Comments by wwaldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Obama refuses to accept responsibility:

The Budget Control Act of 2011(BCA) was signed into Law on August 3, 2011 by Obama. Obama and his White House Staff who had proposed the Sequstration Tax Cuts outlined in the BCA knew the Tax Cuts would be eased into effect on March 1, 2013.

The President's Democratic Party who controls the Senate and the Republican Controlled House had approximately 18 months to address the issues outlined in the BCA. There was also a Debt Ceiling Increase int the BCA.

Now Obama wants another Debt Ceiling Increase plus more Tax Revenue Increases.

The Sequester not only triggers the approximate $85 Billion in Budget Cuts but also enacts $165 Billion in Tax Increases.

One of those Tax Increases that went into effect in January, 2013 was the Payroll Tax increase, going from 4.2% to 6.9% effecting most employed Citizens went.

There are 13 different Tax Increases triggered by the Sequester, another one is the Death Tax.

It's wrong that "We the People" who employ these 535 members of Congress who all receive 6 figure saleries ($174,000+) can not enact a budget since O's first Election. "We the People" elected these Gods of Congress.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Obama refuses to accept responsibility:

After 4 years of always blaming some else - Isn't it time for this Democratic President to take credit for being the worst President we have ever had. Your figures indicate a plus 64% interest cost in 4 years. There is a lot more going with spending when US Government Revenues are at highest amount ever.

In the first two years of Obama's Presidency he had a Democratic Controlled Senate and House and did nothing but raise Taxes and Increase Spending (Solendra, etc.)and blame GWB. For a while the Democrats could play the blame game and they did. Obama has not taken any action but to lead the United States into deeper Debt and is continuing his desire to raise more Taxes(Revenue) and raise the Debt Ceiling even Higher.

I do not agree with the course of Action this President is taking. It is not good for the American Economy. And now he has the Democratic Leadership including himself once again threatening Social Security, Healthcare, Public Safety Programs, Homeland Security, etc. because the Democratic Leadership refused to talk about Budget cuts prior to his sequestation taking effect.

The Republicans gave in before and he fully expects them to cave in again. Someone please do what is good for the American Tapaying Legal Citizens.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Obama refuses to accept responsibility:

There is no question that Congress voted to accept the Sequester. The House is controlled by the Republicans and the Senate is controlled by the Democrats. The President is the Leader of the Democratic Party.

Revenue is NOT the Problem - SPENDING IS THE PROBLEM.

Sequestration was the plan of the Democratic White House Staff to satisfy the Republican controlled House demands for reduction in the debt ceiling.

It would seem obvious that the Senate and House have not agreed to come to terms prior to the Sequester taking effect. The President's Democratic Senate wants increases in Taxes, Spending plus a Higher Debt Ceing and the Republican controlled House does not agree. Should the House of Representatives roll over and allow more increases in Taxes, increases in Spending and a Higher Debt Ceiling. I would pray not. Let's work at lowering spending and not increasing Taxes.

There no need to discuss blame when the Debt Ceiling has doubled to 16.4 Trillion in 4 short years. Why have we not had a accepted budget in 4 years.
Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Entitlements are gifts:

1Paradiselost,
Your comments are accurate with notable exceptions,
According to Factcheck:

We’ll just quickly note that illegal immigrants are broadly disqualified from collecting benefits from government programs, according to U.S. Code, with only limited exceptions. Those exceptions are:
■Emergency medical care (which includes emergency labor and delivery)
■Emergency disaster relief that is provided for the short term and is not a cash payment
■Limited immunizations and testing, and treatment of symptoms of communicable diseases
■Certain community programs, such as soup kitchens or crisis counseling, as specified by the Attorney General
■Limited housing or community development assistance to those already receiving it in 1996

These are the only circumstances under which illegal immigrants can lawfully receive government assistance. Notably absent from this list is any type of Social Security benefits. To repeat: Illegal immigrants cannot legally receive Social Security benefits, and Congress isn’t about to vote on legislation that would change that.

Of course, some immigrants who are here without legal permission do end up receiving Social Security and other benefits, through bureaucratic mistakes or through deliberate fraud. The Government Accountability Office has even called this a "serious problem," though the GAO also says that "the full extent of benefit fraud is unknown." This problem draws the ire of conservative commentators and is sometimes distorted in Internet or e-mail postings to imply falsely that such payments are government policy.
Justin Bank - Author
Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Entitlements are gifts:

To ALL MARCO ISLANDERS:

HAPPY and a HEALTHY NEW YEAR.
Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Entitlements are gifts:

1Paradiselost,

Social Security as you state should be for those that have paid into the system and their legal heirs.

