Paul: You do not get off that easy. You need to get involved and do your research. You need to study the budgets for Venice, Fl and Palm City, Fl
Your comments above demonstrate a total lack of knowledge and understanding of Civic issues and what it takes to run a City. I did not know that much about you before this LTE, but now I know enough to see that you have no idea about what it takes to serve our City.
Klaus: You know, reading Mr Sacher's comments in this article and his campaign mis-statements, one wonders why he, along wiht you, is voting for Obama ??
His ideals certainly are not consistent besides being way off base as they apply to reality. I refer specifically to his comments about our Master Plan from Deltona, his past comments about a major portion of our citizenry, etc
Maybe, if he feels the way he states, he should consider voting for Romney !!!Ed Issler
Correction. Both candidates mentioned have done nothing to make Marco Island a better place to live. Both candidates have fought tooth and nail to stop Marco island from becoming a better place.A complete article containing their past quotes and efforts (factual) will be published shortly so that all voters can make up their minds as to who is best for Marco Islands futureEd Issler
Klaus: They have no experience, and they are the ones with hidden agendas, not the others !!!. Maybe they have as much experience as Obama when he was elected. And look where he has taken us !!!!!!!!!!!!!Ed Issler
Just checked, no word from Mrs Enman as to when she wants to meet at City Hall to go over the factual and historical documents. She is the one who used ythe phrase "shenanigans".I will keep checking, or you can e-mail me via the Eagle web site in response to this blog and I will get it.
Look forward to meeting you !!!!!!Ed Issler
Mrs Enman: No surprise as to your LTE./ Just curious if you would list, in response, the "experience" you reference. Utility Boards and MITA are certainly not a part of the list as the Marco Island Property Owners Association would not be. So I am curious.Not that existing Councilors have more or less other than the 4 years they have served.Also, please let me know if you have read all the documentation available at City Hall regarding the Water Utility purchase, including the Engineer's Report, etc. Just indicate when you want to meet at City Hall and I will join you and we can go over it together, line by line.There should be no "hidden agenda" or mystery after you are done reading all the reports.Look forward to meeting you in person at City Hall.Just let me know the time, below, and will see you then. It probably will take 20-30 hours, in total, to review all the documents.Ed Issler
We all vote a vision for our Island. We all do not share the same vision.The candidates running reflect different visions for our future.Once again we will see what vision the majority of voters desire.These blogs certainly will not determine the election outcome.So we just continue to share opinions.Ed Issler
I would encourage the MIPD to patrol Swallow Avenue everyday around sunset and start enforcing these new regulations. They are only as effective as the regulation that follows.Ed Issler
AJM: I used to read your blogs with interest and respect. But for you to question why Ms. Watt would endorse the incumbents (and hopefully Larry Honig) is a real mystery. I suggest you review recent history with regard to the non-incumbents to figure out why. But, in reality, you know why already and I assume your questioning of Ms Watts endorsement is purely rhetorical or an expression of disappointment.Anyway, we support who we support and respect who gets elected. At least some of us do.Ed Issler
Klaus: I am certain before you bought here some 35-40 years ago, you reviewed, in detail, the development plans for Marco Island. Becuase if you had, you certainly would not have made the comment above because Deltona envisioned development well beyond that which has taken place. As you also know, a 16 story hotel and a 35,000 commercial plaza was scheduled to be built on the Veteran's Park location all in accordance with the zoning and plans from Deltona. But due to thew efforts of Mr. Tucker and the Councils you chastize, we have a Park. Tract K was envisioned as a seven acre school to support the increased number of families that were envisaioned by Deltona to move to Marco Island. We all accept that you would rather drive down Collier Blvd in a heavy rain and have water seep into your car. We all accept that you would rather have septic tanks in the ground that are cracked and leajking sewage(which would happen to all septic tanks after 40 years or so of use). But there are many of us that DO NOT have the same desires and visions that you have. The last 3 elections have proven that and we can only hope that those that want the Island to continue to be "Paradise" vote for Gibson, Honig, Recker in the next election !!!Ed Issler
