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Written on Top Marco Island cop re-ups: Don Hunter to stay on as police chief; Riviere announces two-year contract extension :

SO THE CITY MANAGER GIVES HIM A 2 YEAR CONTRACT ON BEHALF OF THE CITY!? HE DIDN'T DISCUSS IT WITH THE COUNCIL AT A COUNCIL MEETING AT ALL?! WHEN THE CITY MANAGER HIRED HUNTER HE SURPRISED THE CITY COUNCIL THEN BECAUSE THEY HAD NO CLUE THE TWO WERE IN TALKS. WHY DO WE HAVE A CITY COUNCIL AT THIS POINT WHEN THE CITY MANAGER DOES WHATEVER HE WANTS??? WE ELECT A CITY COUNCIL TO SPEAK FOR US AND OUR VOICES DON'T COUNT SINCE THE CITY MANAGER DOES WHATEVER HE WANTS, WITHOUT CARING WHAT WE THE CITIZENS OF MARCO ISLAND WANT OR NEED. LET'S GIVE THIS CITY MANAGER A CROWN AND BUILD A PALACE IN HIS HONOR, SINCE HE IS APPARENTLY THE KING OF MARCO AND DOES NOT NEED TO DISCUSS HIS WORKING WITH THE CITY COUNCIL OR THE PEOPLE. I WOULDN'T HAVE MOVED HERE SO LONG AGO IF I KNEW THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE RULED LIKE THIS.

Written on Do Marco residents want 24/7 health care? Question to be answered Aug. 14 :

Okay here is the deal, NCH is not for profit, Physicians Regional is a private for profit hospital, that means that if you go to NCH the bill is way less than Physicians Regional, so they are asking the taxpayers to fund the private for profit choice? Wow, Rick Scott must be an investor with them since he is turning all the public jobs private and giving big money to his friends that run the private companies. But back to the point, lets look at the NCH Urgent Care on the Island, not right now, but yrs ago when that was not there. The people of Marco, including me, donated money for NCH to build a Hospital on Marco, that Hospital became an Urgent Care Center instead, started off as 24/7 and is now an 8am to 8pm facility. So we paid for NCH to be a 24/7 Hospital and what we really have is a 12 hr Urgent Care Center. Now look at what happened there, after the whole incident they no longer treat anything serious and I wouldn't go there for more than a bee sting. Seriously, we all flipped the bill to pay for one 24/7 place that was a farce and now they are asking us to pay for another? Don't we pay enough? We have paid for a lot of street lights in this economy that are not only expensive, but also raise the city's electric bill. We have more street lights than we even need, when I visit veterans park I see a piled of them new and still wrapped in the parking lot there hidden behind the building next to the parking lot, there is wasted money. Has anyone also noticed all the chips out of the lights at intersections like Kendall and Collier where people have clipped them? So they cost us money and they are a safety hazard too. Seriously, lets not ask the residence to pay for stuff we don't need AGAIN. we didn't ask for street lights but we got them, we didn't ask for another urgent care center, but we are getting them, we seems to get a lot of what we are not asking for and we get to pay the bill for all of it...Just my two cents...

Written on A look down the road: Marco Island leaders peek into the crystal ball for 2012:

Dr. Jim Riviere was a postmaster at a small post office and now he is a City Manager for Marco Island with a lot more responsibility, that is quiet a big step up for someone with zero prior experience as a City Manager or working with a city in any capacity. I think maybe I'll get out of retirement and become a fighter pilot, if he can get a job with zero experience so can I.

Written on Collier County agrees to hire new ambulance service:

HOPEFULLY THEY DON'T HIRE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT JUST GOT FIRED FROM THE NCH HOSPITAL AMBULANCES, OTHERWISE ITS THE SAME THING WITH JUST A DIFFERENT NAME ON THE SIDE.

