MARCO ISLAND — Marco City Council directed City Manager Steve Thompson consider charging a fee to use Canine Cove, the new dog runs in Mackle Park, which were constructed entirely using donations from the community. Councilman Jerry Gibson recommended the annual fee on Monday for the Marco Island dog park, with fees being higher for non-residents than residents.
“Capture some money from some non-Island people using Canine Cove,” he said.
The idea came out of a discussion on whether to charge more fees to make up a projected $1.4 million revenue shortfall to be caused by decreased property values and taxes in 2011.
A specific fee proposal is to be developed by city staff, including the finance and parks and recreation departments.
For more on the budget discussion go to the related council blog under “To fee or not to fee.”