City & County Goverment

More Questions Linger at City Hall


More questions are lingering as the investigation of the facts that lead to the firing of former Marco Island City Manager Lee Niblock, and subsequent revelations of certain councilors’ actions after the incident, have continued to expand in scope. Early in February, following the alleged battery by Niblock against Melissa Scott, Scott told Sgt. Mark Haueter of the Marco Island […]

Assisted Living Facility Discussed


The Marco Island Planning Board literally found themselves torn between doing what they know the community may see as a need and balancing that with their responsibilities as stewards of the community’s zoning and development regulations. At the recent meeting, some said the “cart had been put ahead of the horse.” They were referring to the fact that developers who […]

Council Tackles a Mixed Agenda


Retailers run special sales and offerings usually as a Christmas in July promotion, but for the City of Marco Island it came about a month early. All of this revolved around the presentation of a check by the Lee County Electric Cooperative in the amount of $28,673.05. That check was present by longtime Account Executive Tricia Dorn, as its share […]

Legislators Upbeat on 2018 Session


Senator Kathleen Passidomo (District 28), Representatives Bob Rommel (District 106) and Byron Donalds (District 80) were guest speakers at the recent luncheon for the Women’s Republican Club of Naples Federated held at the Tiburon Golf Club. Representative Bob Rommel worked the hardest on HB 249, which mandates that EMTs and paramedics report overdoses to the Florida Department of Health. He […]

Moving Forward on the Veterans Community Park Plan


Almost ten years ago a committee of volunteers set out to create a conceptual plan for what a completed Veterans Community Park would look like someday. That conceptual plan was based upon the input of citizens who came together from 2008 and 2009 to discuss what the vision should be for the property that was purchased to protect that last […]

Conditional COPCN Suggested By Advisory Board


The city’s quest to control their own standards for emergency medical services, along with providing patients with emergency hospital transport, went before the Collier County Emergency Medical Authority Advisory Board on May 1. The city received a 3-2 vote in favor of their application. That application, however, has to go before the Collier County Board of Commissioners later this month. […]

Planning Board Finalizes Sign Changes


The Marco Island Planning Board met on May 4 to put the final touches on a newly revised sign ordinance for the city, which would update the existing ordinance and bring it into compliance with recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Their changes would deal with many aspects of signage, from the square footage allowed, limiting their ability to deal with […]

Sign Ordinance Under Review


If you attended the Marco Island Planning Board’s meeting on April 20 you probably could of heard the popular 1970’s song that includes the catchy lyrics, “signs, signs everywhere a sign,” playing in your subconscious. The Planning Board has been working on a referral from the city council to address an issue brought to their attention by Council Chairman Jared […]

Town Hall Meeting on Affordable Housing Becomes Heated


Collier County District 4 Commissioner Penny Taylor held an informational town hall meeting to discuss the contentious issue of the development of affordable housing in East Naples. Hundreds gathered at the South Regional Library to hear from the commissioner and to voice their own concerns regarding the topic. The evening began with a presentation by Taylor in which she clarified […]

The Battle of the Racquets


The battle for availability of court time and parking bubbled to the surface at last week’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting. The issue between tennis and pickleball players at the Marco Racquet Center became a front and center discussion item. Marco Island is not alone dealing with this issue. The demand for court time and space is a problem […]


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