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A major shopping center, including a larger Winn-Dixie and Eckerd Drug Store, is scheduled for development this year on Marco Island. The center, located on a 3.95-acre site at the northwest corner of Bald Eagle Drive and North Collier Boulevard, also is to include 22,000 square feet of office space to lease. The office space will be over the Eckerd Drug Store.

State funds for development of Tigertail Beach are assured in the near future, according to State Rep. Ellen Hawkins. Some $600,000 to $700,000 needed have held up the development, but Hawkins said, “The county will get the money. It’s not a question of if, but when. I was told the money will be available by Sept. 30.”

County Commissioners approved an estimated $20 million for a Marco Island sewer project, with construction starting this summer. The $2 million first phase will take place in an area bounded by Collier Boulevard, the Marco River and the Marco Island Country Club. Completion is expected about 18 months after work starts. Area residents can expect a cost of $21.90 per home frontage foot, or $2,190 for 100 feet. It will be paid through a special tax assessment. Another $500 to $700 will be levied to pay planned capacity increases to the Deltona sewage treatment plant.

Islanders may soon be able to purchase auto tags on Marco, instead of traveling to Naples. The National Bank of Collier County and A.P. Ayers, County Tax Collector, are working out an agreement to have space in the bank’s branch office on Marco. It is estimated that 10,000 to 15,000 buy auto tags annually.

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