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Written on Reflecting on life: Sen. Fred Thompson at Bonita Christian Forum:

How come there is no mention of the constant annoying AAG reverse mortgage commercials that Fred does. You can't watch TV without seeing them, I always switch the channel when I do. Not only are they annoying but what he is peddling is somewhat dubious. Read some of the complaints or Google for yourself. It doesn't sound like a Christian thing to be doing to people, especially the elderly. http://www.consumeraffairs.com/financ...

Written on Letter to the Editor: Preventing an uprising:

"An armed citizenship prevents the government from exercising the absolute power that it relentlessly seeks."

Are you referring to the government of Marco Island or Collier County?

Written on Hideaway Beach continues to look for funds, passes emergency declaration :

Why is the lady in the picture the only one smiling?

Written on Letter to the Editor: Hideaway Beach is public:

Zoom in on Google Maps, you will not find a walkway from Tigertail Beach to Hideaway Beach. Unless you are Euell Gibbons & can survive on nuts & berries, you will never make it there alive. Well, maybe you might.

Written on Deputies: Woman broke into estranged husband's apartment, destroyed belongings :

Is her husband the travel companion from the other story in the paper?

Written on Woman accused of attacking travel companion, damaging computers :

What is a "travel companion"?

Written on Aqua Construction and Development completes Marco Island model :

in response to johnnycakes:

Does anyone in SW Florida check out architectural trends from anywhere? Even staid old Architectural Digest???? Anything? Apparently not.

This home absolutely fits in with the faux Tuscan, faux Spanish, faux ANYTHING dreck that gets built in Naples/Marco. I'm sure it will sell. Will customers not buy original architecture? How can anyone who calls him/herself an architect look in the mirror when this is what they have to design/build?

If you have any interest at all in checking out what people (like us) appreciate elsewhere, take a look at www.a-cero.com. Why does no-one in SW Florida build anything even vaguely like this????

Johnnycakes, thanks for the tip, I really appreciate it.

I checked out their website & the next time I want to build a bunker or a warehouse I will give them a call.

I hope people (like you) keep appreciating it elsewhere.

Written on Man accused of attacking neighbors for riding motorcycle too fast :

Wow, a guy on a scooter beats up a couple of bikers & they go running to the cops.

What is this world becoming ?

Written on Marco Council approves seeking bids for $8 million bridges project; moves ahead on fire boat :

"The quality of this boat is phenomenal," Fire Chief Mike Murphy said on Tuesday. "The citizens are going to get the best value and a long-term investment for their money."

Sounds like the Chief is really excited about getting this boat.

I wonder what kind of non-emergency excuses they are going to keep coming up with to use the boat. I never saw the old boat riding around the island, I hope I don't start seeing this one.

Then they will say they need more personnel.

Written on Guest Commentary: Paul Meyer – The tale of two cities :

Paul,

Lead, follow or get out of the way.

If the challenge is too great & the pay is not enough for you, you made the right choice.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Aren’t we more than a residential community?:

Carol, I think your letter has unwittingly promoted more votes for Mr. Petricca.

Thanks for enlightening me, I think I will vote for him.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Aren’t we more than a residential community?:

Carol, I think you have Marco's priorities mixed up. You seem to focus on satisfying businesses & visitors, & understandably so since you were involved in three businesses.

Since the number of Marco's taxpaying residents, seasonal or year round, far outnumber it's businesses, whether you like it or not, Marco is primarily a residential community. The residents do not exist primarily to support businesses or to be obligated to visitors. We paid the price of admission & came here because we liked the way Marco is, not because we expected it to be a thriving resort community with all the associated problems of traffic, crime, drugs, etc. I don't think these will raise property values.

Let's let Marco evolve at it's own pace as it has in the past reflecting the desires of it's residents. And if there is room for more business & visitors, they will come.

For those who wish to live in a thriving resort community as Ms. Gore expressed, there are un-cloistered communities such as Ft. Myers Beach which would welcome them.

Written on Guest Commentary: Understanding a medical emergency; call 911:

Steve,

A very eloquent & enlightening commentary.