Written on Guest Commentary: Why not a referendum – Please let the people speak:

I'm sure the city isn't worried about budgets, I watch every city council meeting and they are wanting to privatize the water department now and layoff all the employees, privatize mackle park and layoff the city employees, privatize parts of the citys finance department and even privatize the landscaping too. We worked so hard to make marco island a city run island and now everything is going to be privatized, just like rick scott is doing to florida and all the contracts will be handed out to "friends" of you know who. rick scott is destroying the state this way and now marco island is following suit. i have lived here over 20 years now and have seen it go from county run to city run and now its heading to privately run where they will just care about the money, not the people and our services will go to crap. why is the city going to become a rick scott model, tell me this please, i have lived here long enough to see this is not right for us

Written on Letter to the Editor: City Council disconnect:

I'm sure the city isn't worried about budgets, I watch every city council meeting and they are wanting to privatize the water department now and layoff all the employees, privatize mackle park and layoff the city employees, privatize parts of the citys finance department and even privatize the landscaping too. We worked so hard to make marco island a city run island and now everything is going to be privatized, just like rick scott is doing to florida and all the contracts will be handed out to "friends" of you know who. rick scott is destroying the state this way and now marco island is following suit. i have lived here over 20 years now and have seen it go from county run to city run and now its heading to privately run where they will just care about the money, not the people and our services will go to crap. why is the city going to become a rick scott model, tell me this please, i have lived here long enough to see this is not right for us

Written on Letter to the Editor: City slowly sliding:

I'm sure the city isn't worried about budgets, I watch every city council meeting and they are wanting to privatize the water department now and layoff all the employees, privatize mackle park and layoff the city employees, privatize parts of the citys finance department and even privatize the landscaping too. We worked so hard to make marco island a city run island and now everything is going to be privatized, just like rick scott is doing to florida and all the contracts will be handed out to "friends" of you know who. rick scott is destroying the state this way and now marco island is following suit. i have lived here over 20 years now and have seen it go from county run to city run and now its heading to privately run where they will just care about the money, not the people and our services will go to crap. why is the city going to become a rick scott model, tell me this please, i have lived here long enough to see this is not right for us

Written on Marco Island City Council okays dollars to operate second fire station full-time:

I'm sure the city isn't worried about budgets, I watch every city council meeting and they are wanting to privatize the water department now and layoff all the employees, privatize mackle park and layoff the city employees, privatize parts of the citys finance department and even privatize the landscaping too. We worked so hard to make marco island a city run island and now everything is going to be privatized, just like rick scott is doing to florida and all the contracts will be handed out to "friends" of you know who. rick scott is destroying the state this way and now marco island is following suit. i have lived here over 20 years now and have seen it go from county run to city run and now its heading to privately run where they will just care about the money, not the people and our services will go to crap. why is the city going to become a rick scott model, tell me this please, i have lived here long enough to see this is not right for us

Written on Marco Island City Council considers request for audible traffic signals:

WHY DO BLIND PEOPLE NEED AUDIBLE TRAFFIC SIGNALS??? I'M POSITIVE THAT IF YOUR BLIND THEN YOU CAN'T DRIVE A CAR!!! OF COURSE MARCO KNOWS HOW TO WASTE MONEY!!!

Written on Frustrated residents voice displeasure to Marco Island City Council over Mackle expansion plans:

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

Written on Editorial: In public is the only way to handle public business, Marco Island City Council :

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

Written on Editorial: Marco Island City Council ... why wait to investigate closed-door suspicions? :

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Happy New Year City Council:

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Good money is lost to Marco’s police :

FYI - WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS PAY $$$MILLIONS$$$ IN TAXES EACH YEAR FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND WE PAY $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR TO THE COUNTY FOR THE SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT TOO, SO WE ARE PAYING FOR BOTH AND ONLY RECEIVE ONE. WE ARE REQUIRED TO PAY FOR THE S.O. SO WHY DON'T WE JUST HAVE S.O. AND STOP SHELLING OUT $$$MILLIONS$$$ FOR A POLICE DEPARTMENT???

Written on Letter to the Editor: Mr. Recker and City Council members:

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

Written on Letter to the Editor: From my bulging Marco Island City Council ‘you can’t make this up!’ file:

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Mackle Park project: Send it out to a referendum and you will get your answer:

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Color me cynical:

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

Written on Letter to the Editor: Why I don’t attend City Council meetings any more:

