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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Democracy in Abeyance in Marco Island

Using the illogical and farcical ruse to save "money", as if this council ever cared about such nonsense, the putrid city council has once again defecated on democracy. They have long lost their mandate to govern and hence guard their rule as lords in a fiefdom.

The city manager continues to perform excellently as a political hack. The city attorney is the primordial sellout to those that buy the “service”. The media is an accomplice as they merely parrot what they heard. Those beholden to the illicit rulers are along for the ride. The law enforcement agencies endorse the criminal behavior for after all they too are part of the triangle.

But as always with the best of this great country, it is the people that eventually do the heavy lifting. The honest citizens of Marco Island will take this affront as yet another impetus to continue the struggle to bring back honesty, integrity, character, morality and democracy to this city. It will be the honest citizens that will eventually govern through a legitimate mandate. And it will be then that those that intentionally harm the well being of this community and deliberately thwart the will of the people will face a long and arduous justice.

Caution: the following video is democratically rated "D" for disgusting.


  • An aside: The supporters of the despots continually decry the democratic efforts of seeking a redress by wailing (usually anonymously) that those of us with principles should take up our grievances at the ballot box. And now what … when yet another turn at the ballot box is denied?

    By Blogger Mario R. Sanchez, Ph.D., at Tuesday, June 19, 2007 11:34:00 AM  

  • Last Sunday Father Dave gave a homily in which he said that Jesus was the most angry with the hypocrites.

    You lie to the citizens of Marco when you state that you are accelerating the STRP in order to save money due to rising construction costs when in fact the construction costs for infra structure projects have fallen 6% since September 2006 with concrete down 17% and steel down 11%. All the experts predict that these costs will continue to drop due to the major slowdown in the over expanded construction industry in Florida. The real transparent motivation is your personal agenda of getting as much of the STRP done as possible before you lose power.

    Despite this blatant abuse of the citizens of Marco Island based on what you know to be false representations you go up on the altar every Sunday and prance around like a pharisee.

    You will be held accountable.

    Roger Hall

    By Anonymous Roger Hall, at Tuesday, June 19, 2007 11:36:00 AM  

  • The majority of the Marco Island City Council can no longer call themselves Public Servants us less it is preceded by self serving.

    There can be no doubt in any reasonable persons mind that the vote last night was meant to hurt, intimidate, thumb its nose at, seek revenge and be vindictive to any and all who have ever opposed them. It is, by far, the most visible slap in the face to the voters and taxpayers of this island. This vote does nothing to move the process forward, heal wounds or bring closure to past issues. The councilor who let down the city the most is Ms. Disciullo. The others come as no big surprise. Her vote in favor of this ordinance proposal indicates, to me, that she will not seek re-election because it is a cheap shot by a lame duck. At least Mr. Tucker doesn’t sugar coat his feelings. I would hope any re-election attempt by her or Mr. Trotter to fail badly after this vote.

    At this point, I think the best thing anyone can do is to make sure that there is a tremendous outcry from people, other than us, to persuade one or two councilors to change their votes when this comes up again.

    My hat is off to the two brave councilors that opposed the ordinance last night. I have not always seen eye to eye with Mr. Popoff but, today you have my gratitude.

    Doug Enman
    Chairman, Cares, Inc.

    By Anonymous Doug Enman, at Tuesday, June 19, 2007 1:32:00 PM  

  • Doug
    You are correct - this action does nothing to heal the wounds that the council have created and that they say others did. This action makes it much the worse.

    By Anonymous Alan, at Tuesday, June 19, 2007 6:17:00 PM  

  • Open Letter to the City Council:

    In the spirit of avoiding further acrimony, I ask that you reconsider the motion to defer our City Council elections to November 2008.

    Request the City Attorney design an ordinance, that would require City Council elections be held concurrently with County sponsored elections. Such an ordinance would serve the stated objectives of the current motion and also avoid the need to amend the Charter every time our political machinery changes primary dates. It would also comply with the Supervisor of Elections goal of making elections less disruptive.

    The electorate of the State of Florida will go to the polls in January of 2008. Citizens of Marco Island have a reasonable expectation to vote for their new Council Members at that time also. The motion to move the elections to November of 2008 exceeds any reasonable expectation of adhering to the City Charter’s intent as regards term limits. Extending the terms of outgoing officials by 8 months is excessive and sets a bad precedent.

    I implore this Council to reconsider and make a greater effort to comply with State and Local election initiatives. The Collier County Supervisor of Elections has given you what you require to do your duty. The electorate expects you to meet your obligations. Do not use the Governor’s initiative as an opportunity to extend your terms for another 8 months. Such an action can only be interpreted as being self-serving and abusive of our democratic process.

    Respectfully, Byron Erickson, 1735 Hummingbird Ct. Marco Island, FL, (239) 642-0589

    By Anonymous Byron, at Wednesday, June 20, 2007 9:54:00 AM  

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