A $1.9 million Farmer’s Home Administration (FHA) loan offer for construction of the Phase I sewer project on Marco Island was accepted on Tuesday by the Collier County Commission. The action is designed to freeze the FHA funds for county use. Commissioners also conducted a public hearing on a proposed $11.6 million budget for the Marco Island Water and Sewer District. A final public hearing on the proposed budget, which includes funds for the anticipated purchase of the island’s water system from the Deltona Corp., is Sept. 27.
The Marco Island Beach Association has established a charge of $2.50 a day for motel residents and $1 a day for local residents not members of the MIBA and a charge of $2.50 per car. Charter memberships are still being offered and family memberships are $25 a year.
County Commissioners set a millage rate of 5.45 to bring about funds totaling $23.36 million for the budget year of 1979-80. Commissioners set the millage rate of .2482 for the Marco Island Lighting District.
Johnnie Ray will launch the entertainment season at the Island Country Club. Tickets for members and guests are $17 each.
The Lely cross country team beat Riverdale, with Marco’s John Gursoy leading the way with a first-place finish. Lely’s John Ayres was third, Joe Andretti, fourth and Bert Sanders, fifth.
Delton Corp. has deeded 4.7 acres off Winterberry Drive to Collier County for construction of a ballfield. Commissioner John Pistor said $60,000 has been set aside to develop a “universal” ball field.