City & County Goverment

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 […]

Hurricane Committee Update


Following Hurricane Irma, Marco Island’s Ad-Hoc Hurricane Review Committee was created to provide “actionable recommendations that could improve the City’s effectiveness in the event of future natural disasters.” Created by resolution in December 2017, the Hurricane Committee has met ten times since its first meeting in April 2018. Chair Jim von Rinteln explained that the Hurricane Committee uses phases of […]

Election 2018 Approaches


Now that Labor Day is behind us and the dog days of summer begin to retreat, the heat begins to build in the political kitchens across the island. Five candidates are vying for three open seats for city council here on Marco Island. In addition to that election, races for Governor, U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress and other seats are […]

Veterans Community Park: Creating a Community Vision


After years of discussions, surveys, public meetings and a relook at the original park Master Plan from almost a decade ago, the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC) is prepared to come forward and make some definitive recommendations to the community and city council for the final design of Veterans Community Park. “We’ve worked extremely hard to consider […]

Florida’s 2018 Constitutional Amendments: What Your Vote Means


Among the choices voters will consider when they head to polls in November, will be the longest list of proposed constitutional amendments in Florida. The twelve (12) constitutional amendments will be the most on the ballot since 1998. Sixty percent of the vote is required to pass a constitutional amendment in Florida. Many voters state that the language of the […]

Sidewalk Issues Raised


Sidewalks became a subject of a lengthy discussion at the last Marco Island City Council meeting. Local realtor, Ted Busch informed council that he was being required to not only construct a new sidewalk on a vacant lot he owns, but to relocate a burrowing owl nest prior to that construction. The cost out-of-pocket would be approximately $16,000. If and […]


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