Unfortunately, our government is taking Social Security monies and paying benefits to some that have somehow arrived in many our cities and towns and have never had a relative pay a penny into Social Security. These are the unentitled receiving Entitlements.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Entitlements are gifts:

DRESCHER, UWE aka Klaus Stoertebeker

Klaus Stoertebeker, whose real name was Nikolaus Storzenbecher, was a German who lived in the 14th century.
Stoertebeker led group of freebooters, who captured Danish ships during the war by order of the Germans. In one way he was a privateer, but he also captured the ships of England, Holland, Russia and even German ships itself. In 1401 Stoertebeker and 71 of his companions were caught near Helgoland Island by a trick. A fisherman whom Stoertebeker granted protection turned out to be the enemy. Stoertebeker was executed in Hamburg in 1400.

Stand up UWE, quit hiding behind a bunch of ficticious names.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Entitlements are gifts:

1Paradiselost:

Social Security and Medicare benefits paid to those who did not pay into the system is a Gift or an Entitlement.

You are right, People that paid into Social Security System are not receiving a gift because they are Entitled.

Difference between being Entitled which is earned and an Entitlement which unfortunately is a Gift to the unentitled.

WW

Written on PHOTO GALLERY: Marco Island Christmas Boat Parade:

Capri is a great little community that had a very nice boat parade and they don't pay City of Marco Island taxes.

CAPRI Property Tax Rate = 12.5271 per $1000 Taxable value.
MARCO Property Tax Rate = 11.8827 per $1000 Taxable value.

A home on the Isles of Capri with a $200,000 Taxable Value pays about $128 a year more in taxes, but they get fireworks at their boat parade. I don't believe the fireworks money came from their Property Tax Money. Maybe private donations from the community.

OldMarcoMan maybe the Isles of Capri is a better place to live in your eyes. I suggest Marco is the better value but that is up to you.

Marco Island is my City, I am Part of It and I Am Proud of It.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Marco Island City Council – Signage, anchored vessels, and thanks to a firefighte :

Steve Fricking (Fire Fighter of the Year recipient) is certainly an outstanding fire-fighter and CERT Instructor. He will be missed since he has opted to retire. He has indicated that he will be around, hopefully to remain active in the CERT training program. He is a sincere friend to his family (both personal and the fire fighter family) as well as to the many people he has met. My best wishes.

When I was hit by a car, it was reasurring to see his smiling face.

Wayne Waldack - Marco Island

Written on The Vietnam Wall That Heals on Marco Island:

RayPray wrote:
"With such a legion of (self-advertised) war heroes roaring their engines and strutting around the island (not to mention its friendly taverns), it's nearly impossible to imagine how we manged to lose this expensive war so ignominiously...."

First: The Loss of the VietNam (undeclared) war and the Loss of many American Service men and women can be attributed to the politics of the "Washington Establisment".

Second: The Legion of Men and Women that I saw that unselfishly amassed in great numbers did so to usher in the "half-scale replica of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall" and they where there only to deliver RESPECT. These riders were certainly proud escorts that were there only to remember their fallen Brothers and Sisters, those that willingly answered our Nation's call to Service.

Respect that it took too long for the "Washington Establishment" to give.

The VietNam Wall was built because Men and Women, much like the "Proud Escorts", would not forget those that died in Service for their Country.

God bless those that gave and those that remember.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Marco and the Memorial: Traveling Vietnam Wall’s visit coincides with Pearl Harbor Day:

RayPray wrote:
"With such a legion of (self-advertised) war heroes roaring their engines and strutting around the island (not to mention its friendly taverns), it's nearly impossible to imagine how we manged to lose this expensive war so ignominiously...."

First: The Loss of the VietNam (undeclared) war and the Loss of many American Service men and women can be attributed to the politics of the "Washington Establisment".

Second: The Legion of Men and Women that I saw that unselfishly amassed in great numbers did so to usher in the "half-scale replica of the original Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall" and they where there only to deliver RESPECT. These riders were certainly proud escorts that were there only to remember their fallen Brothers and Sisters, those that willingly answered our Nation's call to Service.

Respect that it took too long for the "Washington Establishment" to give.

The VietNam Wall was built because Men and Women, much like the "Proud Escorts", would not forget those that died in Service for their Country.

God bless those that gave and those that remember.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Proper responses:

Oddly enough, over the years numerous emails were received without any identification of sender or subject matter. In the past, I made the effort to respond.

Due to the electronic wizardry of the day, anyone should now refuse and opt not to open any unidentified emails because of the real danger of a potential myriad of hidden viruses.

What reason would anyone have to subject their computer to potentially harmful viruses from an unidentified and persistent email sources?

If you are going to send an email: Have the courage to identify yourself (not an blog type aka), state your subject matter and the recipient will be able to make a judgement and then determine if a response is appropriate!

If there is no identification given how can only select constituents be blocked?

Written on Marco residents concerned over taxes, water sewer rates:

ajm3s

The foundations do provide many benefits for the specific city programs as they do contribute to the support of the community and the Parks and Recreation Foundation is raising money. There is valid reasoning in replacing the current recreation building and that will be a responsibility that will need to be addressed either now or in the future. It is in need of a major overhaul and is currently functionally obsolescent as it can not meet the desires of the community.