These blogs should make up the comic section ofd the paper. They should be actually printed alonside cartoons to give everyone a good laugh, It is just amazing that anyone reading the above comments can easily observe that the blogs are emotional, biased andf totally based on fiction. Printed, they actually make good fodder for the candidates opposing Mr Sacher and some others and would certainly convince those on the fence to think further about a choice for the Sacher slate of candidates.To you cowards above that con tinue to refuse to put your name to your opinions, I say that your rants are worthless.And, if you think I am wrong, look for your blogs in some upcoming Political Ads in support of candidates you want nothing to do with. Great stuff!!! Keep it coming !!!!Ed Issler
Well, here we have blogs of 10 people who were voting for Mr Pettricia anyway, Carol. Please be assured that your comments and your vision for Marco is that shared by the vast majority over the last 3 elections. We can only hope that people turn out and vote as the more voters there are the better the odds are that Mr Recker, Gibson, Honig and ? will be elected and maintain the progress and vision that their constituents voted them in for.There are a solid 2,000 votes for Mr. Sacher, Perttrici and Hoenecker. That still leaves 11,000 votes (assumin 100% voting). If we get a 70-75% turnout, there should be no porblems with the outcome, based on what the voters have expressed in the last elections.Please make sure to get everyone you know to vote!!!!!Your Letter is right to point. This election is a matter of the vision for the future of Marco Island.Ed Issler
It seems they could do the same thing that Joey's did and sign an agreement with any adjoining property that has spaces. Across the street or even as far as Arturo's and place a sign to get people to park there. Arturos does not need the spaces during the day.Ed Issler
These blogs continue to be so hilarious, including mine. We will see who gets more votes in the next election, Wayne, Larry, Ken or Amelio. Sorry folks, only room for one if the voters on Marco go to the booths and vote like they have in the past. You see, Marco voters do not elect one issue candidates or candidates that do not share their vision for a robust, updated, progressive Marco Island. At least that is what they have voted for in the past.
Three of the four listed above do not meet these criteria. And just to sweeten the "pot" (a word Mr. Sacher is VERY familiar with), we all need to know that Mr. Sacher is a Obama supporter. But so are most of the bloggers above, so their response to this is meaningless.By the way, Mr Sacher's response, the issue here, is still filled with inaccuracies and missing information, but not worth responding to in specifics.Ed Issler
And to top it off, the Chairperson of the Collier County Board that oversaw this water system and allowed it to deteriorate was none other than Fay Biles. But Marco was the forgotten Collier County area and did not need any of the County's attention.Maybe Fay could confirm the factsa above and at least tell Mr. Thomas and Mr. Sacher that they know not what they speak of !!That is now twice that Mr. Sacher has misspoken on MAJOR issues. The other was regarding Deltona's vision for Marco Island. Pretty major stuff.That is what you get when you have a one issue candidate that knows nothing about being a City Council member.Ed Issler
Just to be fair, here is a more complete story of your Volunteer of the Year candidate:
Then you can continue to
and then to
Start here and then contact the Florida Department of Real Estate to get the published history of why his License was revoked. I will try to get the url for the Marco Real Estate Fraud Case which I did have some time ago. I have the print out, too large to post.
So it is one and the same person. I must admit that your blogs are great at deflecting the truth and the meat of an issue. Everyone sees it. Many times your responses are deleted by the Eagle Staff.I know that Klaus and Bill are the same. Why don't you go back to using Fossill. You both have the same IP address.
I have a thick skin and can take whatever you dish out. It doesn't change the fact that Bill McMullan should be nobody's Volunteer of the Year, at least not on Marco Island. Maybe on Devil's or Alcatraz Island, but not here.
