City & County Goverment

County Office Reopening on Marco


Just in time for property tax season, the Collier County Tax Collector Marco Island Branch Office held an official reopening. The facility was closed from August 28 through October 23 while undergoing renovations. During this period, temporary offices operated at the Rose Hall auditorium and the Marco Island Library. Renovations include new cabinetry, desks for the clerks, a waiting area, […]

MIPD Tests Officer Candidates


The City of Marco Island is conducting a wide-ranging testing and evaluation process of candidates for the Marco Island Police Department (MIPD), as they prepare an eligibility list for hiring new officers. That procedure involves a detailed application, which begins a multi-stage process to choose potential new officers. Based upon their responses to the written application, successful applicants will then […]

Council Meets to Strategize With Lobbyist


When the City of Marco Island’s Tallahassee lobbyist, Ronald Book, met with city councilors on Monday evening, he gave them a blunt assessment of why the major capital project they sought support for in 2018 from the Florida Legislature was less than successful. That request involved seeking $8.5 million dollars for the construction of a gymnasium and academic room complex […]

Election Results


Marco Island City Council election results saw Erik Brechnitz, Sam Young and Victor Rios receiving the top votes to win the three open council seats. Out of the 23,592 total votes reported, Erik Brechnitz received nearly a quarter of all of the votes (24.86% of the vote, 5,864 votes). The second highest votes received were by Sam Young, who received […]

Avoid Lines on Election Day – Be an Informed Voter



As Supervisor of Elections, two of my top priorities are to ensure the integrity of elections and to create a pleasant voting experience for our voters. One of our biggest tasks as election officials is to study population growth within our county, analyze voting trends from past elections and make any necessary adjustments to continue improving the voting process. The […]

Know Your Ballot, Cast Your Vote


The General Election on November 6, 2018, is right around the corner. Many voters choose to vote early and avoid the lines, others mail in their ballots, and still some prefer the tradition of going to the polls on Election Day. However you decide to cast your vote, educating yourself on the process and the candidates is always a good […]

Legion to Honor Women in the Military

Marco Island will commemorate Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 12, as the island recognizes all veterans and their service to their nation. This year the event will pay special tribute to the women who have served in the armed forces, whether during peace time or during conflicts that have involved our military’s participation. The ceremony will be hosted by Marco […]

New Proposal For Assisted Living Facility on Marco


Units will be provided for seniors who are more independent in their living needs for themselves and their spouses, but may on occasion need access to supportive services. Over the last several months, Marco residents have been transfixed on the debate over whether an appropriate plan could be put together to allow a suitable strategy for constructing an assisted living […]

Council Continues to Wrestle With Manager Search


Since February of 2017, the City of Marco Island has been without a permanent city manager to replace former manager Roger Hernstadt. Hernstadt had come to the city with extensive municipal experience on the east coast of Florida, having served in various roles within Miami Dade County and the City of Miami. Prior to coming to Marco Island, Hernstadt had […]

Commissioner Fiala Hosts Town Hall


County Commissioner Donna Fiala hit the ground running when she returned home to Collier County following her annual summer pilgrimage to Ohio, her original home state. One of Fiala’s first stops was Marco Island, where she held a well-attended Town Hall Meeting. The energized and enthusiastic District One Commissioner brought along Collier County Planning Commission Chairman Mark Strain to discuss […]


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