Letters to the Editor, August 9

Yes or no?

Fellow Marco Islanders: I am a 26-year-old full-time resident who has “got” with all the propaganda being peddled to us regarding our next short-term rental, (STR), regulatory vote.

Yes, I know this is a significant “Big-Bucks” vs. Residents issue that may impact the future of our island and yes, all the costly “Vote No!” publicity and scare tactics from off-island vacation rental companies and local real estate agents were to be expected. After all, our Marco Island is a marketable and highly profitable item for them.

But what shocked me were the offensive actions of two Marco Island councilmen, namely Jared Grifoni and Becky Irwin. Incredibly, these two elected officials (entrepreneur and real estate agent respectively) openly urged Marco Islanders to vote “no” on regulating short-term rentals in single-family communities…and they regurgitated profiteer propaganda!

In my opinion, Grifoni and Irwin have now served the following notice: They will prioritize the personal, real estate and business interests over those of the residents of Marco Island and

they don’t know that in the United States, “We the People” tells elected officials what we want them to do; it’s not the other way around.

Plenty of facts and figures are available, (plus just common sense), allowing informed Marco residents to vote responsibly on regulating “weekend” rentals amidst single-family residential areas…it’s as obvious as regulating speed limits on our streets. Nevertheless, the shameless and self-interested lobbying of “advisors” Grifoni and Irwin now guarantees not only a “yes”, but a “hell yes” from this resident of Marco! vote.

Thank you very much for listening to me.

Russ Colombo, Marco Island

To party! To party! To party!

I am a full-time resident who lives next door to a year-round, mostly weekly, short-term rental home in our single-family neighborhood. There are about 20 houses in our immediate vicinity including eight STRs.

The rental house is 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. I have about 300 new neighbors every year. Impossible you say? Let’s do the math. Forty weeks rented per year (usually more) with at least four adults and three children on average. That’s seven people times 40 weeks, or more than 280 adults and children each year.

Homeowners away add 3-4 sleeper sofas and magically transform a three-bedroom home into a six-plus bedroom home. At full capacity, where do 12 adults and six or more children sleep? Where to park 5-6 cars? How loud do they make at all hours?

I call the police at least once a month. The current noise ordinance is a joke. I can clearly hear voices and music, whether it’s country western, rock, rap, or Spanish, so my porch becomes a country western bar, nightclub, or cantina. Excessively loud music knows no cultural boundaries.

Every week new people. To party! To party! To party! It’s not someone’s grandchildren who come to visit us from time to time. Every week we wonder if it will be better or worse than last week? Should we still call the police?

That’s no way to live out your golden years. Vote yes on the STR ordinance and let’s take control of this.

Melanie Sweeney, Marco Island

Narrow-minded beach parking policy

Is it legal or ethical for Marco Island residents beach to hoard beach parking off season? I count 50-150 empty spaces per day depending on the time/day of the week.

Reviews of South Beach Parking and Turtle Lot Parking are full of complaints that these public parking lots on the beach are far too small, even in July. The golf courses welcome the public out of season; why is it not residents beach? Why do they hate our brothers and sisters who are also called tourists?

That seems incredibly narrow-minded to me. Shouldn’t we share paradise? Shouldn’t we be attentive and radiate love? It doesn’t take much to collect empty space data and share it for a comparable price.

Karen Twyning, Marco Island

DeSantis fights for Floridians

On July 23, I was excited to travel to Hollywood, Florida to see Governor Ron DeSantis speak at the Sunshine Summit. There is no other governor in the country who fights for the people of his state like Governor DeSantis does. What I admire most about him is that he doesn’t allow the media and their bogus stories to stop him from doing what he knows is right for the people of Florida. DeSantis is disciplined, principled, focused on the tasks at hand, sticks to his beliefs, and has a spine of steel. He does not shrink from awakened societies. He’s not backing down from Joe Biden and his hard-line administration that has made the cost of living more expensive and caused the worst inflation in 41 years. And he will certainly not yield to those who want to indoctrinate our children and take away rights from parents. Governor DeSantis will never stop fighting for Floridians, so in November the choice couldn’t be easier, I will be voting for Governor Ron DeSantis.

Yvette Benarroch, Marco Island

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