My fellow Island residents, my name is Joe Rola and I’ve recently submitted my Candidate Papers to run for election to one of the four open 4-Year terms on the Marco Island City Council this November.
My wife, Barbara, and I have been blessed with 37 years of married life, 4 children, and 10 grandchildren. My wife and I have long been enjoying our retirement here on Marco. Barb and I have been property owners on the island for 20 years and full-time residents since 2005.
My formal education consists of a B.E.E degree from Villanova University with graduate work in Computer Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. The majority of my career has been as a Defense Contractor working in the field of Program Management. My various work assignments required some of the highest Government Security Clearances.
During my time on Marco Island, I have applied my skills to supporting two of Marco Island’s Resident Advocacy groups, Marco Island Homeowners and Marco Island Property Owners, as one of their original founding members, fulfilling roles of Vice Chairman & Treasurer I was also the editor and publisher of their Constant Contact e-newsletter.
I have been a contributing member of our island’s Planning Board during the last 4 years. My time on the Planning Board has allowed me to develop a hands-on familiarity with our Land Development Code as well as other sections of the City Charter and City Codes as they apply to the quality of life on our island.
In answer to your question, “Why are you running for City Council?” I would call your attention to two facts. The island is approaching Build Out and we are in the process of updating our Comprehensive Plan, 11 years after the last update in 2009. The island desperately needs resident participation in these processes. As a precursor to the eventual Comprehensive Plan, I was one of 70 participants in our Strategic Planning Meeting back in May 2019. I heard your comments loud and clear. You were asking for control of island density/intensity and more concentration on the natural beauty of our island Paradise, more green space, the completion of Veterans’ Community Park and efforts to stop the impairment of our waterways.
As a potential councilor, I have no special interests or financial gain other than to foster an appreciation for conserving our island’s natural ambiance and SMALL TOWN CHARACTER, while supporting the best interests of our community. It all begins with you electing the right City Council members who will work diligently to get it right.
If you trust me with your vote and elect me, I promise to do my part to keep your trust. I need and respectfully request your support.