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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
Dear Sayre: Another LTE that from the first sentence, no in fact, the Title, is undeniably the rantings of Sayre Uhler. How many times, how many times Sayre, are you going to abuse the term "We The People" ?? I am not even going to address the falsehoods in your LTE or the faulty conclusions. Rather I will again ask you to refrain from speaking for the proven, voting majority of registered voters on Marco Island.There are over 13,000 registered voters on Marco Island and you want to make a fuss over 56 of them ?? 56 that City Council opended up to hearing what you had to say, no matter how pertinent or relevant it may have been.It is obvious to all of us in the majority (as of the last election) and should be obvious to you that you do NOT speak for the Majority.So again, in the future, please use the phrase, "WE THE MINORITY OF THE PEOPLE".That way all of us know you are just blowing off your personal, minority, opinions.Thank you in advance.Ed Issler
Steve: You know I respect you and appreciate ALL that you do for our City as an individual. I think you should run for Council !!! And I will tell you personally what I have written herein when I see you around Veteran's Park later today.It is just that I have a hard time accepting the premises in your LTE (I actually agree with them), when you are the main organizer of an event this weekend that will bring over 60,000 off Island visitors to Veterans Park. All the inconveniences and blocked access to homes and negative effect to quality of life will occur this weekend to all Islanders due to the Seafoof Festival. Especially to our residential area.You can't have it both ways, Steve.I suggest giving up on the Seafood Festival as it will have a positive impact on the swale parking issue in your area over the long run.The less "Day Visitors" we encourage to come here, the better off we all are.Ed Issler
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH, sounds like Happy isn't happy these days !!!!Ed Issler
Seawaller: Interesting point you bring up. I am curious to know the charge per Kilowatt Hour to a master metered Condo versus the charge to individual condo and home meters. Do you happen to know if there is a difference ???
I will check and get back with you. I really do not know the answwer, but you bring up a good questionEd Issler
This LTE is totally absurd. To the surprise of P Campbell, many-many-many Condo Owners are Marco residents and voters. You actually might get upset to learn exactly how many there are.
And Fair ?? What is fair ?? I am a Homeowner and have a very large lot. I pay my share of the water for usage. But Condo Owners have paid for more years than you can imagine for the Sewer Plant (at a smaller size) that made it less costly for Homeowners when the time came to expand the Sewage Treatment Plants. They, the Condos, also provided the Sewage that is used to water all City Parks and Greenery. Do you hear them complaining.The funny thing is that I agree with your Letter and feel that Fairness should always prevail in decisions like this. But it is obvious that the definition of Fair is not the same for all voters.It is obvious to me from reading and listening to all the information, that our City Council is making it's best effort to be FAIR !!!If Consultants are required to assist in this determination, then so be it.Ed Issler
Hopefully they start with all the Crime Scene tape that litters Town Center and Veteran's Park. Since when did Crime Scene Tape become a landscaping tool.Ed Issler
There were never any Districts. Council representatives were elected by "Seat" with a Seat having no definition. That is what was changed. There were never District assignments to seats.It is just good to know that we have 13,000+ registered voters where the majority can see through ideas like this. And what is even better is that most of them do not read these blogs.Ed Issler
We are a 20 square mile Island and we all have the same concerns. If we cannot settle the water rate issue, then shame on us.
The solution is NOT taking a large segment of our residents and voters (Condo Owners) and limiting their representation to 1 or 2 Council members.The idea has no merit and makes no sense. Why change ?? The majority is happy and satisfied, as is continuously proven by election.Ed Issler
Herb: The issue is NOT creating a division, or diversion, the issue is how to properly allocate the COST for the service and the cost of the product.I have no issues with the Council looking into and debating all possibilities. That is the only way to come to a proper decision FOR ALL RESIDENTS.Please do not tell us that you are Larry's Campaign Manager !!! If that is the case, you are starting off poorly.Ed Issler
Larry: I suggest you read the blogs that were made before each of the last 5 elections (10 years). As you can see above, you may have 20 votes. Do not be lured into a false sense of security. It has been continuously proven that the comments above do NOT reflect the opinions and votes of the majority of the voters.And if you think the last two elections were about the STRP, you are vastly muistaken. You need to read up on that also. Many other issues were debated and discussed.I wish you luck, but the debate between condos and homeowners will not get anyone elected to City Council.Ed Issler
Klaus: Try to avoid saying something just for the sake of saying something. It gets old and meaningless.
This is not about me, and as much as it may be hard for you to believe, it is not about you. It is about the MIA and whether it will be a positive experience for the students that go there, or whether it was created to satisfy the egos and bigotries of a small group of parents.
I am only saying it remains to be seen and that the money could have been better put to use elsewhere.Ed Issler
There is a lot of difference between Middle School and High School. In my opinion, the MIA students will be robbed of a true High School experience.
