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.