Tag Archives: Planning Board

Planning Board Recommends Density Credits Be Abolished

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  Most islanders would tell you they don’t understand the term “density credits,” what they are and how they might be applied. Others would explain they are the source of all evil regarding growth, while another sector would tell you they are the key for successful growth for a developer, especially one wishing to develop a piece ... Read More »

Enhancements to Island Plaza Begin

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Construction has begun on some of the improvements planned for the Island Plaza, which sits at the intersection of Bald Eagle and Collier Boulevard. Those improvements will involve an architectural embellishment, which is presently being erected with a pedestrian node for walkers and bikers who frequent the mid-town district. Island Plaza Investments, LLC, who is part ... 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 »

Ad Hoc Parking Committee to Form

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The age-old question of parking will once again be reviewed, as Marco Island City Council at its last meeting moved forward to establish an Ad-Hoc Parking Solutions Committee. The committee was proposed by Councilor Charlette Roman, who formerly had held a seat on the Planning Board, which had previously looked at a number of issues concerning ... 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 »

Discussion on Hotel to Come Before Council

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  If the representatives of Small Brothers, the corporation which is proposing a potential hotel at the corner of Park Avenue and West Elkcam Circle thought they would have the opportunity to change some minds by holding a Town Hall Forum to allay fears regarding their proposal, they were disappointed on January 10. Approximately 150 residents showed ... Read More »

Planning Board Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides After a protracted discussion on a conditional use permit to allow a nautical boat garage, and the subsequent discussion for the provision for a passive dock along the seawall on that property, the Planning Board finally approved the petitioner’s request. This was the second such request in the last two years for a similar layout for ... Read More »

City Council Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The Marco Island City Council met on the evening of December 5, and for the second straight time had to extend its adjournment to beyond the normal 9:30 PM agreed upon adjournment time due to extended discussions on issues. After working though some procedural items and an initial request by Councilwoman Roman to have the appointment ... 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 »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman gets my vote!

Over these past weeks, the public and I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of the various candidates in the upcoming City of Marco Island Council election. Charlette Roman is the most accomplished candidate running this term with a proven successful background.  Charlette has a broad scope of experience, responsibility, and proven decision making skills that have ... 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 »

City Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind ... Read More »

City Update: Upcoming Planning Board and Council Meetings

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Both the Marco Island Planning Board and the City Council will have busy agendas starting on Friday, September 2 as the Planning Board undertakes a review of a proposal from Joe Oliverio regarding a remark of the three properties he presently owns and a request to redo the alleyway behind those businesses. That meeting will convene ... Read More »

What’s New in City Government Communications

By Maureen Chodaba Communication is the key to transmission, conveyance and disclosure of information between individuals. In the operation of any legislature, it is the path of transparency among those in positions of authority and the citizens of that protectorate. And so it is with the City of Marco Island as government communications just became more effective and clear. Some ... 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 »

Letter to the Editor: Charlette Roman for Marco City Council

After much thought, I have decided to run for the Marco Island City Council. I have lived on the island for 14 years, retiring here after a successful 26-year career in the U.S. Army. As veterans know, my military career hardwired leadership, integrity and service in me. Since my arrival on Marco Island, I have stepped up to contribute to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: DUH?

I’ve just read the Planning Board chairman’s explanation of why city council ignored the PB’s vote, (Marco Eagle, 14 June, 2016). I’m wondering if I have this right: 1.  An applicant came before the PB wishing to start a disallowed business in a specific Marco locale. The PB stated that the disallowing ordinance would have to be changed in order ... Read More »

Rose Marina – Growing and Lifting

By Maureen Chodaba Originally named the Marco River Marina in 1969, this once small store with just a wooden T-shaped dock, has now blossomed to become the rose of Marco Island; the Rose Marina, to be exact. Located at 951 Bald Eagle Drive, the marina with three acres of waterfront property continues to grow and expand in ways that its ... 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 »

Planning Board Votes for Rental Ordinance

By Pat Newman In a 4-2 vote, Marco Island’s Planning Board passed a controversial rental ordinance at its Dec. 5 meeting. Charlette Roman and Jack Patterson voted against the proposal with Bill Trotter, Marty Roddy, Irv Povlov and Frank Mulligan voting to approve the ordinance with a few modifications to be made by staff before sending it to City Council ... Read More »