Thank you for taking the time & effort to write it.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Disappointed visitor:

CPMarco-
"I just don't see the need to be an @hole about it when you make your point- especially with petty name calling....."

There you go again with the name calling.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Disappointed visitor:

CPMarco-
"Whatever happened to a little respectful debate absent of name-calling?"

"I just don't see the point of being an anonymous jerk just because one doesn't agree with another's ideas"

CP, I see you have joined the "name-calling" ranks with your "anonymous jerk" statement. Welcome aboard.

I will be respectful & not call you a hypocrite.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Disappointed visitor:

"Even those who do not stay on Marco were going to venture your way, since there would be something new to experience. I guess now they will go elsewhere."

Jan, now that we will not have carriage rides does this mean your friends will never come to Marco & "go elsewhere"? Do your friends only go to places where they have carriage rides? This is a strange affliction. Is this something hereditary or did they acquire this as they got older, maybe from too much horse fumes. Is there a cure? I am very concerned that it may be contagious. I hope they don't come here & start an epidemic, then we will need a 24/7 walk in clinic so we can go there at 3AM to get vaccinated against this dreaded disease.

Don't worry Jan, I will write to Dr. Phil about your friend's "Horse Carriage Desire Syndrome". Maybe he can have them on his show & help them. He's been known to provide free rehab for his patients.

By the way, nice try Jan it sounds like you are the mother of one of "four business owners who are more dedicated to running a top notch business" & not just a disappointed visitor.

Written on Marco Island City Council: Carriage issue doesn't get a vote; no rise in taxes, no change in utility rate setup :

"Yes, but what about a failed seawall?" queried Councilor Bill Trotter. Council Chairman Larry Magel mentioned they had previously gotten a figure of 20 percent for the additional cost of seawall replacement if work on adjacent lots was not permitted.

Limited to 30 days, unless it is extended, the moratorium was passed by a vote of 7-0, with Councilman Waldack weighing in over the PA system from off-island, where he is recuperating from a bicycle-vehicle collision."

This reporter is not telling the whole story about the seawall moratorium.

I happend to see the video of the Council meeting. He must have dozed off when they said the moratorium will be on the use of recycled concrete instead of stone for riprap because it contains rebar & other other construction materials.

One of the seawall contractors said the use of the recycled material is not a cost savings over natural stone because it requires more labor to remove the protrubing rebar. He uses it only for the purpose of recycling. He has no problem using stone.

The way I saw it, the Council voted on a moratorium on the use of recycled concrete for riprap, NOT on permits for seawalls or the use of adjacent vacant lots for staging or manufacture of seawall panels.

Written on 'Lots' of parking discussion – Marco Island City Council and Planning Board hold joint discussion during workshop session :

"Marco Island's City Council engaged in a marathon, butt-numbing series of meetings on Monday, tackling a wide range of issues."

Sometimes you need to have numb butt in this town.

"The Planning Board's recommendations, to place "no beach parking" signs on Swallow Ave., Huron Ct., Panama Ct., Collier Ct., Seagrape Dr., Maple Ave. and Swan Drive., were adopted by a 6-0 vote of the council, along with the directive to increase the fine from $30 to $95 and initiate "vigorous enforcement."

Congratulations to the Council. This is the best solution to the parking problem. I feel sorry that the neighbors will have all of those signs to put up with, but what else can you do.

Thanks

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

Another thing misleading in the referendum wording - what's with the "free standing walk-in clinic" what does that mean? When the Marco South Beach Swale Parkers see this they are going to think there is another thing for free on Marco besides parking & they will all be lining up at the clinic, standing & walking in. They will probably park on the swales while they are there too.

Here's a tip for the Swale Parkers, I know how much you like free stuff & you will thank me for this, if the Kids In A Candy Store (you know who they are) approve the carriage rides on Marco, you will be able to get all the free horse manure that you want.

Written on Marco city leader: Tax for 24/7 walk-in clinic could be in place by Jan. 1 :

Is this Marco's pathetic version of Obamacare? Should we call it Magelcare or Rivierecare?

