Marco named No. 1 island in the US by TripAdvisor

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 - Hideaway Beach on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 on Marco Island.

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David Albers/Staff - Hideaway Beach on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 on Marco Island.

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- Hidaway Beach on Dec. 30, 2013, on Marco Island.

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DAVID ALBERS/STAFF - Hidaway Beach on Dec. 30, 2013, on Marco Island.

Southwest Florida’s Marco Island has been ranked as the top U.S. island according to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice awards.

The travel site calls Marco Island “the jewel of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands.” TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, known for traveler user reviews and trip planning.

The Collier County island beat out Hawaiian islands, Maui and Kauai as well as the infamous Key West.

Marco also ranked fourth in TripAdvisors world's best islands.

Anna Maria Island, another southwest Florida island was listed as No. 3 in the U.S.

View the results of the 2014 Traveler’s Choice awards here.

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porschett writes:

If you read the article, they don't even know where Marco is! It states that the "white sand beaches with the Atlantic surf"

Konfuzius writes:

It is a paid advertisement of the Marriott cooperation to make Marco Island attractive for Marriott Island. That's all. But some below average people at city council will be believe they are on the right track.

CopWatch writes:

So much to do, too. Why just the other day the cops killed a defenseless wild pig to entertain the snow birds. The island offers a venue for all to lay back and do nothing. Goodness, even the city manager two weeks into his job has already amassed 17.5 weeks of paid vacation thanks to his pals on city council. Wake up boys, more corruption awaits you.

Konfuzius writes:

" Wake up boys, more corruption awaits you."

Boys? Marco Island has female citizen too.

I do not believe that there is corruption involved. I guess it is just ignorance and foolishness. But that on high level.
However - in my opinion the citizen of Marco Island will loss. To bad!

WMissow writes:

Just shows that miserable complainers are miserable no matter where they are, even on the BEST island in the country! Go Marco!

WMissow writes:

Oh crap, does this mean that Barack and Michelle are going to take "another" vacation and come here?

CopWatch writes:

in response to WMissow:

Just shows that miserable complainers are miserable no matter where they are, even on the BEST island in the country! Go Marco!

You pickin' on me boy? (;-)

YouAreWrong writes:

CopWatch, sorry you've been unable to keep a job, or friends. You have plenty of bitterness but no common sense or true life experience. The new city manager, when hired, had amassed many vacation hours. It is common (and essentially universal) that the hiring party (in this case Marco Island) offers to either buy out the hours (pay him a lump sum) or roll them over (which we did). The rollover option is less expensive. Why don't you pick on something about which you have knowledge, assuming anything qualifies.

WMissow writes:

in response to CopWatch:

You pickin' on me boy? (;-)

Nahh! But you and everyone else knows who.

CopWatch writes:

Petty insults sure do reveal a lot about a person.

Unencumbered Balance carryovers

Capital Projects Fund 1,561,874
Water/Sewer Enterprise Fund 3,500,390

$5,000,000.00 of our money improperly accounted for? ROGER THAT!

26yearsonmarco writes:

This is just my opinion, buy I think this article proves the Marriott needs to remain “as is” and continue to try to survive on a measly $50M per year profit.
I do not envy our current Councilmen’s job to approve the expansion, which I believe will have a negative effect on our attraction to the present travelers, tourists and small groups, when they begin to encounter large simi-trucks, and hundreds of short time expo visitors out for a good night on the town.
Marco Island is what it is, and the Councilmen need to consider this in their final decision.

YouAreWrong writes:

CopWatch, the insults aren't petty. They're true. Let me add to the list: you apparently can't read. The unencumbered balances are amounts approved but not spent, so there's no "improper" accounting. It's called "regular" accounting. You're the same blogger who makes fun of Batte and Honig (you called him Howdy Doody, which I guess qualifies as not petty, huh?), when in fact those two guys voted "NO" to authorizing that money to be spent. Pay attention, please. You obviously have some problem with the new city manager. Why don't you come clean about that? Did he fire you too?

CopWatch writes:

There is an investigation into the inappropriate accounting procedure. The items will be corrected thanks to the vigilance of some. To those who continue to emulate the crassness of city council, please carry on.

1Paradiselost writes:

Must not be to bad here.... The speaker of the house John Boehner just bought a property here on Marco. I can't wait until he gets his first water bill!

CopWatch writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

Must not be to bad here.... The speaker of the house John Boehner just bought a property here on Marco. I can't wait until he gets his first water bill!

Good old boys sure know how to run a business - NOT!

2012 FLORIDA WATER RATE SURVEY
Collier County
City of Marco Island
$61.63
City of Naples
$18.55

CopWatch writes:

POSITION SUMMARY: The City of Marco Island is seeking experienced police officers to provide professional law enforcement service in our community. This position is for a police officer assigned to patrol our community in a variety of methods including vehicular and foot patrols. Marco Island Police Officers utilize community and problem-solving policing methodologies.

You are invited to join an out of control organization that assumes you will resign prior to completing a year with chaos control.

happy6 writes:

how can it be number 1 and be ranked number 4?
typical article from this organization.

happy6 writes:

Boehner's in a condo...not to worry about his water bill.

WMissow writes:

in response to happy6:

how can it be number 1 and be ranked number 4?
typical article from this organization.

1 in the U.S. 4 in the world.