The bad economy makes this a good time to take a serious look at the project in so much as suppliers are offering low prices and contractors are in need of work. The hiring of Marco Island contractors could make it more desirable.

The questions that still remain are:
1. Is this the right time?
2. Is the project to large?
3. Is this the best price?
4. Would we be better off spending money monies to repair the old?
5. etc.

I remember Mr. Murphy’s position in regards to shell driveways as not so much in opposition to shell driveways but in providing safety to his personnel without increasing the need for additional personnel and needing a hard tired gurney with larger wheels. Ambulance gurneys are for the most part standard small soft wheeled gurneys not suitable for the natural, "soft" shell driveway. Larger wheeled gurneys may also be difficul to lock down in a standard ambulance. Putting additional Fire/Rescue personnel on site ties up valuable equipment from other responses and creates additional expenses.

Also Chief Murphy is certainly one of the most respected Fire Chiefs because of his extensive knowledge of the Fire/Rescue Service. Chief Murphy certainly does do everything possible to insure the safety of his men.

If you are a recently retired Fire Chief, you would understand the importance protecting the health and safety of your men. One of the first things a Fireman learns or should learn is personal safety, because if you are injured you will create problems in helping others.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Marco residents concerned over taxes, water sewer rates:

ajm3s

If you can not accept that having the lowest Ad-Valorem (Property) Taxes is a good indicator of how well the City of Marco Island manages its finances, then there is probably little else that would satisfy your opinions.

You may also fail to understand that the Police Foundation, the Fire/Rescue Foundation and the Parks and Recreation Foundation all are volunteer memberships that are Marco Island Citizens and/or Marco Island Business people that support the many positive sides of Marco Island. These organizations contribute time, money, effort and many positive contributions to the City of Marco Island.

The City of Marco Island has many Citizen Committees that vet many requests prior to reaching City Council. You may be tired of Mr. Murphy requests to protect your safety because you don’t understand the why of the problem.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Marco residents concerned over taxes, water sewer rates:

CORRECTION:

ajm3s

When I did the study, the purpose was to understand where Marco Island’s Millage Rate stands in comparison to all other communities in the State of Florida. I used information from 378 communities because I did not want the study to discriminate by area, poor vs. rich or cost of operations. The study did include population. Marco Island has numerous expensive homes but is not the most exclusive community in Florida.

The resulting fact was that Marco Island is blessed with the 3rd lowest combined City/County Millage Rate or Ad-Valorem Tax Rate in the State of Florida. I did investigate the Non-Ad-Valorem fees of the two cities with lower Ad-Valorem Taxes. One of those two cities receives 47% of its budget from Non-Ad-Valorem Fees and the other city receives 60% of its budget from Non-Ad-Valorem Fees.

The average City/County Millage Rate of the 378 cities used was 19.8277 and Marco Island was at 11.3835. The highest community was Biscayne Park (Miami Dade) at 25.7760. Most communities in the Miami-Dade area have similar Millage Rates to Biscayne Park. There were two cities that I did not include that showed a Millage Rate of 45.

Millage Rates are a common denominator because that is the multiplier that all communities use. Millage Rate X Taxable Value = Ad-Valorem Tax.

Millage Rates should not be the only factor on how we judge our city; you unfortunately make accusations which are with little merit or basis. Citizens raised issues about water and sewer rates and we are going through a Cost of Service study.

Written on Marco residents concerned over taxes, water sewer rates:

ajm3s

When I did the study, the purpose was to understand where Marco Island’s Millage Rate stands in comparison to all other communities in the State of Florida. I used information from 378 communities because I did want the study to discriminate by area, poor vs. rich or cost of operations. The study did include population. While Marco Island has numerous expensive homes but it is not the most exclusive community in Florida.

The resulting fact was that Marco Island was blessed with the 3rd lowest combined City/County Millage Rate or Ad-Valorem Tax Rate in the State of Florida. I did investigate the Non-Ad-Valorem fees of the two cities with lower Ad-Valorem Taxes. One of those two cities receives 47% of its budget from Non-Ad-Valorem Fees and the other city received 60% of its budget from Non-Ad-Valorem Fees.

The average City/County Millage Rate of the 378 cities used was 19.8277 and Marco Island was at 11.3835. The highest community was Biscayne Park (Miami Dade) at 25.7760. Most communities in the Miami-Dade area have similar Millage Rates to Biscayne Park. There were two cities that I did not include that showed Millage Rates of 45.

Millage Rates are a common denominator because that is the multiplier that all communities use. Millage Rate X Taxable Value = Ad-Valorem Tax.

Millage Rates should not be the only factor on how we judge any community; unfortunately you went on to make accusations which are with little merit or basis. Citizens raised issues about water and sewer rates and we are going through a Cost of Service study.
Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Cul-de-sacs: Function before beauty:

Daryl Jacobs,

Your cul-de-sac was designed by the developer, Deltona Corporation, in the 1960's. The only way to increase the size of that cul-de-sac would be to take away private land from you and your neighbors and I would not propose or support that idea unless you and your neighbors wanted that to happen.

