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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Don't Get Any Ideas

Some time ago, when one was operating under the mistaken belief that becoming involved in the governmental affairs of this city was noble and mattered – namely “BL” (Before the Landslide) – this author volunteered to be part of a focus group on the Jolley Bridge.

The focus group met today. The focus group was exceedingly well conducted by a very professional company hired to conduct a bridge study.

All of the focus group participants agreed that there is no basis for a new bridge now or anytime in the foreseeable future and that there is no factual evidence to the contrary. And that if a new bridge is mandated, putting a toll on either end would be a very serious mistake for a plethora of reasons. All agreed that if any work is done on the bridge, including building a new one, the cost should be borne entirely by the state – as in the State of Florida.

Anecdotal information put a toll anywhere from 50 cents to 5 dollars. The moderator noted that the bridge is in good condition with a rating of 81 (scale of 0 -100). That nothing needs be done to the bridge for another 10 years. That the Goodland bridge is actually much worse with a rating of 47.

No on seemed to know why replacing the bridge was even a matter for discussion, except to reach back to some arcane discussion by two councilpersons. When this author asked for ONE independent engineering report recommending that the bridge be replaced for ANY reason, the answer came back that there was but … ready for this? … we can’t see it because it’s classified as a national secret by the Department of Homeland Security. (Seriously, you have admit ... think about it, isn’t that just so funny?)

Having been down this road before (asking for ONE scientific report stating that the septic tanks on Marco have or will ever introduce one iota of anything into the waterways – at least in that case the answer came back as “there isn’t any such study”), and analyzing the focus of the discussion into one topic (more on “how bad will a toll really be” as opposed to “is a bridge really needed”) it became clear that a toll on a new and soon to come Jolley Bridge is a foregone conclusion. No vote, another decision made by God knows who impacting those who remain.

Merely to imitate two other seemingly lost causes – Jesus holding up the shekels from the money traders and Ghandi holding up the salt – this author held up the below sign to the cameras.


4 Comments:

  • AND EQUAL JUSTICE FOR ALL

    So Mr. Keister was found guilty of destroying private emails. Now let us see what happens to Mr. Tucker after he has admitted, on the record, that he routinely deletes emails from citizens who disagree with him. It is apparent that the Collier County judicial system is in the tank for the powers that be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Saturday, February 09, 2008 6:44:00 PM  

  • Mario,

    Could be I misremember (like an elephant, I never forget) but I seem to recall someone (could have been Butch Neylon) asking Rony Joel for information regarding the wastewater and water treatment plants and being told he couldn't have it because the Department of Homeland Security had classified it. Seems that's the excuse de jour!

    I do hope you're wrong about the bridge but I can understand your jaundiced view. Look what happened to Chuck Kiester! I'm beginning to believe the judicial system of the state of Florida is controlled by a handful of people. Kiester is "convicted." Tucker and DiSciullo who have publically admitted the same offense (and I suspect the rest of the magnificent seven are equally guilty) aren't charged. The "crime" itself is so ludicrous, it boggles the mind. If you can't expect privacy in a personal e-mail to another person because he or she happens to be a councilor, every telephone conversation and every conversation on the street with a councilor will have to be recorded and saved for posterity too! If this isn't "Big Brother," I don't know what is! If the Florida legislature truly meant to pass such a law, run for the hills; you right to privacy doesn't exist in this state.

    Ed Foster

    By Anonymous Ed Foster, at Sunday, February 10, 2008 9:47:00 AM  

  • seemingly everything now is clouded under the ruse of "homeland security". a real shame. and how pathetic. anything anyone needs to know about the bridge is readily available on-line. like the report is going to make any difference to some terrorists on how to destroy the bridge. insulting to say the least and the law of unintended consequences (some liberal quacks and aclu types think its intended consequences) kicked in - now citizens are forever in the dark about many decisions.

    i am more than jaundiced - i am a realist. look at all of the crimes of the last 3 years and think about who if any got prosecuted.

    collier county a la the good ol' boys network is prostituted and corrupt beyond belief.

    the bridge w/toll is coming thanks to the majority in the last election. its what they wanted from whom they elected - and those they elected are not the four that are going to be sworn in.

    welcome to marco island, america.

    By Anonymous Mario Sanchez, at Sunday, February 10, 2008 2:02:00 PM  

  • WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE WHO NEEDS ENEMIES?

    Where are all the friends of Mr. Keister? He stuck his neck out for you and paid for it. Where are you now? Sal Sciarino did a hatchet job on Chuck. Who will step forward and bring to justice Tucker and DiSciullo? Their offense was much more in your face than was Mr. Keister's innocent act. Are we going to let the Scharino's of this city lord it over us? Heaven forbid.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, February 12, 2008 11:53:00 AM  

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