The week of the October 21 has been established as Florida City Government Week in an effort to familiarize residents with the operational nature of their local government and how it works.
The first event on Marco Island was held on Monday, October 21, when history students from the Marco Island Academy (MIA), accompanied by history teacher Randy Montgomery, had an opportunity to visit with city councilors and present them with questions. Most of those inquires revolved around why there are so few fast-food outlets on the island and what could be done to create more activities for teenagers.
On Tuesday, City Council Chairman Erik Brechnitz had the opportunity to visit with a social studies class at MIA and speak about local government, while explaining the documents that lay the foundation for the nation we are today.
Wednesday, the community had the chance to have “Coffee with a Cop.” This event was held at the Subway sandwich shop in the Island Plaza and the public was given the opportunity to meet with officers and their supervisors to ask questions regarding law enforcement on the island.
Thursday, Councilor Charlette Roman spoke to a 7th grade civics class at Marco Island Charter Middle School, and she enlightened the students on their responsibilities regarding government.
On Friday evening’s schedule: a movie at Mackle Park for families, hosted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, with the support of the Parks and Recreation staff.
All during the week, various neighborhood groups have been encouraged to assist in cleaning up their areas around the island. At 8 AM on Saturday, a Community Beach Clean-Up will be held to remove debris from along the beach.
On Saturday, October 26 from 4 to 6 PM, the annual Spooktacular will be held for children in and around the island under the covered basketball court at Mackle Park. Children will be able to visit the Haunted House, participate in games, crafts, a critter show, enjoy inflatables and food will be available for a nominal price.
The events were coordinated by the Parks and Recreation staff and with the assistance of volunteers for the city’s participation in the State of Florida City Government Week.