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This is not about Lely. I support Lely and I send a child to Lely. I support Marco Charter Middle also. Tract K should be for a Marco High School. My children did not chomp at the bit at Marco Middle, they both loved this school and have never once wanted to leave our island! that is rubbish. Lely Mom: if your childs want off the island.. you have Manatee, and Lely High. Also I have been here for 25 years, I am not a new parent to the island. (you also have this info wrong) I have also invested time and donations to the Marco Charter School. I have a child at Lely, and have first hand experience.. the school is not up to standards, it is a D school, and it shows in many ways! My child expected a better school comming from Marco Middle, and was disappointed. Yes, we support Lely but it is time for change. If the teachers at Lely can not get the D grade up to A... all student there deserve a better school. The teachers are failing the students at this school. A D grade is not exceptable for any school or students!
freedomofspeech1: you are racist to our Marco children by your comment "lily white". There are many children that attend Charter Middle. I have a child there also. The children at this school are not all white, not all from Marco. Some are from Lely, East Naples, the Manor, and Isle of Capri. Marco Charter accepts,as far as I know, EVERY child that applies. There are hispanic, black, white and many other origins of kids at this school. The school is an A school because of the teachers and parent support. Lely is a D school because of the lack of teachers and parent support. Some of the teachers at Lely, at present send their Marco kids to other schools. The teachers do not send their own children to this school. What does that say about Lely? Marco parents will continue to send children to other schools until Lely educates ALL the children at this school properly. The teachers of Lely are responsible for the D rating this school receives. Lely, Do a better Job teaching with the children and discipline the children and do not tolerate drop-outs by giving up on students. Marco does need a high school and families that are leaving our island because of Lely choice, will stay. More families will arrive with an excellent high school. Marco schools welcome all children of all colors.
freedomofspeech1- have you lost your mind? Lely is a D school! Why? because the teachers are not bringing it up to an A school. The staff at Lely needs to bring all students- white, black, mexican, haitian (rich & poor)- up to learning standards. If the teachers do not care enough to make this school a better school- by discipline, not tolerating drop-outs by giving up on students, and by teaching wiser and smarter kids, that are disadvantaged along with our "lily white" children as you clearly are being racist to Marco children with this remark. Grow Up, and Wise Up. You will continue to hear from parents and the community. A D school is NOT acceptable, and who wants to have their children go from A school to D school. I have one child at this school and my child does fine. A student. My child does not love the school, my child says it is okay. Some teachers are great and some of the teachers there are not. In fact, some of the teachers at Lely do NOT send their precious "lily white" Marco children to this school. This is a known fact. So unless you can change the rating of this school from a D, and have teachers teach wiser and care more, parent of Marco will continue to not support this school. Lely loses more Marco children each year to other public and private schools. This is a fact. The numbers are increasing and families leave the island. All Lely children deserve better. The reporter, Bill, should be ashamed of his stupid story and have to apologize to the Marco children for his racist comments to the Marco parents and children. I won't be reading his work, find a new professional reporter, please!
what are teenagers suppose to do on Marco? A bunch of boys driving around in a van is not a good thing, period. Boys do not always think smartly and can be a little reckless and sometimes they make bad choices that get them into situations. Find some house to be at or go find a real club or some sport teams to occupy your time when your not studying and being a good student at Lely. Sounds like we should worry more about the Lely High School.
Tract K = Marco High SchoolThank you Ed Issler for supporting this effort- we usually disagree. A high school for the kids! Keep the families from moving off our island with high school children and build a school that will bring more families moving to our Island to attend a wonderful school.
This land was intended for a school, and the Community of Marco knows this. Lely is not meeting the obligation of Marco students. A school similar to Marco Charter would work. Collier County and CCSB need to also be held accountable. Marco Island may have to pay for it, but it should be built for the students. Education & grades should be first.
