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Trust in Marco City Government is Low


What are the reasons residents do not trust the Marco Island city government? Did you know that Marco Island City Council initiated a city-wide survey, and we had 3,208 respondents? The survey shows that the trust in the city government is at a low point. 52% of residents say that the city is headed in the “wrong direction.”


We can do better!


The government has two components: City Council and City Staff. There are many things done correctly by the council and staff. After all, Marco has gotten a lot done over the years. But when things go wrong, the residents quickly lose faith.


How do councilors go off track?

  • Thinking that ALL resident concerns are invalid and based on exaggerations.

  • Self-dealing. Seeming to benefit from the ordinances that are passed or not passed.

  • Serving powerful local special interests so they can get re-elected.

  • Not putting in the time to clearly understand the issues.

  • Purposefully introducing “fog” and confusion.

  • Misrepresenting the facts.

  • Engaging consultants to represent their pre-conceived “point-of-view.”

  • Influencing the city staff to do their bidding (staff are concerned about their jobs, after all)

  • Underfunding the staff (“Hold the Line on Taxes”) so they cannot effectively do their jobs.

How do city staff go off track?

  • Playing favorites with the residents.

  • Unequal application of the rules.

  • Not bringing forward all information to councilors and members of committees.

  • Not providing adequate information to the residents.

  • Trying to “build empires.”

  • Covertly working with individual councilors.

  • “Editing” the ordinances.

Effective city government requires transparency and operates in the Sunshine (not behind).


Use this link to access the results of the survey.

https://app.displayr.com/Dashboard?id=0f1dbc6e-a0c7-46d3-9935-bc3acf3aa9d4#page=669a68fc-322d-41f6-899b-db37db637768


Let’s Make Marco Awesome!

Nanette Rivera

2022 Candidate for Marco Island City Council








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