Tag Archives: city staff

Planning Board Loses a Member

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides In a surprising turn of events Mr. Hector Fernandez, a recently appointed member of the Marco Island Planning Board has submitted his resignation effective immediately to Interim-City Manager Guillermo Polanco.  Fernandez was appointed to his seat by newly elected councilman Jared Grifoni earlier in February.  Hernandez owns his own architectural firm located in Naples and is a ... Read More »

Land Development Code Update Continues

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides One of the most perplexing and complicated issues to be tackled by the city staff and Planning Board in the last year is moving forward. The consultant hired to review the Land Development Code (LDC) has completed Phase 1 and had 33 issues identified for review. Those issues were forwarded to the City Council at their ... Read More »

Protecting Marco’s Waterways

Submitted Being an island, we on Marco are surrounded by water. Water is our way of life, with over 100 miles of man-made canals. We have the Marco River, Factory Bay and Big Marco Pass to the north; Barfield Bay to the east; the Gulf of Mexico to the west; and Roberts Bay and Caxambas Pass at our south end. ... Read More »

Assisted Living Discussion

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For a number of years now the discussions regarding whether or not Marco could support some type of Assisted Living Facility (ALF) for those in need of that service may be reaching a point where a conversation of greater substance might be about to occur. An ALF is simply defined as housing for those that due ... Read More »

Council Updates

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The second meeting for October of the Marco Island City Council had a relatively light agenda and dealt more with recognizing individuals and groups that have contributed to the community over the years, after council listened intently to Coastal Zone Manager Gary McAlpin brief councilors on the details surrounding an impending beach re-nourishment. Council presented a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Ann Sepe and Alfred Marchand

Which Plan: Midtown Development Plan (2012) meets Veterans Community Park Master Plan (2009)? As past board members of Marco Island Property Owners (MIPO) we do not know where to begin with regard to city sponsored Plans. We have reviewed the Veterans Community Park Master Plan, as well as, recommendations and options brought forth by the Park and Recreation Advisory Committee ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Notice of Malpractice

A few Marco Island citizens are feverishly circulating a mass email falsely and maliciously stating that I (and certain councilors) support the proposed hotel project near Veteran’s Community Park. This is a shameful smear campaign to prevent me from being elected. For the record, I do NOT have an opinion on this hotel proposal, nor have I ever communicated to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: A PUD is PUD When You Own the Property

After reading Lisa Conley’s article, Veterans Community Park Hotel Project in Fridays (9/27/2016) edition of the Marco Eagle I became more disenchanted than before. For one, this is the Hotel’s Elkcam Circle PUD, not the Veterans Community Park PUD. Let’s not muddy the waters. The City Manager stated that everyone has followed proper procedure. I agree with his assessment, had ... Read More »

Mackle Park Closure & Construction

Submitted  Construction of the new Community Center at Mackle Park is set to commence. The following operational changes to Mackle Park and the Community Center will occur during construction. In anticipation of the start of construction of the new Mackle Park Community Center, the existing center will officially close to the public on Sunday, August 7, 2016. While city staff plans ... Read More »

When It Rains, It Drains

Submitted It happened just last week on Little Hickory Bay in North Naples. A local news station reported that paint was dumped down a drain leading to a canal. It was paint leftover from a multi-million dollar project dumped by unsupervised workers. Can it happen in Marco at a construction site near you? Marco Island is surrounded on all sides ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

By Maureen Chodaba The City Council of Marco Island held a meeting on May 16. Councilor Larry Sacher was on an excused absence. The meeting had an extraordinary start, as Marco Island Fire Chief Mike Murphy read a proclamation making May 16, 2016 “Chris Byrne Appreciation Day.” After 33 years of service to the community, Deputy Fire Chief Chris Byrne ... 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 »

City Council Highlights

By Maureen Chodaba The City Council of Marco Island held their regular meeting on May 2. A proclamation for National Safe Boating Week (May 21 – 27) was presented to the Marco Island Sail and Power Squadron. A similar proclamation was presented to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla at the April 18th city council meeting. The Beautification Committee announced ... Read More »

Gopher Tortoise – There is an App For You!

Submitted No person shall take, attempt to take, pursue, hunt, harass, capture, possess, sell or transport a gopher tortoise or parts thereof, their eggs, molest, damage or destroy their burrow except by permit from Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The month of March has been devastating for gopher tortoises in Marco Island. There were five gopher tortoises reported ... Read More »

A Sad Reminder: Dispose Fishing Line Properly

Submitted A dead osprey was reported to be hanging from a pine tree near the fire station on San Marco Road this week. When city staff arrived, the osprey had already fallen to the ground. Its left talon was hooked by a circular fishing hook, and the body was wrapped by the line several times over with braided and monofilament ... 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 »

Guest Commentary

Mr. Harris, try using facts instead of misinformation! In his most recent LETTER TO THE EDITOR Bill Harris once again attempts to mislead the Marco Island Community with misinformation and irrelevant statements. To wit: He specifically challenges my comments that despite the contention of a small group of people at the July 20 Regular Council Meeting that while they demanded ... Read More »

Governor Vetoes Veterans Community Service Center

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A lobbyist hired by the City of Marco Island last year has been hard at work seeking funding for various projects earmarked by the city. Among the projects on the list was a new multi-purpose building at Veterans Park dubbed the Veterans Community Service Center. “Unfortunately, we learned that despite our successful efforts to encourage ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Victor N Rios

To the editor: It is unfortunate that Councilor Honecker has resorted to a direct personal attack and create discord amongst City Councilors. I forgive Mr. Honecker since it is obvious that he has let anger trump common sense. When I ran for City Councilor of Marco island, I promised that I would be “an independent voice on City Council”. I ... Read More »

LTE: Request to Reconsider the Proposed Rental Ordinance

To: City of Marco Island Council Members After reviewing the most recent draft of the proposed Rental Ordinance 15-01, I am providing the following comments, and request that the Council seriously reconsider the scope of the proposed ordinance. The noise and nuisance problem that Council is attempting to address is limited to a small number of single family homes that are rented ... Read More »