Galiana named City recreation supervisor

Alex Galiana is the new recreation supervisor for the Marco Island Parks & Recreation Department.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Alex Galiana is the new recreation supervisor for the Marco Island Parks & Recreation Department.

Alex Galiana, former Marco Island Charter Middle School baseball coach and Marco businessman, is the new  recreation supervisor for the City Parks & Receation Department.

Photo by ROGER LALONDE

Alex Galiana, former Marco Island Charter Middle School baseball coach and Marco businessman, is the new recreation supervisor for the City Parks & Receation Department.

Alex Galiana, a strong supporter of youth programs, is the new recreation supervisor for the Marco Island Parks & Recreation Department.

He replaces Tony Sans, who is now a city code enforcement officer.

Galiana may best be known for starting and coaching the Marco Island Charter Middle School baseball team for seven successful years. In the business sector he is a former commodities broker, Realtor and former business banker and retail manager for the now defunct Macro Community Bank.

Wife Lori is well known as a teacher for seven years at the Charter School and now teaches at Gulf Coast High School. They have two sons, AJ, a junior at Florida State University and Max, a senior at Gulf Coast High.

Both sons were active in sports at the Charter School and played on the Marco Eagles football teams.

Galiana is a commissioner on the Statewide Florida Hockey League where he serves as travel coordinator for the teams. He is also a member of the State Amateur Hockey of Florida Association Board, annually coordinating a tournament that draws some 80 teams.

Galiana’s boss, Bryan Milk, Parks & Recreation director, was an assistant coach for Galiana when his boys, Matt and Marc, played baseball at the Charter School.

Scheduling sports activities at city fields and facilities will be a major item on Galiana’s list of things to do.

“I have been involved in youth sports for 10 years on the Island and marvel over the changes and advances,” Galiana said. “When I started (Charter baseball) we had one softball field and one neglected baseball diamond (behind Tommie Barfield Elementary School).”

The city renovated that field and built another ball diamond at Winterberry Park, while upgrading the softball diamond there. In the last year all three have been used for youth baseball.

Soccer has become a huge sport on Marco, with room for fields now at Winterberry and Mackle parks.

The city now schedules fields for the growing Optimist Club of Macro Island sports programs, which includes the Marco Eagles football teams, Marco Island Charter Middle School sports, two men’s softball leagues and youth events.

Galiana wants to build a more detailed website and advance marketing as he facilitates and coordinates youth programs.

On his plate immediately is the possibility of the city having travel soccer teams in conjunction with the Bonita Soccer Club.

Read Sunday’s Eagle and go to marconews.com to learn more about how far the city has gotten in determining the viability of travel soccer.

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happy6 writes:

how much does this job pay?...

dc5799 writes:

in response to happy6:

how much does this job pay?...

Who cares we are a very affluent city.

ed34145 writes:

We have a recreation director AND supervisor????

freedomofspeech1 writes:

police officers getting laid off and we have this duplication of services here....why cant the director handle this???

ed34145 writes:

Absolutely, freedomofspeech1. Where are our priorities?

RayPray writes:

Wasn't there anyone in the Carr family available for this sweet job?

happy6 writes:

he finally landed a lifetime job....i agree..why in the world does it take milk and galliana to set up a kids program....what exactly does mr. milk do? supervise i guess....what a waste of our dollars.

RayPray writes:

"In the business sector he is a former commodities broker, Realtor and former business banker and retail manager for the now defunct Macro Community Bank."

A lot of valuable commericial experience?

Or just three areas of career failure?

City Hall must be like that wonderful realm of OZ.

happy6 writes:

you're right...
1. trader (unsucessful) in chicago
2. apt flipper in marco(unsucessful)
3. real estate agen in marco (unsucessfull)
4. goes with ionatta to marco bank (unsucessfull)
5. now gets buddy brian mile to hire him...what a joke...

in his favor :
1. coached kids hockey
2. coached kids baseball

put his wife to work as a teacher immediately....
if this ain't brian taking care of alex i don't know what is.

speakintruth writes:

Are you all so s----- that you can't see that it is replacing a job that already existed? And I guess you all have a crystal ball that you can see everything about people without even knowing them? It is sickening to watch people slam others and criticize so much on this blog. Get a real life!

Brisla writes:

in response to happy6:

you're right...
1. trader (unsucessful) in chicago
2. apt flipper in marco(unsucessful)
3. real estate agen in marco (unsucessfull)
4. goes with ionatta to marco bank (unsucessfull)
5. now gets buddy brian mile to hire him...what a joke...

in his favor :
1. coached kids hockey
2. coached kids baseball

put his wife to work as a teacher immediately....
if this ain't brian taking care of alex i don't know what is.

