Beach parking policy

This is in response to a letter to the editor from Nancy Cooper of Ottawa, Canada. For the record, the individual who signed the letter cannot be identified as a member of the Marco Island Residents’ Beach this year or last year.

Now regarding the issue. There are two different Marco Island Residents’ Beach applications for renters, one for those who rent from 30 days to 59 days and another for those who rent for two months or longer. The applications are very clear in what is provided with each membership. Renters from 30 to 59 days cannot park at Residents’ Beach during the season.

They can park at Sarazen Park and they can walk or bike to Residents’ Beach. Renters for two months or longer are permitted to park at both locations.

The 30-to-59-day application states the conditions of the membership three times on the application.

Up until a few years ago, this was the policy for renters. With the downturn in the economy, there were fewer renters on Marco, so there was available parking and it was temporarily extended to all renters of one month or longer.

Last season was a very successful season on Marco and there were many days when members were not able to park. In an effort to ensure parking for those who are entitled to park, the board of the Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) made a decision to revert back to the former policy.

The board is looking into parking alternatives, but as I am sure everyone is aware, parking is an issue islandwide.

Ruth McCann

Executive director, MICA

Marco Island

Voice of reason?

“The Republican presidential campaign became gutter politics, but given Donald Trump’s horrid statements, the gutter would be a step up. That’s because things have descended into the sewer. Never in modern times has there been a presidential candidate who has hurled more personal insults and hurtful accusations at his fellow candidates and others who disagree with him. It should have embarrassed a normal person, but President Trump appears beyond embarrassment.”

This statement was not written by a Democrat. This is a quotation from the column of Cal Thomas, who was called “a voice of reason” according to a recent letter. This same Cal Thomas, according to his latest column of Jan. 27, is now “feeling good” about Trump.

Ask yourself this: How many 70-year-old men can fundamentally change their personality? Why should Trump change his approach to politics and people after he won? Can Thomas really be called “the voice of reason?”

Hans G. Skitter

Marco Island

Stand with president, don’t whine

All the whiny Democrats and wimpy Republicans just don’t get it. When the “Godfather,” Don Corleone, advised his son to keep his friends close, but his enemies closer, President Donald Trump was paying attention.

Trump knows he is surrounded by enemies on both sides of the aisle, waiting for him to falter so they can whack him if the situation presents itself. I’m sure he is also aware of the “Sicilian vendetta,” which subtly says, “Don’t get mad, get even.”

And I’m sure he will. It’s long overdue and well deserved. The real, true Americans stand with our duly elected president. The liberal whiners and malcontents can march and riot and destroy property, which only reinforces our resolve to make America great again without them.

Sal Soldano

Marco Island

What lies ahead?

I think perhaps what could be a “shocker” similar to that we felt after the election results for president in November, although not quite as devastating in my mind, was the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854.

Prior to this act, the Missouri Compromise of 1820 outlawed slavery north of 36 degrees 30 minutes north latitude within the Louisiana Purchase lands.

Those in Kansas and Nebraska, not long after this passage, petitioned Congress to grant territorial status allowing for extending slavery in their territories, ultimately allowing for a Senate debate which passed this bill allowing for what was, as Abraham Lincoln said, “The death knell of the Union and the meaning of America.”

This was a major steppingstone on the road to the greatest, most terrible conflict the United States would endure, the Civil War!

What lies ahead this time?

Dick Murphy

Golden Gate Estates

Take politics out of Everglades issue

Sport fishing, real estate, tourism, newspapers and state Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, have been snookered.

Neither storage south of the Lake Okeechobee nor storage north of the lake will solve any of the bluegreen algae problem.

Let’s talk science. Blue-green algae blooms in June 2016 occurred because the concentration of phosphorus in the water discharged from the lake was 135 parts per billion (ppb). If the discharge to the estuaries had been cut in half by some engineering miracle (try $20 billion worth of miracles), the concentration still would have been 135 ppb and the blooms would have still occurred. The concentration of phosphorus needs to drop for blue-green algae to stop.

The environmentalists are hijacking the anger and concern over blue-green algae to try to win an adversarial battle over the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) reservoir.

Big agriculture has claimed that water storage north of the lake will stop blue-green algae. Storage north of the lake will give agriculture more irrigation water for the dry season. It does absolutely nothing for the blue-green algae problem.

There is a mutually beneficial solution to the bluegreen algae blooms, which is possible, namely profitable best-management practices (agricultural practices which reduce fertilizer runoff).

The politics is such that the proposal will have to come from some party outside the environmental and agricultural interests. The best hope lies with the sport fishing, tourism and the real estate industries.

There are a series of data accumulations available. The data accumulations are designed to separate the actual true science from the polarized and often untrue rhetoric of all sides in the debate.

David Bogert


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