Improving drainage in your area is something we have started on Marco Lake Drive. The finger streets off of Marco Lake Drive are a problem due to low elevation and funding is tight. Part of your area is below the Level of Marco Lake which causes drainage issues.

I have and will oppose any effort to get rid of any Eagle and especially our nesting Bald Eagles!

Wayne Waldack, City Councilman (1 of 7)

Written on Marco charter high school controversy turns back to Lely High scenario:

Fossil,
I am more interested in improving the quality of education for all the young men and young women of Marco Island and if the quality of education spills over to the young men and young women of Collier County, that's good, Right? The Charter High School (Academy) has looked at several different sites and thus far have been unable to come up with a viable high school location. I have suggested partnerships with other existing places of education on Marco Island.

My interest is to start the educational ball rolling rather than just kicking the can around in circles. I would prefer to see movement in increasing the quality of education that the the ideas of the "Academy" can bring to all the young men and young women.

I do not support any idea that would increase the cost of education to the Taxpayers of Marco Island. In 2010, Marco Islanders paid $63,000,000.00 in Ad-Valorem (Property Taxes) for education. That equals $45,000 for each of the 1,400 school aged children on Marco Island. (1,400 is an estimate)

I will not project the future. Today's facts indicate that there is available space at Lely which could be utilized and the many advanced placement courses, school clubs and functions, as well as the many sports programs would be available are some of the positives.

Just to say we have a High School, please don't forget the Church next to Winterberry Park on Marco Island already has a "High School" experience.

WW

Written on Guest Commentary: Sewer rates — The great divide:

ajm3s,
You write: "Hazard Warning: Mr. Waldack, please refrain from Excel spreadsheets with data that purports to support a thesis devoid of critical analysis."

You may now find on the C C Assessor's site that the information I delivered at the City Council meeting was indeed accurate. My research was completed months prior to the information being available on the CC Assessor's site.

The only difference was that my research also included reported populations and I separated the city millage rates from the city/county combined millage.

Cringe away if you must but please remember that when one compares the different cities we should consider property values, populations, location, services provided, waterfront versus non-waterfront communities, etc.

We do not have the most expensive property values, we are not the smallest or biggest community, we are not the only water front community, we provide excellent community services and we do not have a lot of service fees like other communities. However Marco Islanders certainly have a great community, great city services, very few fees and a very low property tax rate.

Enjoy Life on Marco, Our Beaches are supreme, the only oil here is sun-tan oil and hope your back is

Wayne Waldack

Written on Marco charter high school controversy turns back to Lely High scenario:

Fossil,
Your Comment:"This proposal has nothing to do with race, gangs or the personal wants of Waldack and people opposing this proposal who may have raised their kids elswhere and then moved here. It is not about keeping our children out of neighborhoods. They have a right to be here, they too are residents and citizens."

I would wish to express that I support the Charter High School. Education of our young men and young women is paramont. The programs that the Charter High School is suggesting are interesing and should find a way of being implemented.

Lely High School has existing facilities that are ready to be used. This would save the Charter Parents a lot infrastructure money which may be used more effectively in providing the advanced educational programs desired.

My suggestion is to better utilize existing buildings and classrooms that are in existence and better allow the "Academy" to exist inside an existing High School. The purpose is to expand the educational experience for all the young men and young women of Marco Island and of Collier County. As I remember the Academy intended to allow students from off island to enroll as well.

Wayne Waldack

Written on What's Your Y Story? Keith Dameron: Naked swimming at the Y makes for fond memories:

Keith:
There are always certain values that change over the years. It is true that many men and women were given opportunities to get back on their financial feet in the era that you described.

Memory of the YMCA facilities in Chicago was that of a gathering place for teenagers to meet, have dances, Sock-Hops, ice cream socials and christian youth activities including, basketball, roller skating, etc. Just a great place meet friends of similar ages.

The YMCA provides a needed service to any community in which they are located and the YMCA here on Marco Island always makes sure that the many activities and services are available to all children of all families, rich or poor, without discrimination.

You and your wedded life partner are indeed valuable members of the community of Marco Island.

Written on Fire ax: Region’s fire departments eye staff cuts to balance budget:

deltarome:

FACT: Your City has the lowest combined City and County Millage Rate in the State of Florida. The average combined City & County Millage Rate for the State of Florida is 19.8277 compared to our 11.3835. The average City Millage Rate is 4.4759 compared to our 1.6518. Many cities, including Naples, rely heavily on user fees, Marco Island's budget is overly dependent on Ad-Valorem (Property Taxes) because property taxes are tax deductible. Other cities rely more on non Ad-Valorem fees. We are not the only city that has seen the rapid increases and drops in housing values.

