Welcome!

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR ATTENDING & WATCHING MY "COFFEE"

My first "Coffee With the Other Larry" was the first one televised by the City, based on suggestions by Councilor Joe Batte and the good offices of the City Manager, Roger Hernstadt. Many thanks to them! If you couldn't attend and would like to see a re-broadcast, please click on the link below. The City Manager introduces me and welcomes the citizens. MICA provided coffee and doughnuts, and I respond to questions and follow-up from 10 individuals, covering just about every topic of interest on the Island today. The entire video lasts for about 1 hr. 55 mins.

YOU'LL NEED TO ADVANCE THE VIDEO TO THE 2:45 MARK BEFORE IT BEGINS

http://marcoisland.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=469

 

Let's talk about Marco Island

I ran for City Council, and was elected in November 2012, on a platform of transparency, fiscal conservatism, and responsiveness to all the citizens and constitutencies (homeowners, condo snowbirds, businesses and institutions).

At almost every City Council meeting, I make a presentation or discuss an important situation. The newspapers do not report these events. The meeting minutes provide only cursory summaries. I understand this.

So the purpose of this website is to provide the materials for your review, organized by topic, and to give you my point of view.

Most of the analyses I do, and present to City Council, are based on my detailed examination of comparable cities in Florida. In each case, I explain the comparison. You can decide if they're relevant. I spend an enormous amount of time going through the financial statements and budgets of these comparison cities. Some of my colleagues on City Council complain that "no city is like Marco Island," which of course is true but irrelevant. We can learn from what other cities do. We can learn from the mistakes they make, and try to avoid them. We're in very good shape now. We can lose this within a few years.

This site does not violate Florida's sunshine laws, according the the City Attorney.


Current hot-button topics

My presentations, analyses, and points of view

Some of my colleagues on City Council want to increase our debt. Their argument is that if we have a long-lived project, such as the Smokehouse Bridge, future users should help fund it. This is pure folly. Every capital project we undertake is for the benefit of future users, so with that logic, we should borrow for everything. And this much is crystal clear: if we borrow when we don't need to, the money we could have used will be spent by the City Council, on something. That's life. Here are the facts:

Several of my colleagues have deep and vast experience on the Water Sewer Utility, which I respect. However, I believe the direction we're taking is not right for the Island. Some City Councilors will allow the past practices of the Water Sewer Utility (overcharging, overfunding, over-investing), and some City Councilors want to avoid hard decisions about the Utility. Here are the facts:

For more statistical information on Marco Island, from an outside source, please click here. (You will be directed to another website, not controlled by me, and away from this website.)

 
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