Tag Archives: capital projects

Council Hears From Legislative Lobbyist

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At Monday evening’s city council meeting members of the board had the opportunity to meet with the city’s lobbyist, Ron Book who has successfully brought back to the community revenues through state legislative efforts. Book was originally hired by the last council on the recommendation of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt. The city had previously not ... Read More »

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 »

New Manager of Wastewater Treatment at MI Utilities

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Jon H. Pratt is a Renaissance man. Studying chemistry and biology in college, the Chicago native began his working life as a research chemist working on products for the pulp and paper industry. Then, he tried his luck as a stock broker for E.F. Hutton & Co. After the stock market crash in 1989, he ... Read More »

Collier County Parks Newest Regional Park

Collier County Parks and Recreation is turning to the tech-savvy public to garner input on the county’s newest regional park. Big Corkscrew Island Regional Park, located at 825 39th Ave. NE in Golden Gate Estates, was designed in 2006 and then put on hold during the economic downturn when the county did not have the funds to take on large capital ... Read More »


The Board of County Commissioners (BCC), at its meeting on June 12, 2012, approved the realignment plan introduced by County Manager Leo Ochs, which is designed to balance divisions, combine expertise, realign strategic goals, and optimize the resources of certain functions of County Government – while holding the line on the budget. A major functional change will be establishing the Department of ... Read More »

DOLLARS AND SENSE: TRIM bills, millage votes and budget wrangling

By Danielle Dodder  “Nobody trusts government on any level anymore.” City Council Vice Chair Larry Magel sums up the collective headwinds facing anyone wrangling public money these days. Magel, along with fellow councilors and budget subcommittee members Wayne Waldack and Bill Trotter, spent 37 hours meeting with city staff, studying the fine print, and voicing opinions on proposed items in ... Read More »