Naples is half the size of Marco and has 500+/- employees, Marco Island had 211 employees and is down to 204 employees. Please understand that 87% of your property taxes goes to Collier County and the Collier County School Board, 13% of your property taxes goes to the City. The biggest increase in my tax bill came from the County and School Board. The City of Marco Island is not responsible for the decreases in property values and I am total concerned that we must maintain a consistant level of quality services to protect our future property values.
Wayne Waldack

Written on Fire ax: Region’s fire departments eye staff cuts to balance budget:

Comparison:

Venice Population: 22,146
Marco Population: 18,370
Venice City Millage: 3.4503
Marco City Millage: 1.6518
Venice Overall Millage: 20.4069
Marco Overall Millage: 11.3835

Naples: 12 Square Miles
Marco: 24 Square Miles
Naples: 63 Fire Fighters
Marco: 35 Fire Fighters

Big Corkscrew Fire Dept Millage $2 per $1,000
Looking to go to $3.20 per $1,000
City of Marco Island Millage Rate 1.6518 includes Fire/Rescue, Police, Utility Dept and all other City services.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Guest Commentary: CARS’ response to City Council vote:

It is my opinion as an elected City Council member that perception is in the eyes of the viewer. The proposed rate structure of the Utility Advisory Board (UAB) was being used by others as a divisive political tool to pit Condominium Owners against Single Family Owners. We have many types of Water/Waste Water users; Condominiums with individual meters, Single Family Homes with individual meters, master metered Condominiums, Commercial, Business, Bulk Rate water, Bulk Rate wastewater, etc. Additionally, due to the wide array of users, there is most likely a need to have adjustments within the various user groups.

Having attended many numerous UAB meetings, my statement stands that the UAB presented a good variety of rate options; I believe that they did an excellent job in the performance of the task assigned to them and the public should applaud their work and dedication. The UAB did work many, many hours trying to arrive at fair and equitable rates. While the issue of fairness will always remain subjective, it is extremely unfortunate that the well thoughtout process became an issue of A vs. B.

An elected City Council has the responsibility to evaluate the recommendations of an Advisory Board and also the responsibility not to just rubber stamp recommendations. It is extremely unfortunate that others made it a political issue of A vs. B. All of the plans of the UAB had good merit and I could have accepted at least one of the plans. City Council also has the responsibility is to help unify the community rather than solidify any conflict between various groups within the community. We should come together as Marco Islanders, not as A vs. B.

A $50,000 (estimated) fee for a professional and impartial rate study seems reasonable when you consider the impact on the 20 thousand plus water/waste water users. It is important that City Council makes proper decisions and that the water/waste water rates are correct, fair and justifiable to all users. An impartial rate study should also remove any insinuation of inequality.

Wayne Waldack , City Councilman (1of 7)

Written on Forcht also has out-of-state contributors in Marco race:

Shadow,
Of all the things that Al Diaz does, you only selected that Al is a Condominium manager and neglected to mention the many other good and honest things that Mr. Diaz contributes for the good of Marco Island, I am sure it was just an oversight on the part of someone who keeps themself and name hidden in a closet.

I believe that you fail to realize that many Condominium owners are also single family homeowners, either on Marco or elsewhere

You might really be leaping to a loose assumption as to what is in Al's best interest.

Written on Forcht also has out-of-state contributors in Marco race:

OldMarcoMan,

I have known Ted Forcht since 1995 and helped push start his old MG. I have respect for Ted even though I do not always agree with him.

I have known Larry Magel for less time and I have respect for Larry even though I do not always agree with him.

I believe all candidates should base their beliefs on what is in the best interest of all Citizens of Marco Island (single family owners, condominium owners and business owners).

Wayne Waldack

Written on Forcht also has out-of-state contributors in Marco race:

Shadow,

Is being a condo manager a bad thing or are you just trying to drive a wedge between single family homeowners and condo owners.

I believe it is time for single family home owners and condominium owners to work together for a united Marco.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter To The Editor: Water Conservation through Florida friendly landscaping:

Marco97,
Understand your point. I found an inexpensive water miser showerhead that reduces waterflow by nearly 50%. Air is mixed with the water and there is no feeling of reduced waterflow.

WW

Written on Letter To The Editor: Water Conservation through Florida friendly landscaping:

SINCE82,

It is good to see positives comments.

Thank you and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR

WW

Conver

Written on Letter To The Editor: Water Conservation through Florida friendly landscaping:

Hi Fossil (Bill),
On One comment I agree with you. What I wrote is not about me.

"Florida Friendly Landscaping" is about Water Conservation and reducing the cost of an individual's water bill, use of fertilizer and use of pesticides. That is good for our environment.

The cost of fresh drinking water on Marco Island is greatly affected by the direct cost of converting our brackish or salt water sources into potable water (Drinking Water). A great amount of costly energy (electricity up 43% in 4 years) plus expensive filters, etc. is required to supply high quality drinking water through the reverse osmosis process. Marco Island does and will have fresh drinking water today and tomorrow and for the future. Many Cities in Florida would love to be in our position.

