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THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY SITE -- I'LL TRY TO KEEP IT UP TO DATE!

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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).

In many City Council meetings, 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. 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

We have some big decisions to make on City Council regarding the budget and our debt levels. The new City Manager has proposed a very different funding structure, one that involves establishing what he calls "buckets" (really, funds) that we would build up systematically, and from which monies would be drawn in the future for regular needs. I won't repeat his slides or his arguments here, but they are worth seeking out. At this point, I want to see more information and listen to my colleagues' viewpoints. In the end, I will work to help reduce the overall debt burden on Marco Island. 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. 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 my website.)

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