Konfuzius writes:

in response to YouAreWrong:

CopWatch, the insults aren't petty. They're true. Let me add to the list: you apparently can't read. The unencumbered balances are amounts approved but not spent, so there's no "improper" accounting. It's called "regular" accounting. You're the same blogger who makes fun of Batte and Honig (you called him Howdy Doody, which I guess qualifies as not petty, huh?), when in fact those two guys voted "NO" to authorizing that money to be spent. Pay attention, please. You obviously have some problem with the new city manager. Why don't you come clean about that? Did he fire you too?

He is just an bitterness guy unhappy with his life and never had a job satisfied him. The typical American loser. Have mercy with him.

Hardleymarco writes:

I'm sure people will be impressed when they research marco island and read the blogs from the locals. Personally I love it here, we're having a picture perfect day. Doesn't get better than this. Planes fly out of here just as often as they fly in. So you have that option. Thank you trip adviser.
I happen to agree.

marco826 writes:

Paradise is what you make of it....Some people live their whole life womaning and complaining....

harrisbill239#279036 writes:

Marco Island, 4th in the World, 1st in the US – Not For Long
Trip Advisor just released the ratings showing that Marco is the number 4 vacation spot in the world and first in the US, totally beating out all of the Hawaiian Islands, which did not rate a single spot in the top ten list.
However, if we continue getting overcrowded, over populated, and over commercialized, we will fall further than Hawaii has. The primary thing most people say, and Trip Advisor advertises, is that people come here for the peace, quiet, tranquility and unspoiled beauty.
These things will quickly fall by the wayside, just as they did in Hawaii, if we become the “Marriott Island”. Overcrowding, with all the traffic, rudeness and crowds, will without a doubt be a side effect of the type of commercialism that the Marriott expansion and things like the CVS PUD and the Rose Marina expansion will bring.
Keep this island paradise just that – a paradise, where people can come to get away from all the hustle, bustle, rude people, and noise.

Bill Harris

harrisbill239#279036 writes:

in response to porschett:

If you read the article, they don't even know where Marco is! It states that the "white sand beaches with the Atlantic surf"

According to Wiki Answers, the Gulf of Mexico is part of the Atlantic Ocean.

harrisbill239#279036 writes:

in response to YouAreWrong:

CopWatch, sorry you've been unable to keep a job, or friends. You have plenty of bitterness but no common sense or true life experience. The new city manager, when hired, had amassed many vacation hours. It is common (and essentially universal) that the hiring party (in this case Marco Island) offers to either buy out the hours (pay him a lump sum) or roll them over (which we did). The rollover option is less expensive. Why don't you pick on something about which you have knowledge, assuming anything qualifies.

Just a minor technical point, but all the companies I've been employed with pay you for any amassed vacation days when you either leave voluntarily or are fired. So does this mean that Hernstadt gets paid by the City of Marathon, and again by the City of Marco Island? If so, that would be a quite good addition for Roger, combined with the very generous salary and benefits package that was pushed through by the means of his champion Sacher (who considered it an insult to offer the same salary/benefits as what Roger received at Marathon).

harrisbill239#279036 writes:

in response to CopWatch:

POSITION SUMMARY: The City of Marco Island is seeking experienced police officers to provide professional law enforcement service in our community. This position is for a police officer assigned to patrol our community in a variety of methods including vehicular and foot patrols. Marco Island Police Officers utilize community and problem-solving policing methodologies.

You are invited to join an out of control organization that assumes you will resign prior to completing a year with chaos control.

Too true. I heard in a recent council meeting that more than a hundred police officers have left MIPD in the last year or so - that's quite a turnover rate! And we have friends from up north, one of whom is a female professional police officer, and who wanted to relocate to Marco. When she was applying to MIPD she was advised that Marco is not a good place to live, and the MIPD is a horrible place to work. Naturally, she decided against moving to Marco.

harrisbill239#279036 writes:

in response to Hardleymarco:

I'm sure people will be impressed when they research marco island and read the blogs from the locals. Personally I love it here, we're having a picture perfect day. Doesn't get better than this. Planes fly out of here just as often as they fly in. So you have that option. Thank you trip adviser.
I happen to agree.

Hardleymarco - I totally agree. Marco is a beautiful and wonderful place to live. The only place I can think of that I 'may' have preferred to live was Oahu, but only back in the 1970's when I did live there. Now the overcrowding and overcommercialization on Oahu has ruined what used to be a perfect paradise. Marco is now, what Oahu was back then. I just want to keep it the way it is, and not let creeping commercialization ruin it for those of us who truly enjoy living here.

CopWatch writes:

You're in good hands with - - - Roger?

Blame was put on former Marathon City Manager Roger Hernstadt on Wednesday for myriad problems related to a planned new city hall.

At various points during the special City Council meeting, he was blamed for rushing the project forward, not allowing city staff input and rejecting cost-saving measures suggested by lead architect William Horn.

However, Horn was the only person to call Hernstadt by name, and that came only after he was grilled by the council for not speaking up about his concerns.

Mayor Dick Ramsay told the Keynoter that he avoided naming Hernstadt on Wednesday because he felt it counterproductive. Still, "He should have used all resources available to him and he didn't, which resulted in increased costs to construction on the building."

Finance Director Peter Rosasco, normally measured when addressing the council, was "emotional" during the meeting. He delivered sobering figures to the council that basically said the board needs to drastically reduce the cost of the project.

CopWatch writes:

Car 54 where are you? Officer Leo Schnauser report to headquarters immediately. Read your confidential email regarding how the MIPD needs to uncover crime for reasons to be disclosed at a later date. That is all. HQ OUT.

Mayor_McCheese writes:

Whatever else you may think of this article or this ranking or the running of the city (which I agree lacks competence and the confidence of most aware citizens), this will probably be good for property values.

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