With all that said Marco Island is a great place to live. Its a lot like paradise! Too bad all you do is try and find fault.

"Florida Friendly" plants can reduce the cost an individual pays for watering and maintaining his lawn and that would be good for the homeowner's wallet.

Hope you have a brighter outlook on Marco and a Happy New Year.

WW

Written on Letter To The Editor: Water Conservation through Florida friendly landscaping:

SINCE82
Thank You for your efforts. I support "Florida Friendly Landscaping" as opposed to xeriscape. Xeriscaping falsely leads people to ZERO or gravel landscaping which to me is detrimental to a property's value even though it does conserve water.

"Florida Friendly Landscaping" accomplishes conservation through using plants that are "Florida Friendly". The Right Plant for the Right Location is essential to success.

Thank you.
WW

Written on Letter To The Editor: Water Conservation through Florida friendly landscaping:

Shadow,

There is limited and accurate data that was used from the University of Florida / IFAS website and properly noted in the original. Often a newspaper takes certain liberities when they edit insertions into their paper.

Tell Fran to have a happy new year.

WW

Written on Letter To The Editor: Water Conservation through Florida friendly landscaping:

Chuck:
I would prefer that you do not try to translate what you think I meant until you know for fact what I am supporting. "Florida Friendly Plants" are supported in our city. Your perception of what I support might be incorrect. Xeroscaping (Xeriscaping) and "Florida Friendly Lanscaping" might not be synonymous. "Florida Friendly Plants" are pleasing to the eye, use less water, fertilizer and pesticides therefore are easier on the pocket, less labor intensive and are beneficial to the envionment.

Happy New Year
WW

Written on Letter To The Editor: Water Conservation through Florida friendly landscaping:

shadow and merton

I did not mention xeriscape, "Florida Friendly Landscaping" has more to do with "Florida Friendly Plants" which include trees, hedges, ground covers including grasses and flowering shrubs. Much of it can be found in a book called Waterwise from South Florida Water Management District.

Have a Happy New Year
WW

Written on Guest Commentary: The facts behind the recommendations:

in response to JohninMarco:

May I ask you this, if other "councilors" attended these meetings did they violate the sunshine law? Mr. Magel you may of just opened a big can of worms.

JOHNINMARCO
With all due respect. City Council Members can attend public meetings. We can even communicate with each other on a personal level. I can assure you that we take great strides to avoid subjects that would violate the intent of "Government In The Sunshine".

Thank you for your concern.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Healthy and Happy New Year.
WW

Written on Letter to the Editor: On resignation:

Fossil = Ray Parrot

Does your car also run on assumption. With no evidence of impropriety you are assuming McMullen.

His email and his letter indicates his major concern is that "the hammer" is to get lower electrical costs for consumers. Is it that you prefer to pay more or would you prefer for the study to get LCEC to charge you less?

LCEC, while being a good service orientated company, has for two years not paid equity checks and has increased your cost of electricty by 39% over 4 years.

If this what you want, stay and defend Mr."I want to pay more".

Someone just wants to stay outside the "Government in the Sunshine" Laws so he can cast negativity on any and all positives. WW

Written on Letter to the Editor: Attacked:

NtJstUrMarco

Janet got up an identified herself, I did not use her address, her name, her tax Id. Nothing was said by me to identify her. ww

Written on Letter to the Editor: Attacked:

dc5799
your memory is a little foggy. i missed joey's due to prior committment. he neglected to communicate with me. WW

Written on Letter to the Editor: Do it different:

More on Avenger:

Reply to your comment, "So you can cut and paste from 2008 Lighthouse Point resolutions all you want".

Fact: My extraction from the 2008 Lighthouse Point resolutions was a direct excerpt without being edited. It was not intended to discredit your point that Lighthouse Point has had a fire assessment in place for 10 years.

The following extraction "3. Preliminary Resolution establishing estimated non-ad valorem assessment rate for fire
protection services for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2008 and ending September
30, 2009. (continued)
The resolution as adopted carries the following title:
RESOLUTION NO. 2008-1636
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LIGHTHOUSE
POINT, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FIRE PROTECTION
SERVICES, FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS IN THE CITY OF LIGHTHOUSE POINT,
FLORIDA; ESTABLISHING THE ESTIMATED ASSESSMENT RATE FOR FIRE
PROTECTION ASSESSMENTS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1,
2008; DIRECTING THE PREPARATION OF AN ASSESSMENT ROLL; AUTHORIZING
A PUBLIC HEARING AND DIRECTING THE PROVISION OF NOTICE THEREOF;
AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE" could and probably did lead someone to believe that October 1, 2008 was a beginning date.

