Canine Cove to offer newest dog romp in Collier

Marco council approves name, regulations for off-leash dog runs in Mackle Park

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.

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.

Photo by Submitted

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.

— The only thing tying up what is to become Collier County’s second location for dogs to run off-leash is about $35,000. Marco Island City Council unanimously approved the name for the area in Mackle Park, to be called Canine Cove.

They also approved regulations which will keep the runs open to most dog owners, including non-Islanders, in a meeting Monday evening.

Currently the only other dog park in the county is Rover Run in North Naples, near Immokalee Road.

Naming of the Marco dog park, which includes a one-acre fenced area for big dogs and a smaller fenced area for little dogs, was left to ballots filled out by Tommie Barfield Elementary School and Marco Island Charter Middle School students.

The Parks and Recreation Committee picked Canine Cove, suggested by second-grader Cassie Sullivan, as their favorite name and council agreed.

Sullivan won a pizza party for her class and a McDonald’s gift certificate.

Parks and Recreation Director Bryan Milk outlined the four policies of the new off-leash dog ordinance.

Dogs cannot be allowed to run along the perimeter causing disturbance to neighbors. Dogs must be supervised. Pet owners are financially responsible for any property damage caused by their animal and current tags and vaccination evidence are a must-have.

A site plan for the dog runs located in the southern portion of Mackle Park, on Andalusia Terrace, was created in-house.

Milk said about $5,000 of the anticipated $40,000 cost for the project has been raised so far.

Vice Chairman Frank Recker questioned why this particular project was being funded by residents’ contributions only, with the exception of the donation of city land.

Councilman Jerry Gibson said it all went back to when the idea was first proposed a couple years ago and wasn’t very popular.

The primary cost is the black chain link fence and landscaping to provide sound buffers and shade, Milk said.

Councilman Wayne Waldack asked why there wasn’t a fee and registration required to make the park a profit center.

“Don’t we want all users to be registered so we know who’s using the park?”

“Should we register kids for using swings?” quipped Gibson who has been an avid supporter of the dog runs.

Despite Waldack’s questions, he was quick to second Gibson’s motion for approval and the new off-leash dog run, Canine Cove, was unanimously approved.

Resident Deborah Chapman, also an avid supporter of the park, asked if council would consider helping to fund construction to move the project along.

“If we do have a shortfall, perhaps we could find the money to get this up and finish it?” she asked of council.

Chairman Rob Popoff suggested Milk bring the funding issue up in the late summer during budget hearings if fundraising was still an issue.

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Comments » 15

dc5799 writes:

I think Wayne should register himself at the dog park. You outdone yourself with that suggestion Wayne. I did not vote for you and for all of you that did, how proud you must be.

Smeg writes:

------ A site plan for the dog runs located in the southern portion of Mackle Park, on Andalusia Terrace ----

Oh my! We investigated the wrong area. What's this about providing milk? Where can we donate?

buster123 writes:

well, I did vote for Wayne, it's so good to see that after a suggestion, on one issue, erase's years of great service as a councilman. Hey, I love the dog park, no one is perfect all the time. and... FYI I am proud!!!!

dc5799 writes:

buster,
Year's of great service/////// He's the biggest joke on Marco

cribguy writes:

Councilman Wayne Waldack asked why there wasn’t a fee and registration required to make the park a profit center.

Is this guy for real? A profit center from a dog park.How about fiscal responsibility.All I see is this city spending more and more,constantly paying
the experts from afar to see how they can spend our money.Running low,we will just raise taxes.Pretty soon this island will be composed of the very wealthy and city employees.

buster123 writes:

dc5799

The biggest joke on Marco Island, are you kidding me? I think there is alot more out there for you to chose from other then Waynes comment. He is an elected offical, key word here elected, oh, if we all could be "Perfect"... really dc5799 the Island is getting a beautiful new dog park, can't you just be happy with that? Is there really a need to disect Mr. Waldack?

katieb writes:

All of this dog park talk is great, but I am very disappointed that the city is not forking over the dough. Oh yeh, the parks dept is spending over 300,000 on a new baseball diamond. Sorry...no money left for the tax paying dog folks WHO DON'T HAVE KIDS! We may never see the dog park.
But thanks to everyone who has worked so hard on this effort.

buster123 writes:

Sorry we put children before dogs. Great Comment

Smeg writes:

Stop all the fuss. Our dogs are our children. We pay taxes like everyone else and expect some consideration. Island tax payers most certainly will afford a park for my dogs. Waldick should be embarassed by his comment. We are over taxed as it is. He shouldn't expect to get paid extra.

Chairman Rob Popoff suggested Milk
I still don't understand what milk has to do with all this. We should discuss dog beverages after we get our park.

One islander mentioned in another comment that all Popoff properties are in forclosure. We could donate to her and the dog park if we knew where and how.

WHERE? HOW?

marcoislandres writes:

I can understand some people not wanting to pay for a dog park they will never use but I don't understand people complaining about having to pay for schools and kids parks because they don't use them. This is not the same thing, all of us were kids once and used these facilities. Schools and parks are a necessity not a luxury.

buster123 writes:

smeg,
Oh yes, lets talk embarassment, first "Milk" is not the beverage, it's Bryon's last name. You know Bryon Milk parks and receation director. Did you even bother to read the entire article? and as far as anyone's personal finances, that is positively none of your business, but yes, please take another cheap shot at someones expense, and as always keep it professional. and one last thing, DOGS ARE NOT CHILDREN. I have both, I love both but do know the difference!!!!!

Smeg writes:

Buster,

Public records are everyone's business. Names addresses and court records pertaining to any politician in control of our tax dollars should always be revealed to the tax paying citizens.

I ask again, Where do we donate?

My apologies to Byron and no one else.

buster123 writes:

Smeg,

Boy you got me!!!! Outch. whatever smeg, do what you gotta do, if you want to donate something donate some MILK.

maxicat writes:

Smeg,

Please send donations for our new dog park(s) to:
Bryan Milk, Director of Parks & Rec., 50 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island, FL 34145. Thank you!

katieb writes:

I thinks parks and schools are VERY important. And most people feel the same. We already have schools, water parks, basketball courts, playgrounds, baseball and soccer fields. Therefore, we should have a dog park for those tax paying citizens who do not have children (the average age on Marco is 65) . Why do we need another baseball diamond at an outrageous price tag? Why, because a small amount of the tax paying public wants it. Well, the dog park will cost less than 1/6 of the cost of a new baseball diamond (which we already have). I don't understand why this is even in question. Lets be fair here. The city should pay for the dog park!! Every city I have ever lived in has a dog park. You would think with the amount of property taxes we pay, we could at least have a dog park.

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