Seawall changes on Marco Island to get first reading tonight

Marco Fire/Rescue seeks to add staff, equipment

In this 2013 file photo, Daniel Garcia, from left, and Greg Powers of Collier Seawall & Dock form up a seawall cap on Cottage Court.

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In this 2013 file photo, Daniel Garcia, from left, and Greg Powers of Collier Seawall & Dock form up a seawall cap on Cottage Court.

The Marco Island City Council will have first reading on an ordinance tonight that will change the landscape for building seawalls on Marco Island. Also, Fire/Rescue is expected to present a somewhat blistering report that calls for the immediate addition of staff and equipment for this year.

Among other things, the seawalls ordinance will reduce the number of days for building permits from 180 to 100, with the possibility of one 45-day extension.

City leaders will also review a Fire/Rescue report that recommends the addition of a seasonal EMS transport until. Current county plans call for no addition units through 2023, according to report, which is posted online at cityofmarcoislandflorida.com.

Due to increased service demands, the report indicates some “pressing” needs, including a quick response vehicle (at a cost between $50,000 and $160,000), the addition of a firefighter/EMT per shift at an estimated cost of $168,161 for 2014.

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