Mr. Black- you obviously read words into my comment. We do not discriminate not do we tolerate prejudice and our children have many good decent friends from East Naples and Lely. The school is the problem, you (I know) are a involved teacher/coach. There are many teachers at this school (not all) that should not be there. Our kids are there to learn and the teachers are responsible for teaching these children. The D rating is due to the lack of discipline and teaching. If the teacher does not care to teach the students (or truly want to be at this school) then the students will not learn and this school will continue to have a D rating and you will hear from more parents, like myself, that expect better for children that have been taught at Marco Charter A rated by involved teachers and parents. You are right! most parents are very involved at Charter we lose that involvment at Lely, we do need to become more involved and I will do my best to start to be more involved in this school. My child and the Marco children deserve a better education and a better environment than Lely at present is offering. Lely needs work, and a high school on Marco just might not be a bad idea. You are an asset to Lely and we are glad that you are there. I know you believe in Lely and it would be nice to see one of the oldest school in Naples get a passing grade.
TheVoice: Is Mr. Black the Mr. Black at Lely?and perhaps the messiah looks like he is part of the new Church high school with a low attendance rating, not wanting a public small high school for the fear of losing his few students. Most the drugs (the few kids that partake on Marco) are comming from the manor and golden gate- my child from Lely will also confirm this. Wake up Marco and demand a high school from this uncaring school board and Mr. Thompson. Many families with middle schoolers leave Marco due to the choice of Lely. A nice small high school could be a A grade role model- like our Charter School and bring more families into Marco- families now move from Marco because of Lely High. Lely is not acceptable and many of the teachers(not all) do not care about our students or even teaching the students at this school. Wake up, the truth is not always pretty.
Marcoptimist- agree 100 percent. My children have friends from many Naples/Marco areas and we have black children and hispanic friends at our home often(from East Naples)skin color or race does not matter- it is what is inside that counts. my children have many friends and they are all "good" kids. We are talking about Lely D school- the environment is not acceptable at Lely. My child is okay at Lely and likes the school. Problem- I expect more from this high school than just Okay- D grade school is not okay! even with a child receiving A. The school is a disappointment for all the children (from a A School) having to attend a D school Lely(unless you have time or money to get your Marco child to another choice). There are many problems and many children that Lely is "just trying" to get graduated high school. I expect my children to get the best education and to be "trying hard" to get into colleges of their choice. A small high school on this island should seriously be looked into, and Thompson and the School Board needs to be openminded and concerned with the education of our children. Our School Board and Thompson have shown blindness- unacceptable. Shame on our School Board! Our children should come first. Tract K= Marco High School.
themessiah- Environment if very important to well being- and with child's development the environment is even more important! Just curious.. Where do you live? Did you choose Marco Island? or did you chose Naples Manor? Did you choose your nice environment that you live, work and socialize in or do you live in the hood? or the manor? or the farm workers low income area? Children learn by example, by behavior, and by good peer and role models. Lely High is lacking in all of the above. Marco needs a decent grade A high school, Lely is a disappointment for our children. You really do need to GET A CLUE! you choose your nice "real world" our children deserve the same choices.
islanman4now- we have 400+ children attending MICMS -A school, and then we send these children to a D school Lely!- where they learn back talk, disprect, drugs, gangs,sex, and everything else from chilren with parents who do not (or can't support) the Lely school. Marco does need a high school! Lely loses more Marco children every year- parents that can choose and have the time (to tansport) to other Public schools and parents (who can afford) to send to expensive Naples private schools will continue- as D rated high school is really not acceptable! Lely is a product of its environment and Marco is a product of its enviroment- A rated - it is that simple and Marco children should not attend this D school.
freedom- This Community wants and needs a high school for Marco- The local parents will send children if a choice to at A grade school instead of a D high school. The MICMS is A+ because of the teachers and parents who support it, The high school will be the same, and a excellent choice for Marco kids. The high school will be a role model for many communities. Most parents would consider Marco a pristine environment and the MICMS is a excellent role model, this will duplicate at a new Marco High School. Yes, lets poll the parents at MICMS and LELY and TBE- (I am one of them!)Every parent I have spoken with- agrees. the Truth = Marco High School.
