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Monday, March 31, 2008

Continuing to Miss the Point

The uproar of the month is the correctly perceived notion that the Jolley Bridge repair/toll issue has been seemingly decided by the kakistocracy and is therefore being rammed down the throats of the Marco Island citizens.

First off – for those that have lived here on Syndicate Island for more than one year – so what else is new?

But more importantly, whether there is a bridge or not, whether it has a toll or not, whether the lead up to the new bridge has a median with FDEP-approved foliage (ergo, not native and contaminated) and an irrigation system that waters not the plants but the asphalt, is not the point.

The point is that the new toll bridge will continue the bent by the syndicate to make this island nothing but a commercial enterprise. Therefore, residents are not welcomed, so get out, and the sooner the better. The ruse of the bridge is but an extension to the practices of collapsing property values so the syndicate’s benefactors can buy back the real estate needed to ensure that there is a Starbucks on every corner and serial Cape Marco’s down the beach. Because after all, the “tourists” won’t mind waiting in a line to pay a toll – it’s part of the adventure in getting to their vacation destination, akin to surviving those insufferable queues at the airport.

So, preserve whatever dignity you have left, stop taking surveys that are ignored and used to placate the ignorant, stop writing letters to the local race tip sheets and for that matter stop patronizing all local businesses on the island since they are the primary driving force for driving you out.


  • (response to post in previous article, but the post was in reference to this article).

    This is an exceedingly complex issue for which I will elaborate – but first a clarification on this post.

    I did not advocate doing nothing (sorry for the double negative). I simply advocated to cease the wasting of our time while loosing one’s dignity in efforts that are futile.

    Seriously, writing letters to the editor of the local race tip ship is dignifying? Reaches exactly whom? To the same tip sheet that basically fired the only reported that actually reported the abuses and then endorsed the syndicate when they were threatened with real estate advertisement being pulled?
    In fact, if one reads carefully, I advocated to stop patronizing the local businesses that fuel the syndicate – in essence a boycott. That is effective, that is action, that will work.

    Which is a great lead into the complexity of this issue: for a boycott or any action (and as I have asked, I hope that someone can come up with an idea better than mine) to work requires critical mass. And a unified one at that. My experience has been that 4 people consistently work on the cause, as a couple of handfuls write and petition their government, as 3,000 others simply complain and nobody gets along. Proof: the syndicate got away with dumping asbestos, destroying the environment, harming over 900 people, absconding through misfeasance the city’s treasury, violating laws inclusive of civil rights, inappropriate influencing county and state government offices, and more. Against such power, 4 people working 24x7 in conjunction with a couple of handful of letter writers can’t prevail – and did not prevail. More proof: our side lost by a landslide.

    Succinctly – I advocate the exact opposite of doing nothing – but I take Einstein’s admonition to heart: repeating the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity.

    Here is one that will surely be criticized, ignored and life goes on: boycott all local businesses except the national supermarket chains. They want a tourist destination here – great – let’s see them live on tourist from May through October. You see, despite the propaganda, they don’t want to coexist with the residents, they just need us until they can make this Las Vegas or Miami part 2 – by the way, both of these cities have infinitely better restaurants at a fraction of the price. And that is why the realtors and the restaurants and the businesses in general support the syndicate, and that is where the syndicate gets their fuel. Cut of the fuel, while sending a message. It works.

    But for it to work requires the vast majority of the 3,000+ that voted against the syndicate to cooperate, to agree, to act in unison, on something that will work, that we have never tried. We have tried letters and the like – and accomplished exactly what?
    If what I propose is not viable or agreeable to the masses – fine. Then someone come up with a plan of action – and not a plan that we know from years of experience does not work.

    By the way, when I received the notice from POP for publication on the blog, I immediately wrote back and begged him to reconsider (I still have the email). I mentioned that we need – desperately need – leadership and thought through him/POP that could be the venue. He never wrote back before his abdication made the tip sheets. If he would have asked me – and he did not – I would have said the same thing - NO. So sorry, it wasn’t me that convinced him to quit.

