Marco City Council: Nine organizations receive cash from city

Cheryl Ferrara Special to the Eagle
This sculpture title "Marco Man" stands outside City Hall and represents a community project funded by the city in 2007. Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, the group that organized the 2007 citywide art project, received a grant for $4,950 for 2011 during Monday's council meeting.

Cheryl Ferrara Special to the Eagle This sculpture title "Marco Man" stands outside City Hall and represents a community project funded by the city in 2007. Marco Island Foundation for the Arts, the group that organized the 2007 citywide art project, received a grant for $4,950 for 2011 during Monday's council meeting.

Community events planners can breathe a sigh of relief. On Monday, Marco Island’s City Council approved nine community grants totaling $40,405 in cash and in-kind services. Applications, received by the city last October, were reviewed and recommended by the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee prior to council’s meeting.

The grants program was established in 2008 to support fledgling events in their initial years.

“We welcomed applications from any organization and from all segments of the community,” said Bryan Milk, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

He received 10 applications in all. One request was denied because it was received later than the city’s deadline, Milk said.

In its 2011 budget, city council earmarked $70,000 for its Community Grants and Service Awards Program. The funds included $18,430 to the Greater Marco Family Y’s city contracted swimming lessons and pool maintenance. An additional $10,000 will be used for the community’s 2011 Fourth of July fireworks.

The Y received its money about 30 days ago, Milk said.

“The total cost of fireworks and an off-shore barge will be around $40,000,” said Milk. “You’ll probably see Parks and Recreation contribute an additional $5,000 to $7,000 through fundraising events.”

That would leave more than $20,000 to be raised by the community.

Of the $41,460 remaining from the fund, applicants could request up to $8,000, an amount split between no more than $5,000 in cash and up to $3,000 for city services including fire and police support.

The Island Parks and Recreation Foundation received the highest award picking up $6,930. Its original request for $7,750 was reduced to make sure all organizations received grants, said Milk.

In 2010, the Island Parks and Recreation Foundation received $6,275.

“That will be the first check I cut,” said Milk, explaining the payment would be retroactive for Motorcycle Madness, a fundraiser held in November 2010.

The remaining eight requests affect activities taking place in 2011.

Tommie Barfield Elementary requested $4,850 for its Authors and Artist night and will receive $2,425. The school did not request a community service grant in 2010.

A grant was approved for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. This year’s event, scheduled for the weekend of May 1, will take place on the beach and will receive $5,850 from the city. In 2010, event planners did not request a grant. This year’s requested amount was $6,500.

Marco Island Seafood Festival organizers requested a grant of $8,000 in cash and services for its event March 26-27 at Veteran’s Community Park. The group received $8,000 in 2010. Council approved $6,400 for this year’s activities.

Southwest Florida’s Sons and Daughters of Erin can expect $5,000 in support for its St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Marco Island. Last year, the group received $6,215 for the parade and requested $8,000 in 2011. This year’s $5,000 is a combined cash and in-kind service grant.

As a first-year event, Marco Island Foundation for the Arts will be creating a juried art show in Veteran’s Community Park on April 9-10. The show is planned as an upscale event for serious artists, Milk said. The Foundation requested $5,000 and received $4,950.

The Art League of Marco Island’s Center for the Arts was granted $5,850 for its annual 2-day art show on its property at 1010 Winterberry Drive. During that event, costs are higher for city services because activities block the street to vehicular traffic in front of the building.

The Calusa Garden Club also will hold a 2-day event on the Art League’s property and will receive a city grant of $1,500. And Marco Island’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6370 will receive $1,500 for help placing flags in the medians on Veterans’ Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Last year, Marco Island’s VFW received $1,092.

“As we get into budgeting 2012, we need to seriously consider whether we need to be in the business of funding community activities,” Said Councilor Joe Batte.

Councilor Trotter agreed that council’s philosophy should be to wean organizations off the city’s money over time.

The grants and services awards passed unanimously on Monday. Council Chairman Frank Recker was absent from the meeting.

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RayPray writes:

"As a first-year event, Marco Island Foundation for the Arts will be creating a juried art show ...The show is planned as an upscale event for serious artists...."

Serious artists? On Marco?

Surely, a joke!

Seriously, though, how much of all this silly stuff benefits the ordinary home owner?

Since it's the Chamber of Commerce and eateries that derives any benefit from these dubious activities, should it not be they that must fund them as well?

1Paradiselost writes:

To Cheryl Ferrara,

Where is the rest of the story?

What happened to reporting on the conversation about Track K at the council meeting?

Where was Frank Recker?

How can we as readers get a fair and balanced story from this newspapers reporter?

According to papers filed with the Collier County School board, you are listed as a supporter/volunteer of the Marco Island Academy?

If this paper was in the business of reporting news, they should have sent someone else!

So Cheryl, come clean, what's the real story????

