Collier County commission agrees to more Marco museum funds

County approves $200,000 of the $350,000 Marco proposed to match

Marco Island Historical Museum construction

Progress of the construction of the Marco ...

Delivery... Dale Surbeck, 48, of Bald Eagle Towing unloads an antique Ford Model T donated to the Marco Island Historical Museum from the Naples Daily News and Marco Eagle Dec. 22. It is to become the first exhibit in the museum slated to have a sneak peek opening in February.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Delivery... Dale Surbeck, 48, of Bald Eagle Towing unloads an antique Ford Model T donated to the Marco Island Historical Museum from the Naples Daily News and Marco Eagle Dec. 22. It is to become the first exhibit in the museum slated to have a sneak peek opening in February.

Collier County Commissioners agreed to spend $200,000 more on the new Marco Island Historical Museum set to open in February. The decision came during their meeting today after an earlier offer from Marco Island City Council to match up to $350,000 with the county to pay for exhibits in the newly constructed museum on Heathwood Drive.

In an online Collier County Commission blog by Daily News reporter I.M. Stackel, it was reported that commissioners agreed to donate $200,000 in new money. Marco Island will also reap the benefits of previously allocated money, plus a pledge of $50,000 by Paradise Advertising.

Commissioner Donna Fiala asked that the commission grant Marco's request. Commission Vice Chairman Frank Halas said he wished he could comply. He said he could support contributing $200,000 in new money.

The county is facing a $26.7 million shortfall, and is carrying huge debt, Halas said.

Marco Island residents have asked for $350,000 from the county to match $350,000 Marco Island City Council agreed to contribute.

Collier County Museum director Ron Jamro updated commissioners on planned exhibits for Marco Island Historical Museum, Stackel reported.

View the online blog for more Collier County Commission coverage this afternoon.

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Comments » 3

fortl writes:

I've got a JOhn Deere old tractor that I want to donate.
Actually tired of storing it but lets fill up the multi million dollar building with junk
How can you plan a museum with nothing to show?
What is this - build it and they will come?

RayPray writes:

At least the parking lot for this silly museum to nowhere will be a great boon for all those merry oldsters lumping across to the library for some free internet time.

Marconian writes:

in response to RayPray:

At least the parking lot for this silly museum to nowhere will be a great boon for all those merry oldsters lumping across to the library for some free internet time.

LOL,Now I will admit that is funny and Ironically its true! good one RayPray!

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