Tag Archives: budget

Council Wrestles With Roadways

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  At their last city council meeting members heard Public Works Director Tim Pinter speak to his plans to continue with the Annual Street and Roadway Repaving Program, which Pinter had budgeted just over $600,000. That program in 2017 would be able to pave approximately five miles of roadway in the area west of Collier Boulevard and ... Read More »

A Happy Hour With a Cause

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope will hold a “Happy Hour for Hope” on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Gino’s Trattoria from 5 PM to 7 PM. Gino’s Trattoria is located at 969 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145. Bill “Captain Hope” Morris said, “Gino’s always has great food and their staff is more than friendly. This will be ... Read More »

City Manager Resignation

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Congratulations on getting the best City Manager we have ever had to resign. The man who finally got our bucket plan together is out. I truly wish Roger Hernstadt the best. The citizens, who voted for the slate of four, do not deserve a man with his talent and commitment. Now it is time for ... Read More »

Healthy Wish List

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Nikkie Sardelli Staff Partner, ACS Marco Island Ever get stuck on what to buy a friend or family member? How about a gift that can help their health and fitness goals? The American Cancer Society has some great ideas for any budget that will make great little gifts for the holidays. Happy Holidays and New Year from your ... Read More »

Popular Programs Hosted by Friends of the Library

Submitted Friends of Marco Island Library hosted two popular programs last week that were very well attended. The first program, offered on November 12, was an exciting morning review on burrowing owls. Jean Hall, project manager of Marco Island’s Owl Watch Program had a brief slide show on the history of the burrowing owls and their protective status. Attendees learned ... Read More »

Mutual of Omaha Gives Back 

Submitted For the second consecutive year, Mutual of Omaha Bank (mutualofomahabank.com) presented Habitat for Humanity of Collier County (habitatcollier.org) with a gift of $10,000. The gift will help support financial literacy education for Habitat for Humanity homeowners, including budgeting classes in which volunteers from the bank discuss with future homeowners the importance of a budget and how to manage a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Talk About REAL Hypocrisy!

Talk About REAL Hypocrisy! Apparently, Larry Honig’s plan to elect his slate of four to take over the city is in jeopardy, and he has resorted to telling lies about me. Mr. Honig incorrectly stated that at a 2015 Council Meeting, as PRAC chair, I spoke about how I would configure a $7.5 million government building.  Absolutely false.  I will ... Read More »

Letter to Editor: Veterans’ Community Park is NOT in Jeopardy

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Veterans’ Community Park does not need saving.  It is safe under the prevue of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC).  Marco Island is NOT loosing control of the Park’s design and development.  No developer is in control of the Park’s design and development.  PRAC is on top of this too. For almost two years, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Fact Check

I read a letter to the editor written by Adam Urban concerning my being “disingenuous to the taxpayers of Marco Island”. I did not vote for the Roll Back Rate because it would have defeated the purpose of the current implemented BucketBudget System. To avoid Bonding for Capital Improvements Projects (CIP) in the in the future, additional revenue must be ... Read More »

Goodland Road Flooded Again: Marco Pressed by Commissioners to Act

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn An unnamed tropical depression, 350 miles west of Marco Island, caused more serious flooding on Goodland Road on Tuesday, August 30. Torrential rains also added to the maelstrom, with rainwater having nowhere to go due to seawater gushing in through the road’s only two drains. The result was the usual chaos in traffic trying to ... Read More »

City Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind ... Read More »

City Update: Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind those businesses. That meeting will convene ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Educators Honored at Meeting City Council moved quickly through a relatively light agenda on last Monday as they dealt with proclamations recognizing educational excellence at the Tommie Barfield Elementary School, the Marco Island Charter Middle School and the Marco Island Academy. Both Tommie Barfield and the Charter Middle School were presented with proclamations recognizing their ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

By Maureen Chodaba The City Council of Marco Island held a regular meeting on July 18, 2016. All councilors were present, except Councilor Sacher, who was excused. In a 4-2 vote, council passed a resolution approving the preliminary disclosure of the proposed millage rate for the Fiscal Year 2017. The tentative millage rate is determined to be 1.9966 mils for ... Read More »

Old Glory Flies Again Over Goodland Post Office New postal clerk gets it done

By Barry Gwinn Judith Pritchard was Goodland’s last postmaster. She was popular here and served faithfully for eight years until her retirement on July 31, 2012. Due to budget deficits, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has since cut back on personnel and closed some offices. Goodland was spared, but instead of a postmaster, a series of postal clerks ran our ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Ken Honecker: Running for Re-election A lot has been accomplished in the past 3½ years. Long stalled projects like the Herb Savage Bridge (Smokehouse) are near completion and construction on the new Mackle Park Community Center will start shortly. The renovations of the Marriott were approved, when I was Chairman of Council, and the construction is scheduled for completion later ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor

Larry Honig Running for Re-election Announcement I’m running for re-election on a positive platform to bring back a sense of community on Marco Island through a less intrusive, more respectful government. Here’s what I want to accomplish: 1. Get back local control of our community. We need fewer government regulations. We should reduce our use of consultants and lawyers who ... Read More »

Supervisor of Elections Receives Awards

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections office was honored with three awards by the Southwest Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association during their local Image Award Reception held on Tuesday, April 19. An Award of Distinction and Judges’ Award were presented to Supervisor Jennifer J. Edwards, Communications Coordinator, Trish Robertson and Voter Education Coordinator, Heather Wysocki for their submission ... Read More »

Marco Island State Grant Success

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Island will be the recipient of nearly $1.3M in grants from the State of Florida, enabling the city to fund three projects for the benefit of the island. The projects approved are: • Renovation of Fire-Rescue/EMS Facility ($250,000) • Storm Water Master Plan Drainage Improvements ($299,140) • Marco Shores Alternative Water Solution ($750,000) Governor ... Read More »

Town Hall Meetings Coming Up

COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Mark your calendars now for the great St. Paddy’s Day Parade, Sunday March 6th on Marco Island! Parade participants will meet at the NCH Healthcare Center across from the City of Marco Island Government Center at 11 AM. For questions, please email Steve Stefanides at sstefanides@comcast.net. It’s always loads of fun and lots of people line the ... Read More »