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County Commissioner John Pistor has a plan for Marco Island’s effluent. Some consider it excellent, others doubt its practicality and feasibility. It could be called the St. Petersburg Plan, named after one of Florida’s largest cities where a pilot program to discharge effluent from the city’s waste treatment plant onto the lawns and landscaping of homes is about to be implemented.

St. Petersburg, population 500,000, has been experimenting with the plan and is now starting its $18-million project, digging up streets and swales to pipe this effluent throughout the city. Pistor wants to install special piping for 800 or so new customers to use effluent from the Island sewer system for sprinkler systems.

Young people, discontented with the recently issued sunset to sunrise curfew now posted at the Residents’ Beach parking lot, have started a petition to convince the Marco Island Civic Association that the majority of the Island’s youth are responsible citizens. Pete Matthews and Tim Stout, authors of the petition, are requesting an extension of the curfew to midnight. Matthews said, “Kids under 18 only have miniature golf and, if you are over 18, you have only the bars and a possible future as an alcoholic.”

The Marco Island Taxpayers’ Association aimed sharp criticism at Deltona’s proposal to lease 250 feet of the Residents’ Beach from the Macro Island Civic Association. The Taxpayers’ Association termed the proposed lease “a betrayal of public trust.”

A total of $620,000 has been raised for a new Collier County Catholic high school. Of the money raised, San Macro Catholic Church has provided $49,000. Drive leaders said that $1 to $1.5 million is needed to build the school. Backers hope to get the school running by late 1980 or early 1981. It will be designed to accommodate 200 students for freshman and sophomores, growing to 500 students with a full four grades. Recommended site is in the Golden Gate and Poinciana area of Naples.

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