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School Security by the MIPD

Along with the nation, the Marco Island Police Department mourns the tragic and senseless loss of children and educators in Newtown Connecticut. This horrific event reminds us that no community, regardless of location or demographic is immune to crime, even criminal acts as unspeakable and dreadful as demonstrated on December 14th. Those who research school violence remind us that these events have occurred in many countries and at all levels of educational institutions for the past five decades, however the 24/7 media cycle has made us more aware of these events in recent memory. The purpose of this communication is to explain ... Read More »

Pedestrian attacks cyclist on morning of Bridge Run


On the morning of the 5K Bridge Run, Saturday, November 18th at approximately 9:45 AM, I was attacked by a pedestrian who effectively body-slammed me to the ground, using his left elbow and shoulder as assault weapons. I suffered a concussion, whiplash, and 23 other injuries ranging from contusions, bruising, abrasions and lacerations to muscle strains, sprains, and damaged nerves. I was taken by ambulance to Physician’s Regional where CT scans of my brain and neck were made, as were x-rays of my hand, elbow, and shoulder. Nothing was broken and there was no brain bleed or brain swelling to ... Read More »


Marco Island Police Department Partners with The Shelter for Abused Women & Children for a Donation Drive of Dreams Marco Island Police Department has teamed with The Shelter for Abused Women & Children this Holiday season by hosting a Donation Drive of Dreams. We will begin collecting new and unwrapped gifts and basic necessities for women. children. and men of all ages in the lobby of the Marco Island Police Department as of December 5. 2012. The donation box will be located near the elevator at the Marco Island Police Department located at 51 Bald Eagle Dr. We will continue to ... Read More »

Respecting our beaches


By Natalie Strom Recently, I had the pleasure of becoming a Volunteer Beach Steward for the City of Marco Island. A training session for those interested in this position of great power was held at the Marco Island Police Department Community Room on Tuesday, November 20. Marco Island beach ordinances, wildlife, sea turtle nesting season and neighborhood watch aspects were taught at the two-hour session. As I get ready to hit the beach with my new knowledge, I thought I would share some of it with you, the beach goer, so that during my volunteer time I can do ... Read More »

Internet Related Fraud Investigation

The Marco Island Police Department was recently asked to investigate two cases of internet related fraud. Although one victim was located in Tennessee and the other resided in Tampa, the cases were linked to Craigslist and a suspect who illegally assumed the virtual identity of a Marco Island resident. Although the cases are still being actively investigated, we wanted to provide the public information to protect themselves from similar scams in the future. A national financial website identified the seven most common scams perpetrated on internet based classified websites; they include home & apartment rental, car buying & selling, employment ... Read More »

Impaired Driving Checkpoint

The Marco Island Police Department is committed to the prevention of impaired driving, removing impaired drivers from our roadways and educating the public on the critical subject of impaired driving. To facilitate success in these mission areas, the Marco Island Police Department will be conducting an Impaired Driving Checkpoint November 17, 2012 commencing at 9:00pm. The checkpoint will be located at 1089 N Collier Blvd. The checkpoint’s emphasis will be: Removing impaired drivers from the roadway; Reducing the likelihood that impaired drivers will operate their vehicles on our roadways; Creating a heightened awareness regarding impaired driving; Educating the public on the ... Read More »

Grievance settlement in D’Alessandro case

The City of Marco Island and Police Officer Ed d’Alessandro have resolved the grievance filed by D’Alessandro contesting his termination from the Marco Island Police Department on October 7, 2011. The grievance was filed pursuant to the Florida Police Benevolent Association/City of Marco Island Collective Bargaining Agreement. Officer D’Alessandro was found guilty in Collier County Traffic Court of careless operation of a motor vehicle. It was determined after an internal investigation by the Marco Island Police Department that d’Alessandro had also violated numerous police department policies and police practices. Evidence established that his careless actions contributed to a vehicle crash ... Read More »


By Danielle Dodder The Marco Island Police Department recently completed a study of accident trends from 2008 to 2011 and found incidents involving cars and bicycles, or pedestrians, has increased 50%. “We need to share the limited amount of space we have and do it properly so we don’t injure each other…when we see this increasing trend [of accidents] we need to ask ourselves, why?” Assistant Chief Dave Baer said that the department is teaming up with the city Bike Paths Committee and the Knights of Columbus to improve bike safety awareness on the island. Ben Farnsworth is the current ... Read More »

End Domestic Violence

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children announced today (09/27/12) that the Marco Island Police Department, Naples Police Department and Collier County Sheriff’s Office are joining in National Domestic Violence Awareness Month efforts this October by displaying purple “End Domestic Violence” ribbon magnets on their patrol cars. According to The Shelter’s Director of Programs, Lisa Fasanella, “The ribbon magnets are more than a show of solidarity in our collaborative efforts to ‘end the violence.’ They raise awareness about this social epidemic and provide our web address and hotline number for those in need.” The Shelter provided nearly 1,000 magnets to local law ... Read More »

Marco PD seeks funding, new direction for force

By Coastal Breeze News Staff Marco Police Chief Don Hunter is seeking a larger, more responsive police force, and his goals got the green light at Monday’s city council meeting. “We have the same size force [33 officers], that we’ve had since the mid 2000’s,” explains Assistant Chief Dave Baer. Baer points out that the number refers to all law enforcement staff, not 33 patrol officers available for street deployment at the same time. “Right now, we’re responding to things ‘as needed,’ more reactive than proactive.” A shift’s duties can be broken down into several basic categories: calls for service, ... Read More »