freedom- Your reasons for not putting a school on Marco are RIDICULOUS! There is enough land to put a small high school(400+ children attend MICMS)11 acres is sufficent for a model high school- MICMS is great because of the teachers and parents who SUPPORT this school. The high school on Marco will be great because of the teachers and parents who SUPPORT it. I disagree and have children in many sports programs in MICMS and Lely. The children can and will still be in sports and will not lack in athletics. There are many small private schools that we can play - MICMS plays the small private schools! and there are many other teams to place athletes on. the park and YMCA also have facilites that the local children can use/ If a child is good and excells or even wants to play- opportunity exist. You have to be kidding! Socialization at Lely! Is this the socialization skills that you want your child to learn at this impressionable age- I see first hand the socialization skills from the minor low income diversified families- AND IT IS LACKING- This is one of the reasons families do not want to put children that have been taught well in socialization at Lely- so that the high school with inferior D Grades and inferior students (who are not taught how to act, respect, or learn!) can teach our Marco children how to disrespect. You are correct that Lely does produce some outstanding students- but the majority of the students at this school are not outstanding. The parents on Marco are not in denial. It is the simple truth. More families are taking children to other schools- Naples High, Barron Collier,etc, and expensive private schools like Community so that their children (who have been taught well) are not undone at Lely! These numbers increase every year and more are increasing (expecially in the sports and athletes!) so if you think that Lely is acceptable and okay, you sir- are in denial. Lely is a D school (and at present) not acceptable- Lely has cut staff recently (less counselors- now only three) The children that attend this school are not ready for college and are not given the best opportunity possibly. Lely needs brought to par (which will not happen- due to the minority and lack of parents support from all of these children) so the other option for our children of Marco is a nice Small High School. This was in the plans of Deltona and should be finished. Many of the MICMS children also come from Lely Resort, and East Naples. The parents, residents and community of Marco need to make certain this dream happens for future children. I do have children and I am a parent who has an A Student at Lely and I am not impressed with Lely High School. Parents of Marco children that attend MICMS A rated school should expect and deserve better for this area than sending our kids to a D School with many problems from many minority kids! Give our local childen the A grade High School they deserve to attend!
Applause for Greg West- The community would like Tract K to be a high school for the deserving kids of Marco. A small exceptional school would please most in the community and the parents. Thompson is obviously just looking for the money and has no interest in looking into the benefit of an educational building. Lely is a D School, the vacant seats will remain. Many parents are now transporting kids to the other public schools in Naples to avoid Lely! (Naples High, Barron Collier etc) and costly private schools. Marco Charter is excellent- build something comparable for these children for high school. These children will return to Marco and better your community in the future! Tract K should not be sold and the vision of Deltona (a high school)-constructed on TractK. Mr. Thompson does not have the best interest of the local children in his decisions.
A Marco High School on Tract K for the local children is a great possiblity!
Beached- Thanks for your info- I have not read the deeds or restrictions. It would be nice for the children of this island to have a high school to attend. Lely has not lived up to what is expected. Marco Middle is great. The kids deserve a great high school. Hoping the council is against the proposal and the school board does something in the interest of education.
Beached- you may call MICA and speak with Ruth MCcann, the property was given from Deltona/Mackle Brothers for use of educational purpose with the intent for a small high school on Marco Island. MICA would be able to assist you with this and the final approval needed for TractK
This land was deeded by Deltona and Mackle Brothers for a high school, or educational purposes. This vison for Marco should remain. MICA should enforce this deed restriction and not allow TractK to have any other purpose. 11 acres is sufficent for a very nice High School for the local children. The local kids are bussed at wee hours in the morning, off the island to Lely. Lely has deteriorated to a D School, and at times with the diversity is not a safe school. Many Marco parents have chosen to take their kids to alternative schools, private expensive schools and public schools in North Naples that have better grades- with many hours of daily commutes.(this number increases every year,due to the Lely D grade)Marco children deserve better. This site should be the high school, solar panels can be put on the roof of this school. Marco Charter Middle is a A school- no local child should be given a D school to attend. This is unacceptable from this community. TractK - a High School for our kids.
themessiah- There is a private church school, that is why it has 8 registered students. We need a Public School, or a Charter High School, not a private (for profit) or church school.
