Letters to editor for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021

Readers write about access to COVID-19 vaccinations, condo towers proposed for near beach,…

Letters to editor for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 1
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Affluent community to get vaccine

A fire department, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health, is offering vaccines to residents of Pelican Bay only, because Pelican Bay (in North Naples) has a high proportion of residents over 65. You need a Pelican Bay resident card to qualify.

What an utterly unfair, discriminatory arrangement favoring one of Collier County’s most affluent neighborhoods with this special treatment. I live in the 34108 ZIP code as well and qualify based on age, but because I don’t have a Pelican Bay identity card or address, I can’t participate.

(Editor’s note: The North Collier Fire and Rescue District is able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations in an arrangement with the state Department of Health. The fire district is not involved in registration of residents of Pelican Bay for the vaccine or verifying eligibility. The shots will be provided at a future date at Pelican Bay.)

Ross Edlund, North Naples 

Say no to condo towers near beach

I am extremely concerned about the (proposed) One Naples project. How can a developer get this far in the process when zoning and codes are already in place? Why have codes then? Why plan at all?

Zoning and codes are established for reasons. Planners meet well before a site is developed and take into consideration population growth, density, esthetics, road capacity, evacuation routes and time, wind shear and other factors. They sometimes hire experts because they want to get it right. They do this in advance so they aren’t thrust into a debate about use when it’s time to develop.

Even after all that planning, most boards will allow a hearing for a variance, usually considered for a minor change to a code.

One Naples would not be a variance. It would be a fundamental, massive shift from the current code and would transform the area of Vanderbilt Beach and North Gulf Shore in ways we can’t predict.

What we do know is that two massive (residential condo) towers 15 feet from the sidewalk would cast shadows, create wind tunnels and drive immense pressure on the available infrastructure. The roads cannot be widened and there is simply nowhere for all these cars and people to go.

This corner is ready for redevelopment, and a scaled-back One Naples with a commercial component would be a nice fit.

This is not hard. The answer is no to the variance.

Maria Pasquinelli, North Naples

Trying every day at 74 to get vaccine

I’m 74 and have heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and a history of pulmonary embolism. I have no clue when or where I will get vaccinated.

I was there at the library on the cold night in Fort Myers Beach when shots were first being given. I arrived in the dark, about 4 a.m., and was told they had 400 doses and over a thousand people were already in line. I saw a line over a mile long, with many people much older than I am who had been waiting through the night.

I’ve spent many hours on the computer waiting to win the Publix vaccination lottery.  

Neither Walmart, Sam’s Club, nor Walgreens has any information about when they might have the COVID-19 vaccine.

Walmart’s website is particularly annoying. It forces you to go through a series of steps, lets you pick a store, after defaulting to the wrong city every time, provides a “Make an Appointment” button, then tells you the store you selected has no shots and you should try another store. I check every day and no stores ever take any appointments.   

Please continue keeping these people’s feet to the fire. They had many months to plan for this, and I think anyone with a college degree in just about anything could have come up with a better plan in about 20 minutes.

Bob Ray, Fort Myers Beach

Cable TV changed nation’s discourse

The temperature of the country is elevated due to the new trend of not listening to any voice not supporting your thinking. This attitude has spilled over to newspapers, the internet and sites supporting one-way thinking.

It did not start with Trump, Obama or Bush; or in Congress or your local council. It started with cable TV, more for economics and ratings. This new media was welcomed into every home, with Ted Turner as its face. His foresight into 24/7 news coverage was as monumental as the printing press and radio.

TV was our window to the world. Walter Cronkite and others had brought us the news for one hour a day, balanced with facts and with little room for opinion. Cable changed that. Filling the air 24/7/365 is daunting. Anchors needed news to present, and politics were fertile ground. The word was being manipulated for the purpose of money.

When FOX came around, CNN had its sparring partner. Cable personalities became promoters and shills, all for fame and cash.

The answer is not less cable but more providers. More voices will find more truth. 

Jack Holt, Cape Coral

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