A late addition to the agenda was a visit by Dan Summers, Director of Collier County Emergency Services, who came to Marco Island to give a presentation on the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Summers stressed that he and his department are continuing to “pay close attention” to the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill that may affect our area in coming days and weeks. Working in conjunction with the US Coast Guard, Homeland Security, FEMA, the Governor of Florida, and BP, under the NCP (National Contingency Plan), Collier County would mobilize quickly to take measures necessary to deal with any effects to our coastline.
Collier County already has a general framework set up, in which county and municipalities interface to communicate and to work together to use in the case of hurricanes and other disasters. “We already have a good rapport with your police, fire, and city management, “ said Summers. “We have brokered the aid and support of othercounties, and we are getting good information, and have good cross tracking.”
“The DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) and the FWC (Fish and Wildlife Commission) are tuning up their plans for animal rescue, NOAA has done a great job of posting real-time conditions, and providing research, sampling, aerial photography and weather modeling to track conditions and to predict the location and movement of the spill.” Summers told the assembly that if they see trending and modeling to indicate the wind moving the oil our way, “even if 100 miles away,” the county would ramp their operations.
There are numerous websites where volunteers looking for opportunities to help with the effort, can find information, including www.volunteerflorida.org
Among other topics discussed at the 05-03-10 meeting were:
- Jon Gulenchyn, systems administrator in the City’s IT department, was named “City Employee of the Month” by Interim City Manager, Jim Riviere.
The BAC (Beautification Advisory Committee) awarded “Marco In Bloom” awards using a point system based on the following criteria: The use of native and water-wise plant material; the use ofcolor and contrasting plants; that the landscaping be visible from public areas; and for creativity. The winners selected were:
Residential – Ellen McKinney, 1660 Galleon Court.
Condominium – Nautilus, 848 Collier Court.
Cul-de-sacs – Dennis Morisette, Orange Court and Angela Oyer, Ruppert Road.
Commercial – Island Country Club, 500 Nassau Road.
- Vip Grover, Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, presented an update on fundraising efforts for the Independence Day celebration fireworks display. The total cost of the fireworks, including barge, etc. is $42,000, of which the City has agreed to pay up to $10,000, if the total is not reached by other means. Grover explained that the Marco Island Restaurant Association, the Hoteliers Association, and the businesses of the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce have each agreed to sell 200 raffle tickets at $25 each; the Chamber has raised $6,500; MICA will contribute 10% or up to $5,000. Grover asked that other groups please help by selling raffle tickets and making donations.
The City agreed to loan the deposit amount that is due now, and which will be paid back once the money has been raised.