I guess the tangent issue is that Lighthouse Point, FL does have a Fire Assessment Fee.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Do it different:

More on Avenger's Request:

City of Lighthouse Point July 8, 2008
Regular City Commission Meeting Minutes Page 4
3. Preliminary Resolution establishing estimated non-ad valorem assessment rate for fire
protection services for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2008 and ending September
30, 2009. (continued)
The resolution as adopted carries the following title:
RESOLUTION NO. 2008-1636
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LIGHTHOUSE
POINT, FLORIDA, RELATING TO THE PROVISION OF FIRE PROTECTION
SERVICES, FACILITIES AND PROGRAMS IN THE CITY OF LIGHTHOUSE POINT,
FLORIDA; ESTABLISHING THE ESTIMATED ASSESSMENT RATE FOR FIRE
PROTECTION ASSESSMENTS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1,
2008; DIRECTING THE PREPARATION OF AN ASSESSMENT ROLL; AUTHORIZING
A PUBLIC HEARING AND DIRECTING THE PROVISION OF NOTICE THEREOF;
AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
4. Resolution amending the General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2007-2008.
A motion to read the resolution was made by Commissioner Gordon, seconded by Commissioner
LaMarca, and CARRIED unanimously. City Attorney Cirullo read the title of the resolution.
A motion for adoption of the resolution amending the General Fund Budget for Fiscal Year 2007-2008
was made by Commissioner Gordon, seconded by Commissioner LaMarca, and CARRIED 5:0 as
follows:
Yes: Commissioners Long, Gordon, Hasis, LaMarca, and Johnson
The resolution as adopted carries the following title:

Written on Letter to the Editor: Do it different:

Avenger:

Perhaps, Mr. Issler is not as far off (lighthouse) point as you assume:

FY 2008-2009 Tentative Budget. First Public Hearing and consideration of adopting the tentative annual budget of estimated receipts and expenses for all funds of the City of Lighthouse Point, Florida, for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2008 and ending September 30, 2009, and setting the date, time, and place for the second public hearing.

When: Friday, September 12, 2008 at 5:05 p.m.
Where: City Hall Complex, Fletcher Hall, 2200 NE 38 Street

Public Hearing. This is a public hearing at which time the City Commission will receive and consider any comments on the Fire Protection Assessments from the public and affected property owners regarding imposing Fire Protection Assessments for the Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2008, and collecting such assessments on the same bill as ad valorem taxes.

Lighthouse Point is a fine city confined to much smaller footprint. Some would understand that a more densely populated area is more economical in cost of employees. Not as much open area to maintain, fewer miles of underground utilities to maintain thus fewer employees needed to service different utilities, less fire, police, utility, etc. equipment and personnel required.

I understand Ms. O'Connell's concern but comparison of Apples and Oranges is difficult. Both are considered desirable and healthy fruits but yet very different.

Wayne Waldack

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Fossil (Dr. Ray Parrot):

I admit that John Arceri is a good, honest citizen of Marco Island who has extensive experience (40 plus years) in the electric utility field and served the Citizens of Marco Island as a City Councilman for 8 years. His advice is honest and worthwhile of consideration and he expects and asks for nothing in return. As a concerned citizen, Mr. Arceri has the right to offer his expertise, and he does so without a fee or expected payback.

Mr. McMullen and Fay Biles also seem to be active in offering their advice. Is that also wrong?

It is my duty to seek correct answers and solutions for items that come before me for consideration. John is just one person that I seek advice from and he is a dear friend and he never requests or looks for something in return.

If you have a problem with that, it should remain to be your problem and not mine. I might have sought advice from you, but you always seem so negative. I opt for friends with a more positive outlook.

Why is it that you always seem to attack a people on a personal basis rather than on a factual data?

Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Dead horse alert:

Mr. Amadeo Petricca:
I guess that I am beating a dead horse when I call, request and/or suggest that the Marco Island Taxpayer's Association (MITA) should expend some efforts to lobby some or all of the various Collier County Taxing Districts to reduce their budgets.

I would assume that as a Board Member of MITA that your answer to my request is that MITA is going to abdicate or shy away from lobbying the various Collier Taxing Districts with a comment that means "IT IS NOT MY (our) JOB".

What is the purpose of the Marco Island Taxpayer's Association if it is not to lobby for lower taxes wherever they exist?

The surcharges you describe and are paying for on your water utility bill is a.) The 8% subsidy for the STRP is a cost which should have been billed separately; b.) (4) two percent charges are being added to your water bill are for repaving streets. 2 of the two percent are currently on your water bill. Another two (the 3rd of 4) percent is scheduled to be added in October. This is also a cost that should have been billed separately.

It is just less costly to have one bill prepared. In October these should be line itemed on our water/sewer bills. It is important to note that these two items are designed to sunset after the STRP is completed.

The Fire Assessment is designed as a fair and just way for everyone to pay the same for the same service. If you and I go into a grocery store and buy the same item, we both should pay the same amount. You should not pay more and I should not pay less. Same holds true for Fire/Rescue.