By the way, that is all I have to say on the issue.Ed Issler
Klaus: You are voting for Bill McMullan?? Is that the same Bill McMullan that had his Florida Broker's License taken away by the Florida Department of Real Estate for his involvement in one of the biggest Real Estate Fraud cases this State has ever seen ?? Is it the same Bill McMullan that was expelled from his Commisioner's seat in Central Florida for illegal conduct?? Is it the same Bill McMullan that reportedly (according to the Manager, Katy) shoplifted Computer Cables from Marco Office Supply and ran out the back door?? Is it the same Bill McMullan that reportedly had the Police (Tom Carr) respond to a call from his employer at Bombay Liquors regarding a "hand in the till" issue ?? Many more citizens on Marco have many more stories about Mr. McMullan and they can share them with you if you like. These stories are similar to the ones above.That does not sound like someone worthy of any attention, least of all Volunteer of the Year.Ed Issler
Klaus, you do not know what you are talking about and how to even say that jibberish properly. I guess you mix it up at will just to keep your pseudonym relevant.
Mr. Moss has received National Awards and recognition from his peers continuously over the years, when he was in Marco island and now that he is in Naples.
All that proves is that you know nothing about City mManagement, among other things.
I am trying to figure out from the Blogs above how a quick article talking about re-entry stickers has evolved to discussions about the City Manager.
All I observed today, saturday, was crews all over the City cleaning up debris, branches, and other loose material and prepapring for the storm.
Thank youEd Issler
Just FANTASTIC !!!!!! A great day when we, THE PEOPLE, get to express our opinion on issues and leaders via Democracy.Everyone's individual opinions on the subject were expressed at the Ballot Box. It did not matter who supported it and who was against it as each citizen was given the opportunity to express their own opinion.Ed Issler
I do not understand anyone's opposition to a referendum. Either it passes or it fails.Joe Batte has turned out to be a fairly good Council member. But I rememeber when he was running he wanted to have every issue voted on by the people. Not practical, but for an issue that impacts all of us, it is not a bad idea ifd it is possible.Ed Issler
Come on you guys, 32 blogs from a total of about 10 people hardly represents a divided City. Mr. Breeze and Klaus, according to past elections represent about 2,000 voters opinion of about 8,000-10,000 that actually voted. Maybe 3,000 out of 10,000 but these numbers hardly represent a "City Divided".This is more of the talk like when Sayre Uhler uses terms in his diatribes like "We The People". A divided City is hardly 2,000 to 3,000 voters. "We the People" is hardly representative by 2,000 to 3,000 people.Thankfully, these blogs are also not representative of the voting majority, to date. I think the post by Mr. Breeze would make an excellent platform for Mr. Sacher, Mr. Hoenecker and Mr. Pettricia. That way when the election is over we can all see what the majority of Marco Island citizens and voters want as a vision for the Island.Also, just as a matter of interest, check the IP address for Klaus and for Fossil. Ed Issler
Please, everyone notice. When Klaus (Bill McMullan) responds to any post that brings up valid points that he does not agree with, all he reverts to is comments alluding to the blogger being drunk, sick or he posts a comment that is eliminated by Eagle Staff.Not that anyone cares, because very few preople read this anyway and it has no impact on voting.This site is just a place for us to express our opinions to a few.Ed Issler
To quote Mr. Sacher (which will happen a lot during the campaign) "the vision and direction of Marco Island's future – tourist attraction or stay true to the Mackle Brothers/Deltona vision." Well, to be fair to all concerned, Mr. Sacher quickly forgets about what the Mackle Brothers desired and envisioned for Tract K, which was, and still is, for this property to be a school. In addition, the vision of Deltona (Mackle Brothers) was for the Island to have a great deal of tourism to form the basis of an economy and tax base for Marco Island. I suggest Mr. Sacher call Deltona in Miami and speak to the current President of Deltona (who was with them in the early days) as I have. In fact, if one reviews the original Master Plans and all the Deed Restrictions and original zoning, one would see much more density and development than is allowed today. And then let's talk about the STRP and what Deltona envisioned. At the time of their Bankruptcy, Deltona (Mackle Brothers) had applications in with the State to extend sewers to all the homes they had built and were going to