Marco residents will be forced to pay a tax so that someone who is out of band-aides at 3 AM can go to the clinic & have their booboo fixed. There's not much more they can treat there that can't wait until regular hours. Even the hospital CEO emphasizes it.

"Campbell and the other hospital officials emphasized that a walk-in clinic is for medical care that's similar to what a primary-care doctor can provide. Walk-in centers can provide X-rays, laboratory work, and treat cuts and other basic medical issues but they don't offer emergency medical care"

Don't dare to go there with a life threatening emergency because you will be wasting your precious time & die there. IT IS ONLY GOING TO BE A DOCTOR'S OFFICE THAT WILL COST US ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR ONLY THE NIGHT SHIFT!!!

Worse yet, instead of calling EMS, someone will mistakenly be taken there with a life threatening emergency & die there. Then the family will be suing everybody including Marco because they were given the impression it was an emergency facility. IF IT'S NOT GOING TO BE AN EMERGENCY FACILITY- WE DON'T NEED IT 24/7 !!! HOW DID WE ALL EVER SURVIVE WITHOUT IT?

The wording of the referendum is misleading - "Shall the City levy an ad valorem tax for the purposes of providing that the proceeds of the ad valorem tax shall be used solely to supplement the costs of maintaining and operating a 24-hour per day, 7 days per week free standing walk-in clinic to be operated by an established full-service hospital system located in Collier County and selected by the City Council after due consideration.

The phrase "to be operated by an established full-service hospital" will be misinterpreted by many voters thinking this will be some sort of emergency facility with full service & because of that this frivolous referendum will get approved & we will have to live with it.

The hospitals are smart enough to know that the night shift in a Marco clinic is unjustified, that's why they won't do it on their own. They will only do it if we are the suckers to pay for it. And since we are going to subsidize private enterprise, why don't we pay Publix & Winn-Dixie to stay open all night just in case I wake up during the night craving a nice piece of steak.

Our "kids in a candy store" Council needs to stop shopping & just take care of the problems we already have.

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

Is this Marco's pathetic version of Obamacare? Should we call it Magelcare or Rivierecare?

Marco residents will be forced to pay a tax so that someone who is out of band-aides at 3 AM can go to the clinic & have their booboo fixed. There's not much more they can treat there that can't wait until regular hours. Even the hospital CEO emphasizes it.

"Campbell and the other hospital officials emphasized that a walk-in clinic is for medical care that's similar to what a primary-care doctor can provide. Walk-in centers can provide X-rays, laboratory work, and treat cuts and other basic medical issues but they don't offer emergency medical care"

Don't dare to go there with a life threatening emergency because you will be wasting your precious time & die there. IT IS ONLY GOING TO BE A DOCTOR'S OFFICE THAT WILL COST US ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR ONLY THE NIGHT SHIFT!!!

Worse yet, instead of calling EMS, someone will mistakenly be taken there with a life threatening emergency & die there. Then the family will be suing everybody including Marco because they were given the impression it was an emergency facility. IF IT'S NOT GOING TO BE AN EMERGENCY FACILITY- WE DON'T NEED IT 24/7 !!! HOW DID WE ALL EVER SURVIVE WITHOUT IT?

The wording of the referendum is misleading - "Shall the City levy an ad valorem tax for the purposes of providing that the proceeds of the ad valorem tax shall be used solely to supplement the costs of maintaining and operating a 24-hour per day, 7 days per week free standing walk-in clinic to be operated by an established full-service hospital system located in Collier County and selected by the City Council after due consideration.

The phrase "to be operated by an established full-service hospital" will be misinterpreted by many voters thinking this will be some sort of emergency facility with full service & because of that this frivolous referendum will get approved & we will have to live with it.

The hospitals are smart enough to know that the night shift in a Marco clinic is unjustified, that's why they won't do it on their own. They will only do it if we are the suckers to pay for it. And since we are going to subsidize private enterprise, why don't we pay Publix & Winn-Dixie to stay open all night just in case I wake up during the night craving a nice piece of steak.

Our "kids in a candy store" Council needs to stop shopping & just take care of the problems we already have.

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