Letter from the Editor: Clarification

Recently, two former Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) Board Members submitted an LTE regarding the Veterans’ Community Park development rights. This notice is to clarify that the opinions they expressed were their personal opinions, and that they do not currently serve as MIPO Board Members. For the record, at this point in time, the MIPO Board of Directors does not […]

Letter to the Editor: Never Forget

Sunday, September 11, 2016, the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation and Marco Island Fire Rescue Department hosted a very moving 9/11 “Remembrance of Our Heroes” Ceremony. Guest speakers Police Chief Al Schettino, Fire Rescue Chief Mike Murphy, and a 9/11 survivor, spoke of the horrors of that unforgettable day, the loss of lives, and the sacrifice of the first responders […]

Letter to the Editor: A PUD is PUD When You Own the Property

After reading Lisa Conley’s article, Veterans Community Park Hotel Project in Fridays (9/27/2016) edition of the Marco Eagle I became more disenchanted than before. For one, this is the Hotel’s Elkcam Circle PUD, not the Veterans Community Park PUD. Let’s not muddy the waters. The City Manager stated that everyone has followed proper procedure. I agree with his assessment, had […]

Letter to the Editor: Notice of Malpractice

A few Marco Island citizens are feverishly circulating a mass email falsely and maliciously stating that I (and certain councilors) support the proposed hotel project near Veteran’s Community Park. This is a shameful smear campaign to prevent me from being elected. For the record, I do NOT have an opinion on this hotel proposal, nor have I ever communicated to […]

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni

Marco Island is a wonderful place to be whether you are raising a family, retiring, making this your permanent home, or stopping by for a short or long-term visit. This island is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. We have all found a piece of paradise here in southwest Florida. We are a successful year-round […]

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris

When another during-the-break backroom deal hired King Roger, you could see the conspiracies that would follow. King Roger negotiated behind doors to build a 165-room hotel near Veteran’s Community Park, and to add 131 Density Credits to the developer’s 34. Then develop portions of the park. City Council was not aware of the back room negotiation, and were only made […]

Letter to the Editor: Out the Park, but Not in Secret

My wife and I live directly across the canal from Veterans Community Park. When you’re in the park, you might see us in our family room or grilling on the lanai or chilling on our dock. We have a front-row seat at the Seafood Festival and all the other wonderful events. It’s a real pleasure to live near the park, […]

Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Dr. Swiacki

Dear Dr. Swiacki: You have gone to great length and great pains to try to convince Marco Island voters that you cannot take a position on the Veterans’ Park Hotel issue due to guidance that you have received from the City Clerk who received the guidance from the City Attorney. As this issue is one of the most important, if […]

Letter to the Editor: Amadeo Petricca

Dear Marco Island Voters and Residents, I am a candidate for re-election to the Marco Island City Council. I continue to challenge the City on financial matters greatly affecting you — the taxpayer. For months, the City has been negotiating with a developer to build a hotel (165 Rooms) near Veteran’s Community Park, where by, the City will transfer 131 Density […]

Letter to the Editor: Response to Rios’ White Paper

Councilman Rios’ white paper presented at the August 15, 2016 City Council meeting recommended approval of a $6 million assessment to be levied just to the customers of Marco Island Utilities (MIU) at Marco Shores along Mainsail Drive and Isles of Capri to build two pipelines. As explained herein, if and when the pipelines are ever needed, the $6 million […]