Scaled-back community center among capital improvement requests to Marco Island Planning Board

— Five city departments unveiled their wish lists for capital improvement expenditures to members of Marco Island’s Planning Board; among them, a scaled-down Mackle Park Community Center.

The new plan announced by parks and recreation director Bryan Milk consisted of a 25,000-square-foot building at a cost of $4 million that would be financed through a public-private partnership. A 7,800-square-foot general purpose room would be available for rent, generating additional income for the city.

Original designs to replace the park with a 39,315-square-foot, two-story center were first announced in February, but met with disapproval from residents who believe the economy is still too sluggish and want the issue to be put before voters in a referendum.

However, Milk told board members that Mackle Park’s current recreation center is currently at maximum capacity. Low construction and interest costs right now make building the center attractive financially, he said.

At least two parents spoke out in support of the new construction.

“I invite you to sit at the front door of Mackle Park for one hour and see how many people come through,” said Paul Meyer, the father of three children.

Terese Glasser, who is also president of the island’s Optimist Club which schedules several youth sports at the park, said many fellow parents support the new center but their opinions are not being heard because they cannot attend city meetings.

“There is a need,” she stated. “Please consider this.”

Although Milk told planning board members that new taxes won’t be necessary for construction of the new community center because the existing tax base of $38 for a home valued at $500,000 would be re-appropriated. Naming rights for the building could also be utilized to off-set any costs.

“I’m still concerned about how this is going to affect taxpayers,” said Faye Biles, from the Marco Island Taxpayers Association. “You’re going to have to have a referendum because people are worried.”

Marco Island’s police and fire departments also presented capital improvement requests. Fire Chief Mike Murphy is asking for $280,000 to purchase a fire rescue marine vessel to replace an out-dated one that is currently used. Additional requests include $350,000 to make improvements to Station 51 located on Elkcam Circle East. If approved, the money will be used to staff the station 24 hours a day. Murphy told planning board members that response times can be improved by half to the Old Marco, Hideaway, Tigertail, North Barfield and Jolley Bridge areas.

Police Chief Thom Carr’s capital improvement request includes six new vehicles and accessories to replace some of the department’s aging fleet estimated to cost $222,000.

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RayPray writes:

"Terese Glasser...president of the island’s Optimist Club...said many fellow parents support the new center but their opinions are not being heard...."

Here is why the Optimist Club exists:

1. To enable porked-up aging guys, unimportant in our real world, to get their rocks off by strutting around the football field and growling at innocent kids.

2. To promote bogus values for success in life to these unsuspecting victims, while accelerating the destruction of their immature brains and their joints by violent encounters.

For young boys football is an especially dangerous activity:

From: Sports Illustrated:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vaul...

"...when the researchers started dragging in apparently healthy non-concussed players for memory tests and MRI's to establish a control group, they were surprised to discover that players had impaired brain functioning despite not having suffered a concussion. Ultimately, the study found that the sheer number of hits that a player had taken over the previous week, completely irrespective of whether a concussion had been suffered, was the best predictor of brain impairment."

"this is particularly scary, because it means that the vast majority of brain damage in football players might be occurring in the absence of any easily recognizable symptoms...."

>>> Why must the rest of us squander $million$ just so these reprehensible bozos can feel relevant one day each week?

happy6 writes:

$280,000 boat? what's he buying ...a sportfisherman? a hospital ship? a fireboat like NYC has?...come on chief, let's get real here.

JohninMarco writes:

How would the fire chief operate such a boat when he could NOT cross a shell driveway? This city is just becoming a laughing stock and the citizens are being stuck with the bill!

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

Chief Sparky is going to keep the new fire boat at the newly remodeled fire station on Elkcam.
Hopefully it fits under the bridge!
So the remodel of $350K and Das boat is $280K, where is the $630,000 coming from?
Also don't forget the little slug of a gun is still looking for 3 more men and a tanker truck.

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

in response to RayPray:

"Terese Glasser...president of the island’s Optimist Club...said many fellow parents support the new center but their opinions are not being heard...."

Here is why the Optimist Club exists:

1. To enable porked-up aging guys, unimportant in our real world, to get their rocks off by strutting around the football field and growling at innocent kids.

