the results !!!
It just goes to show how lame the arguments are and how naïve and out of date some of you are.
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Island's Sergeant Diaz named 'Officer of the Year' during chief's luncheon:

Hector: Congratulations and well deserved !!!
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Scale matters in a small tropical town:

Dear Mr. Marchand: Please take a look at the original plan developed by Deltona Corporation. Not only does it represent the antithesis of a small Tropical "Town", but if not for Veteran's Park, our Island would be even more dense and have more traffic.
The Marriott is the largest charitable organization on the Island. The Marriott pays the most County and City taxes on the Island. The delta that the Marriott is requesting will have no impact on your quality of life, if you are even here during summer. Yes, I am biased, but you need to appreciate the impact to restaurants and other businesses and your property values when you micro-analyze like you are doing.
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Island midtown plaza rezoning application goes to city staff:

I am surprised that the blogs thus far have
glossed over the following:
" a hotel/motel not to exceed 26 units per acre". How can this use be included and also make a statement that no increase in traffic or parking will occur ??

Someone needs to review the Deed Restrictions for this property. This is getting out of hand. I have to believe that guns are not allowed in the Deed Restrictions.

Also, the name of our new Planner is Joe Irvin, not Irving.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Councilor starts website:

Mr. Breeze: There are now about 15-17,000 full time residents on Marco island. Most newcomers are families and the average age of a Marco island resident is going down. There are more than 60,000 seasonal residents on Marco Island. How many of them vote here I do not know.
So please define for all of us what or who is "the average Marco Island Citizen"? I, personally, would be very interested to know that information. Just remember, as you answer, that most of our Council was elected with between 3-5,000 votes and every voter got 4 votes. So the average citizen, in my opinion, is hard to define.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marriott – on the proposal and the trucks:

To All: A referendum is a great idea, but probably not necessary. As I stated in my blog, above, here is a much cheaper method for the Marriott to meet the additional parking requirements and would not involve any "construction" on the east side of Collier Blvd. These do not violate any City Codes, nor are they considered construction and are MUCH CHEAPER !!!!
http://www.stackparker.com/
So keep in mind that doing this via a City approved process will be much more pleasing to the eye than landscaping front and back to hide, as much as possible, these double parking units.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marriott – on the proposal and the trucks:

Just want to remind all of you complainers of some numbers that have been presented and that are factual. The Marriott already operates at 95% occupancy during season. The proposed project was analyzed from the standpoint of increasing off season occupancy. I would venture to guess that many of you complainers are not even here during off season. But that is not the point. This "big increase" in truck traffic will not affect the Island any more than the car carriers that block Collier and park at Veterans Park and load and unload so many of your cars to come and go, on and off season. Marriott has done for more charities and this Island than all of you combined. This includes lowering, or keeping low, our City and County Taxes. Marriott can do this project, without City permission, by installing dual level Parking Units that are used similarly in parking lots in New York, as an example. But as a good neighbor, they are trying to come up with a better looking alternative for the Island.
Yes, my viewpoint is biased. Yes my wife has a store (for 21 years now) at the Marriott. But just be careful what you wish for.
Ed Issler

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

I am actually more impressed with Mr. Peck for recognizing the disorganization and political confusion of our Council. It sounds to me that he should have been the one to be convinced to stay. As much as I will support our new City Manager, it sounds to me like he got the "spoils" in the process.
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Island's Rose Marina gets first nod toward approval of multimillion dollar renovations:

Hascle: You bring up an interesting question. You can contact MICA and request the Deed Restrictions on these lots or you can go online to County Records and find them yourself. Funny enough, it may very well end up that these lots may be Deed Restricted against the uses they are proposing. The Planning Board and Council do NOT deal with Deed restrictions. They do not even look at them nor are they of concern to the City. It is up to MICA to enforce them. I certainly suggest to Rose Marina that they check with MICA before moving forward.

To AJM3: You need to keep in mind that the City may be allowing this to make the Marina a viable business. Rose Marina, MANY, MANY years ago submitted plans for a Condo project on their property and got approvals. So, be assured that if the business is not profitable, we lose a Marina and gain more Condos. Just keep that in mind as we discuss alternatives and Uses.
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Island’s Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk fired after two-day suspension:

1Paradiselost: Did I touch a nerve?? It would be great to know who you actually are ?? The answer to your question, by the way, is NONE !!! And there is no asbestos in my backyard or in the Park, unless you can find it !!!
It is your McCarthyism attitude that puts a ball and chain on your ability to think clearly and enjoy this great Island. If you recall, we had a "pseudo referendum" on the STRP and a landslide of voters voted for the slate of candidates that were in favor of the STRP. 61% of voters voted to buy the Park. Face it, you are in a minority of residents and it is my hope that you will continue to be.
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Island’s Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk fired after two-day suspension:

Wouldn't it be nice to have recordings of the "meetings" that take place 2-3 times a week at Dunkin Donuts between Mr. Sacher, Mr. Hoenecker, Mr. McMullan (Konfuzious, in my opinion) and Dwayne Thomas. Maybe we can get them to look under their table every time (for a bug) or watch for a Private Investigator monitoring their audio to get the actual conversations that take place.
Just saying it would be a "Nice To Have" documentary. Sunshine Law ??
innuendo does not count for anything. Larry, you are innocent until proven otherwise. But please re-read your statement. It sounds so much like Bill Clintons' famous "I did not have ___ with that woman" statement. It gsve me a good laugh just due to the similarity, only.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Why is Marco Island wasting money:

Toom many bloggers want to make their comments personal and it really gets in the way of meaningful dialogue. The LTE complains about the waste of City money for having Police at the Farmers Market. My point was clearly stated that the Police are paid by the Farmers Market "income", not by the City. My other point that I expressed was whether or not, as a break even event, is the Farmers Market worth having ?? 2,000 residents, about 15% of the full time, non-season residents, attend this event. For those that do attend, it appears to be a fun time. I just feel that the City should be making money from this event and not just breaking even.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Why is Marco Island wasting money:

The Farmers Market is a break even proposition due to all the expenses that it incurs each week. The booth fees should be higher. The City should be making money from this event. But the Police expenses are paid back to the City by the Farmers Market. Also, the 50-60 City man-hours each week dedicated to the Farmers Market are paid back (I hope) to the City by the Farmers Market.
I live very close, but have never been to the Farmers Market. I assume that the 2000 residents that attend are getting their moneys worth.
Is it worth having ?? Just a question for the populous. I thought the City was making tons of revenue from the Farmers Market. I was shocked to learn, about 2 months ago, that it is a break even.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Protect our property rights:

I do not bring up your dine in Movie Theatre, when you post. I see no reason to bring up my wife's business when I post facts, not opinions. If you read closely, you will see that I bring up the concept of referendum. Are you opposed to that ??
My wife's business is fine either way, thank you.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Protect our property rights:

Without any judgment either way, I suggest that more PUD's done during the history of Marco Island have been amended than have not been amended. Some that come to mind are Esplanade, Pier 81, Marco Town Center, Marco Walk, and if we check, I imagine many of the condo projects along the beach qualify in the amended category. I still say put it to a vote to convince those that do not believe.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Protect our property rights:

Again, plenty of opinions and facts. Another fact relating to the original LTE, Marriott is building an 8'8" high parking structure, not a two tier Parking structure.
Ed Issler

Written on The case for space: Marco Marriott details expansion proposal to public:

Irrespective of my opinion, which I will state is very much in favor of the Marriott plans, so much of what is being said is emotional rather than factual.
First, whether the Marriott does this expansion or not, Parking will be 100% Valet parking. Second, Marriott is proposing to add 90, ninety, rooms. Not hundreds of rooms. As Marriott stated, they already operate at 95% occupancy during season. That is a fact. The request is being made so that during off season, more corporations will be attracted to the Marriott due to the added Convention space. I would bet that at least 50% of those commenting are not even here during summer. And for those that are, this kind of business will not impact traffic or your lifestyle one iota.
And for those that did not want the State Mandated Bridge Expansion (due to Evacuation and Population requirements), this has nothing to do with the Marriott.
There are those that will try to diminish my comments due to the fact that my wife has a business at the Marriott (for 21 years), but that has nothing to do with my thought process. Our Island can only grow so much and we need the Tax Base to continue to operate. This is as non-impactful a tax revenue boost as I can think of.
Ed Issler

Written on The case for space: Marco Marriott details expansion proposal to public:

How naïve of you bloggers. There is nothing more that I would love than to have this be a referendum issue !!! It would really show how much of a minority those opposed to this expansion are. There are those that hang their hat on the fact that the PUD should not be changed. One can review historic records from Collier County and the City and find that the majority of PUD's are amended in one way or another. I can think of a couple off the top including Pier 81, Esplanade and the PUD that Dale Glon filed.
Find another issue as this one has left the station. Yes, let's put Mackle Park and the Marriott to a Referendum vote. Probably will not happen as Council knows that the majority of Islanders are in favor of the Marriott expansion. By the way, did any of you listen?? The Marriott runs 95% occupancy during season already. The expansion is to boost off season occupancy which is good for the entire Island (except those who want to close the bridge).
Ed Issler

Written on Marco Veterans Day observance honors service members:

Ray: Totally uncalled for. It is because of our Veterans that you are able to post that ridiculous, and not funny, blog in the first place. Your satirical comments are very often laughable, but in this case, they are in bad taste.
Ed Issler

Written on Letter to the Editor: Marco City Council Meeting Fireworks:

Mr. Harris: I really appreciate the fact that you put your name to your thoughts and blogs. However, you do not SOLELY hold the answers to any issues in your thoughts. While I certainly do not always agree with Mr. Sacher, it would be my suggestion that you be more humble in your suggestions. I find many of them to be "out there" and not in tune with present day Marco Island.
Ed Issler

Written on Guest Commentary: Hidden agenda on the Smokehouse Bay Bridge?:

The walkways have been eliminated. The last I heard the bridge could not be raised due to gradients and the fact that this would affect a home on the south side of the bridge.
It needs to be replaced for the least amount of money.
Ed Issler

Written on 'Building' support: Parks committee will campaign on need for Mackle center:

Bryan: The Farmer's Market brings in hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Could we not use this money to do a couple of things ?? Pay back the debt for Veteran's park and to fund the new Community Center ??
Or is this money already earmarked for other purposes ?
Ed Issler

Written on Guest Commentary: Hidden agenda on the Smokehouse Bay Bridge?:

Mr. Harris: If you follow the bridge epic, you would know that raising the bridge is not possible due to slope limitations and the effect this would have on adjoining lots. I think AJM3 has clarified your error as there is no way that this bridge could have a 98 plus rating.
I know at one time there was talk of having a walkway from Veteran's Park to the Esplanade. This is actually in the Master Plan. But I guess that was dropped also due to cost and politics.
The bridge needs to be replaced. But it does not have to be a super structure. Every time I drive under the bridge, I fear for my life. It is beyond repair, in my Civil Engineering background.
Ed Issler

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