    By Anonymous Dr. Mario Sanchez, at Tuesday, April 01, 2008 7:45:00 PM  

  • Dr. Mario, apparently not many of the 3000+ read this blog judging by the number of replies it receives. Or if they do read it they are completely useless because they are not concerned enough to register their input. So if your suggestion of a boycott is to work, and I think it will, these 3000+ must be reached. That is where POP and other like organizations come in. They have a large mailing list and email contacts. If they would come on board maybe your plan would work. I absolutely agree that "doing the same things and expecting a different outcome is insanity". That has been my belief for a long time. Sorry I do not know of any better course of action then the one you propose. I will join the fray but the two of us alone will not prevail.
    H. Sarlo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, April 02, 2008 3:12:00 PM  

  • While we don't patronize many of the businesses here due to their connection with the tourist/rental/pro commercialization of our island,many people will continue to do so for conveniences sake. I myself continue to look for justice beyond the borders of Marco and Collier County. We have a duty to inform our elected officials whenever rules are ignored and laws broken.

    By Blogger Karen Glaub, at Saturday, April 12, 2008 8:42:00 PM  

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Shocking Selection

A man of integrity, fairness, and good nature has been chosen as interim city manager - a striking contrast to the blight.


  • Dr. Mario, apparently Russ Colombo has taken your advice and has closed down POP. He is tired of kicking against the goad and bucking the powers that be. It is too bad but I think we must never stop exposing corruption, malfeasance and misfeasance in government. The day we keep silent is the day that evil triumphs. We may not win and we may seem to be wasting our breath but lets not give the perpetrators a minutes peace in their devious plans. After all, it is a sign of the times. Look at the presidential race. Of all the millions of Americans who could have made creditable candidates "we the people" have chosen the three least worthy candidates possible. Apathy, ignorance and laissez-faire have given us what we have. H. Sarlo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tuesday, April 01, 2008 4:22:00 PM  

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

FDEP - A Cesspool

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  • Private wastewater treatment plants often fail to make repairs

    By Pedro Morales • pmorales@news-press.com • March 22, 2008
    Raw sewage has spilled, leaked and emitted foul odors from at least a quarter of Lee County's wastewater plants over the past five years.

    The News-Press reviewed thousands of records of wastewater plants that landed on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's violations list. The investigation found repeat offenders and delinquent plants have polluted Southwest Florida's environment and threatened the health of residents.

    The DEP has issued warnings and fines from Bonita Springs to Lehigh Acres to Captiva to North Fort Myers with little effect. The operators of the plants, and their networks of pipes, are failing to repair ongoing violations.

    "A lot of them are profit-making entities," said Linda Young, director of the Clean Water Network of Florida, a Tallahassee-based coalition. "They are not going to voluntarily spend money. As long as no one is harassing them and DEP is not speaking up, (private owners are) thinking, why should I?"

    Environmentalists say the polluting plants are poisoning tributaries that drain into the Gulf of Mexico.

    Several water bodies in the Caloosahatchee River Basin, which covers two-thirds of Lee and parts of Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties; the Everglades West Coast Basin, which covers southern Lee and Collier; and Charlotte Harbor have been classified as “impaired” by the DEP since 1998, when the first assessments were done. The waters fail to comply with the Clean Water Act — a 1972 federal act created to regulate discharges into the country’s waters and set standards for water quality.

    Dirty water also can have an economic impact. For example, in late September when the waters of Sanibel were polluted, businesses on the island lost money because tourists were forced to look for other beaches.

    Residents have filed dozens of complaints against plants to the DEP — reporting headaches and nausea in one complaint and damaged property after a sewage spill in another, according to DEP records.

    Plant owners offered little or no response to repeated calls by The News-Press.
    Those who did speak do not deny the problems — they are required to self-report.

    Wastewater management is a dirty business. Sometimes mistakes happen, but spills and leaks are quickly fixed, according to Patrick Flynn of Eagle Ridge Utilities.

    The plants’ owners insist they are following the regulations set forth by DEP.

    But sometimes residents tend to exaggerate a problem, said Flynn.

    Complaints are “subjective in nature,” he said.

    Complaints are not filed electronically, so there is no accurate count of how many residents say they are feeling the effects.
    Problem plants

    Twenty-two of Lee County’s 80 operating residential and business plants did not fix malfunctioning equipment even after warnings, placing the facilities on the county violation list at some point since 2003.

    The county has a nearly 28 percent violation average for that time period. That does not include plants that landed on the list and are no longer in operation.

