Tag Archives: Land Development Code

Planning Board Continues Work on LDC

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island Planning Board is continuing to meet to go over changes to the Land Development Code (LDC), as they seek to address glitches within that code and updates that are necessary to bring the legislation into compliance with today’s standards. They meet on the third Friday each month in a “workshop” style environment and ... Read More »

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 »

A Full Plate for City Council in the Year Ahead

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council has before it a number of challenges and opportunities as it enters 2017. Those members and city staff will have their plates full during the next several months. With the election behind us, the task of governing is now front and center, as a myriad of decisions face the newly constituted ... 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 »

Marco Votes For Change

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Marco Island voters chose to return one incumbent councilor to office and rejected the return of two others. Incumbent Councilor Larry Honig will join with newcomers Jared Grifoni, Charlette Roman and Howard Reed when the new council convenes on Monday, November 14 at 5:30 PM in city council chambers. The top vote getters easily out polled ... Read More »

Amadeo Petricca’s Accomplishments and Positions

There have been numerous statements made maligning the current City Councilors. Supporters of some candidates would like to elect likeminded candidates to improve council performance. I believe in individually minded councilors who are honest, ethical, and factual and who will and do the right thing for all the residents of Marco Island. As a City Councilor I would like to ... Read More »

The Impact of Grow

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Like all cities and counties within the State of Florida, the City of Marco Island will face its share of challenges in both the short term and in the decades moving forward. The fact that the community sits on an island will not isolate it from many of the issues facing municipalities around the state as ... Read More »

Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 2

By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides This is the second installment of the eight profiles of those men and women who have chosen to run for the four open council seats in the November 8th general election for the Marco Island City Council. Three of the four eligible councilors who could have run for re-election have chosen to do so. Councilor Larry ... Read More »

Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 1

By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides When voters go to the polls on November 8th this year they will be electing men and women that will hold offices ranging from the highest in the land to that of local school boards. On Marco Island, residents will also be voting to fill four city council seats. Those seats are either being vacated by ... 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 »

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 »

Planning Board Update

By Maureen Chodaba The City of Marco Island Planning Board held their meeting on May 6. Growth Management staff reported that the Marco Island Hilton will be closed for four months beginning in June to commence with their $40 million renovations. Christopher and Patricia Bores of A Step Ahead Physical Therapy submitted an application to request the conditional use of ... Read More »

City Council Highlights

By Maureen Chodaba Planning Board The Marco Island City Planning Board met on March 4. There was discussion regarding parking in the swales in Old Marco. Public Works Director Tim Pinter has requested that the decision regarding this parking issue be delayed until after season. He said that the swales are being monitored by the public works and the police ... Read More »

Historic Site #14 Otter Mound 1821 Addison Court, Marco Island

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Otter Mound has native vegetation representative of what covered the Island before modern development; the whelk shell walls located throughout the property were built in the 1940’s and 50s by Ernest and Gladys Otter from the Calusa shell that was found on the site. Archaeological surveys show that Calusa Indians occupied the property around 750-1200 ... Read More »

Historic Site #13

Marco Island Historical Museum 180 South Heathwood Drive The Marco Island Historical Museum consists of three buildings: the main museum, an administration building, and the Rose History Auditorium for meetings and presentations. The complex is constructed on an artificial shell mound with native plants around it. On the top of the shell mound is a lagoon with a bridge and ... Read More »

Historic Site #11 Captain Collier House 1121 Bald Eagle Drive

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Bob and Betty Whitaker managed the Marco Hotel (now called the Old Marco Inn) and lived in the Collier House that was then situated between the hotel and the two-story motel that Bob Carrier built and named “the Units.” Carrier owned the hotel from 1955 to 1967. The Collier House was moved in 1967 to ... Read More »

Historic Site #9 Old Tamiami Trail Marker, Horse Creek Estates

By Coastal Breeze News Staff A portion of the Horse Creek Estates subdivision contains an abandoned segment of the Old Tamiami Trail. The Tamiami Trail links the two great cities for which it was named, Tampa and Miami, and was officially opened April 26, 1928. Florida is indebted to Captain J.F. Jaudon, whose faith and persistence kept the project alive, ... Read More »

Historic Site #8: Rosemary Cemetery

1000 Pine Ridge Road By Coastal Breeze News Staff There are 60 people buried in Rosemary Cemetery, which was established by E.W. Crayton in 1931. Many of the decedents were early pioneers to the area and were considered founding fathers of Collier County. In 1976, the site was donated to Collier County. The Board of County Commissioners designated this site ... Read More »