I referred to age because it seems to be a recurring theme of the residents of Marco Island. Some of the noisier complaints are from a small minority on the island that wish it were a gated, age-restricted community. That idea sank a very long time ago. Those same people complain about younger people coming to the island, for any reason. Their complaints are usually invalid as it's the 70 and over crowd cause the majority of the accidents on Marco and are driving while impaired - whether chemically (not just alcohol, but pharmaceutical as well) or physically. People of all ages move here for the same reason - it's a paradise. Those of us born and/or raised here have far more disdain for anyone that came here for any reason other than be a contributing part of the society, not a part-time resident or someone buying (forcing) their way into our life. My kids are true third generation Collier County residents. To read people maligning them really puts me out.
The problem with the sign is that it was in poor taste, more suitable ON THE BEACH itself.
The sign was tacky. It didn't need to be the first visible thing off the bridge.
Not everyone moved to Marco Island to wait for a quiet death. Most of the people on Marco are just a few years away from having their estates decided in contested wills by their kids. If you want a quiet place to reside until death, move to The Villages. Southwest Florida is starting to get younger, meaning 45 to 65 years of age and they have kids. Get used to it.
As for traffic, it's those OVER 70 that pull out into traffic, forget what a turn lane is used for, and never look before they change lanes. Times they are a changin'. Get used to it and get over it.
Klaus, I totally agree with you. No more public money for private concerns.
Wow, this story is a month early! I guess we finally got that time machine fixed. Now, how bout those stock reports?
Yes, much of the press has quoted the same source that said the mother was an alcoholic. Just because the news says something, doesn't make it a fact. News media have made errors many times by jumping to conclusions before facts are known. By the way, I didn't bring her into the discussion - you did. Whether she was an alcoholic or not is not an issue. There is no law tying alcohol to gun ownership so it is a moot point.
It's been a fun little exchange of diatribe here.
Have a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.
Klaus,There have been no FACTS reported that the mother was an alcoholic. One media interview with someone "familiar" with the family said she thought the mother might be an alcoholic. There have been no officials investigating this event that have said the mother was chemically dependent in any way.
I'm not ignoring facts, I'm just waiting on them. Why can't you?
How does defending the right to gun ownership relate to an alcoholic mother who spoiled their kids? Besides, there haven't been any facts to suggest that anyone involved in the Newtown shooting was an alcoholic.
Klaus,I'm sure you are an intelligent person. Let's take this discussion to a base level: People murder people. It's been happening since the beginning of time. The only things that have changed are the tools of murder.
If somehow the government could confiscate every gun in the country, murder will still be an everyday occurrence. The attack in OKC was done without a firearm. The terrorists on 9/11 didn't have a gun, but they killed 3000 people. Anyone with a basic understanding in chemistry can walk into Publix or any hardware store and create an improvised device to kill numerous people.
I am very disturbed by the attack at Sandy Hook, but the attack proves that a ban on guns doesn't work. Guns are banned on school grounds in that state. The assailant didn't have legal possession of a firearm. Oh, and murder is still illegal. Yet with those laws and others on the books, the incident still happened. Words on paper will never change the intent of a person's heart.
The world will never live in a padded bubble - one where no one can hurt themselves or others. People have to be responsible for themselves and those under their care. If the system had truly worked, the assailant would have been under the care of psycho-medical professionals, but the ACLU won't let anyone be labeled as having issues.
There is plenty of blame to go around on this, but taking away guns would be akin to confiscating a plow because weeds grew in the field. If you read other news sites today, you'll find that the new murder threat is from smart phones. Yeah, that will be fun.
Yep, cars are responsible for drunk drivers, doctors are responsible for drug addicts, banks are responsible for robberies, vaginas cause rape.
Catch a clue, MonteHere's your sign.
It must have been a city employee, city vehicle, or someone VERY PROMINENT on the island for the city to not expect insurance reimbursement. Gotta love honest, transparent government.
If it's a private beach, it's a private problem.
I've been here a very long time and I think it's a GREAT IDEA!! As a resident I look forward to taking my wife out for a nice dinner then a romantic carriage ride. Besides, with the way most of the tourists drive, the horse will be faster.
Wow, like losing a child?!?! It's a bird! Why the emotion over a bird? It's amazing to me that people can become so emotionally involved over a very insignificant animal. Where's the empathy over the species that are devoured by that bird? How do these people choose what species they will endear? All of this emotion over a bird, but these same people will defend their "right" to kill a baby human.
I'm sure Liz Carr and her henchmen would be more than happy to issue citations - Oh wait, nevermind. Those cars don't belong to residents.
I don't think you can legally add a "last minute" item to a public entity agenda. I believe that it is a violation of the sunshine laws. Liz Carr may be headed to some "quiet time" in a cell. I've seen many public-duty people go to jail for this. Of course, it would do the city good for Liz to go away.
Ya know, I hope the city of Marco Island throws the biggest celebration for the school this fall when school starts. I'm so proud of the MIA leaders for putting up with the non-stop verbal diarrhea from the very few mental midgets.
WAY TO GO Marco Island Academy!!
Hey, I'm not miserable at all!! I love watching the people rant on here about something that's done and over. This is cheap entertainment!!
One more thing, ranting on this newspaper site will do nothing but make you more angry. The majority of us are on here to make you miserable. I, for one, get a big kick out of this!!
I'm sorry you feel you have been wronged in this process. We live in a democracy. The votes were cast, it didn't go your way. Cities don't get to vote on these things. We vote for school board members who, then, make the decision. The charter has been issued, the state signed off on it. Crying about now does no good.
You still have the freedom to leave if you don't like the way things went.
Does that make you feel better?
Get a life.
I don't recall ever voting on Lely HS, Baron HS, Gulfcoast HS, GGHS.
Why do we need to vote on this? That's why we voted the school board in place.
Get a life. Marco Academy is here. Celebrate it or leave.
As a native, I was never consulted on whether closed-minded yankees would be permitted here. As most natives, we accepted newcomers to the area. Also, as a native, I welcome the academy, as I welcomed Lely, when we already had Naples High, then came Baron, Gulfcoast, GGHS, etc.
If you don't want the school Marco, you are welcome to go back where you came from.
Kids are here, more are coming. Before long, the Latino Mafia will be here with their low-rider rice-burners, racing up and down Collier. You can't stop it. It happened on the East coast, it's happening in Naples, Marco is next.
I love reading this. It always gives me a laugh.
People (with kids) live here, and more are coming. Lely high has some major problems. It's not wrong for parents of kids to create a new and better environment for their kids. In another 5 years or so, the school board will vote to build a traditional high school here to compete with the academy. I can't wait to hear the crying then.
This is gonna get really funny soon!!
This is hilarious. Believe it or not, there were people here long before most all of you, and the true "islanders" want the school. It's a mark of a true, quality community.
It's done. Learn to live with it.
Lely high school is ok at best. I think the families of Marco deserve to have a school that reflects the local community. Lely high school does not reflect Marco in any way shape or form, besides, it's in a different city. Some of you need to relax. There are other fights worth fighting, this one is done. Get over it. MIA is here to stay.
Marco is lucky that it's only a charter high school. If it were a traditional high school, Collier County would be busing kids here from all over the county.
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I must have hit a nerve. I guess it's obvious where this newspaper stands on the issue.
The school is here. Nothing can change that now.
As a resident of Collier County, I fully support any opportunity to further education. It gives the community more options. It's just too bad that Lely's reputation is contingent on Marco kids.
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