    About 16 percent of Lee’s plants, 13 total, are on the violation list.

    Lee is ranked fourth of 67 counties in the state when it comes to wastewater plant violations.

    The majority of the county’s plants are privately owned and run, and therein lies a problem.

    “As an observation, most smaller plants began as a necessity of the developer to provide wastewater treatment to their subdivision,” said Fred Partin, executive director of Bonita Springs Utilities, a nonprofit organization that oversees Bonita’s public wastewater plants.

    A plant run by a county or city has one mission — to provide service to its taxpayers, Partin said.

    One run by the private sector may be more influenced by profit.

    “Some of them (the developers and homeowner associations) fail to make investments in the facility,” Partin said. “The technology is old, they tend to have more problems.”

    Still other private plant operators intend to sell the plant, removing all incentive to make renovations.

    “If we’re the owners of an RV park and we want to sell the park in a couple of years to a developer, why would we put money into the existing plant?” said Dave Gabriel, manager at Shady Acres Travel Park in Estero.

    Gabriel is bucking the trend and investing $225,000 in a new plant to accommodate the park’s growth.

    Most environmentally hazardous violations fall into three categories: spills or leaks, odors and water quality issues.

    Examples of these include:

    • Pink Citrus Mobile Home Park on Bokeelia, which last summer treated water without chlorine, an essential chemical that resulted in discharged water with a high fecal count. The park is still on the violations list for malfunctioning equipment that caused contaminated discharge, but operators are working to solve the problem.

    • The plant at Eagle Ridge Golf & Tennis Club in south Fort Myers has been emitting a foul odor since 1999. Flynn, the plant operator, said he has not heard complaints but residents say the stench continues. The plant is on the violation list.

    • The plant at Jamaica Bay West in south Fort Myers was warned of maintenance issues before a 1.89 million gallon spill of partially treated wastewater Nov. 18, 2002, into Hendry Creek. The next year it spilled 147,600 gallons, but the records do not indicate where. Jamaica Bay remains on the list because of maintenance issues.
    Old and falling apart

    When the Florida Governmental Utility Authority assumed control of the Lehigh wastewater plant on Construction Lane four years ago, it found a nearly 50-year-old facility in disrepair.

    In 2006, that plant leaked at least 20,000 gallons, and had more than 12 spills, mostly of raw sewage, according to records.

    “Previous owners looked at it as a money-making proposition and when it got too expensive they would just sell it,” said Barbara Kerby, the community services representative for the not-for-profit.

    The spills that have occurred over the past years are a result of leaking pipes and malfunctioning pumping stations, which keep the flow of water moving, Kerby said.

    FGUA is on a $91.9-million, five-year campaign to upgrade its facilities, including adding a 3,000-foot deep injection well for extra treated water and replacing sewer pipes.

    Renovations are needed across the United States as wastewater plants break down, said University of California, Davis engineering professor George Tchobanoglous, an author on the topics of wastewater treatment, management and reuse.

    “You have infrastructure that is old and aging, you have staff limitations on treatment plants, you can’t get enough funding for maintenance,” Tchobanoglous said. “If you do deferred maintenance for a long time it will catch up to you.”

    Take for example the wastewater plant that serves Forest Country Club in south Fort Myers. In 1999 the plant’s insurance paid $3,000 to a family who complained sewage spills damaged their home. In 2002 and 2003 the plant was marked out-of-compliance in its annual inspection reports, and in 2005 the plant was fined $20,700 for a spill greater than 10,000 gallons.

    Later that year, very little had changed and it received a significant-out-of-compliance on its annual report. The country club remains on the list for compliance issues.
    Lack of vision

    Since 2000, 174,853 people have moved into Lee County, a growth of about 39.7 percent, according to the U.S. Census.

    Planning ahead is an expensive venture for wastewater plants, Partin said. A plant will forecast its expansion based on the number of projected homes and population, an estimate that is not always on target.

    “It’s been a real challenge,” Partin said, speaking about Bonita Springs Utilities, which in 1998 was serving 16,390 households but now serves more than double that.

    “Often times you have to speculate to some degree what’s on the horizon,” Partin said. “You don’t want to make an investment in infrastructure to have it sit there.”