THE MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPROVED THE HIRING OF 3 NEW FIREFIGHTERS 2 YEARS AGO TO BE USED FOR THE LADDER TRUCK THAT THE FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS, YET THEY ENDED UP ON THE COLLIER COUNTY EMS AMBULANCE, WHEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ALREADY PUTS A FIREFIGHTER ON THE AMBULANCE, SO NOW 2 FIREFIGHTERS ARE ON THE AMBULANCE, PLUS AN EMS PARAMEDIC. MARCO IS THE ONLY PLACE WHERE THREE PEOPLE ARE ON THE AMBULANCE AND NOW WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE PAYING FOR TWO FIREFIGHTERS ON THE COUNTY AMBULANCE WHEN THEY SHOULD BE ON A FIRE ENGINE. EMS IS BILLING THE CITIZENS AND VISITORS OF MARCO THAT THEY TRANSPORT WHEN THERE ARE 2 MARCO FIREFIGHTERS ON IT AND ONE EMS PARAMEDIC, YET MARCO SEE'S NONE OF THE MONEY MADE FROM TRANSPORTING PATIENTS. WHY ARE WE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHEN THEY ONLY HAVE ONE EMS PARAMEDIC ON THE AMBULANCE AND THE MARCO ISLAND TAXPAYER GETS TO PAY THE SALARIES OF 2 FIREFIGHTERS THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY WORKING FOR EMS? WE ARE SAVING EMS MONEY BY PAYING FOR PERSONNEL TO WORK FOR THEM AND SAVE THEM THE COST OF ANOTHER EMS EMPLOYEE WORKING ON THE AMBULANCE. THIS MAKES NO SENSE, WE AS MARCO ISLAND TAX PAYERS ARE GIVING 2 FIREFIGHTERS TO EMS FOR FREE WHILE THEY BILL PATIENTS OVER $1000 EVERY TIME THEY GO TO THE HOSPITAL, PLUS THEY GET $$$MILLIONS$$$ EACH YEAR FROM THE TAX BASE OF MARCO TOO, WE ARE GETTING SCREWED IN TWO WAYS!

Written on Marco Island city employees fare better on benefits than Naples:

The article says - "an individual electing employee-only or employee-plus-spouse coverage receives it at not cost."

If that is true then why do some city employees pay $125 a paycheck for an individual and some pay $310 a paycheck for a family (thats $250 a month for individual or $620 a month for family. You could also say its $3,000 a year for individual and $7,440 a year for a family). So how does the city say - "an individual electing employee-only or employee-plus-spouse coverage receives it at not cost." ?

I may be retired from new england where I worked public service, but I know many people that work for the city and I've heard the real cost to for health insurance and the actual numbers, its public record as well, anyone can find this out for themselves with a public records request.

Written on City Hall renovations, updated website aim to improve customer service:

THE CITY DOESN'T HAVE ANY MONEY TO PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES THEIR CONTRACTED PAY AND WHAT THEY ARE OWNED, YET THEY PAY FOR A CITY HALL REMODELING, THEY PAY FOR VETERANS PARK SIDEWALKS AND IMPROVEMENTS, THE PATH FROM SAN MARCO TO MACKLE PARK BEHIDN THE HOUSES, A NEW FIRE TRUCK AT THE COST OF $750K, NEW STREETLIGHTS, TONS OF LANDSCAPING, AND MUCH MUCH MORE. HOW DOES THE CITY CLAIM TO HAVE NO MONEY YET WASTE SO MUCH? PLUS THEY KEEP INCREASING TAXES AND THEN SPENDING IT ALL AND CLAIMING THEY ARE BROKE!!! THIS CITY WASTES MONEY LIKE ITS WATER GOING DOWN THE DRAIN!!!

Written on Fighting fires will take more cash, firefighters, chief says:

That is true, the city does have a water tanker, why can't they utilize it for the fire department and save $600k? Also, the fire chief wants 3 new firefighters, but do you remember the last time he hired 3 new ones? I was at the city council meeting when he asked for them to put them on the ladder truck for more manpower for a high rise fire, but in case you didn't notice he put them on the ems ambulance instead of the ladder truck as he originally told the city council and public. is the fire chief planning on lying to us again here???

Written on VIDEO: Woman killed, man critically injured after car turns in front of their motorcycle:

mr breeze don't blame the woman in the car? she killed a woman and the couple on the motorcycle was engaged! aarp keeps her from having to retest for her drivers license and now a woman is dead. thats vehicular manslaughter in my book.

Written on Fighting fires will take more cash, firefighters, chief says:

Wow, the fire departments chief is looking to hire 3 new firefighters and get a new tanker? Right now the city is threatening furloughs to city employees and wage cuts and they want to spend all this money they don't have on new employees and a tanker rather than taking care of the employees that they do have? Seems like the city may want to take care of those that keep the city running before spending all this money on new people and a new tanker.

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