City & County Goverment

County Approves COPCN With Stipulation


The Collier County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to grant Marco Island a one year Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) at their June 26 meeting in Naples. The vote came after Ms. Janet Vasey, a member of the Collier County Emergency Medical Authority, quoted from a minority report from the abovementioned advisory board that found fault with the […]

Clerk of Courts Satellite Office Reopens


The Clerk of Courts Satellite Office at the “Shops of Eagle Creek” on the southwest corner of Collier Boulevard and Tamiami Trail East is officially open to serve the residents of Collier County. Crystal K. Kinzel, Clerk of Courts and Comptroller, is pleased to announce the official re-opening of the Clerk’s Satellite Office at Eagle Creek. This office provides a […]

Sales Tax Issue is Front and Center at Forum


On Tuesday, November 6, the election may be one in which voters find themselves spending an inordinate amount of time reading ballot questions if they choose to come to the polls, rather than requesting a mail-in ballot. Everything from eight constitutional revision questions, three legislative proposal items, two citizen initiatives and one local Collier County question will face voters on […]

A Close Look at Marco’s Canal Water Testing Program


Water is our golden goose in Marco Island. It is key to island growth; it is key to tourism; it is key to Marco Island’s way of life. The City of Marco Island (COMI) is required by state and/or federal regulations to conduct periodic testing of water quality for the canals and beaches in and around Marco Island. The purpose […]

Council Moves Step Closer on Ambulance Issue


At their last meeting, Marco Island City Council moved one step closer to obtaining Collier County’s approval for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN) for the city to operate it’s own advanced life support and transport ambulance. Commissioners directed county staff and the city to move forward and draft an acceptable Interlocal Agreement for Emergency Medical Services which […]

Community Needs Assessment Findings Are In


Collier County’s high cost of living and relatively low wages leave 34 percent of families unable to meet basic needs. There’s a need for more education and awareness among residents where water quality, conservation and environmental threats, and even sea level rise are concerned. Collier residents are concerned about the availability of primary care doctors and dentists, especially during the […]

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 […]


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