Marco Island Police Department CRIME REPORT

DATE & TIME: 08/22/2012 10:30:00 AM ARRESTED: Juan Rolandan-Sasvin, 40 / Driving While License Expired LOCATION: Yellowbird Street and Fruitland Avenue INCIDENT: Traffic Stop An Officer conducted a stop on a vehicle in the vicinity of Yellowbird Street and Fruitland Avenue. The driver identified as Juan Rolandan-Sasvin was cited for operating a motor vehicle with an expired drivers license. He was released at the scene on a Notice to Appear in Court Summons.     DATE & TIME: 08/23/2012 08:20:00 AM ARRESTED: Sergio Rodriguez, 36 / Driving While License Expired LOCATION: N. Collier Blvd. and Bayside Court INCIDENT: Traffic Stop ... Read More »

ISAAC Update- MIPD/City of Marco Island News release

The City is actively engaged and working with all its public safety and governmental and non-governmental partners.Storm preparations continue in all Departments of the City. No storm related incidents have been reported to MIPD or MIFRD. The EOC telephone answering center is staffed, and a skeleton staff has been positioned in our EOC since early this AM.  We will be gearing up to full staffing as the day and conditions progress.The MIPD/MIFRD representatives assigned to the Collier County EOC are in place and operational. The City Manager and City Council members have been active in storm preparations and planning.  At this time we are ... Read More »

Notice from the Marco Island Police Department

Recently several unlocked vehicles were entered in the overnight hours in the north-east area of the City of Marco Island. The vehicles were ransacked and valuables taken. The popularity of MP3 players, GPS devices, radar detectors, TV / stereo equipment, laptop computers, and cellular phones provide valuable targets for would-be thieves.  Any vehicle with a visible power cord or mount, briefcase, purse, gym bag or other valuables left in sight may be a target.  Sunglasses, CD’s, wallets, backpacks, credit cards and loose change are common targets as well. The Marco Island Police Department would like to remind you that you have ... Read More »

Firefighter Steve Fickling retires

By Coastal Breeze News Staff One of Marco Island’s most beloved firefighters had a send-off from an overflow crowd at the firehouse on July 27th. Steve Fickling retired after 28 years of dedicated service, beginning June 20, 1984. His last position was Driver/Engineer, but he was also the guiding force behind Marco’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which prepares citizens to deal with emergencies and catastrophes. Many of the well-wishers were CERT members, and numerous others were members of Marco Island’s Fire Rescue Foundation and the Marco Island Police Department. Steve says that he considers himself: “a native Floridian because ... Read More »

Marco Island Police Department Crime Prevention Bulletin

The Marco Island Police Department is advising the public of an organized scheme to defraud involving automated teller machines (ATM’s) that has affected numerous bank customers in the area.  MIPD was notified by two Marco Island residents of fraudulent electronic withdrawals from their bank accounts.  This fraudulent activity occurred approximately July 29th and 30th of this year and involved subjects making unauthorized withdrawals from an ATM in the state of Connecticut.  Investigation reveals that a skimming device is believed to have been placed on the ATM of a local branch banking facility from June 6th to June 9th of this ... Read More »

Stewards pledge beach time

By Natalie Strom Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee’s recent call for Volunteer Beach Stewards was answered by 18 Marco residents. Providing verbal information about the beach and its ordinances, along with assisting beach-goers with wildlife, directional and public inquiries, these volunteers are making great use out of their time at the beach. In conjunction with the Marco Island Community Affairs and Police Departments, the Beach Advisory Committee recently trained these 18 volunteers during a Beach Steward Program on May 22 at the Marco Island Police Department. Each volunteer is asked to donate at least one two-hour shift per week, ... Read More »


By Natalie Strom Ron Lord is a familiar face on Marco’s beaches. He’s also a familiar face on the beaches of Naples, Bonita Springs and Sanibel. However, it’s probably not his face that you’ve noticed, but rather the large metal detector he carries, searching for lost treasure. Ron has been combing the beaches of Southwest Florida for 35 years. “I moved to Naples when Marco Island was just a swamp,” Ron explains. “When I got here, you still had to take the ferry to get onto the island.” The then-fishing guide was sent to Vietnam and upon return was ... Read More »

Marriott’s Spirit is to Serve

By Natalie Strom The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa participated in the corporation’s annual Spirit to Serve Day on Wednesday, May 16th. On this day, every Marriott around the world took part in some form of service to its community. The Marco Island Marriott chose to provide lunch to members of the Marco Island and Isles of Capri Fire Rescue Departments and the Marco Island Police Department. “Serving our first responders is a great way to give back to these people who give so much to us,” explains Chris Major, General Manager of Golf. “This is why ... Read More »

Island Montessori Academy hosts Community Heroes Week

By Coastal Breeze News Staff  Coastal Breeze News was honored to be a part of Island Montessori Academy’s Community Heroes Week. The Academy’s annual event invites different members of the Marco area to share how their jobs benefit the community. Students, ages three to nine, listened intently each day as a new guest speaker shared the importance of community involvement. Coastal Breeze was invited to speak with students on Thursday, May 3. Publisher, Val Simon, shared the different aspects of the newspaper with the students. As each child ruffled through papers, they were asked to pick out areas that featured stories, ... Read More »

Speed Limit Changes

Over the last twelve months, nearly two dozen roadways have been studied to determine what speed limits provide the maximum safety factor for the Island’s motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. A focus group involving city management, law enforcement, the city attorney and public works have studied various data sets including speed and volume studies, traffic crash causative factors and patterns, pedestrian and bicycle concerns and other criteria. The second phase of this process involves the deployment of revised speed limits in the following areas: Bald Eagle Drive at Elkcam Circle south to San Marco Rd is currently posted at 30mph. This ... Read More »