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20_Days writes:

Dear Ms.FERRARA,

Your coverage of Monday night's council meeting was concise and informative--of what I consider part of the actual meeting. I was surprised and disappointed, however, that a seasoned reporter such as yourself, why you omitted the Eagle Sanctuary segment which took up almost one-half hour of the actual meeting.

As this item was on the agenda and was discussed by the council, it's ommission is rather glaring. Especially since a vote of those in attendance was taken by the council prior to the actual discussion. Why was this aspect not reported upon as part of the complete coverage of the meeting? Thank you.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

To Cheryl Ferrara,

Where is the rest of the story?

What happened to reporting on the conversation about Track K at the council meeting?

Where was Frank Recker?

How can we as readers get a fair and balanced story from this newspapers reporter?

According to papers filed with the Collier County School board, you are listed as a supporter/volunteer of the Marco Island Academy?

If this paper was in the business of reporting news, they should have sent someone else!

So Cheryl, come clean, what's the real story????

.

History has time and again shown us that there are always two sides to every story.

In this case, that which was written and that which was omitted. "WHY"?

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

To Cheryl Ferrara,

Where is the rest of the story?

What happened to reporting on the conversation about Track K at the council meeting?

Where was Frank Recker?

How can we as readers get a fair and balanced story from this newspapers reporter?

According to papers filed with the Collier County School board, you are listed as a supporter/volunteer of the Marco Island Academy?

If this paper was in the business of reporting news, they should have sent someone else!

So Cheryl, come clean, what's the real story????

.

"According to papers filed with the Collier County School board, you are listed as a supporter/volunteer of the Marco Island Academy?"

Paradise,

How obvious must "conflict of interest"
be that this reporter who rarely reports on City Council meetings just happens to be running with the ball at this time and has her name on the list of Volunteers for the MIA?

I know everyone has a right to their own opinion but when that coincides with "error of omission" to this degree something is just not right.

1Paradiselost writes:

OCRAM,

Cheryl Ferrara is listed on the application to the school board as on the PR/Marketing committee.

Rumor has it she (Cheryl) was seen talking to one of the board members of the academy during the council meeting, So much for fair and balanced!

"Now...How about a conflict of interest"........
Anne Batte, she is listed as on the Administrative Committee.

I always thought Joe Batte was an upstanding gentleman. I can now see why at the other nights meeting he fought so hard for the academy, he's on the list of volunteers.

He should do what's right and recluse himself!! He would not get away with that type of behavior where he came from, so why here?

He won't get my vote next time!!!

I would love to list all the names........ Just contact the school board and they will give you a copy of all the listed supporters and committee members of MIA.

I know if my name was on the list without my permission, I would be calling my attorney looking for damages from Jane herself!
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1Paradiselost writes:

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RayPray writes:

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"In thirty years they will come to Marco Island to learn from a State of the Art High School concept."

Do you think it could end up as a rival to the mighty School of Athens?

This was the school of pure philosophy established by Plato in 380 BC near Ἀκαδημία, the local sanctuary to the goddess of wisdom and culture, Athena.

For centuries, the best scholars of the ancient world fore-gathered there to soak up wisdom and exchange knowledge.

Maybe, one day the top minds from all the resort towns of Florida will stream to the Marco Apartheid Academy, not to commune with Athena, but to sit at the feet of Gunga Jane and Principal Pellant, in order to soak up the erudite wisdom of big pharma repping and the sports environment in Guatemala.

dc5799 writes:

Why should we the taxpayers fund these organizations. Let them have fundraisers like the Canine Cove animal lovers did with no help from the City. And they have a forever park.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

Herzili,

In ONE to TW0 YEARS there will be no MIA.

1. They will not have enough students enrolled

2. They will not have the support of the community, because they never had.

3. They will not have enough funding to pay for staff.

4. Gunga Jane will be looking to move from Marco Island because she did not get her way.

5. There will be 62 Marco Island students looking to make friends with other students at Lely.

6. The rest of the residents on Marco will get back to the reason they moved to Marco Island in the first place.
To relax and enjoy their retirement years in a beautiful place that became a well known, had the proponents of a high school bothered to think about in the first place, retirement city in the South.

marcomermaid writes:

in response to dc5799:

Why should we the taxpayers fund these organizations. Let them have fundraisers like the Canine Cove animal lovers did with no help from the City. And they have a forever park.

You make a good point, dc5799.

Also, why do "certain" city council members continue to support a proposed school that taxpayers will have to pay for, while it is looking more and more like a private high school for 60 students?

Jane told us there would be 250 students the first year, yet when she introduced the new principal she said "125 maximum, but 60-70 will be just fine".

SOOOOOO how many students and staff will be coming over the bridge every day and how many will be from Marco????? And WHY does the number change every month?

