City & County Goverment

Council Considers Issues Other Than ALF


Besides the controversial item concerning reconsideration of a zoning change to allow a modified Continuing Care Residential Facility on property presently owned by Naples Community Hospital, the Marco Island City Council took on a myriad of other business during its February 4 meeting in chambers. Fire/Rescue Personnel Honored Chief Mike Murphy and Deputy Chief David Batiato introduced personnel from the […]

Collier County Hosts Fertilizer Discussions


Collier County Commissioners met in a rare joint meeting that included elected representatives from both Naples and Marco Island. All three elected boards came together to discuss the issues regarding fertilizer and how best to move forward in a collaborative effort, if possible, on this issue. Last year’s explosion of blue-green algae and the overabundance of red tide has spurned […]

Nearly $9 Million in Awards for Florida Job Growth Projects


Governor Rick Scott announced five awards for nearly $9 million in funding from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund. The Florida Job Growth Grant Fund, established by Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature in 2017, provides $85 million for improving public infrastructure and enhancing workforce training in Florida. Since July, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has received more […]

A Snapshot of 2018

For such a small community on the coast of Southwest Florida, Marco Island certainly knows how to make its share of news from year to year. Niblock Debacle One of the items that has played front and center for the last year has revolved around a scandal which mirrored the national news exposing powerful men attempting to use that influence […]

Council Faces Full Range of Issues


There is no doubt that the City of Marco Island will be spending some time in a reflective mode as 2019 begins, the rhetoric of the election season fades, and the reality of governance takes hold. The last two years have been somewhat clouded by several controversial issues; one of which lies with the hiring of Dr. Lee Niblock and […]

Interim Manager Contract Being Negotiated


At the December 10 meeting the Marco Island City Council moved forward to deal with one of the priority items which became a campaign promise of those who were elected to office during the November council elections. Earlier attempts this fall to hire an interim manager failed due to the inability of council to reach a super-majority of five votes. […]

County Leaders Present Wish Lists to Legislative Delegation


Local governmental organizations recently gathered at the North Collier Regional Park to make presentations to the Collier County Legislative Delegation regarding their list of wants and needs, which they would seek financial assistance for during the 2019 Legislative Session in Tallahassee. This year’s delegation is chaired by Representative Bob Rommel. Rommel was joined by the newly-appointed Senate Majority Leader and […]

Marco Island Receives Life Safety Award


Recently, the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort was not only the setting for a very special award ceremony, but was one of the honored recipients as well. Resideo Technologies and Honeywell Building Technologies co-hosted its annual security dealer conference CONNECT in Marco Island. For over 20 years, the life safety presentation at CONNECT has honored citizens, firefighters, EMS and […]

Commercial Development is Active on Marco


Commercial development and redevelopment are humming right along as new business and existing ones are coming forward to improve the goods and services they offer to Marco Island residents. One of the first stops along that process lies in working with city staff before those plans reach both the planning board and city council for their final stamps of approval. […]

Marco Island City Council Update


The Marco Island City Council would convene for its first meeting since the elections that saw three newly-elected councilors take their seats. Erik Brechnitz, Victor Rios and Sam Young would take their seats next to Councilors Jared Grifoni, Larry Honig, Howard Reed and Charlette Roman. Erik Brechnitz would be elected chairman for the next year and Victor Rios would fill […]


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