I remember this guy from the Charter School baseball. A real type A screamer. Napoleanic I guess. Buddy Brian threw a bone to his boy.

RayPray writes:

City Hall axes or temps Bill van G. from the Raquet Club -- a true island sports asset -- who everyone agrees does an A+ class job, to hire this loudmouth gladhander, whose career seems to give a study in upward failure.

fastboat writes:

in response to Brisla:

I remember this guy from the Charter School baseball. A real type A screamer. Napoleanic I guess. Buddy Brian threw a bone to his boy.

i dont know how well he coached hockey but i can can tell you on the big field not so great because i work with the boys at thehigh school jv level and they needed retought just about everything.

Firsttouch001 writes:

Oh what a tangled web we weave guys you are just scratching the surface
Now for the consparicy

freedomofspeech1 writes:

$60K for a parking space????

dc5799 writes:

Now the conspiracy begin's to unfold. Nice going brisla.

mhs513 writes:

I've been here over thirty years and never heard of this guy. When was the Tommie Barfield baseball field neglected? It is one of two ball fields on the island and used everyday. That's neglect? He sounds more like the perfect politician. Corrupt. Guess that's how he got the job.

RayPray writes:

Why is it that so much of the stuff that ooooozes out of City....er, Tucker Hall...has that stench of costly corruption and genial incompetence?

stepuporshutup (Inactive) writes:

Evidently no one else applied for the job. This guy shouldn't have been allowed to coach young athletes. Self serving blowhard that benched better players so his sons could both play shortstop and bat first. Gave his kids all the awards and then they go on to high school and can't even make their teams. Single handedly ruined Lely Baseball by turning the islands athletes off of baseball for good.

sailingalong writes:

How much are we paying this guy and why? Dr. Riviera started out as a fiscally responsible guy and he seems to be throwing money around just like the former drunken sailors. It's FUN to spend other peoples money. Ft. Meyers, Collier, and Lee County were all on national TV with cuts up to 25% in recognition of the depression. Marco Island, despite the earlier promises of cuts to 17.5 million has now increased the budget to 21 million. It must be something in the water because this is insane.

happy6 writes:

weird when you look around through the property records...mr. and mrs. milk own the key royal property...not just the parking space it seems....a look further shows mr g. paid 160k for it....surely he didn't sell it to ol mr.m for 60k....mr. m. has a pretty nice house on the island...somethings amiss here....or not.

Brisla writes:

"Evidently no one else applied for the job."

Not so. I don't know how many people applied for the job, but I do know of two people who did apply - two people with extensive experience in youth sports on the island, including club sports, school sports, and Optimist sports. Two people who have an even temper and love working with kids. Two people who are better suited for the job, in my opinion.

ajm3s writes:

in response to sailingalong:

How much are we paying this guy and why? Dr. Riviera started out as a fiscally responsible guy and he seems to be throwing money around just like the former drunken sailors. It's FUN to spend other peoples money. Ft. Meyers, Collier, and Lee County were all on national TV with cuts up to 25% in recognition of the depression. Marco Island, despite the earlier promises of cuts to 17.5 million has now increased the budget to 21 million. It must be something in the water because this is insane.

So true, but if you claim its something in the water, I will submit and alternate reason. Hint: it is something that many managers succumb to: favors take precedence over of merit.

happy6 writes:

klab...that's the million dollar question...perhaps riviera just let ol brian make the decision unbeknownst to him..

mymommd writes:

August 5th comments by RayPray and freedomofspeech- you two are right on the money!

livingonmarco writes:

it is pretty sad when they hire someone just because brian likes the man and there were others more qualified. shame on our city.

ajm3s writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I did not claim city manager I simply said manager. Should I have said director? There are a host of managers or directors or administrators or a group reviewing the appointment that can play the favors game. It is human nature for those who diminish merit.

Or perhaps I am simply wrong and contributing to innuendo. But to your comment that Dr. Riviere is a "straight guy" I ask: "Even straight guys can make poor choices", but few are able to realize it and correct it going forward.

I think this hiring/position should receive more scrutiny given the financial status of Marco Island governance and the state and country at large.

mymommd writes:

Dr. Rivière needs to look into some of the choices made by his department heads. Hiring and laying off at random without good cause. This could come back and bite ya later. TBC.

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