Marco Island considers Tract K purchase from Collier school district

— Marco Island has expressed interest in having a piece of vacant land on island that is owned by the Collier County School District for years. Tonight, interim City Manager Jim Riviere said he thinks an agreement can finally be reached.

The piece of land, known as Tract K, is approximately 11-acres and is located near Tigertail Beach in a residential area. It's vacant other than nesting bald eagles, which due to federal protection laws, prevent the property from most development prospects.

Riviere said he met with the school district's chief operational officer Michele LaBute and Superintendent Dennis Thompson.

"I think they would be happy to sell it," Riviere said.

Conservation Collier has also expressed an interest in the property.

Marco Island is considering the school district's offer to sell the land for $360,000 per year for 10 years without interest.

Council, on general consensus this evening, suggested Riviere negotiate that price down.

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happy6 writes:

and what will we do with it? let lazzarus and his bunch build the solar farm? arceri build a waste water plant? issler build a gift shop? or maybe rony joel can come up with another building.....what in the world do we need with another piece of property?....someone help me here.

MarcoCitizen writes:

A growth minded city still out of fiscal control.
Let's sell some stuff and reduce debt and taxes.
Need land? - use some of the Gipsy Tent City (that we over paid for).

freedomofspeech1 writes:

That land is owned by the children of Marco Island! Anything other than that would be against the intentions and wishes of the Mackle Bros who sold it to the school board for $1.

jwputnam writes:

A charter high school or a private high school.

ajm3s writes:

Stop the spending!

kelfarrell (staff) writes:

in response to Klabautermann:

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Yes. Excuse me, $3.6 million. I've added the words "per year," after the $360,000, which makes all the difference!
(reporter)

Stilllaughing writes:

in response to happy6:

and what will we do with it? let lazzarus and his bunch build the solar farm? arceri build a waste water plant? issler build a gift shop? or maybe rony joel can come up with another building.....what in the world do we need with another piece of property?....someone help me here.

How 'bout the "Moss Asbestosis Treatment Clinic". Since it will be quite a few years until the onslaught of victims begin showing symptoms, it shouldn't interfer with our few remaing eagles we haven't yet run off the island

themessiah writes:

READ: "It's vacant other than nesting bald eagles, which due to federal protection laws, prevent the property from most development prospects."

islandgma writes:

Leave it for the conservacy and make it an Eagle sanctuary - It's great to be able to see them next in the midst of humanity. They seem to be able to live with us, why can't we live with them? You know there will be some sort of "accident" which will chase them out....People buying property have wrecked enough of this beautiful island. The nonsense at the bridge, the constanting digging up of Collier Blvd. - why can't we just leave things be for a while and see how things go? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to drive around during the off season without some sort of detour or truck to go around? Becoming a city was an ego trip, have we gotten over it yet?

chucky writes:

Why worry about cost ?? Marco City Council has an endless supply of money just look at the debt that the city has already .... and they just keep on spending ...Hmm sounds familiar

captnjimbo writes:

Tough call...320,000 an acre for land that is limited in its use does not seem like a value to me.

Until there s a plan for its use, that the community can agree on, I say keep the money and let the eagles do their thing.

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