All The parents on the island and residents need to speak out at all meetings concerning Tract K. This land was given for educational purpose. A high school on the island for our children so that they get the same quality education that they receive at the Marco Middle School is what the board should be convinced to do with Tract K. Lely is a D School and the children are taken by bus at wee hours in the morning. The children on this island deserve better and they deserve a high school. I hope that parents and residents will step up and persuade the community to keep Tract K for educational purposes. The deeded requirement from Deltona and Mica. Let's give our children the education to get into the college of choice, so that they return to Marco Island and help our community in the future.
Sounds like the State Prosecutor should be called, and the criminals in our City arrested and held accountable for being the crooks they are.
I agree with Ruth Mcann- The land was given for educational purpose. Marco Children should have a high school on this small site. The children of Marco are bussed at wee hours in the am (5am- 6am) into Lely. Lely has deteriorated to a D school and it is a disappointment for kids that come from a very nice Marco Middle School. The children on this island deserve to have a high school. Lely High has deteriorated drastically and the Marco Children deserve a better High School. This land was given for EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE. Why must our City change what Deltona planned. Deltona planned for a school to be built on this site.
Stefanides says 20% is too much to trim - there is a lot more fat in our government than 20%! come on Steve! Do you expect us to believe this? this government needs fiscal responsibility. I do hope that they can cut 20% off the fat! it would still leave some fat for our city government to chew on before they hit bone. Marco City is like a big fat steak, instead of the lean meat that the government needs to be in this down economy.
Congratulations Zach. Two great parents Greg and Terry.
ejburger- Noone is blaming Marco City for financial woes- if you had read my comment- you would understand - I have no financial woes- and I have planned well ahead, business is great. However, I am stating that our Marco City does not plan well- and does not think of the citizens and residents of this island. Many residents on this island are in financial woes.. and are struggling. This is a down economy. Our city should be looking for ways to save dollars not new projects to spend spend spend and tax the crap out of the residents. Many would leave the island as Fossil stated but can't. Marco City does not care about the residents, only the dollars the residents generate. It is that simple.
When it stinks like a dead fish, it is a dead fish!This is a agenda that Arceri is orchestrating with his detrimental advice.
This is a very educated outsider on this issue, and this outsider tells our city that it should not own the electric, by marketing reduced rates(he states all city owned utilities have higher rates) of course, they do- this is the reason Marco City want to buy the utility- and dictate our electric bill increases/Arceri is trying to dictate to all of us residents STILL! (with his ill expertise) the council should not be puppets for Arceri- why does our city continue to consult with the past councilor Arceri? (as past councilor- he was appointed not elected- did anyone else run for this council seat- answer is NO) What profit is Arceri making from this and his investment partners? If it smells like a dead fish, it is a dead fish! I urge everyone that loves this island, to band together and not let our City take over the Electric. This is a profit agenda, we will all pay extreme bills from such a takeover.
The city logic is to make more money - more profit as stated in this article. The economy is awful, and didn't we have a record tax increase?? Property taxes on Mark-up Island went up- recollection of tax increase this year/ highest in state and possibly country? did they forget this? oh, it was marketed to us as a tax decrease (when the city did not get the actual dollars they seeked) but it was still a high increase in down economic times. How many other cities increased property taxes on their residents? This Electric agenda has already been decided by (Arceri and his followers) and this is just steps that the city will follow, to try to get council to go along with them. Looks like they have Gibson convinced,nothing to go with logic with this councilor. Our City does SHOULD NEVER own the electric or any of our utilites, run the city correctly and stay out of our pockets. The city owned water company has doubled (tripled) prices since take over. LCEC DOES A REMARKABLE JOB, AND KEEPS OUR PRICES AFFORDABLE.
