Mike Minozzi, former Marco Island council member, dies after cancer battle

Funeral services for Mike Minozzi will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 at San Marco Catholic Church. Burial will immediately follow at the Marco Island Cemetery. Visitation will be today, Aug. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Josberger Funeral Home.

Mike Minozzi

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Mike Minozzi

Marco Island has lost one of its most ardent supporters.

Former Marco City Council member Mike Minozzi, 70, died Sunday after battling cancer.

Minozzi was elected to council in 2000 and served through 2008, including time as council chair.

“He was just a staunch supporter of everything important to Marco Island,” Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala said Sunday.

Survivors include his wife Lynne, five children and 10 grandchildren.

Minozzi was a former Collier County’s Metropolitan Planning Organization member and served on the Collier County Tourist Development Council.

He also served on the Rotary Club on Marco and was a member of San Marco Catholic Church. Minozzi was a former president of the Marco Island Italian-American Society and a member of the Marco Island Knights of Columbus.

Minozzi lived outside of New York City in Westchester County, working as marketing director for Putnam Investments in New York/New Jersey.

Those who knew Minozzi described him as a good and religious man who cared about his family.

Minozzi was also a champion of Marco’s Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge.

Fiala hopes a plaque honoring the memory of Minozzi can be placed on the Jolley Bridge.

Marco City Councilman Bill Trotter described his friend and colleague as a great leader in Marco Island.

“He really did a lot for our community and he will be sorely missed,” Trotter said.

From helping at church to assisting in the construction of a new playground in Mackle Park, Minozzi kept himself very active in the community.

Marco Island resident Bill McMullan said Minozzi was passionate about Marco Island and the San Marco Catholic Church.

“I think his legacy will be felt for a long time,” McMullan said.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Josberger Funeral Home, 577 Elkcam Circle, in Marco Island.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the San Marco church. Burial will immediately follow the service at the Marco Island Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by contributions to the Marco Island Police Foundation and the Marco Island Fire Department Foundation.

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deltarome writes:

I prefer to leave the northbound side as the Jolley Bridge and leave the new southbound side naming as a separate item but that might confuse people. To most all present residents, it will always be the Jolley bridge.

cmonmanreally writes:

Mr. Minozzi will be forever in our thoughts and prayers as he has been one of the area's greatest leaders! Thank you for all that you have done, Mike.

jwputnam writes:

"Greatest leader"? Hmmm. Not sure that you are going to get a lot of agreement there.

Brillo writes:

The passing of a man a very sad time for his family and friends. Now is not the time to criticize. May Mike's sole rest in peace and his family remember him as all who have loved someone should.

Having said that, let us hope that City Council does not act hastily as they did with the passing of E. Glen Tucker. Thank You.

Brillo writes:

Excuse my spelling error. "soul"

lauralbi1 writes:

JW: I very often like to "spar" verbally with you over issues. But your comment above is very cold, callous and misplaced. Mike Minozzi, along with Glenn Tucker, will be remembered for his work and efforts to make Marco Island a better place and a City.
On statements like the one above that you posted, you really must look at your comment as a self serving, selfish, very minority opinion. While normally irrelevant to what you say, in this case I would close by saying that Mr. Minozzi (and Mr. Tucker) would win by a landslide if they ran for Council in today's Marco Island. The next election will prove that and more. It really is about time that you realize that your vision for this Island is not the vision of the majority. Your opinion on issues is always welcome, but when you lower yourself to question a leader of the majority and his impact, you have crossed the line.
Ed Issler

marcoislandres writes:

I have to disagree with you on this one Ed.
I think they may be remembered as two of the people who made some bad choices for this island.

jwputnam writes:

in response to lauralbi1:

JW: I very often like to "spar" verbally with you over issues. But your comment above is very cold, callous and misplaced. Mike Minozzi, along with Glenn Tucker, will be remembered for his work and efforts to make Marco Island a better place and a City.
On statements like the one above that you posted, you really must look at your comment as a self serving, selfish, very minority opinion. While normally irrelevant to what you say, in this case I would close by saying that Mr. Minozzi (and Mr. Tucker) would win by a landslide if they ran for Council in today's Marco Island. The next election will prove that and more. It really is about time that you realize that your vision for this Island is not the vision of the majority. Your opinion on issues is always welcome, but when you lower yourself to question a leader of the majority and his impact, you have crossed the line.
Ed Issler

I am thinking that when our citizens (those who are still able to afford to live here in spite of Tucker and Minozzi) look at their taxes and utility bills over the next few years, they may not feel as generous as you do.

I am sorry for his family. I am also feeling sorry for his legacy.

MrBreeze writes:

I have to agree with JWPUTNAM, The new "free bridge" will not be a positive for the Island. I said that two years ago first.

Just because someone dies, that is no reason to put them in hero status. Yes on a human side everone should respect that a fellow citizen has passed away and respect should be shown to that level.

But please do no not go to the extreme of placing these "politicans" who have made bad choices for the island. JWPUTNAM I believe that you would win in a landslide vote for council. I would also like to run with a person like yourself if other like minds can get together.