    DEP records show some plants are receiving too much sewage, resulting in a number of spills and leaks that were forewarned by inspectors in warning letters.

    In Estero’s Covered Wagon Trailer Park, DEP inspectors sent a warning letter to wastewater operators in October 2000 that from January to July of 2000, “the monthly daily average flow (was) 80 to 100 percent capacity.”

    Five years later, the plant was still at near capacity. In April 2005 the plant received another letter that its collection ponds were overflowing.

    In the summer of 2006, DEP received a complaint from a plant operator that the facility was in “terrible shape” and was treating wastewater over its permitted capacity. The plant has since resolved its capacity issues and is no longer on the violation list. But it remains an example of how some plants are taking in more than they can handle.

    “They’re waiting (to expand) until they’re at 100 percent capacity,” said Mary Rawl, a Fort Myers activist involved in water issues. “When you’re at 100 percent capacity you know you will have illicit discharges. “You plan five years ahead, you don’t wait for spills,” she said.
    Spoiled paradise

    Plant owners and DEP officials continue to grapple with problems, while residents stand by waiting for permanent solutions.

    One of those homeowners, Atiq Ahson, says despite the home’s prime location in a south Fort Myers golf community, the stench coming from the Eagle Ridge wastewater plant has scared away potential buyers.

    Ahson’s son couldn’t even go outside because the odor bothered his allergies.

    “I have complained about this so many times,” said Ahson, who for 22 years has lived near the wastewater plant. He blames the plant for the smell for keeping guests away and hampering the sale of their home.

    Since 1999 the residents at Eagle Ridge have filed grievances about the stink — going so far as to complain about headaches and nausea in one complaint dated May 6, 1999.

    The plant continues to emanate an odor.

    “A complaint doesn’t necessarily indicate the need to install odor control,” said Flynn, who runs Eagle Ridge, where odor complaints date back to 1999.

    “The records are clear that we took the steps to control odor when it was necessary to do so,” said Flynn, who added he has not received any complaints recently.

    Residents say otherwise.

    Scott Bradley has gotten so used to the smell coming from the water treatment facility near his house he doesn’t notice it anymore. He and his family have found a solution for dealing with the smell.

    “We just don’t go (outside),” he said.

    Beachgoers are becoming all too familiar with the red and yellow no-swimming advisories on Lee’s beaches that follow a high fecal bacteria reading, as happened on March 11 at Bowditch Point.

    There were three pollution warnings in 2007, two of them on Sanibel, when the Lee County Health Department found high levels of Enterococcus bacteria. The same fecal bacteria closed Bowditch Beach during the peak of spring break season.

    The third advisory in 2007 was also on Sanibel, when Lighthouse Beach closed for a week in June.

    Environmentalists see a connection between these contaminated waters and the plants whose record of non-compliance often includes spills and leaks into the rivers and Gulf.

    “We’re trying to promote the Great Calusa Blueway and water-based tourism in Lee County,” said Rawl. “So this just doesn’t make sense to me at all that we’re not protecting our public and our water.”

    Ralph Woodring knows his water is polluted. Another round of algae bloom began appearing in early February on Sanibel, making the water mucky. Normally he blames Lake Okeechobee water released by the Army Corps of Engineers. Not this time. The last water releases were on Feb. 14, 2007.

    “It takes a certain kind of nutrient to make this stuff grow,” said Woodring, who owns the Bait Box on Sanibel. “Obviously the lake is not releasing nutrients but it takes nutrients from somewhere to make this stuff grow.”

    He sent a sample of the algae to Bruce Neill of the Sanibel Sea School, who is working with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce to identify the source of the nitrogen. It will either be from fertilizer or wastewater effluent, Neill said.

    The results are expected in seven weeks, but Neill said he believes the source may point to wastewater plants on Sanibel that reuse their effluent to spray golf courses.

    The golf courses should absorb the nutrients, but if the effluent pollutants are above pollution standards the ground won’t remove the excess nutrients, which then drain into Tarpon Bay, Neill said.

    “Any package plant not properly maintained... they do produce an effluent that overruns into the estuary and that’s as high a powered nutrient as you can make,” Woodring said.

    The Clean Water Network of Florida is expected in May to release an assessment of the water that plants are releasing into the Gulf of Mexico. The early findings of the two-year, 36-county study are gloomy.

