Letters to the Editor, Feb. 8

Marco Eagle
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It makes me sad

I am no longer living in Marco. I raised my children there, so we still consider it home. It is a shame that there is so much negativity on the island.

Seventy-some years seems to be the average age. Many of these folks also call Marco home. They go to the churches in Marco, they have friends in Marco ... they want to grow old and die on Marco. The City Council does not want that for them? Instead, they want to ship those who need help the most and require assisted living to Naples or beyond?

When someone decides for assisted living the last thing they need is to be in an unfamiliar community. Council denying this request adds insult to injury for those who want to be "home" on their last days, near friends and family in the community they have loved and supported throughout the years.

Caring for the elderly is our moral obligation. Therefore, this is the main cause of Marco as a community being dysfunctional. Sure, they want the rich old people's money to buy homes and pay taxes, but once that big house gets too big for them, kick them out?

Marco really needs a "mayor" with a clear moral compass. Marco needs, someone with kids, and a family on the island and grandparents with real roots who cares more than temporary property values and has a vision of the future and a moral perspective to do what is right even when unpopular.

Marco needs someone that cares about the community not just the property values. Why would the elected officials not want assisted living? On the other spectrum why would they not want day care centers, and churches? They all provide valuable services to the community.

Why would anyone think it is a good idea to provide less and serve less, especially Marco's aging population? It makes me sad to see these decisions being made.

Adam Wynns, Destin

Pass the plate

Now I find the Collier County commissioners are assessing churches and temples for having a fire protection meter. I have heard of pushing the envelope for funds, but this one is beyond the pale.

Since the board is so hard up for funds, I have a suggestion:  Why doesn’t the board just send a representative to each church or temple and when the offering plate is presented at the altar, reach in and take out the money.

 It’s all the same isn’t it!

John Johnston, Naples

Center of things

Last month, my husband and I moved to our new home in Naples. As an older couple, we had collected more “stuff” which we were never going to use or need. That meant trying to pawn it off on the kids, carting it to the thrift store or just throwing it out.

Thankfully, we discovered the Collier County recycling center on Goodlette-Frank Road and began to visit the center quite often.

My first trip, which I was not looking forward to, was a pleasant surprise. Not only was it neat and clean, the people running it were very accommodating and all smiles.

Every trip was the same, even on a Saturday when they were the busiest. Collier County should be very proud of their recycling center and all their employees.

Bobbe Hickman, Naples

Golf on the Gulf

I concur that a professionally managed public golf course can be an asset to Collier County. The City of Detroit was losing millions of dollars per year on their courses, but when managed by a golf course management firm they turned profitable in their first year. Likewise, the city of Troy, Mich. turned its two city owned courses over to a management company, improvements were made, and they now generate significant profits back to the city.

Note that both cities have only 8 months of playable weather. Therefore, negotiate a better purchase price and allow companies with this expertise to give Naples an important option for its citizens.

Randall Reher, Naples