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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Announcing the iDebate

We are pleased to announce the first-ever iDebate
on Marco Island.

The iDebate is guaranteed to be fair and balanced and is sponsored by Joey's Pizza.

The iDebate is a forum where all of the city council candidates will respond and discuss those questions and issues posed exclusively via the internet on the Marco Island Blog.

Between now and the iDebate to be held on January 10, 2007 anyone can submit a question to the candidates. No candidate will know the questions until posed during the debate.

For complete details and to start submitting your questions click on the Marco Island Blog's iDebate link on top or on this icon.

We look forward to your interest and participation in this grassroots democratic process!


  • I have just been watching a replay of Monday night's City Council meeting. The topic was on the selection of a new City Manager. It seems to me that there is entirely too much emphysis placed on the new City Manager himself. The city manager is just an employee of the city. He is not the boss of the City. He is just the first among the employees. It is the City Council that determines the direction of the City. The City Manager should be given orders by the Council and he should carry them out. He selects the means to do the job and not the end. We are making the City Manager into a much more important person than he should be. Almost anyone can do the job if he is reminded what his duties are. Our problem has been that the City Council has alowed themselves to be led around by the nose. They are in awe of the Manager's persona. And that is because our City Manager is over qualified. Our City Council is putty in his hands. What we must do is elect a City Council that is more knowledgable about City governance. Then the citizens will be running the show and not the Manager. What we have now is a City Council that is totally enept to do the job. January cannot come too soon.

    By Anonymous Humphrey Sarlo, at Thursday, November 01, 2007 12:26:00 PM  

  • i agree and also at it from a similar perspective. when children are manipulative, corrupt, immoral, self-centered, egotistical, deceitful, don't we always question where are the parents and what are they doing? namely, whose responsibility is it to curtail and otherwise stop the manipulative, corrupt, immoral, self-centered, egotistical deceitful behavior? in this context, isn't the moral, ethical, and legal responsibility of the actions of any city employee that of the city council?

    By Blogger Dr. Mario, at Friday, November 02, 2007 8:03:00 AM  

  • There are four spelling errors in my above comment. How can anyone be so grammatically challenged and dare to opine? Nevertheless I stand by my remarks.

    By Anonymous Humphrey Sarlo, at Saturday, November 03, 2007 2:43:00 PM  

  • not to worry - good ideas are more important than simple typos!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, November 03, 2007 5:59:00 PM  

  • In my opinion, to put a ruling on short term housing rentals on Marco Island would cause a Grand Revolt! Why would the city even consider such a thing? People from all over the world love our island. They come for relaxation & spend a large amount of their vacation funds right here on the island. What is the difference between an occasional bad 'one week rental' and 'a month rental'? Answer: The weekly rental LEAVES after a week - the bad monthly rental STAYS for 4 weeks !!! Have these grumpy people (some of whom are not the best of neighbors either) who want to ban short term housing rentals ever thought about how many houses would actually go on the market on Marco Island if that were to happen. Then our housing market would be even more flooded then it is right now with our property values dropping even lower. Marco Island is paradise - that is for sure. But guess what - it is not the only paradise beach area in our country. Do we really want to run off more tourists & folks who love coming here by ruling in one more ignorant restriction. In the past, Marco Island City Council has chosen to allow Marco Island the reputation of being extremely 'dog unfriendly'. Because of a few disgruntled people, are we going to choose to develop the reputation of becoming 'people/tourist unfriendly' as well? Think about it - PLEASE.......
    Thank you! Ms. Duck

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, November 17, 2007 10:26:00 AM  

  • They the city consider such a thing because they only act when one of their special friends wnats something so they give it to them. They have friends that want turist to go to special places and not the rest of us to to take up the benefits of guest. Can not wait to see them be kicked out of office.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sunday, November 18, 2007 8:43:00 PM  

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