    “There are widespread violations of permits and almost no enforcement by DEP or requirements of upgrades to be made,” said Linda Young, director of Clean Water.
    A dirty business

    Wastewater plant operators, for their part, say they are doing everything in their power to meet DEP regulations and plan for the future. They admit there are the occasional spills, leaks or smells, but these are unintended consequences of a messy business.

    “There is no such thing as a perfect wastewater plant,” said James Nault, who oversaw the plant at the Pink Citrus trailer park between 1998 and 2005, when a number of violations were found.

    “Given that a wastewater treatment plant operates seven days a week, it’s real easy to find a violation,” said Nault, who was with the Palm Harbor Development Group.

    “The tendency for plant operators is to report everything no matter how small. And of course it goes on the reports.”

    And not every violation necessarily indicates a pollution problem, DEP and plant operators say. Discrepancies in a log book, a broken fence or a missing sign are all violations.

    “I’ve often thought that regulating a wastewater treatment plant is like regulating coal mines,” Nault said. “When you hear of an accident, it’s not really an indication that the mine was unsafe, it’s just an indication that the mine safety board was doing their job.”

    Nault said he could not recall any major violations during his tenure as plant operator at the Pine Island park. DEP records, however, show stagnant sewage in resident’s yards, water pollution and sludge build-up during his tenure.
    Plants must grow

    After the beaches on Sanibel were closed, in late September environmentalists, residents and city leaders pointed to the Sanibel Bayous Sewage Treatment Facility, a wastewater plant that has a history of violations that include leaking polluted water.

    It was the last privately run plant on Sanibel. Every other home was on the city-owned municipal system. After the public outcry, the owners of the plant sold the facility to the city on Jan. 15. The city plans to dismantle it and connect residents to city sewers.

    Many plant operators agree: The larger the plant, the more strict the regulations, the more efficiently it runs.

    Small-to-medium sized plants found with violations should find a way to hook up to the city or county-run wastewater plants, which have 24-hour staffing and better technology, Nault said.

    “It’s far better if everyone is on a municipal sewer,” said Nault. “It can cover its costs much better.”

    A municipal system can handle an emergency better as well, said Jon Meyer, utilities senior manager with Lee County Utilities. When a spill or leak occurs, a plan is in place and the staff reacts immediately.

    “Everyone knows their role,” Meyer said.

    But joining the municipal sewer may not make financial sense.

    “One of the biggest concerns is they (DEP) would want you to hook up to the city at a cost-prohibitive price,” Gabriel said.

    For those remote neighborhoods with plants that can’t connect to a city- or county-owned sewer, or for the municipal plants found with violations, the only solution is to upgrade the structure, said Tchobanoglous, the UC Davis expert.

    “We need truly an infusion of resources and money into these facilities,” Tchobanoglous said.

    But that’s hard to come by in these days of budget crunching.

    “It mirrors our society on a whole, that is that someone else is going to pay for it,”

    Tchobanoglous said. “The public doesn’t want to spend anything.”

    Young, of the Clean Water Network, said it’s time people adopt a new mind-set.

    “We’re always saying growth is good and we worry where we’ll get water to drink, but there’s not a lot of worry about what we’ll do with our sewage,” Young said.

    “People have no idea. They pay the bill every month and they assume the sewage is taken care of. And that is a false assumption.”

    By Blogger Dr. Mario, at Wednesday, March 26, 2008 9:49:00 AM  

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Election Statistics

Elementary analytics were performed on the raw data provided by the Collier County Board of Elections. Results are thus:

Number of People that Voted: 8,899
Candidate NumberOfVotes
Recker 5,352
Trotter 5,176
Gibson 5,062
Waldack 5,008
Batte 3,625
Hall 3,333
Neylon 3,322
Guidry 3,231

Voted By Count Percentage
? 188 1.49%
Absentee 1,499 11.86%
B? 42 0.33%
Early 4,292 33.95%
Did Not Vote 3,513 27.79%
P? 1 0.01%
Voted Jan29 3,108 24.58%

Sex Number of People Voted by Gender Percentage
F 4,583 51.50%
M 4,305 48.38%
U 11 0.12%

Party Number of People Voted by Party
Dem 1,512
Fap 2
Idf 37
Idp 184
Int 337
Lib 3
NPA 1,034
Ref 5
Rep 5,782
Spf 1
Unk 2

Race Votes By Race Percentage % Of Race That Voted

American Indian/Alaskan 2 0.02% 22.22%

Asian 41 0.46% 56.16%

Black 7 0.08% 20.00%

Hispanic 116 1.30% 51.33%

White 8,596 96.60% 70.99%

Other 133 1.49% 69.63%

? 4 0.04% ?

