Monday, January 17, 2022

Letter to the Editor: Gerard Baio



What’s Good for the Goose…

In March of 2015, a councilor called the Marco Island Police to report violations of excessive noise, disturbance of the peace, and excessive occupancy occurring at a nearby house to which the police responded. Because these disturbing violations continued, the councilor then called the police chief for relief and to restore reasonable peace and quiet.

As a result, Councilor Victor Rios made a huge ordeal on how that councilor “abused his position as a councilor” by calling the Police Chief and directing orders to resolve the problems.

Last month, Councilor Rios called the Police Chief twice to report an invasion of privacy by a drone that crashed onto a Belize Condo lanai, and that the drone owners trespassed onto the Belize property. A police investigation revealed the drone owners were let onto the property by a Belize condo owner so they could report their accidental drone crash to the front desk and retrieve it.

Councilor Rios states that he called the Police Chief “as a private citizen, not as a councilor”. In addition to the phone calls, Mr. Rios sent several emails to the Police Department and the City Attorney directing on how he thought the matter should be handled.

Really? Why is it okay for Mr. Rios to call the Police Chief to report an alleged violation but not okay for the other councilor, who also called as a private, tax paying citizen? What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, Mr. Rios.

Gerard Baio

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