UPDATE: Osprey may have caused 2,200 Marco Islanders to lose power

Mackle Park

1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco

Marco Island Charter Middle School

1401 Trinadad Street, Marco

Tommie Barfield Elementary School

101 Kirkwood Street, Marco

— Power was reported out for 2200 customers, City Public Information Coordinator Lisa Douglass announced Wednesday afternoon.

Tommie Barfield Elementary School, Marco Island Charter Middle School and Mackle Park were within the area without electricity.

Linemen were immediately dispatched to the area to locate the cause of the power outage.

Lee County Electric Cooperative spokeswoman Karen Ryan reported that the outage, which occurred shortly before 12 p.m., was caused by nesting osprey.

Power was restored to both schools and all customers shortly before 1 p.m.

"A lot of the times when the osprey are building their nests a stick may come in contact with the lines and cause the outage," Ryan said.

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marcoislandres writes:

I'm sure if the City ran the electric company the power would have come back on sooner.

OldMarcoMan writes:

Hummmmmm, Interesting.

I thought all the driedup old losers had gone back up north,,,,,,,Curious.

Hey Jersey, you forgot one!

Funny, a snowbird with the name "MarcoIslanders"
Bet he thought todays rain was a TROPICAL STORM!

marcoislandres writes:


Do you really believe that all the people who are happy with LCEC are driedup old losers who live up north and most likely from New Jersey?
Well I never lived n New Jersey but I have meet a few people on this Island from that state and they seem okay to me.

As far as being a snowbird I have lived on this island since Andrew and my children were born here and go to school here so I don't think I qualify as a snowbird.

Today's rain? I don't know what part of the island you live on but I did not get rain.....I got a drop or two.
I do remember a heavy rain on the island it was August 1995.

Keep guessing you may get one right.

MarcoJimbo writes:

I'm surprised nobody's banging the drum to hurry-up and bury the power lines, a falling bird's nest couldn't possibly short circuit an underground cable. On the other hand, we know from experience cable repairs can take 5 hours or more and this problem was remedied in about an hour or less. Thanks LCEC, and keep on keepin' on.

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