Street_Name Number of People Voted on This Street
2nd 6
3rd 8
5th 6
6th 22
Abaco 3
Abbeville 20
Addison 8
Adirondack 24
Admiralty 8
Alameda 2
Algonquin 12
Almeria 17
Amazon 1
Amber 12
Anchor 9
Andalusia 1
Angler 17
Anglers 34
Antigua 13
Apataki 17
Apple 14
Apricot 4
April 2
Arawak 4
Arcadia 6
Aruba 8
Aster 5
Auburndale 5
Austin 8
Aztec 3
Bahama 50
Balboa 5
Bald Eagle 200
Balfour 22
Bali 5
Balmoral 1
Balsam 6
Bamboo 7
Banyan 32
Barbados 22
Barbarosa 10
Barcelona 10
Barfield 184
Bass 12
Battersea 17
Bayport 28
Beach 4
Beach Lily 2
Beachcomber 17
Beaver 6
Begonia 22
Belvedere 8
Bermuda 42
Bimini 24
Birch 3
Birwood 3
Biscayne 32
Blackmore 10
Bluebird 20
Bluebonnet 12
Bluehill 6
Bluehill Creek 13
Bond 18
Bonita 14
Bounty 2
Bradford 8
Breakwater 24
Briarwood 13
Buccaneer 47
Buttercup 21
Butterfield 21
Butterfly 5
Buttonwood 13
Calusa 6
Cameo 9
Canby 2
Cape Marco 249
Capistrano 30
Capri 4
Cara 24
Caribbean 15
Castaways 17
Caxambas 80
Cedar 1
Century 27
Channel 14
Chestnut 9
Clifton 12
Club Marco 49
Coco Plum 2
Collier 1348
Collingswood 28
Colonial 24
Copeland 21
Copperfield 43
Coral 2
Coronado 5
Cottage 13
Cottonwood 17
Covewood 9
Crescent 14
Cutler 21
Cyrus 24
Dade 4
Daisy 3
Dan River 20
Dana 14
Dandelion 8
Delbrook 31
Devon 4
Dill 7
Diplomat 12
Dogwood 47
Dolphin 7
Dorando 19
Dove 3
Doxsee 2
Driftwood 23
Echo 13
Eden 4
Edgewater 47
Edington 57
Elk 11
Elkcam 170
Elkhorn 20
Elm 17
Embassy 6
Ember 17
Eubanks 15
Fairlawn 21
Fern 1
Fieldstone 22
Fiji 5
Firwood 10
Flamingo 23
Forrest 19
Fourwinds 3
Freeport 8
Front 1
Fruitland 17
Galleon 30
Gatehouse 2
Gayer 11
Geranium 15
Giralda 24
Goldcoast 13
Goldenrod 9
Granada 19
Grapewood 33
Gray 4
Greenbrier 17
Greenview 10
Gulfport 25
Gulfstream 18
Gumbo Limbo 6
Hammock 13
Hartley 16
Hawaii 2
Hazelcrest 8
Heathwood 70
Heights 13
Henderson 21
Hernando 44
Heron 5
Hickory 16
Hideaway 52
Holly 4
Hollyhock 12
Honduras 17
Honeysuckle 17
Hull 9
Hummingbird 30
Hunkin 3
Hunt 7
Huron 62
Hyacinth 30
Indian Hill 2
Inlet 91
Iris 12
Ironwood 17
Ivory 6
Jamaica 71
Java 2
Joy 28
June 14
Juniper 11
Kendall 45
Kingston 10
Kirk 3
Kirkwood 10
Lamplighter 62
Landmark 25
Laurel 16
Leatherfern 6
Leeward 11
Leland 27
Leo 2
Lewis 7
Lido 5
Lighthouse 14
Lilac 2
Lily 8
Lime 5
Live Oak 5
Loyalty 4
Ludlam 24
Ludlow 26
MacAo 2
Madagascar 9
Magnolia 22
Majorca 14
Mangrove 4
Manor 21
Maple 8
Marco Lake 5
Marco Villas 13
Mariana 13
Marlin 14
Marquesas 36
Maunder 2
Maywood 16
McIlvaine 9
Meadowlark 37
Medeira 5
Mendel 6
Menorca 13
Milan 13
Mimosa 23
Mistletoe 9
Montego 4
Moon 10
Morning Glory 2
Nassau 59
Nautilus 22
Newell 5
Old Marco 16
Olds 7
Olive 11
Orange 18
Orchid 14
Orleans 12
Ortega 7
Osceola 2
Osprey 20
Palm 18
Panama 52
Park 2
Parkhouse 7
Partridge 33
