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Inaction fosters blight

April 6, 2013

To the editor: I looked up the word “blight” in the dictionary and it said, “continuing to not be maintaining our city is an easy way to save taxes — and continue to deteriorate....

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Apr-10-13 6:33 PM

Linda 53 wants me to move on but I can't because there is a normal increase in tax dollars in Cape Coral, Fl. and NOW they want to stick an extra $150 per home onto every home in the city. They want the folks who buy hear to take on about $20,000 plus for water & Sewer, they need to fund an out of control city pension system that is coming due for payment real soon and will keep increasing the guaranteed 3% increases. Linda 53 I suggest you move on because until the city folds and the rules reset by others that either can't or won't make the changes. The state will ultimately put in the correct charges for services, wages and pensions. It is happening over a year ago and as we speak in other parts of the country!

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Apr-10-13 6:24 PM

fighting the city over funds it owes the city but they probably do not have them either. Could we get them? Possible. Was it a good season? Yes pumped up by economic stimulus. However one hiccup in the economy and guess what happens. Deflated tax revenue (pumped up by illicit charges to utilities and a $25 million fire Dept. and a $34 million police Dept that can't help but spend more than there budget. While value goes up the amount of revenue will be up an extra $150 a home and the city still can not make muster on their own. Wait till 2015 you think they will set a budget they can live within. Only the truth...NO!!!!!!!!!!!

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Apr-10-13 6:14 PM

Onlythetruth you can say what you want but look around what do you see a city Cape Coral, Fl with big financial problems. Which they had even in the boom years. They have too much overhead, and have even now taken more land ($13.8 million) which was worthless at best off the tax rolls. So now the city waits with the rest of its residents. So far many have been able to wait from December 2006 to present. Hey about 6-1/2 years and look where we are. We have homes still empty are seeing rental homes increasing. I will say things are beginning to turn aoround but if your speculating about reaching the peak figures of growth anytime soon you'll not. The city is still talking cuts tonight why would that be? Can you figure it out? The city carried more than it needed to for 6-1/2 years. As far as I am concerned don't bother but ask you to research why a city like Stockton, Ca. Empire, NV, Central Falls, RI went bankrupt. The state has told us no I 75 interchange for DECADES, the County

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Apr-10-13 6:27 AM

So, you saw the bubble about to burst long in advance? I assume then that you sold off all real estate investments and manged to put away a huge some generated solely from the profits of your speculation, because you saw it coming. Your Monday morning quarterbacking again. No one saw it coming, no one, simply because greed is human nature.

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Apr-09-13 12:04 PM

Oh and Ray one more thing to let you know I am a good guesser or I can make good deductive reasoning.

The day it was announced Terry Stewart appointed two building inspectors to the city payroll. I from the information I had gathered had a conversation with a neighbor. I basically said the city was as usual a day late and a dollar short trying to continue on a course of building residential homes that was already over in the rest of the country! Companies bigger than this city or county had been taking care to rein in their production of goods and services. I suppose I can say this when you just "Keep It In The Cape" it must limit what can effect you in and out of the Cape. So much for economics! Live with it!

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Apr-09-13 11:54 AM

Oh and Ray as far as my rambling that is true, and purposeful on my part. You Ray being a nice guy in this city or a gentleman keeping ones voice or thoughts a deep dark secret is fruitless. It only enables bad representation and those wishing to take advantage of situations to continue to benefit themselves. How many instances have surfaced since this downturn began where we have encountered it in the city, county, state and country? Quite a few!

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Apr-09-13 11:45 AM

The real estate bubble was shown to be happening world wide almost a year before it really hit. Here in the Cape the figures were as plain as your face when you look in the mirror. The 2006 to 2007 figures in water usage bear out what was being broadcast in the media from TV, radio, newspapers (not here), and the internet. There are you know even on the internet to seek and receive credible information. You should try it!

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Apr-07-13 8:36 PM


Brevity is the soul of wit!

Stop makes you look like more of an idiot than many already suppose you are...that, and you sound lie deile!

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Apr-06-13 6:29 PM

Lightswitch, you keep quoting those who are "well versed in economics". You insist the city should have seen the real estate bubble about to burst, no one saw it coming. Not even your sainted Road Ahead cronies, as far as I've heard they all took a bath buying at the top of the market. Anyone can Monday morning quarterback. Tell me please, what is the next trend going to so I can cash in, go ask your economic gurus and get back to us.

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Apr-06-13 2:00 PM

@lightswitch== When all else fails---lie! The RAGs for 4 yrs never did anything for Cape Coral. FACT: $6.5M is the sum needed yearly to maintain Cape roads. $100M needed to do the entire city. McGrail had $1M to fix all North Cape Roads. The 2012 road money was spent in SE Cape only. Let's assume your big corporation wants to move here.They start by Googling “Cape Coral”. What do they find? Sullivan photographed sleeping at a meeting. The Deiles, Kuen, Brandt and MAYOR running to media screaming about mismanagement, corruption, bad employees. Chris Leezt, acting like the unhappy/mean/nasty guy ranting about a privately funded bus ride insinuating that one of our best councilors has a drinking problem. NOW—are you coming HERE Or to Fort Myers? IMHO that is RAGs plan. Create problems and bad press, ruin our emergency service and infrastructure and keep the cape a cheap place to retire-- if you own a gun. Lightswitch, firmly planted in Chinese Drywall!

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Apr-06-13 12:57 PM

Move on Lightswitch.. move on

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Apr-06-13 12:46 PM

Oh and Bill blight as discussed by the lying councilman from district 6 Kevin Mc Grail. Kevin stated that roads in his district are a priority to curb blight.

At the first opportunity when he is making speeches and kissing babies for his never to happen reelection. His constituents need to ask. Kevin if last year 2011 - 2012 Gary King former city manager who you fired for no cause came up with $6.5 million to begina program to fix our roads. Kevin at $50,000 a mile should fix 130 miles. Kevin why did you vote with you block to buy $13.8 million for worthless land to be taken off our tax roll and make us pay more in tax? That $13.8 million would have fixed another 278 miles of land. Kevin McGrail we can't and won't vote for you! NO REELECTION KEV!

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Apr-06-13 12:34 PM

Bill until this city gets one big company from the private sector what you have here is what will be here 25 years from now. The city as I have read not in the dictionary but from people who really understand economics. If government in our case city government can not draw from a solid private source funds it can not continue to support itself. When you picked the pockets of those on fixed incomes, have mediocre at best, private businesses you can not just have a large land mass to support. Even with 156000 residents who are turning in low average wage amounts the pocketbook empties faster than it can be picked. Who is going to tell Lee County Electric their nonrecoverable amounts will be going up? What that will produce is more rentals for the poor and greater blight for the city.

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Apr-06-13 12:20 PM

Funny the reporter from New Yorker magazine picked up on blight with out looking it up in the dictionary. Oh and that was before the bubble burst. Why it was before the so called RAG.

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