Your comment "We as taxpayers on Marco Island can only lobby our elected officials to do what feel is fiscally responsible for the taxpayers in Marco Island" seems to abdicate and dismiss the mission, purpose and intent of a Taxpayer's Association.

I object to a Taxpayer's Association's Board Member denial of responsibility by saying "It is the responsibility of our elected officials to lobby the Collier County Commissioners to do what is fiscally responsible for the taxpayers in Collier County. As an elected official, I speak out against the abuse that Marco Island taxpayer's endure by the County Taxing Districts receiving 89% of Marco Island's total tax base.

MITA should lobby the Collier County Taxing Districts more, not less!!!

Wayne Waldack, Marco Island

Written on Letter to the Editor: Makes sense (cents) to me:

Dear Avenger:

It would be my suggestion that you look at the 2007 tax bill which are real numbers.

Again what did you get for 89% of your tax dollars. Figures show that Marco Island again was a donor on Public School Tax dollars. Maybe that does not bother you but it does bother me.

Figures also show that Marco Island, again, was a donor on SWFMD and mosquito control dollars. Maybe that does not bother you but it does bother me.

County taxes, 89% of your tax bill, has dropped its millage rate by 28% since 1996 while the City of Marco Island (11%) has dropped a more substantial 35% since 1997.

If you wish to perceive that the County is doing more for you, God Bless.

The City has given you more for less and the County has given you less for more.

If your are satisfied, good! I am not.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Makes sense (cents) to me:

Dear Fossil and Avenger:

It is my understanding that I am still free to choose my friends. Mr. Aceri did serve the City of Marco Island as a City Council Member with honor and class for 8 years and has approximately 40 years of experience in the electric utility business. I did and do look to Mr. Aceri for advice and council because of his past and vast experiences. He offers me advice only upon request and does not want or ask for anything in return.

It is my feeling that a wise man does not necessarily always have the answer to a question, but does know where to find the answer.

Any comments that I have made in rebuttal to LCEC's presentation, I take full responsibility for their accuracy.

It seems that you have a problem with Mr. Aceri and I will let that remain as your problem.

Have a brighter tomorrow.

Wayne Waldack

Written on Letter to the Editor: Do it different:

Lighthouse Point, Florida has 5.2 square miles.
106.75 employees divided by 5.2 square miles equals 20.52 employees per square mile.

Marco Island, FL has 24 square miles.
197 employees divided by 24 square miles equals 8.2 employees per square mile.

Marco Island has many wonderful talented volunteer committees including a Beautification Committee. Marco Island also has more miles of streets, sidewalks, pipes, parks, beaches, crosswalks.

Marco Island was designed bigger with more of everything and still it runs very efficiently.

Marco was designed as a very well preplanned community. What is here today is a result of that preplanning meeting the needs and the designs of the people for the future.

Wayne Waldack - Marco

Written on Letter to the Editor: Did you?:

Fossil: It is obvious that you know little or nothing about me. I have been a regular contributor to these blogs but unlike you I have never hidden behind a fake name. I have never felt a need to hide my idenity for what I have to say.

Taxes are different than assessments and service fees. Revenues are income no matter what they are called. The only increase to your water & sewer cost has been the Cost of Living Adj. (COLA). The other charges on your water/sewer bill is the 8% STRP subsidy and 4 two percent charges for road repaving of which only two have been applied. These charges will soon be line item charges rather than included in the water/sewer charge.

Why is so little effort spent by you and the Taxpayer's Association in encourageing Collier County's Taxing Districts (90%) to reduce your property taxes. Marco Island (10%).

The City Charter's Budget Spending Cap sets the annual Spending Budget Limit. That is good and seems good, the down side is that the City Charter's Budget Spending Cap penalizes the saving of monies. If do save money in one year, you also lose it every year thereafter. And most planners look for 5 year budgets and build in contingency plans. The unfortunate result is that the City Charter's Budget Spending Cap actually encourages end of year spending. The old SPEND IT OR LOSE IT mentality.

Can we do better, I believe we can.

Written on Letter to the Editor: Did you?:

Flyingsparks, NtJstUrMarco, Fossil why don't you children come out from your Pseudonyms and back your opinions with facts instead of mere complaints. The STRP issue was settled by the election. Water and sewer rates are exactly the same as promised. COLA has been the only increase as promised.
Mr. Hamilton acted as a salesman; he projected figures as a salesman. He stated the he misstated the $100 million dollar figure. The only thing I am looking for in the Municipalization study is facts derived by the Citizens of Marco Ad-Hoc Committee. If it is to the benefit of Marco Island, it will put to Referendum, You CHOOSE, what is wrong with that? Don’t you trust the Citizen’s of Marco Island.

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If there are ordinances that are not enforceable, then why have them. Keep it simple.
If you have a boat or are going to buy that boat, it would seem that you need to dock it somewhere that is legal and not creating an obstruction or hazard to the waterway. Boats should not protrude beyond the end of the dock for safety reasons and enforcement reasons.

Wayne Waldack

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