MARCO ISLAND — While utility issues received most of City Council’s attention during two meetings Monday afternoon and evening, council also took notice of proposed tree regulations, water quality issues and the Marco Island Civic Association.
After considerable debate, council decided an ordinance regulating trees on public and private property wasn’t going to work. Instead, they directed that an ordinance regulating trees planted on or overhanging public property be drafted, followed by a future separate ordinance to address landscaping on private property. Council and several residents said they were hesitant to support an ordinance regulating trees, particularly prohibiting ficus, on private property. View the live council blog online to learn about the details of the debate and proposed ordinance.
MICA: How their deed restrictions work with city code
MICA Vice President and Chairman Jim Johnson said deed restrictions set by the Island developer, Deltona Corporation, which MICA enforces, differ slightly from city code. He said it would be helpful if the city’s code and MICA’s deed restrictions pertaining to rear set backs on residential properties were consistent. Johnson said the current difference is that MICA allows only pools and pool barriers within the 25-foot rear setback and city code allows roof lines and lanais in that area.
Conservancy, city officials differ on importance of water quality and classification
Public Works Director Rony Joel brought forward a resolution for the city to support reclassifying water bodies in Florida and on-Island.
City Manger Steve Thompson said the recommendation for support originated from the Florida League of Cities.
Joel said reclassification may save the city money because some waterbodies may otherwise be required to meet unnecessary quality standards.
Jennifer Hecker, Natural Resource Policy Manager with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, urged council not support the resolution.
She said the new water quality standards will be lower.
“Why would we want to support any initiative that lowers the water quality requirements? ... It doesn’t make sense,” Councilman Bill Trotter said.
Council unanimously chose to table the issue until Sept. 8.
Audit advisory committee created
Council voted 6-1 to create an audit committee with Councilman Wayne Waldack voting against it. Amadeo Petricca, Ron Saffin, Tom Kirstein, Ray Beaufort were appointed and Councilors Chuck Kiester, Frank Recker and Waldack deferred choosing appointees.