Tag Archives: City Hall

City Hall Staff Changes and Challenges

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Since the departure of former City Manager Roger Hernstadt a number of changes have occurred within City Hall, with departures of personnel and some shuffling of the chairs on the deck to insure the functions to service residents’ needs are still being met. Guillermo Polanco was assigned the responsibilities as Interim City Manager in February, in ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Jerry Swiacki

Important Meeting For Marco Island Citizens The City is seeking citizen and stakeholder input into the revision of the Land Development Code. The city has contracted with a consultant to update the Code to properly reflect the present and future needs of the Marco Island citizens. On Wednesday August 10th at 6 PM, the Planning Board of the City of ... Read More »

GUEST COMMENTARY: What We Leave Behind…

By Hector Fernandez So there has been much ado lately about discussions, ideas, opinions and plans for some kind of facility, building, offices, veterans’ facility, etc. at Veterans Park. It seems that some of the speculation and rumors were laid to rest at this past week’s PRAC meeting where City Manager Roger Hernstadt presented some of those ideas. So as ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: George Karpman

City Council   There certainly has been a lot of recent negative Letter’s to the Editor pointed at our current city council. Are things on Marco Island really that bad? These negative letters have me thinking about the good old days on Marco Island.   Do you remember the Septic Tank Replacement Program (STRP)? I certainly do because it cost ... Read More »

Everglades City Parade June 27

Submitted Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 27, this year. The Opening Ceremony is at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of City Hall (the former county courthouse). That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by the ... Read More »

Wildlife Photography Competition Winners

By Coastal Breeze News Staff The 8th Annual City of Marco Island Amateur Wildlife Photo Competition has drawn to a close. Over sixty beautiful photographs were submitted showcasing landscapes, insects, birds, alligators, deer, lizards, flowers, sunsets and more. This year’s judges had the difficult task of choosing the winners from a great field of entries. Winning photos are seen here. ... Read More »

Enter the Wildlife Photo Contest Today

By Coastal Breeze News Staff It’s final call for anyone wanting to enter the Eighth Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest. The contest closes to entries on April 24th. Winners will be announced May 1st. If you have any photos you have shot during the past year that you are considering entering, there is still time. Categories ... Read More »

Freedom Fountain Breaks Ground

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com After seven years of fundraising, the Freedom Fountain is becoming a reality. Construction on what is touted as the crown jewel of Marco Island’s Veterans Memorial Park began in mid-November, and has an expected completion date of the end of February. When completed, the roughly $200,000 Freedom Fountain will stand 10-feet tall and have a ... Read More »

Everglades City December Wrap-Up

By Pat Newman There is no shortage of things to do in Everglades City the month of December! The holiday season kicks off with the Fourth Annual Swamp Heritage Festival on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:30 AM-4:00 PM, at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center. The event is a celebration of the rich history and culture of South Florida. There will ... Read More »

Utility Rate Discussion Continues at City Hall

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com Last week, Marco Island’s Finance Director Guillermo Polanco sent a report out to City Council members. The topic: balancing the budget for Marco Island Utilities. According to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the report says the Council voted to approve the budget on September 8th and 22nd, 2013 that included a 2.1% increase in utility rates. ... Read More »

Code Enforcement Handles Problems, Seeks Magistrate

By Carol Glassman At the City’s Code Enforcement meeting on Oct. 14, the board heard an addition to the agenda, involving a sewer connection from a previous meeting to be installed at 641 Inlet Drive, a property owned by Joanne and Neal Beightol. The board voted unanimously to extend Beightols’ compliance deadline as their contractor had experienced difficulties with the ... Read More »

Donation Secures Freedom Fountain for Veterans’ Park

By Noelle H. Lowery noelle@coastalbreezenews.com A decade ago, Marco Islanders envisioned a new city park when they approved the $10 million bond referendum to purchase the old Glon property. This park would include a memorial to Marco Island’s veterans, and would be called Veterans’ Memorial Park. Part of the plan included a memorial flag plaza with benches and lush landscaping. ... Read More »

Take Heed When Lightning Strikes

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Southwest Florida has quietly moved into the ebb and flow of its traditional summer afternoon thunderstorm pattern. While the rain cools off the hot and steamy day, the thunder and lightning that go with it cannot be ignored. Afterall, Southwest Florida falls within the states “lightning belt,” and can witness close to 350,000 lightning strikes ... Read More »

The Eagle Has Landed

Submitted The eagle has landed and can be found at its temporary perch outside the city of Marco Island’s Community Room, located at 51 Bald Eagle Drive, behind City Hall. Standing 9-feet tall, the majestic 800-pound statue of an American Bald Eagle stands sentry there awaiting a move to its eventual home atop the Freedom Fountain that will grace the ... Read More »

ECity Parade on June 28!

Historic Everglades City is always first – the first Collier County seat and now the first in the area to celebrate Independence Day. The annual family-fun festival to commemorate America’s founding will be on Saturday, June 28, this year. The Opening Ceremony is at 10 a.m. on the steps of City Hall. That is followed at 10:30 a.m. by the ... Read More »

Annual Memorial Day Fly-Over

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Our local VFW will honor those who lost their lives while serving our country in the Armed Forces on Monday, May 26, at 11 AM, at Veterans Memorial Park. The public is welcome to attend. Lee Henderson, commander of the VFW Post #6370 and commander of the Marco Island Civil Air Patrol, will start the ... Read More »

City’s Annual Amateur Photo Contest Begins

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com Sponsored by the City of Marco Island and Coastal Breeze News, the Annual City of Marco Island Wildlife Amateur Photo Contest is about to begin. Last year’s photographs were incredible, and this year’s judges are excited for a brand new batch. Winners will be published in the Coastal Breeze after being selected and announced at the ... Read More »

Earth Day Photo Winners

By Natalie Strom natalie@coastalbreezenews.com The City of Marco Island and Coastal Breeze News would like to congratulate the winners of the co-sponsored Earth Day Contest. With a grand total of 82 entries, seven photos were given the distinction of the best of the best. Four distinct categories were chosen for the amateur photography contest. Entries could be made in the ... Read More »

Amateur Wildlife Photo Contest Celebrates SW Florida & Earth Day

By Nancy Richie To celebrate the upcoming 43rd Earth Day (April 22, 2013), the 6th Annual City of Marco Island Amateur Native Wildlife Photo contest is open for entries. The Coastal Breeze News is again sponsoring this contest and will publish winning photos in its May 3rd, 2013 edition. There will be one winning photo in each of the four ... Read More »