Gurneys have Marco’s shell game continued

— Residents vying for permission to have shell driveways, got another setback Friday as the Planning Board heard from Marco Island Rescue Fire Department officials that it’s a life and safety issue because gurneys don’t roll easily over shell.

About one year ago the Marco Eagle brought readers the story of Ann Sepe and Alfred Marchand, who began to install a shell driveway at their Piedmont Circle home liking the aesthetics and the environmental benefits of the material. They were told by Code Enforcement officials that it was not allowed and city officials have debated in several Planning Board meetings about the ordinance’s meaning regarding the prohibition of “dustless” driveway materials.

Sepe took a chance and installed the shell driveway as the city continues considering the issue, Community Development Director Steve Olmsted reported.

The afternoon before the Planning Board was to consider an ordinance to specifically allow gravel, stone and shell driveways, Marco Island Fire Rescue Chief Mike Murphy supplied his opinion that a safe walkway parallel to such driveways should be required for safely rolling gurneys.

Planning Board member Vince Magee disagreed saying it should be left to personal choice. The Planning Board voted 6-1 to continue the shell issue to a meeting scheduled 9 a.m. Jan. 15 and to amend the ordinance given new information from Murphy and Marco Island Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Chris Byrne regarding safety and consideration for the ordinance to permit shell and stone material in single family residential areas only.

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max1313 writes:

Way to go Vince! And to the Fire Dept. lets see how tuff would it be to lift the gurney? Should we also require a resting station, to take a break why we wheel the gurney down the shell driveway. Everyone, just take some time off, we don't need any more rules, and regulations.

ajm3s writes:

This is absolutely ludicrous. I take that the professional personnel of this illustrious fire department cannot rescue people on the beach because it is a safety issue.

ajm3s writes:

Or stairs?

Since82 writes:

What happened years ago when Stretchers had to be carried? It amazes me that when it applies to individuals the city tries to crack down, but the same rules don't apply to them.

ratsnake writes:

in response to max1313:

Way to go Vince! And to the Fire Dept. lets see how tuff would it be to lift the gurney? Should we also require a resting station, to take a break why we wheel the gurney down the shell driveway. Everyone, just take some time off, we don't need any more rules, and regulations.

Ur kidding, right?

ratsnake writes:

in response to Since82:

What happened years ago when Stretchers had to be carried? It amazes me that when it applies to individuals the city tries to crack down, but the same rules don't apply to them.

OK, so let's put the EMS procedures back to the days of World War II so you can have a shell driveway? I think we have a disconnect between the significance of saving lives and that of shell driveways.

ajm3s writes:

in response to ratsnake:

OK, so let's put the EMS procedures back to the days of World War II so you can have a shell driveway? I think we have a disconnect between the significance of saving lives and that of shell driveways.

Shell driveways have been in Collier County for decades. Our professional rescue training and equipment have improved over this same period to the point that they continue to use gurneys.

There are ATV gurneys with large diameter wheels to handle transport over rough or uneven terrain built here in Port Charlotte. Since Chief Murphy did not acknowledge such equipment in his statement, I suspect the gurney with 4" wheels meets Marco Island's needs in a beach enviroment. Note: shells are on the beach, as well.

Do we need handicap ramps as standards for single family residences with stairs?

CRW2 writes:

Government is out of control at every level. We need a complete reset by replacing all elected officials and, especially, removing all professional government workers.

ajm3s writes:

Please advise Mr. Olmstead that this is a driveway ordinance. Last time I checked, walkways on single family residences are not regulated by any material specification. And having a walkway paved parallel to a driveway may lead you to a garage and not the front entrance. I expect better from the Chief, since safety is a concern. Hope you can find your way in. Our lives are in jeapardy.

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