On Marco Island: Independent Reporting, Documenting Government Abuses, Exposing the Syndicate, Historical Records of Crimes Against the Environment

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Final Post

Throughout 1877 a band of 800 Nez Perce Indians fought off over 2,000 U.S. Calvary soldiers across 1,700 miles of America's northwest. Failing at myriad attempts of negotiating a just truce, nearly decimated, starving, and literally within sight of their sanctuary in Canada, on October 5, 1877 the Nez Perce gave up.

Their leader, Chief Joseph simply turned into the calvary and said

I am tired of talk that comes to nothing. Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.

And so it is with this author.

After over four years, zero funding support, 508 articles, thousands of pictures and hundreds of hours of video, this blog will go silent.


  • Dr. Mario,
    You were the voice of one crying in the wilderness. And an unappreciated one at that. This
    island,with its present administration and unconcerned citizens is incapable of redemption. The only course left for salvation is a dissolution of the city charter and a return to the jurisdiction of Collier County.
    Perhaps that should be the next

    You gave it your best shot and for that you are to be commended.

    Now you can take your well deserved rest with Chier Joseph.

    Humphrey Sarlo

    By Anonymous Humphrey Sarlo, at Wednesday, August 11, 2010 1:10:00 PM  

  • Mr. Sanchez,

    I would like to commend you for all your hard work, dedication and committment in following through until the end. If we had more people like you we would all be better off in all areas of life. Toni Jessen tnjessen@aol.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, September 06, 2010 5:23:00 AM  

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Monday, August 09, 2010

Victory in EPA FOIA Suit

The EPA has released the last cache of documents resulting from our Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) lawsuit. The efficacy of the FOIA suit has been validated – namely, we won since the suit forced the release of the previously withheld documents.

These documents appear along with all of the other released documents by selecting the EPA DOCUMENTS tab in this blog's header.

Without the suit, we would have never learned of the deceptions by current and former city employees and city councilors. More importantly we would not have learned that the city did in fact violate the Clean Water Act by dumping millions of untreated effluent into the waterways, and that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) aided and abetted in the violation.

In this new release we also see the "environmental specialist" Nancy Ritchie joining the syndicate-led chorus by denigrating the citizens that objected to or simply questioned if decentralized sewer systems are better than the STRP with such despicable puerile comments as "there is a certain core group of individuals that oppose everything" – the standard Arceri-Lazarus-Turk-Tucker-Minozzi-Trotter-Moss-Joel talking point. These are the very same baseless remarks that the FDEP employees were employing in their communiqué to the EPA in an effort to lie about their complicity in violating the Clean Water Act.

The EPA is not in a position to seek enforcement. The State of Florida naturally will not prosecute its own agencies. The City of Marco Island should censure the councilors that oversaw the violations as well as terminate all of those presently employed that were directly or indirectly involved with the violations. But we know this won't happen.

That neither the city nor the state will prosecute those responsible for violation the Clean Water Act is simply indicative of a government that does not enforce the laws due to political expediency. Harming the public health and impairment of the environment has been sanctioned.

But the good news is that the suit is over and the plaintiff (i.e., one person) won. Regrettably, the citizens of the moribund republic lost once again.


  • Mario:

    Thank you.

    What I've been reading saddens me but does not surprise me. The question is, where do we go from here?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, August 09, 2010 8:02:00 PM  

  • sorry to say that this is the end. even the 1.5 councilors with a conscience want to let this matter go, fade into the past, not to even be noted in the marco island historical society records (naturally). so without elected officials using the pulpit AND without citizens (notice the plural) revolting, the syndicate got away with yet another violation.

    just dont see it any other way - i did all i could.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Monday, August 09, 2010 8:51:00 PM  

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