I have the same problem currently that you have I do not spend every week on the island. Hopefully one day soon that will change.

blogsmog writes:

Minnozi was instrumental in sending this island into this financial spiral, yes God rest his soul -he was a good family man but as a city leader....

dc5799 writes:

in response to lauralbi1:

JW: I very often like to "spar" verbally with you over issues. But your comment above is very cold, callous and misplaced. Mike Minozzi, along with Glenn Tucker, will be remembered for his work and efforts to make Marco Island a better place and a City.
On statements like the one above that you posted, you really must look at your comment as a self serving, selfish, very minority opinion. While normally irrelevant to what you say, in this case I would close by saying that Mr. Minozzi (and Mr. Tucker) would win by a landslide if they ran for Council in today's Marco Island. The next election will prove that and more. It really is about time that you realize that your vision for this Island is not the vision of the majority. Your opinion on issues is always welcome, but when you lower yourself to question a leader of the majority and his impact, you have crossed the line.
Ed Issler

Tucker didn't win by a landslide last time. As I remember they had to count the votes it was that close.

tiredofitall writes:

It's time to put away the swords and respect his family. Nothing is to be gained by further comments which don't serve anyone of you very well.

spongebob writes:

in response to jwputnam:

"Greatest leader"? Hmmm. Not sure that you are going to get a lot of agreement there.

Once again you have proven yourself to be the classless individual that you are to make a comment like that at this time.

happy34145 writes:

in response to marcoislandres:

I have to disagree with you on this one Ed.
I think they may be remembered as two of the people who made some bad choices for this island.

I agree with you marcoislanders. Tucker, Minozzi and Arceri all made bad choices for this island. Unfortunately the residents will be paying a lot of money for those (what I believe to be personal agenda) choices for a long, long time. And as a marco island resident, neither Tucker, Minozzi or Arceri will be remembered by me as men who did good things for this island.

The train has left the station. Rest in peace.

MarcoJimbo writes:

Marco Island Cemetery? Every time my taxes and utility bills increase I'll be sure to go there and "pay my respects".

sailingalong writes:

It seems to me that over 2,000 voters signed a petition declaring that Minozzi, Tucker and Trotter weren't qualified to serve on Marco Island city council. Our current financial condition suggests that those citizens were right. Let him rest in peace but let's not forget what he did to this city.

RayPray writes:

If only we had funded Jaxson Labs here, say on Track K, their groundbreaking research might have come up with some DNA fix to have saved his life.....

blondie writes:

I would like to send my condolences to the Minozzi Family. Mr. Minozzi was certainly a very active man here on Marco. I would however like to add that the bridge will always and should always be named the Judge Jolly Bridge. I am sure that there are other considerations or ways to honor Mr Minozzi.

tolindo writes:

What a shame. Even at a time like this, when a family is mourning and a life is gone, you can't put away your hatred... all of you!! Shame on you! Lets all mourn the complete loss of civility, because you are all examples of that loss!! Mr. Minozzi was a good man. He put himself on the line and tried to make Marco a better place. Did he make some poor decisions? Yes... and I am sure that in hindsight he would like to make those choices again! But you live with the decisions you make... we all do! Please, this horrific debate has no business being in this column. I find it very sad to see the same people making the same arguments over and over and over and over... do you just copy and paste??? Yes, Marco is in trouble, current and future councils will need to deal with that. But for now, lets mourn the loss of Mr Minozzi, he was caring, giving and not afraid to put himself on the line to try to make things better! Like him or not, you all could learn from him. Goodbye Mike!!

lauralbi1 writes:

Someone above mentioned the number 2,000. And Klaubautermann (the walking zombie pirate according to the pseudonym) does not know the difference between a minority of voters and a majority of voters. Yes, we all know that at one time there were 2,000 citizens that signed up for many things. They cost the City many dollars in trying to do a recall. 2,000 citizens (votes) will never dictate who gets elected or not. And for the sake of Klaubautermann, every City Council has been made up of members that were elcted by a majority of those that voted, dewtermined by the manner in which the seats were determined.
And certainly the 10 or 20 bloggers who constantly say the same thing and complain about the same things ave not had an impact.
Mr. Minozzi was a great man, a great leader and a visionary. His contribution to our City, County and Community will be appreciated for a long time.
My condolences to his wife and family.
Ed Issler

happy34145 writes:

Mr Issler,
What did Mike Minozzi ever do for Marco Island that made him such a great leader and visionary?
Please be specific about these great things that helped Marco Island become such a better place. I am sure you have examples of things that have not cost the residents of this island dearly (because we all could sit there and vote yes to spend millions of taxpayers money and make things LOOK better - thats not hard and its definitely NOT visionary). Can't wait to learn about all great things he did that we can remember him as such a great city leader.

blogsmog writes:

Happy; are you kidding me? If we have learned one thing from these blogs its that you don't ask Edgar Issler for facts or specifics, you just get BS.

dc5799 writes:

So Issler,
How much of a landslide did Tucker win over Janet C? Was it 6,8 or maybe 14 votes. I can't remember. That is the Issler meaning of a landslide.I'm waiting for your answer or anyone else who knows.

RayPray writes:

Domestic ennui + Super-sized ego = Community Leader

STONECRAB writes:

glen tucker a lawyer and a saint ! you oldsters are suffering from dementia !

onlythetruth writes:

in response to jwputnam:

"Greatest leader"? Hmmm. Not sure that you are going to get a lot of agreement there.

You are scum, Putnam. He was a good and generous man, two terms that will NEVER be applied to you. You should be ashamed, but you don't have the brains to be such.

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