Council mulls Marco's dog park name, rules

Park to be named, policies set in council triple-header Monday

Phase one plans for Veterans’ Community Park for about $12 million. Later phases may include an additional $12 million to $14 million performing arts center.

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Phase one plans for Veterans’ Community Park for about $12 million. Later phases may include an additional $12 million to $14 million performing arts center.

Mackle Park’s dog run plans, with big dogs in the northern dark green area and small dogs in the southeastern small, dark green area.

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Mackle Park’s dog run plans, with big dogs in the northern dark green area and small dogs in the southeastern small, dark green area.

— City council is packing a punch again Monday with dog park plans and a new fire station among several topics in a set of three meetings by council in the afternoon.

Though the parks committee has a top recommended name, Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Milk, wants to keep the name of the new off-leash dog run hushed until council approves it Monday.

Marco Island Charter Middle School students submitted name options for the dog park located at Mackle Park. The winner will receive a pizza party for their class, among other prizes.

“The name fits well with Kids Cove at Mackle Park,” Milk said, offering a hint.

Council will decide whether they agree with the park committee’s top name choice at a meeting beginning 5:30 p.m., Monday, in the Community Room 51 Bald Eagle Drive.

The $45,000 estimated cost of the dog park is to be paid for by residents. Money has already been raised from events such as a Dog Day Afternoon, put on by organizations such as the Parks and Recreation Foundation.

Other topics to be discussed in the evening meeting include:

- Increasing the area of Mackle Park STRP assessment region to include 12 properties that were in the East Winterberry Drive area so that cost of construction is lower.

- Award of a contract to Better Roads, Inc. to widen the bike lane along Bald Eagle Drive at a cost of $145,000.

- Discussion on community grant funding, including up to $6,000 for the Marco Island fireworks display, which the city is still looking for private donations to help fund.

- Lease purchase of a fire engine for $532,026.

- Fire station construction grant and design/ build plans by Astorino to reconstruct a fire station at 751 East Elkcam Circle. A federal stimulus plan would pay for the construction and $50,000 of city’s capital contingency used for the design documents.

See related stories for information on the meetings which begin with a closed council session at 2:30 p.m., Monday, and workshop at 3 p.m.

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Comments » 8

happy6 writes:

add it up///another million bucks on the table...raise those taxes!

OldMarcoMan writes:

Oh shut up.
We all wanted this.
It on land given by the Mackle Brothers, We Raised the Money to build it, and the School Children named it, and it's going to be policed by volunteers.
It wasn't paid for by your precious Tax Money.
God, broken record.

Smeg writes:

Why is there only two parking places?
Where's the entrance?

Smeg writes:

This place looks great.

Trying to locate the handicap ramp and the restrooms.

Is this area ADA compliant?

I'll have someone take me there tomorrow and report back.

buster123 writes:

Shadow I think you have too much time on your hands. Go enjoy the sunshine, think nice thoughts, you are beginning to drive me crazy. What do you like???

Smeg writes:

I wasn't feeling well this morning so my husband drove down to Marco to investigate without me. Here is the vision he presented me and the girls. This area is under construction. Parking and rest rooms must be located in a fenced area between the two dog parks. Maybe owners can remain in the conditioned air and observe their animals in either arena through windows. The volunteers will release and retrieve the pets as requested. We have two small dogs, Sara and Megan, but may adopt a larger pooch now that there's room for them to roam.
Sara and Megan love Marco Island and we all look forward to meeting everyone.

smiley writes:

Smegma,

You are hilarious!!

Smeg writes:

Does anyone know the annual membership cost to join the kennel club? We must avoid the summer heat so we'll stay inside the clubhouse. Will the valet provide service to those without membership? My husband could watch from the van with the air running while Sara and Megan enjoy their new friends. Will they be open on the 4th?

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