Monthly Archives: April 2010

Community Development Director Position Eliminated

In the first of several cost-savings measures Interim City Manager, Dr. James C. Riviere eliminated the position of the Community Development Director currently filled by Steve Olmsted. Economic times call for reconsideration of how the City’s services are provided. The Community Development Director is over the building, code compliance, environmental services, mapping (GIS), planning and zoning areas for the City. The down turn in building construction starts on ... Read More »

Boy Needs Help

Andrew Whisman is an 11 year old local boy who is in desperate need of AB positive blood. Andrew has contracted an E-Coli bacterium and his organs are being viciously attacked. He has been hospitalized at NCH downtown since Thursday, March 25th. The bacteria has gotten into his blood stream and his kidneys and pancreas have been shutting down. Andrew ... Read More »

The feeling of being an American…

It was a cold December day in 1979 when I landed at JFK airport in NY and stood in the line marked “Citizens Only.” Showing my brand new blue USA passport to the previously dreaded immigration officer was a proud moment for me; I was an American returning home from a business trip. For such a seemingly mundane event, it ... Read More »

The Mouse Trail

Remember Biology class – microscopes and dissections; frogs and mice? The descendents of those mice – or some remote relatives – may be coming this way. Recently, at the invitation of County Commissioner Donna Fiala, and at the courtesy of Keith Dameron of Iberia Bank, the Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Advancement of Jackson Laboratory briefed a small ... Read More »

Dr. Jim Riviere Voted Interim City Manager

After minimal discussion and no public comment, Marco City Council, by a 7 to 0 vote, named current Planning Board Chairman Dr. Jim Riviere Interim City Manager. Councilman Wayne Waldack nominated Riviere, noting that if approved the position would start immediately. All council members endorsed Riviere. Chairman Frank Recker said Riviere was “methodical, consistent and straightforward.” In dealing with Riviere ... Read More »

Calusa Garden Club

The  award winning Calusa Garden Club recently held its annual installation of officers luncheon at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The Calusa Garden Club membership is opened to anyone who is interested in any of the many phases of gardening from being a dirt gardener, designer, environmentalist, flower show participant, or enjoys the company of people with similar interests. Both ... Read More »

Marco Island Police Foundation President Elected

The Marco Police Foundation is pleased to announce the election of William G. Morris as the organizations new President. An active member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, his term officially commenced at the March Director’s meeting. Mr. Morris is an Island attorney with offices on Marco since 1983 practicing general law. He has been actively involved in community service ... Read More »

Project Rescue Phase One Succeeds!

Art League Exceeds Debt Reduction Campaign Project Rescue, the campaign to Save Marco Island’s Art League, achieved a major step in insuring the Art League’s future. The campaign, formulated by Marco Islander, Dave Rice, was implemented November 1, 2009, as a two phase project. The focus of Phase I was fundraising, first to eliminate the League’s $100,000 debt and then ... Read More »

Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts Awards Scholarships

Since 1983, the Art League Marco Island’s Center for the Arts has been awarding scholarships to Collier County high school seniors who are continuing their education in the Arts. On April 9th, during a public awards ceremony and reception, applicants and award recipients were honored; $4,500 in awards were presented. This Scholarship program provides an opportunity for Collier County high ... Read More »

Lunch with the Chief

The Marco Police Foundation is excited to announce the next “Lunch with the Chief” on May 19th in the beautiful main dining room of the Island Country Club. In addition to being selected for its outstanding food and service, the Island Country Club will be able to accommodate the large response expected to hear the keynote speaker. Mr. Michael E. ... Read More »

The Big Red Truck

I’m biased. I’m biased because of what happened to me on December 7, 2008. On that anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day I collapsed and began losing blood… lots of blood, as I later learned. My wife called 911 and, within a few (very few) minutes there were people and machines at the front door. In a couple of more minutes ... Read More »

Temporary Posting of Shorebird Nesting Locations

The City of Marco Island is part of the Florida Shorebird Alliance, a partnership that includes Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), City of Naples, Collier County Government. and Sherriff’s Office, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR), Sea Grant, The Conservancy of SW FL, Inc., Friends of Tigertail and Collier Audubon Society. The goal of this Alliance is ... Read More »

Fire/Rescue Foundation Hosts 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast

The Marco Island Fire/Rescue Foundation held a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 11. “This event was a success! We served a delicious breakfast to over 550 people. Everyone had a great time and the fire station was the perfect venue,” said Diana Dohm,  Vice-President of the Foundation. “When everyone pitches in to help in an event like this, it is ... Read More »

Florida Friendly Landscape Demonstration Garden

Landscaping the Florida-Friendly way means using low maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices that also can save money. South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and the University of Florida (UF-IFAS) are leading the effort in the State of Florida to incorporate Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) to protect natural resources, specifically ground and surface water ... Read More »

2010 Earth Day photo and essay contests

In an effort for the City of Marco Island to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, environmental photo and essay contests were conducted for amateur photographers to express a visual celebration of all natural species, both animal and plant life, which inhabit the Southwest Florida and Everglades’ environments and for middle school students to express their views in essays ... Read More »

Mackle Park Knitters

Now is the time for all good women to pick up their needles and join the Mackle Park Knitting Group. We knit for charity, we knit for family and we knit for friends, but most of all we knit for FUN. So bring your needles, talent, creativity and ingenuity and have some fun too! We meet at Mackle every Wednesday ... Read More »

Fitness on the Force

Dustin Beatly, Engineer Paramedic, has been with the Marco Island Fire Department seven years and was chosen by Captain David Batiato to lead the “Side Shuffle” exercise. Dustin was raised and grew up on Marco Island, attending Gulfview Middle School and Lely High School. Asked if, as a young boy, he wanted to be a fireman when he grew up, ... Read More »

Environmental Protection and Marco Island

Below is an article submitted to the Coastal Breeze News on April 14 by then City Manager, Steve Thompson. In view of the valuable information it contains, regarding actions to protect the environment of Marco Island and the surrounding areas, we have reproduced it here for our readers. by Steve Thompson, Marco Island City Manager The old saw frequently repeated about ... Read More »