The four-year struggle to block development of the site of the former Ideal Fish Camp at the tip of Osceola Court for commercial purposes was successful. The Collier County Commissioners voted 4-1 in favor of rezoning the tiny plot from commercial industrial to residential single family. Thus ended the efforts of Walter Sundstrom and two other investors to use the site for a gas dock and a four-apartment building.
Collier Commissioners decided to finance the Marco Island sewer project through a commercial loan rather than a Farm Home Administration loan because what they feared would be a delay in the project. The commissioners chose to take out a commercial loan at a higher interest rate because the FHA wanted the work go out for referendum. Cost to the property owners will be closer to $28 a frontage foot rather than the FHA figure of $22. Commissioner John Pistor thinks the time saved will offset the interest costs by savings in construction costs because of the time construction starts. In September, the project estimate was $1,960,000. It has grown to an estimated $2,400,000 in December.
Frank Langford, a director of the Marco Island Civic Association has been elected to the Marco Beach Association Board. He will succeed Benjamin Taunton as MICA’s representative.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit for construction of water system improvements in Goodland. The permit includes use and improvement of the land where the proposed water storage tank and pumping station will be located at the entrance to Goodland.
PMJ Painting’s nine-game winning streak came to an end when Viking Tavern beat them 17-11.
LPGA star Pat Bradley will have a one-week golf school for women, Jan. 7-11. The school will utilize Marco Shores and the Island Country Club golf courses.