I have been honored to have served on City Council these past three and one half years. It has been very challenging and contentious at times. But, be that as it may I feel I have done my best for the citizen of Marco Island.
One of my major accomplishments with help of Chief Murphy, Deputy Chief Byrne, then City Attorney Saunders and Commissioner Fiala we were able to convince County Commissioners Marco’s need for a part time ambulance for in season. This past season we had part time (12 Hours per Day) ambulance for 5 months (December 1, 2015 through May 1, 2016).
There have been other accomplishments such Smokehouse Bay Bridge (HERB SAVAGE BRIDGE). Fertilizer Ordinance, which I resurrected from 2011 to get reconsidered by council, which they approved. Pushed for a referendum which passed (Approve by a majority of City Council) to build a new Community Center (Capped at $3.5 million) in Mackle Park. Construction Bids where open May 5, 2016 at 2 PM, and contract will be awarded soon to begin construction.
There are major hurdles ahead and the most important at this time is for Marco Island Fire Rescue to obtain a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) to preserve our level of service for transport for the Residents of Marco Island.
Parking is a problem on Marco Island, which will have to work with the businesses, especially the restaurants due to the change in Marco’s parking requirement (which the free standing restaurants lobbied for) in 2010 from 1 parking space per 4 seats to 1 parking space per 200 square feet. That change further compounded the parking problem in Marco Island.
Problem solving has been one of my most important assets throughout my career. I started my career as a cost accounting clerk, attained a degree in accounting. My career advanced to where I attained the position of Controller, then a Plant Manager and to a Chief Operating Officer of a Manufacturing Company. With your help, I can continue to serve the residents (taxpayers, utility rate payers and businesses) to solve problems and improve the health, safety, welfare and quality of life on Marco Island.
My wife Joan and I have lived on Marco Island for more than 13 years. We had two children. We both retired in 2002. We have been married for 55 years and will be celebrate our 56th wedding anniversary in September.
Amadeo R. Petricca