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Collier Child Care Resources Receives $8,000 Grant from The League Club

Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. (CCCR)announced it has received an $8,000 grant from the Community Trust Fund of The League Club. The proceeds from the grant will provide funds to purchase an interactive board, projector and pre-installed learning activities for the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center classroom for three-year olds. Mabel Ramirez, Director of Program Administration at the NCEF Early Childhood Development Center says, “We are very grateful for this generous grant from The League Club. With the interactive board we can expose the children to state-of-the-art digital technology so they will become comfortable with the touch process that is becoming ... Read More »

Postal Service to Issue Elvis Presley Stamp

Postmaster General Megan Brennan announced that Elvis Presley will be commemorated on a Forever stamp as the sixth inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icon Series. The stamp image will be previewed at a later date. “Elvis is a natural addition to our Music Icon Series,” said Brennan. “His life and talents are an incredible story. Spanning from his humble beginnings in a Tupelo, Mississippi, two-room house to becoming one of the most legendary performance artists of the 20th Century, Elvis Presley’s works continues to resonate with millions the world over.” The First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony will take place on the ... Read More »

ROAD ALERT

This ROAD ALERT was prepared by the Collier County Growth Management Division to inform the community about scheduled road construction and road maintenance projects along major roadways in Collier County where lane closures are planned or traffic flow may be affected. COLLIER COUNTY CONSTRUCTION/MAINTENANCE PROJECTS: Airport-Pulling Road between U.S. 41 East and Cougar Drive – On Airport-Pulling Road between U.S. 41 East and Cougar Drive expect southbound and northbound intermittent lane closures for approximately one month from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting, as crews continue landscape maintenance in the medians. Lighted arrow boards, advance warning signs and barricades are being used to ... Read More »

WHEELS BMX TRACK HAS RE-OPENED

The Wheels BMX Track has re-opened at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway. The track recently went through a six month renovation project that included reshaping and resurfacing the track utilizing a Soiltac coating. This coating will not only save the County money in the long run by reducing maintenance costs but it will also allow for shorter downtime for riders during inclement weather. The new design includes jumps, table tops and rhythm sections, offering something for riders of all ages and abilities. Wheels is now open from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. ... Read More »

Keith Dameron and new officers to lead Collier Injury Prevention Coalition

Keith Dameron, Vice President with IBERIABANK  has been named Chair of the Collier Injury Prevention Coalition, Mike Reagen, Coalition Chair Emeritus, announced today. “Dameron is an obvious choice to move the Coalition forward,” Reagen said. “He is the organizer and driving force behind several very successful bank and community initiatives including the Health “PLUS” Medical Lecture Series, the “In The Round” Lecture Series” which presents a diverse array of speakers discussing current events and trends plus conducts community Shred Parties which have netted over 93 tons of shredded material from area businesses and residents. He is an active volunteer who was ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement COLLIER COUNTY

Lieutenant Walsh conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was unable to stay in a single lane.  Officer Lugg arrived to assist.  After initially complaining of health issues, the driver was cleared by EMS.  Seated field sobriety tasks were performed by the driver which led the Officers to believe that the driver was probably impaired. The driver was arrested for driving under the influence.  During an inventory of the vehicle, Officer Lugg found open containers of beer and vodka.  The subject was taken to the Naples Jail where a breath alcohol test resulted in a 0.386 and 0.378 g/210L breathe alcohol ... Read More »

COMMISSIONER HILLER DISCUSSES POSSIBLE FRAUD AGAINST THE COUNTY

As you know, the Clerk of Courts is responsible for the county’s Accounts Payable function and to that end, his staff is required to pre-audit all invoices to ensure that the Clerk does not approve and pay an illegal expenditure.  The Clerk is prohibited by statute from making improper payments.  Upon the Clerk’s determination that the invoice to be paid is legal, the Clerk is required by county ordinance to present the invoice to the Board of County Commissioners for approval.  Once the Board grants such approval by vote, the Clerk has the authority to proceed with the actual payment ... Read More »

Top 10 Beach List for 2015

Four Florida beaches are listed among the best in the nation in the annual Top 10 Beach List for 2015: Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs ranked #2, St. George Island State Park in the Panhandle ranked #3, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne ranked #6 and Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples was ranked #9. Florida State Parks include more than 100 miles of beaches and are a tremendous driver for the state’s tourism industry, creating jobs and economic opportunities. Governor Scott said, “I am excited that four of our beautiful beaches have been named to the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: William and Joan Brannick

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We have been a condo owner for 15 yrs. at The Village at Smokehouse Bay and 3 yrs. at Bayside Club. Our condo rules and board control and address any problems with renters. In addition they have background checks prior to renting. I am a tax payer on 2 properties . I do not need an ordinance to ensure that we are renting our properties to responsible tenants. We are strongly against condos being included in the rental ordinance . Thank you, William and Joan Brannick Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank R. Recker, DDS

