City & County Goverment

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 […]

Marco’s New Emergency Radio Station 

The City of Marco Island’s Emergency Information radio station is on the air! This system was deployed on September 10, 2018, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Irma making landfall on Marco Island.  During Hurricane Irma, citizens lost electrical power, internet, cell phones lost voice and data signals making it difficult to receive emergency information.   The city recognized it needed a […]

Council and Planners Struggle with Assisted Living 

The Marco Island City Council appears to be at odds with both the city’s planning staff and the community’s planning board. The issue at hand is one that is complex and emotional in nature. It deals with how, if at all, an Assisted Living Facility (ALF) might fit on the island and meet the requirements of the Land Development Code […]

Parking and Haircuts  

At the recent Marco Island Planning Board meeting, front and center on the agenda was the parking issue for businesses located in small plazas that are unable to meet more stringent parking regulations.  Small plazas, some less than 16,000 square feet, were the lifeblood for business locations during the early development days of Marco Island. Many businesses purchased their storefronts […]

What is the One-Cent Sales Tax?

Most Collier County residents have heard of the one-cent sales surtax, but may be wondering what exactly it is and how it will affect them. By state law, individual Florida counties are authorized to impose a sales surtax called a discretionary sales surtax or local option sales surtax. In many cases there is a limit to the amount of tax […]

Islanders Say NO to City Ambulance Service

At the polls on Tuesday, Marco Islanders voted “no” on a referendum for local control of the city’s ambulance service. The present system does not allow the city’s fire-rescue personnel to transport patients to the hospital, requiring them to wait until a Collier County ambulance arrives at the scene. Additionally, despite possessing the same credentials and qualifications, Marco Island EMS […]

Then There Were Four Marco’s Search for an Interim City Manager Continues

At the Marco Island City Council meeting on August 20, councilors narrowed their search for an interim city manager down to five candidates. The timetable to conduct interviews was adjusted by council, after realizing that they had not allowed adequate time to obtain background checks on the candidates. Council should have the background investigation reports in time for their September […]

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