build on Marco Island. Their vision was to have all the houses on Marco connected to sewers. In fact, it was part of their negotiation with the State prior to their permits being issued (Septic Tanks came about only due to Collier County allowing them in order to build up a tax base for the County by permitting homes). We also cannot forget about the rollback of density and the recent Marco Island Master Plan submitted to the State. In addition, Veteran's Park was scheduled to be a permitted high rise Hotel and 35,000 feet of Commercial space, all a part of the "vision" of the Mackle Brothers, per their zoning. Every time Mr. Sacher wants to talk about the Mackle Brothers vision for Marco Island, we can all ask him about what he wants to do with Tract K. After all, the Eagles will soon migrate to another location, as they always do.You just can't have it both ways, Larry.Ed Issler
Klaus: Just so you know, it is not funny or amusing anymore. If you d your own blogs, the only thing you tell people is how sick YOU THINK they are. Many times, your blogs get eliminated as they are too personal in nature.Really, even the people who agree with you don't find your blogs of any value (I have spoken to a few).Try a new approach and Nationality as you are not German anyway.Ed Issler
You are absolutely correct. Obama did engage in 2 days of Peace Talks as a CANDIDATE. I repeat, a CANDIDATE. Who did he think he was at the time. He had no business engaging in any talks. He was representing nobody, not even Illinois at the time. It was an insult to the American people and to the Administration at the time.Believe me, if you are a supporter of our troops and our Allies, there can be no bigger insult and embartassment than Barack Obama. We are fortunate that the House of Representatives has a Conservative Majority or our Defense Budget would be Welfare by now.When Romney becomes President (we can only hope and vote) is when it is APPROPRIATE for him to start a rhetoric with all these Countries. Not like Barack Obama who used those visits and our troops as a Campaign tool and to manipulate short sighted voters.It looks like it worked on you !!!!Ed Issler
No point proven, sorry. Comparisons are much more valid. I am still waiting for the results of your research. I will check regularly.Ed Issler
Seasonala: I encourage you to take YOURSELF up on your own challenge. You can start with the City of Venice, Florida. It is the closest in size, population, services, etc to Marco Island.I have reviewed their past budgets, City Payrolls, Utility reports and I encourage you to do the same.Please blog after you have done this and let us all know the results !!Ed Issler
NO RISE IN TAXES !!!! Even with a slight reduction in property value. Boy what an accomplishment for the Council.I cannot help but wonder where are all the Blogs from those continuously berating the Council for their unwillingness to tighten the "belt".I guess the fact that there are no Blogs here is significant in and of itself !!Ed Issler
Great News !!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Chief and Capt Baer have been very responsive to issues that I have brought before them and consistency breeds improvements and efficiencies.Good Luck Chief !!Ed Issler
MarcoBiker: From a procedural standpoint, your comment is without basis. Just for your information, with no commentary on the issue itself, the issue was resolved by the Council. The fact that there was no second to the motion, means that the vote was 6 to 1 opposed to this idea.Ed Issler
The issue is on the Ballot. So vote no to the Tax. I am voting no.
The fact is that it is on the Ballot. That is a good thing. If the majority wants it, so be it.
At least we all get to express our opinion and decide the issue via our vote !!!
That is never a bad thing !!!Ed Issler
You know, I hear that he is getting a throng of followers on Friday and NOBODY is having to take a day or partial day "off work" !!!!Ed Issler
Larry: My sincerest apologies for not having the time or patience to watch the entire Campaign video that the Eagle has posted on their website about your comments regarding the 24 hour clininc to be voted on by Marco Island voters.
Having watched only 5 minutes of the video, I would ask (hypothetically) if this was a paid campaign ad. I will check with the Eagle on that soon.
But without watching the entire video, my only comment, and you may, in fact, have said this in the video, is that ANYTHING or any SUBJECT that is voted upon by the voters on Marco Island is a GOOD THING !!!
Giving the voters a chance to express their opinion by Ballot can never be a bad thing, no matter the tax or subject matter of the vote. I am certain that Fay Biles would most certainly agree, irrespective of the fact that she is President of MITA !!! If not, that would be a very selfish position.