ElkcamEye: I have planned very well for retirement, and I still have about 20+ years ago. I could retire today, if I desired, and live on "Mark up Island". I do understand progress, which every City, Business, Individual needs. What I can not understand, is how you and your comrades feel it is okay to Spend, Spend, Spend, in a very crappy economy- I am blaming the City of Marco for this- as there are so many projects started (not completed) and so many other projects on the table. This is a City that has overstepped and does not care about the residents. Marco needs to slow down and let the economy get better before looking for ways to tax us and get more money, and spend spend spend projects. My planning is not lacking, however our City is lacking in responsibility.
hourigan- sounds like you are the cry baby. It is called freedom of speech, why don't you get a life-and quit riding respectable citizens. If we could all sell out on this "marked up island" then we would be happy to leave and let all you rich boys pat yourself on the back and slap each others axxes! and brown nose each other while you ruin this island and create more projects and more bills for all the taxpayers (who are now stuck here and can not leave due to the DOWN ECONOMY- Marco City does not get it- nor does not care about the residents- For Profit Only! to Spend Spend like the big Corporations. Marco is stuck in big government policy. We are all suffering from big government spending and meddling with our economy in the United States
hourigan- go soak your head- your are a dumba**- which we all know (shows in your stupid comments). I guess you let her into your home- you sly one!
Thought I should post this. Three nights ago, early evening (right before dark) I was in my yard (road off North Barfield) and a young hispanic woman (20-30 years old) approached me out of nowhere- from across the street? noone else around- we have many vacant houses in our neighborhood from absent owners.This hispanic greeted me as if she knew me, very friendly. Then she ask and wanted to do work? free work? as a single mom in some sorta program? she was carrying a little black folder. I felt something was amiss,and thought there was foul play intended. I told her I had no time,and no interest, and I sent her on her way before she tried to get into our home. Did anyone else encounter this same woman? three nights ago on Marco. My gut feeling was that this woman was not honest. Anyone else have any similar dealings? Is this the same woman in the above article.
Ed, Ed, Ed, ... there you go again! This is the OCEAN! This is WATER! This is a CHILD! A TODDLER- without a developed brain! Have you ever heard of DROWNING- from parent's stupidness and carelessness. It is NOT appropriate for Germans (or any parent) to leave a child alone on the beach. Please Ed, go back to Germany and stay there, Ed (you of all people) are not understanding of others. You are the "know it all", which you have shown again from your ridiculous comment on this situation.
Ed.. you definitely win the "Know it All Award" We need a special award for "just you" for your big ego and incorrect information!... that you try to shove down all of our throats. I find your comments offensive and repulsive and I do not agree with what you continuously send our way. The city has made a mess of this island with the strp and this was done for profit. In living twenty five years on Marco- our septic has never failed or leaked thousands of gallons of raw sewage in hours time! I find it horrible that you (Ed-the know it all) are okay with more leaks (didn't you say a couple?) a year? Wow! One leak spewing thousands of gallons of crap and doo doo is one leak to many to a very fragile environment. We are doomed.. pat yourself on the back, and go shake a couple of your comrades hands, you do a great disservice for Marco Island. Have a nice holiday, Ed- I hope you sleep well at night. I guess you are retired (with an ego) and have time for all the committee fronts that our City puppets? When most Committees on Marco are formed (I am learning very quickly) the City groups have already decided on the outcome and it is merely a puppet show to show to the residents of Marco. Shame- Shame- Shame!
We will by very lucky if we only have two spills a year! this is a city that should never have owned any of our utilities. I predict that we will have many unfortunate spills and many leaks of information. Our pristine environment is going to take a downward turn. Thanks to our city owning the water company, and forcing sewers on us for more dollars and more profit!!! We should all call Mr. Thompson and thank him for doing such a careless job- we are just the residents and public- we are not the considered - Ever / This City government is ran for profit like a big corporation- to the detriment of the residents, and our environment. If there is a buck to be made you betcha our City will want a piece of it.
Wow, if this was a resident of Marco, or a US Citizen - they would face arrest. Parents (whether German, American, Italian, etc) should know not to leave a toddler unattended ever especially at the beach or anywhere!!. I pity this poor toddler- Responsiblity!
well said playballoonK!Top Story- was it the major poop spill? 18,000 gallons of raw sewage- that is a lot of poop! This is a Top Story! - or the finance director abrupty leaving due to City getting caught with massive misapproriation of funds- There is a lot of poop in both this stories with City. We still have a couple weeks, let's see what other "top stories" happen before the years end.