2. To promote bogus values for success in life to these unsuspecting victims, while accelerating the destruction of their immature brains and their joints by violent encounters.

For young boys football is an especially dangerous activity:

From: Sports Illustrated:

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vaul...

"...when the researchers started dragging in apparently healthy non-concussed players for memory tests and MRI's to establish a control group, they were surprised to discover that players had impaired brain functioning despite not having suffered a concussion. Ultimately, the study found that the sheer number of hits that a player had taken over the previous week, completely irrespective of whether a concussion had been suffered, was the best predictor of brain impairment."

"this is particularly scary, because it means that the vast majority of brain damage in football players might be occurring in the absence of any easily recognizable symptoms...."

>>> Why must the rest of us squander $million$ just so these reprehensible bozos can feel relevant one day each week?

Ray
You are not being tranchant, are you?
HAAHAHAHA

dc5799 writes:

Has the old fire rescue boat ever been used to extinguish a real fire on a boat on Marco Island?

ajm3s writes:

in response to JohninMarco:

How would the fire chief operate such a boat when he could NOT cross a shell driveway? This city is just becoming a laughing stock and the citizens are being stuck with the bill!

Not only not cross it, but he complained of some areas in the estates area as having too steep an incline, which would pose a hazard to his men and equipment if they were laid with shell or gravel.

Note: there is a slope specification (not to exceed) in the current code regarding shell and gravel driveways. I originally thought it was for erosion concerns, but then I realized that shell is used as a material for erosion control and stabilization in professional land restoration journals.

It was again a revelation that Mr. Murphy was short on rational thinking when he presented his professional input as it applied to steep driveways in the estates area. It became so clear that this city needs a competent fire chief, now"

But for some reason city management is in love with him, as well as his men. It must be the coffee and union benefits and non-hazardous working conditions.

I know I should be more "politically" correct/sensitive in my assessments, but I am having trouble going along to get along when these statements are not challenged by council or planning board members when originally presented. Or maybe I am just too sensitive.

Which I thought I was, until I spoke with Isle of Capri personnel and requested there "professional" opinion on such scenarios as posing a threat.

They all looked at me as if I was nuts to even consider that as a hazard.

But then again, maybe I am nuts to believe we can make a difference.

happy6 writes:

let's see here folks...chief got a new boston whaler fire boat 3 years back...did not take care of same...boat fell apart....wants new boat...screw you chief!!!
wants barracks built at elcam garage(fire station) so he can get to fires 3 minutes quicker...are you kiddin...screw you chief...
milk toast wants me to spend a fortune on mackle park building so he can "rent it back to me" for meetings...screw you milkie.fire gailiana who does nothing...he didn't even show for the easter egg hunt..he was fishing.

ajm3s writes:

in response to happy6:

let's see here folks...chief got a new boston whaler fire boat 3 years back...did not take care of same...boat fell apart....wants new boat...screw you chief!!!
wants barracks built at elcam garage(fire station) so he can get to fires 3 minutes quicker...are you kiddin...screw you chief...
milk toast wants me to spend a fortune on mackle park building so he can "rent it back to me" for meetings...screw you milkie.fire gailiana who does nothing...he didn't even show for the easter egg hunt..he was fishing.

Are you kidding me, the boat is only 3 years old?

Ahhhhhh!

If that is true, just another reason that he should be dismissed. Imagine, a fire chief cannot maintain his equipment that it needs replacement orrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr does he just want to spend money ineffectively?

Choices folks, let em know!

RayPray writes:

in response to happyhorowitz34145:

Chief Sparky is going to keep the new fire boat at the newly remodeled fire station on Elkcam.
Hopefully it fits under the bridge!
So the remodel of $350K and Das boat is $280K, where is the $630,000 coming from?
Also don't forget the little slug of a gun is still looking for 3 more men and a tanker truck.

Priceless!

happy6 writes:

the last time i saw the boston whaler that said "fire rescue" on the side it was at the yacht club sitting in a slip. complete with scratches,scrapes etc...have not seen it in a year though...

happyhorowitz34145 writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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So MH, "if some big fire comes what reason ever"
"everybody will blame Chief Murphy".
The first thing I would ask the "Chief" is, What happened to all the mutual aid?
Oh yeah, Quagmire says we didn't need it!

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