The fact that it is coming before the voters, who are NOT stupid or uninformed (as many bloggers feel is the case) means that your opinion on the subject is your opinion only and has no value to each and every voter.
If this is what you said in your 30+ minute video, then congratulations. Someday, I hope to be able to watch the entire video.
Come on and get a grip "Klaus" (Bill Putnam in my opinion). Keith writes a beautiful Letter about our GREAT Island and all you can do is come up with your psycho babble about members of the City Council.
THANK YOU KEITH and all those that helped achieve this goal !!!! We can only hope and pray that City Council continues to support this great event and that all of us do the same.
Marco Island is a GREAT place to live and we have our present and past Councils and our neighbors to thank for this !!!
Once again, thank you
I am sooooooooooooo excited. The more that the FEW of you continue to "blame" a few individuals for our great Island's future and Council, the less you will realize that you share a minority opinion about the direction that the MAJORITY of Islanders want to see.
A 66% to 33% election can hardly be attributed to a few individuals or even a TOPIC (STRP). The more new citizens we acquire as residents, the more the pendulum swings towards the 66% and higher number.
Yes, we are no longer what we used to be. Good, bad, or indifferent, you 10-20 bloggers will not make a difference, as I will not make a difference. The voters, as a group, decide. And they do not seem to agree with you.
This forum is meant as a place for an exchange of ideas and philosophies. I guess out of frustration, there are some of you that want to make statements that are personal, rather than on topic. That does nothing to help your "cause" or opinion, and just goes to show how weak your argument or position really is.
Try to put it all into perspective. The personal stuff does not get to me, I cannot speak for anyone else. It actually energizes me and keeps me going, as I realize just how weak your position is ( as you have nothing else to support your points) for our future.
This Letter to the Editor is GREAT !!! It demonstrates the essence of a Democracy and what makes voting so essential in ALL elections, whether Local, State or Federal.
The "hundreds of letters of opposition" referred to above are never to be taken lightly, but we must all respect our elected officials for wanting to represent and vote for the MAJORITY of citizens (registered Marco Island voters) that voted them into office.
If it is not obvious to the 2,000 of you that continuously complain and who voted for the candidates that lost in the last election, the majority of voters wanted the STRP completed, want new raods, want new parks, want a City that reflects the future, NOT THE PAST.
Again, until the majority demographics of Marco Island voters changes, we can pnly hope that the majority vision for our future does not change.
Again, everone's opinion is important, some just more than others.
Give it up man. If I had the desire, I could take the time and present your numbers in an entirely different way to come up with entirely different conclusions. And that is without neven validating the accuracy of your numbers, which I am cedrtain are not on the money.
For someone who never wanted us to be a City in the first place, you sure have a lot to say.
Wayne: Wishing you a speedy and healthy recovery
Somebody needs to check the Master Plan for Veteran's Park. There is a beautiful multi-purpose Theatre planned. The building would rival Sugden Theatre in Naples. If so much money is available, we should work together to make the future be now.Ed Issler
Dear Editor: I respectfully disagree with this decision by our City Manager regarding Building Inspectors. The citizens living on Marco Island voted, long before Mr./Dr. Riviere was in his position, to become a City. Not one half a City, not 95% a City, but a City with it's own City services. If the City Manager saw a problem with budgets and manpower, the fees could have been raised to cover the difference, no matter how much. Or, maybe a manpower reduction would have been appropriate, especially given the fact that there does not seem to be an issue of travel time, now that the tasks will be covered from Naples.This is a VERY serious breach of the mandate that was given to City Leaders on what we define as a "City" !!!I am very disappointed. I suggest we do the same with the City Manager position and let Mr. Moss conduct all City Manager day to day business for both Marco Island and Naples. We will call him a County Manager and pay him an incremental increase to cover the extra work. This will save much more money and would seem to not create much of a backlog.The City Manager has chosen to rectify a financial issue by redefining the meaning of a City to all of it's residents. Is this even allowed by Charter ??Ed Issler