Ms.Richie still working part time for the City? or has she graduated to a full time job? I agree with playballonK: Ms. Richie needs to answer questions from State Authority- and Ms. Douglass needs to answer some questions also- Ms. Douglass didn't know about the test(s) plural- not one? interesting.
Ed, Yes thanks to the likes of you- we are all forced to have sewers. The homes on the island have worked fine with septic systems and the sandy soil filters and drains.(the septics do not leak thousands of gallons of raw sewage in hours time) I guess - we can all tell Ed "I told you so" when are pristine environment is ruined-by as you said yourself " more leaks, more spills," and more careless management of our City. Oh, I forgot - you are the "know it all" and we are all idiots for not agreeing with you. Ed- most homeowners on this island- DO NOT AGREE WITH YOU- but you are right- we are forced with sewers. Thank you Ed Issler. Great Job.
Once again, the sewers were forced on all of us- the entire island. The septics work fine and best for a island built with canals everywhere with water. Our economy on Marco is the tourist. I predict we will have many spills of toxic crap! many fish kills, many polluted water ways, and many tourist finding alternative vacation spots- when our waterways become polluted. All for the profit of the city with sewers at the detriment of our paradise. We will all pay the price. Sewers were not needed, and an enormous project that the city could profit big bucks with projected disaster to our environment and tourist dollars.
The MICMS school board is volunteer. The school is always seeking non-parents to apply and run for the board. The board is to consist of non parents and parents. It is very difficult to get volunteers without children in the school. Mostly parents are on this school board. Greg West (above) WoolyBully is a very dedicated individual and does his best to be fair- he would be an excellent candidate for the school board. West does do it for the Kids!! and he is very passionate about what he gets involved with in our community. This is a person that makes our community a better place to live in.
Please get off your ego trips, please!There are no citizens vs. Marco government. The citizens want the government held responsible to the same rules as EVERY CITY in Florida and to use fiscal responsibility. The government should follow the rules, just like the citizens. Recker is supporting ALL CITIZENS of Marco Island. It is not acceptable for Marco government to "not follow rules and procedures" "not keep the council informed" "not apply funds correctly" " not okay to hood-wink the citizens that suppport Marco government" the list goes on.. this makes a dictatorship if allowed. Marco Citizens want a government that is honest, dependable, reliable and follows rules and regulations. Marco Citizens must obey rules, and it is due time that the Marco government follows the same rules in place for our City. Please get off your ego trips and move to a Country that you can dictate in. Recker and City Counsel to check City balances is a good thing, which keeps everyone in line and the citizens will realize that City Government is and will be in accord.
Recker is trying to do the "Right" thing, and expose all the crooked play in our government. Get over yourselves, PLEASE. Wow! do we have ego maniacs on this island that know everything and want our city to be run with no questions asked. We all pay our taxes and we all get to vote council in. We are all taxed dearly and as residents we deserve to know the truth. The council is doing the correct job by asking questions and making sure that the I gets dotted and the T gets crossed. Good Job Recker- keep asking questions and keep checking city, our council should not be kept in the dark, oh, I forgot// we are suppose to keep Marco Island - a dictatorship! sorry but the honest families on this island will not allow it.
Good choice for City.Why all the negative towards the YMCA? The community would be better if all of these groups would work TOGETHER. It is not in your best interest to degrade the YMCA, the YMCA needs improvement and so does our City programs, and all other groups involved in this community should work towards one goal- for the youth and Island,good luck Bryan. You are a great choice for the park.
jgrif33I hope others see what Chuck Baldwin could do for the good of America (it is a shame that Chuck Baldwin has not the advertisment and media to make it known)VOTE CONSTITUTION PARTY- CHUCK BALDWIN
We need a Mayor on Marco!
