The Marco Island City Council held a regular meeting on April 18. In addition to two business-related resolutions, staying safe and healthy seemed to be the prevailing theme.
Keith Wohltman, Flotilla Commander of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95, and other members of the Flotilla, were presented with a proclamation from the city council, declaring May 21-27, 2016 “National Safe Boating Week.” The proclamation supports the goals of the North America Safe Boating Campaign, urging everyone to practice safe boating, particularly with the use of life jackets.
Next, the Florida Department of Health in Collier County recognized Marco Island in the Surgeon General’s Healthiest Weight Recognition Program. The initiative acknowledges Marco Island’s support of policies that focus on healthy weight, health and wellness, and healthy lifestyles. Our Pathways Plan and Farmer’s Market were cited as two of our healthy amenities.
The timing could not have been more perfect as Bike Path Advocacy Group Chair Al Musico took the podium next to speak about our Bicycle Path Master Plan. He noted that we have two distinct types of bicycle riders on the island. There is the experienced, athletic rider who chooses to ride fast in the street with traffic, using the in-road bicycle lanes. Then there is the casual rider, using the sidewalks in a slower ride. The Bike Path Master Plan is designed to accommodate both types of riders. The eight-foot sidewalks help to reduce pedestrian conflict with riders. There is a five-year Master Plan, funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), with $4,000,000 still left in the funding. Projects have been completed along the San Marco, Winterberry, Tigertail/Hernando Paths, while work is in progressin the Landmark Lanes and S. Barfield/Inlet Path. Plans for the future include the N. Barfield Path, Heathwood Linear Park, Yellowbird Path, Calusa Linear Park, and Collier – San Marco Path (west of Marco Island Academy). Funding applications are in progress for a San Marco/Goodland Path (east of MIA), Bald Eagle Path (Old Marco Lane – Collier), and Inlet Drive Path (Travida to Otter Mound). Others that are eligible for the future include a “Collier alternative” winding through the Peru and Seagrape area, and Bald Eagle (Collier to San Marco). City Council voted to approve the addition of two new routes to the Master Plan – a N. Barfield Path (from Collier “hooking around“ to Bald Eagle) and Sand Hill (Leland – Winterberry). The object is to keep everyone safe while promoting an active healthy lifestyle.
The theme of health continued as Lola Dial, recreation manager with the Parks and Recreation Department mentioned the celebration of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life that was held at Mackle Park on April 9. The event was a huge fundraiser in the fight against cancer.
On another happy note, the Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) presented the city council with $5,000 to contribute to the purchase of fireworks for the 4th of July celebration. What a great way to celebrate the happy, healthy life we enjoy as Marco Islanders and Americans!
In addition, council approved a contract the bring current the standard operating procedures for the police department, which can culminate in state certification, and to hire Calvin, Giordano and Associates to facilitate a review in stages of the land development code and comprehensive plan in stages.
For more information and to view the video of this meeting, please visit www.cityofmarcoisland.com.