City & County Goverment

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 […]

It’s Election Time

It’s election time on Marco Island and the candidates for various offices — national, statewide and local — are hitting the campaign trail. On Marco Island there are a number of candidate forums planned, but mostly for the election of three new city council seats. The first such forum was hosted by the Southwest Florida Citizens Alliance, held at the […]

On the Ballot: One-Cent Rise in Sales Tax

One of the major issues that will be decided by Collier County voters on November 6 will revolve around the referendum question as to whether to raise the local sales tax by one penny, to seven cents on the dollar, for some goods and services being paid for the next seven years. At the end of seven years the additional […]

Council Strikes Out, Again

For the last several months, Councilor Howard Reed has attempted to convince his colleagues on the Marco Island City Council that they should concentrate their efforts on hiring a permanent replacement to fill the vacant position of Marco Island City Manager. Council’s latest attempts relied upon utilizing the services of the Florida Association of City and County Managers. This was […]

Two Interviewed, and One To Go

Two of the three candidates for the City of Marco Island Interim City Manager position came to town last week to be interviewed. On Thursday evening two candidates participated in an open interview process before council and the general public. Councilor Joe Batte is in New Jersey helping with a family issue, and was absent. Councilor Bob Brown used his […]

Officers Recognized For Peaceably Defusing Situation

Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) officers were recognized by city council for preventing a suicidal subject from causing harm to himself or others. On August 22, at approximately 11:30 PM, the subject was threatening to harm himself, and potentially others, as MIPD officers attempted to defuse the situation under the Jolly Bridge. As the officers tried, to no avail, to […]

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