I am voting for Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party.After watching his debate with Ralph Nader- he made the most sense and answered the questions with intelligence. Google search Chuck Baldwin and listen to his debate and views on issues. There are several views of Mr. Baldwin that are very strong that I do not agree with. But I feel that if he had a (very slight) chance to win, he would definitely put America back on the track needed. The two Republican and Democratic candidates are too close similarly, and I am not comfortable voting for either this year. Vote Chuck Baldwin and tell all your friends about this candidate. We have too much control of our rights and liberties with our government with spend spend agendas, Federal, State, and City! we are losing our constitutional rights every day- look up Chuck Baldwin and listen to his agenda.
deltarome:I believe as many citizens that the intent of this study is to takeover the electric. This is the "hidden agenda" of our city. Why do a study, if there will not get any savings to the rate payer.. AS YOU JUST STATED!? Our city government at the moment has its hands full with the mess that has been created in just a few short years. Marco City is a monopoly and just like you stated this new city of ours is getting fat with waste, and also by looking after the needs of management, not the citizens of Marco. Sounds to me like you just described our City of Marco not LCEC. I do not know why we did not receive our small dividend shares .. can someone call LCEC and get an explanation on this? perhaps our rates were not increased,my bills have been about the same at my residence and commercial buildings on Marco for the last two years, maybe this is where my dividend shares went? I can not say the same for my CITY OWNED WATER BILL- it has TRIPLED IN TWO YEARS. LCEC is a good reliable company that has treated the residents fairly and honestly. I can not say the same for my city owned Water. There must be an honest and reputable reason for that? Oh wait .. we will have more audits and more study.. more dollars spent.. and fabricated numbers and impressive charts to back up all the dishonest politics. give the citizens a break and stop this nonsense and manage the City correctly and get out of our utilities! Please find another "hidden" agenda to take our money. LCEC is not for sale, and needs to be left out of city spending.
LCEC is very reliable and cost effective. LCEC stands for LEE COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE.. This is the same utility company that gives service to LEE COUNTY...(Lee county is a big area, not like Ava Maria) This takeover (study) is for ownership by Marco City, for profit. Our city is monopolizing our utilities, why? because the water company is a huge profit for the city, at the citizens expense. the electric company (that is now efficient) would be another huge city bill for citizens and we would all see enormous bill increases so that our city has more money for its spend spend agenda. The study once completed (City will have impressive charts and numbers; all informative for the takeover and recommendation of City owned utility, then the City as stated above will have the STRENGTH to negotiate a takeover) Like the stock market fiasco - this information (of charts and numbers) will be in the favor of our Marco City, and Marco City our cash cow will be holding the stock. We will all be paying dearly for Marco to own the Electric Company. This is a waste of $100.000 and it is taken from the franchise fee. (that the city conveniently charged us all - for underground electric that went to something else.. was it lights on sidewalks? or hidden in another agenda) Wake up Marco, we are being hoodwinked.. the same way - when Marco wanted to own the water company, we all agreed and there was definitely a hidden agenda when the Water Company became part of City Control. We all pay more dearly for water, and the water company is for city profit, and we now are all assessed for sewers whether we wanted them or not (no say by citizens) and we all pay more fees on our water bills. thanks to our city owning the water. do not let the same mistake happen with our electric. LCEC has been on Marco for over 25 years, this is a company that is reputable, honest and reliable and we should all fight this study and takeover by Marco city.
Our utility is ran efficiently by LCEC. In our 25 years on the island, we have only praise for LCEC. through every hurricane that has came our way, LCEC has quickly returned power to Marco. the longest outage- 2 days! a quick to respond, professional and efficient company. It is a coop- and every resident that is signed up with LCEC is an owner- we get a small refund check back each year from this utility. WE DO NOT WANT MARCO CITY - WITH A SPEND SPEND AGENDA! THE CITY already was given our water company (we voted yes for Marco to own the water) and look at the mess and the major price increases! we pay more in water than most communities in the entire USA. Please citizens of Marco- fight this takeover (study) that the city is trying to obtain. We do not need to be hoodwinked again, and the city needs to get out of our pockets- or plant money trees in our backyards.
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