In the Eagle ...
Consultants, hired to evaluate the Dealt Corp.-owned Marco Island Utilities, differ greatly on the value. Deltona says it is worth $10.5 million for the island water and sewage treatment facilities, while the consultants say it is worth $7.5 million. Commissioner John Pistor also said that he expects there will be another $800,000 added to bring the system up to state and county standards. More studies are expected.
Fishing at Marco Island received a shot in the arm last Saturday, thanks to the efforts of the Anglers Association of Collier County. A group of enthusiastic sportsmen and angler club members discarded a boat-load of tires, around, 300, into the northwest corner of the No. 1 (one-mile) reef where Deltona deposited more than 76,000 tires more than seven years ago. The barge that carried the tires was donated by Don Ricci and Marco Dock & Piling Co. Bob Abbott, a Naples marine contractor and chairman of the anglers fish haven committee said, “This is the big beginning of an on-going program to improve and maintain the three artificial fish havens in Collier County.”
The Deltona Corp. seems willing to sweeten the pot for a 250-foot beach frontage proposal to the Marco Island Civic Association. James Apthorp, Deltona vice president, said the plan is to provide for future off-island residents of Marco Island with beach access. MICA President Leigh Plummer likes the Deltona proposal, but suggested the rental fee should be $50,000 a year, rather than the $35,000 Deltona has offered. However, Apthorp said the amount of rent “would be negotiable.”