MTA, MICA join to battle water, sewer rate hikes

Roger LaLonde Staff
The Marco Island Eagle front page 30 years ago.

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Roger LaLonde Staff The Marco Island Eagle front page 30 years ago.

MTA, MICA join to battle water, sewer rate hikes

Deltona’s Marco Island Utilities suffered two setbacks in legal maneuvering in a public hearing on water and sewer rates increases. First, the county commissioners voted to deny Deltona’s request to not allow the Marco Island Taxpayers Association and Marco Island Civic Association the opportunity to join together in protesting the increases. The second, a request to not allow inclusion of questions concerning the Deltona Corp’s development plans.

Proposed legislation requiring an annual fee of $5 for saltwater recreation fishing license and $500 for annual license fee for charter boat captains has stirred up murky waters. Also proposed is a statewide combination saltwater and freshwater license for $8. Non-Florida residents would pay $10 for a two-week license and $20 for an annual licensed for the combination.

Bruce Alan Bradford received a life sentence after being convicted of murdering Marco Island waitress Jean Clark. Bradford, 28, also received a 10-year sentence for an arson conviction connected to the murder. He was convicted of strangling Clark and setting her body on fire after a party at her Marco Island apartment in April 1982.

At a cost of $430,000 to refurbish Tommie Barfield Elementary, the Collier County School’s Board is considering razing the 27-year-old structure and building a new annex in the future. However, for the time being, the board three portable classrooms for the fall. The old annex currently houses 56 students.

April 1 federal and state gas tax increases and some wholesale and retail price hikes have increased the cost of gas 8.2 cents a gallon, says the Florida AAA. The average price for self-service regular gas is $1.07 and self-serve unleaded is $1.16 a gallon. Full-service pumps went to $1.31 for regular and $1.37 for unleaded.

A keystone in the development of the Hideaway Beach community is its $3 million beach club, overlooking Big Marco Pass and Gulf of Mexico. The 25,000 square foot facility’s most impressive features in the three-story building will be it second-floor dining room, with unobstructed view of the bay and the Gulf. Expected completion is mid-December.

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