It will take some years, but it will make for a good study to deyrrmine the social impact of MIA graduated students when they finally leave the Island, leave their parents and go off to College.
At least Lely parents have the opportunity to ne involved and assist in the social acclamation of their High School childten. The "Stepford MIA students" will be so out of touch on a College campus and College environment, socially, that many could experience issues.
We can all hope for the best and wish them all a great experience. As I say, years from now, it will make for interesting results.
When the school was contemplated to ne on the Island, many people shared their experiences on this subject.
My comments are based more on my personal High School growth than any expert knowledge.
Each to his or her own. But I look at these numbers and just think how this kind of money could do so much good for Children's Charities or saving lives instead of creating or supporting a school created for a group of elitist parents.Best of luck.Ed Issler
Thanks for the update !!!Ed Issler
You know it is hilarious to read how some want to make excuses for candidates that won by what is defined as a Landslide margin. I always like to make my comments germain to the article that I am commenting on. The By-Line for this article is that GOOOOOOOOOOOOOH wants to come up with a slate of candidates that are representative of the majority. The only way that can happen is if their slate gets the majority of votes (this has no come close in past elections). The problem for GOOOOOOOOOH, MITA, Marco Island Homeowners/Propert Owners Association and most of the bloggers (a VERY, VERY small minority of voters) is that starting out their views, for the most part, are not shared by the majority of voters on Marco Island. If that changes, then so be it. But e3lection results, and not some small group of people, are what is dictating the future and direction of Marco Island.Anyone or any candidate that thinks that GOOOOOOOH is going to be beneficial to winning a seat on the City Council is dreaming. But as I said before, I am very encouraged that it will be easy to identify candidates that that are supported by GOOOOOOOH leading up to the election. As a voter, it will assist very much.Ed Issler
Klaus and others: I can only state that the same blogs were taking place before the last election. If you think that the STRP was the issue in the last election, then I encourage you to stick to that belief. There is a comment above that states that the incumbents will not get re-elected. I beg for you to stick to that belief.I assure all of you that the majority of voters do not blog here, do not attend MITA meetings, do not attend Council meetings, but they will vote. And if you think you represent the majority, then please, please hold on to that belief all the way to the voting booth. That inlcudes you, Klaus, or whoever you are.We will all work hard for what we believe to be best for Marco Island's future. But the same small group of people, over and over again (even with GOOOOOH), will not change what most of us want.Ed Issler
This is great news. The best thing that could happen for those of us that have the majority vision for the future of Marco Island. Someone forgot to tell them that this was tried in the last election.Just the fact that GOOOOOOOOOOOOOH is going to be involved will boost the margin between those that have a practical, workable vision and those that want to stop everything (put simply).Now it will be easy to identify to voters who to vote against. Just do not vote GOOOOOOH. Boy, that will be easy !!!!! And making it a slate, even easier. Oops, maybe I should not put this out this early.This is Marco Island where the majority are VERY satisfied with our City Council.Ed Issler
It must be getting close to an election, as Sayre is once again using that term, We The People. I must compliment Sayre as he at least did not use the term Majority in his diatribe. But we can all agree that the election is a time for ALL OF US (All 13,000 plus) to express our opinion and vision as to what direction we want to see for the future of Marco Island.There will be many choices and many candidates. Let us all hope that their vision for Marco Island matches yours, as a voter.Just make certain to get out and VOTE!!!
In the last 2 elections, Sayre's "We The People" consisted of approximately 2,000 voters versus the real "We The People" that consisted of over 5-6,000 voters. However the election turns out, let us just make certain that everyone votes.Ed Issler
Yes, maybe President Obama will come to Marco and play a round of putt-putt, according to Klaus. The real issue, irrespective of the economy, is how many other people will and will it be enough to keep a business like this open. My opinion is no, but others, including the people putting up the money obviously disagree.We will see. I just hope that those in power do what they must to protect us, in the event that I am right.Ed Issler
The process of free market enterprise will sort this out over a very short time (a season and summer or two). This concept will fold up soon enough, guaranteed. I only hope that the City requires a deposit or some PERSONAL guarantees (due to Bankruptcy potential) from the owners to clean up the property after they go out of business !!In the event that these businesses survive, more power to them. We just need to make certain that the lighting, appearance and noise are minimized for the neighborhood.Ed Issler
Steve: There are no words to thank you for your dedication and efforts for all that you do for Marco Island, including organizing Christmas Island Dtyle and all the events that go wiyh it!Thanj you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ed Issler
Who wrote this ??
Congratulations Monty !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well deserved !!!!!!!!!!!!Ed Issler
All of you, I guess, expect the papers to explain it all for you. The last principal resigned partly because an Art Teacher that he recruited for the school was not paid the salary that the teacher was promised.If all the meetings and issues were made Public, we would know how the School was being run or mis-managed.When and where can we find the Public documents about revenue and expenses and salaries, etc. Or, is it time to bring these issues back to the School Board.Ed issler
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