Peach 25
Peacock 1
Pepperwood 26
Periwinkle 3
Perrine 12
Persian 13
Pettit 11
Pheasant 17
Piedmont 30
Plantation 15
Plum 2
Polynesia 33
Post 4
Price 9
Primrose 4
Quintara 14
Rainbow 22
Red Bay 3
Redwood 4
Regatta 9
Renard 5
Richards 15
Richmond 10
Rio 7
River 2
Riverhead 13
Robin 6
Rockhill 33
Rockport 23
Romano 2
Rookery 12
Rose 15
Royal Marco 236
Ruby 6
Ruppert 15
Salvadore 19
Samoa 4
Sand Dune 2
Sand Hill 45
Saturn 23
Saxon 15
Scott 24
Sea 7
Sea Dune 10
Sea Oats 2
Seabreeze 18
Seagrape 48
Seahorse 19
Seminole 23
Shadowridge 34
Shalimar 7
Sheffield 58
Shenandoah 20
Ship 5
Shorecrest 27
Shores 5
Skylark 5
Snell 5
Snowberry 13
Society 8
Solano 19
Somerset 16
South Seas 23
Spanish 11
Spinnaker 34
Spruce 12
Starfish 12
Stevens Landing 50
Stillwater 26
Stone 15
Strawberry 17
Sunbird 11
Sundrop 15
Sunflower 15
Swallow 119
Swan 17
Swiss 1
Sycamore 1
Tahiti 42
Tallwood 8
Tarpon 12
Taylor 6
Templewood 10
Thorpe 3
Thrush 11
Tigertail 40
Travida 5
Treasure 18
Trent 2
Trinidad 3
Tripoli 11
Tulip 3
Twilight 6
Twin Oak 10
Valley 4
Vernon 10
Via Marco 6
Villa 18
Vintage Bay 59
Waikiki 8
Wales 7
Waterfall 6
Waterleaf 17
Waterside 45
Waterway 27
Watson 14
Wavecrest 20
Wayne 4
Whiskey Creek 2
Whiteheart 35
Wild Coffee 2
Wild Orchid 4
Windbrook 22
Windmill 9
Winterberry 43
Wintergreen 9
Woodbine 14
Worthington 38
Wren 8
Yarmouth 7
Yellowbird 27

Timing Prior to Election of New Registered Voters:

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Number of Recall Petition Signers that did NOT Vote: 135
Number of Condos that Voted: 3,058*
* (+/- 9.05%)
Pending is the numerical analysis (fraud detection).
The data provided by Collier County contain codes for which there is no definition, ergo the occasional "?".


  • the mention

    Number of Condos that Voted: 3,058*
    * (+/- 9.05%)

    requires more explanation.

    technically, it is not plus or minus, but merely minus. consideration for "condos" included apartments as categorized by collier county board of elections - namely anything with an apartment or suite number - excluding PO BOX's.

    a casual review of those addresses shows an approximate of 9% to be apt or suites that are not condos. hence the minus.

    without a street-by-street, address -by-address analysis, no degree of certainty as to condos can be noted.

    By Anonymous dr. mario sanchez, at Monday, March 17, 2008 11:00:00 AM  

  • So, Dr. Mario, what do you make of these numbers? Statistics are lifeless unless they are interpreted. I would be interested to know your take on these results. Humphrey Sarlo

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, March 20, 2008 1:07:00 PM  

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