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I just actually performed a cursory review of the rental ordinance for the first time. The only ‘winner’ in this attempt to regulate rentals will be the City Attorney who will be required to defend multiple legal challenges.  I think there are unconstitutional provisions in the ordinance and would hope that the City obtained a formal written opinion from the City Attorney’s law firm that this ordinance is constitutional and will withstand legal challenges.  I would also hope that the City liability carrier has ‘signed off’ on this ordinance to the extent it will be called upon to defend and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Kathy Campbell

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10% of voters are required to sign a petition in the month of June, is this fair? I implore everyone eligible to vote, please turn in your signed copy of the petition by May 18th. Real estate offices and the Marco Board of Realtors are collecting them, as you cannot mail one copy with standard postage. More laws will not lead to peace, but injustice to our property owners. Empower law enforcement and ticket offenders. Do you believe it is fair that property owners will be regulated like hotels if they rent by the month or week? No it is not! Renters can ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rafael Curquejo

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I have been a regular visitor to Marco Island.  In fact my wife and I got married on the Island on 11.11.11   We love the island and are hoping to permanently move there in the next 24 months. Your new short term rental regulation is a deal breaker for us to invest in Marco. It makes 2nd home ownership harder and in my opinion it affects the marketability of a property. Once you own it makes it tougher by adding certain regulations and expenses to the equation. I totally understand from other Local Realtors that some landlords may have neglected ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Martin and Sheila Bell

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As owners and tax payers of 140 Seaview Court 1401N, we want to express our opposition to City or Marco Island Ordinance 15-01. It might be well intentioned, but it is an overreach of government and is unnecessary, costly, and unwieldy to manage. As we understand it the problems this ordinance addresses were in single family homes. Condos are self-regulated and policed by HOA’s and hired Security and are not the problem. Existing city agencies are more than enough to police and enforce noise and trash issues. This ordinance is a classic case of overkill: costly to tax payers, a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank DiMaggio

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Dear Sir, I write to express my opposition to the Marco Island Rental Ordinance recently approved by the City Council. My wife and I purchased our beautiful Marco Island house last year. We are very proud to be able to own this beautiful home in such a wonderful community and we were very disappointed with the recent passing of the ordinance by the city council. I find it difficult to understand why entirely new protocols need to be established to deal with violations of existing codes pertaining to excessive noise, trash and vehicular issues. No one wants to be negatively ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Peggy B. Dotson

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I would like to voice my opinion of the recent Marco Island City Council decision to restrict short term rentals. Most families cannot afford or even get a month vacation or time off from work. When I first came to Florida to purchase a property, I fell in love with Marco Island because of its friendly family atmosphere. I bought a condo and then a house. I have been renting my home to friends and families from all over the world. Besides aiding my retirement funds, I have been able to share Marco Island and all of its beauty with ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Councilor Batte’s commentary,

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Councilor Batte’s commentary, while passionate and eloquent, misses the point on many fronts. I am responding not so much to him as to all of City Council. Obviously Councilor Batte is in the majority, and I suspect his feelings about the matter reflect the majority of Council as well. Here’s where Councilor Batte is just plain wrong: First, the rental ordinance recall petition is not “government by special interests,” as he charges. It is an attempt by the people to take back the government that has been hijacked by those who have hidden agendas that go way beyond “quality of ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance – Common Sense

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About nine years ago, growing complaints regarding vacationing, disruptive short-term rentals caused the City Council to begin considering the issue. Much commercial lobbying later, the current City Council adopted Ordinance 15-01, the Rental Ordinance. In my opinion, their decision was good and not-so-good at the same time. The “good” includes prioritizing community complaints over commercial interests; requiring registration of all rental properties; assigning accountability for disturbances to the landlord as well as to disappeared short-term perpetrators. The “not-so-good” includes requiring annual registration renewal; mandating city annual fire inspections; mandating a dossier on each tenant for the City; Let’s apply some ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Regards Martin Winter

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Hi Editors Just thought that I would tap out a few words on the latest from the good folks on the council at Marco Island. It appears that we are now looking to force home owners down a new path concerning rentals on the Island the legislation looks lengthy and I am quite sure will be just the very start of a process to extract additional revenue from home owners. Quite frankly this is just another Tax  that I am sure will be misappropriated. I would be interested to see the cases of noise etc that justify this move. I ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15

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Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15 Welcome to Marco Island, Ms. Turner! I am sure that as a long-term property owner and resident of the Island you are very familiar with the Bundle of Rights of a property owner. One of these rights is “the right of disposition – the titleholder can sell, rent or transfer ownership or use of the propertyat will”. It does not contemplate the imposition of greater and greater restrictions over these rights by any legislative body. As you may recall, this is the second go around about the right of property owners to rent their property. In 2007-08, City Council appointed a committee ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance Petition Ready for Voter Signature

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Rental Ordinance Petition Ready for Voter Signature; City Attorney Approves Petition  The Committee seeking repeal or referendum on the recently adopted Marco City Rental Ordinance received approval from the City attorney late Friday May 22, 2015. What’s Next? What is the Petition All About?  The Committee will start circulating petitions this week for signature by registered Marco voters. The petition seeks to compel Marco City Council to repeal the controversial Rental Ordinance 15-01 adopted then modified by City Council to include house and condominium owners who rent their property for less than a year. If Petition drive is successful and ... Read More »