There are so many elements that go into the establishment of the varuious rates, and Mr. Pettricia would have us believe that it is a cut and dry issue. Most condos on Marco are using non-potable, reclaimed wastewater for irrigation. Do not know how that impacts the irrigation usage referenced early in the LTE. Most rates are based on cost of service and capacity calculations. It costs the same to "deliver" 15,000 gallons as it does 5,000 gallons (this is delivery, not capacity charges). The difference obviously is the cost of product. How much of the rate is based on capacity of the plants and the infrastructure ?? If the 5,000 gallon user all of a sudden uses 15,000 gallons, the ability to deliver that demand must exist both in the Treatment Plant and in the pipelines. That capacity determination is based on avaerages and historical data, not on zero or "low" water usage. The capacity of a Plant or Plants is a major factor in the development of Capital and Maintenance costs. These costs are amortized by a Base Charge and in the cost of the water.I certainly do not know how the numbers crunch, but it would appear that neither does the author.As is always the case, numbers can be made to argue both sides and can be expressed to support any position. This is certainly exemplified in the LTE above.When I worked for the largest water supplier in the World, we had a discounted rate for Groundwater Replenishment. We found agencies that were buying water at this rate, pumping it into the ground, and immediately pumping it out and selling it to their customers at normal rates. Everyone else suffered higher rates as a result. They were able to demonstrate the numbers by manipulation as was done above. Obviously, when this practice was discovered, it was stopped. The point is that it is difficult to establish "perfect rates" that work for everyone. In situations such as this, there is never a 100% "equitable" or "fair" solution. We can only expect our representatives to do the best they can and it appears that this was done in this case.Can the rates be changed or adjusted based on actual revenue ?? Certainly, and they probably will be as we see actual numbers over a period of time.Ed Issler
Larry: The concept you propose is ridiculous and very selfish and self centered. You have done your candidacy no favors by proposing it.But, as time goes on and the election gets closer, I think you will most certainly agree that "we the people" WILL decide all the issues you bring up by the candidates we vote for.Ed Issler
There is nothing flawed in a rate table that takes into account cost of service. LCEC does the same.And if someone thinks that Hotels on the Island should pay the same rate as a condo or homeowner, that is absurd. There is a curve that illustrates cost versus use and it confirms the City's rates.But it is always good to hear from those few that always chime in with the same opinions, as do I.Ed Issler
The beach is public property for all to use. Playing football or paddle ball is not a crime and having the Marco Police patrol the beach would do nothing to solve this personal issue.
First, we need to educate Mr Breeze on how to spell beach (not with 2 e's) and then we need to chill out and enjoy what we have.
It just cannot be that big a deal to share the beach and if the noise or activity bothers YOU, then it is incumbent upon YOU to move !!!Ed Issler
What should concern the bloggers above is that 557 people turned out of which probably 500 were registered voters. So, a clear demonstration that those voters on Marco Island that vote the majority are still enthusiastic about expressing their sense of Community. Something many of the bloggers do not care about.A great sign as to fighting those who want to bring an end to Cityhood and to those that want to take Marco Island back into the retirement community that is was never destined to be (at least according to Deltona and their Master Plan).Ed Issler
Mr. Magel: Please continue to represent the interests of those that elected you !!! Do not fall victim to those that would read between the lines or take credit for actions that they had nothing to do with.We know that you will continue to analyze and make decisions that benefit the majority, as it was the majority that elected you to office.Keep up the great work !!!Ed Issler
Somebody needs to teach our City workers how to dig a hole, pour cement, place a 6" sleeve, vertically in the cement, get 4' long pipe with caps, weld rings on top and bottom (for locks and chain)) and string chain to make an area that nobody can park in.The cement is below grade level to not interfere with lawn mowers. They could even use this technique to eliminate all the crime scene tape at Veteran's Park that looks like a ghetto area with a murder scene.The pipes can be removed by unlocking the lock that holds it in place. You could even paint the cap yellow to have it stand out.This is not rocket science. It would take a couple of days and could be paid for by revenues from other sources like Farmer's Market or Beach revenues. Maybe the County would pay for it.Ed Issler
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