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

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Ocram (Inactive) writes:

The third question is for the one who used the term KMA in the first place.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

It saddens me to say my father and uncle where wounded in Germany in order to save people, like the blogger who appears to have been Klabauterman, who still think that "generation savers" are born every so often to make up for their own misfortune at the expense of others.

ajm3s writes:

I believe the waste treatment and water plant need revenue. I know 40K is only a drop in the bucket to cover expenses, but I like a city that takes care of the basics, like water before they embark on doling out cash for benefits that may not be recognized by the community as a whole. At least with water, we know it effects us all on the island. There are bodily needs and functions common to all inhabitants of Marco Island.

Never mind the festivals, arts and events to celebrate Marco Island are entitled to the common good as well. Really?

I believe we have lost the meaning of common good? Even the meaning of basic common goods.

I guess special events, special interests need a few bucks from the common folks. Call the police I believe I am witnessing a crime. Never mind, it will add to the burden of city and they will justify the hiring of more police.

Which leads to the: silence of the lambs.

Ocram (Inactive) writes:

M.H.

Now whom is getting under who's skin?

RayPray writes:

Your tax $$$ at work....

From the City email:

"City Hall Open House
Posted Date: 2/11/2011
The City of Marco Island is hosting an Open House on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm....

Please join us and learn how City government, parks and recreation, police, fire, pubic works and public utilities serve you!"

"...serve you!"

More comedy from City Hall.

Also promised are:

---Jr Police Badges
---Fire Hats
---Photo ops with ever-busy cops & fire fighters.

Everybody smile!!!

marco826 writes:

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ajm3s writes:

in response to RayPray:

Your tax $$$ at work....

From the City email:

"City Hall Open House
Posted Date: 2/11/2011
The City of Marco Island is hosting an Open House on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm....

Please join us and learn how City government, parks and recreation, police, fire, pubic works and public utilities serve you!"

"...serve you!"

More comedy from City Hall.

Also promised are:

---Jr Police Badges
---Fire Hats
---Photo ops with ever-busy cops & fire fighters.

Everybody smile!!!

Why do I feel like someone is picking my pocket and they are from the city. I think we need to start a neighborhood watch group, to protect us against the city. We are continually being robbed, more programs, more stuff in the parks, more stuff to clean the bike paths, more stuff to improve "safety".

Well to the City of Marco Island, if you really are out to protect our interest, why do I have to walk on the street when I pass a vacant lot that does not have a sidewalk.

Answer, the sidewalks are installed and paid for by the homeowner only when the lot is developed; however, it is city property. Now that is quite an impact fee above and beyond the bold face impact fee imposed by the city and county.

That is the mindset of Marco Island government services and they claim to serve us.

There are countless examples that I could rattle off, but then again the city is here to serve us. Really?

How many times have I heard our safety leaders claim that safety is our utmost concern. Really?

Watch next for the Landscaping Ordinances currently under review. I believe brown lawns will be non-compliant, etc. Imagine that on a barrier island with a green MIA about to begin classes in August.

RayPray, you are spot on and funny as hell.

teddpotts writes:

If one is curious as to how the USA built up $17 trillion in debt, one can look at stories like this one. Governments think they are doing "good" by forcibly taking wealth from those who earn it and giving it to people and organizations they deem "more worthy". Marco Island is implementing the same principles that bankrupted America, but in a smaller doses.

teddpotts writes:

If one is curious as to how the USA built up $17 trillion in debt, one can look at stories like this one. Governments think they are doing "good" by forcibly taking wealth from those who earn it and giving it to people and organizations they deem "more worthy". Marco Island is implementing the same principles that bankrupted America, but in smaller doses.

ajm3s writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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We can cut defense as well, enjoy.

http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?p...

ajm3s writes:

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I agree, there is much to cut. There are a host of organizations that have made detailed budgetary cut recommendations.

Now, it is up to those that represent us to be bold. Or perhaps, they simply reflect the will or lack of will of the people to curtail spending beyond our means.

However, if you look at the current rise in savings rate of Americans, the folks get it on a macro level and are reducing debt. Now, let us see if our elected officials get it at a state and federal level.

But then again, entitlements will eventually have to be on the table and that is where most Americans get queasy. Ant that will impact future generations.

It is a long struggle, but America regardless of party affiliation, needs to confront reality. That is why I like a smaller and focused government, it will solve a lot of issues.

RayPray writes:

"Now, it is up to those that represent us to be bold."

>>> They will be bold. They will certainly preach to you just how bold they are being. But, then, it's our money they will come after.

"But then again, entitlements will eventually have to be on the table...."

>>> Entitlements?

>>> A curious phrase. (Like 'underprivileged.')

>>> Strangely, all my grandparents survived without anything called entitlements.

"It is a long struggle, but America regardless of party affiliation, needs to confront reality. That is why I like a smaller and focused government, it will solve a lot of issues."

If our smug City Council and what passes for 'public service' here on our small and homogeneous island remain so hopelessly out of touch with fiscal reality, how can you expect those sanctimonious paltering clowns at the federal level accomplish anything remotely useful?

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