Marco reverses course on zoning conflict that led to employee's firing

Marco Island Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk reports to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Tuesday on the new community center that will be Phase Six of the Mackle Park Master Plan. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Marco Island Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk reports to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Tuesday on the new community center that will be Phase Six of the Mackle Park Master Plan. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Editor's Note: The lead on this story has been updated to more clearly state the reason for Milk's termination.

The Marco Island employee serving in place of fired community affairs director Bryan Milk, who was dismissed for failing to disclose a conflict of interest, reversed course Monday on a zoning issue connected to the conflict.

Joe Irvin, the city’s interim community affairs director, told city council members he believed Milk wrongly interpreted a city code, leading to an incorrect opinion.

Irvin said he originally backed Milk’s opinion but revisited the ruling following Milk’s firing. Irvin said his decision to overrule Milk was not based on any belief that Milk improperly benefited a business associate.

“Once I found out the entire (code) interpretation was going to be defended by me, I went back to the drawing board,” Irvin said.

In September, Milk issued an opinion that allowed for storage in a building that competitors said wasn’t zoned for storage. The building, Progressive Auto, is owned by Lisa and Mike Kelly, with whom Milk had an undisclosed investment in the business, interim city manager Guillermo Polanco wrote in a letter dated Thursday.

Council members unanimously voted Monday to delay a ruling on an appeal to Milk’s original ruling, citing Irvin’s change of heart. Irvin said he wasn’t pressured by Milk to agree with the original opinion or by council members to reverse course.

The change came as a surprise to Douglas Lewis, a lawyer representing the owners of Rizzi Storage and Industrial and Marco Self Storage.

“That was a blindside on our end,” Lewis said, adding a note of frustration that council members delayed a vote on his clients’ appeal.

Richard Yovanovich, a lawyer representing Mark Smalls, who owns two floors of Progressive Auto, said he plans to appeal Irvin’s revised opinion.

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2themoon writes:

Richard Yovanovich, a lawyer representing Mark Smalls, who owns two floors of Progressive Auto, said he plans to appeal Irvin’s revised opinion.

Wasn't this guy Yovanovich the city's old attorney??
I think the Feds need to come in here and clean house, the syndicate got this place stinkn to high heaven

Karma1776 writes:

MIPD TOP BRASS IS CORRUPT!

Don Hunter lied to the public and falsified public records by stating he had a shoulder injury. July 2013, Hunter was hospitalized for a stroke and a series of seizures. Hunter mislead the community by claiming he was being hospitalized for a shoulder injury that he sustained while power lifting weights....Uhm, he’s like almost 70 years old, get over yourself! Despite the seizures that he had, Hunter covered the incident up so he would not have to notify the DMV and also stop carrying a firearm because he’s a scared little girl who used to get beat up in high school. The brass failed to inform the public that Hunter has not driven a Police Car since his stroke and seizures but continues to drive his personal car, which is a violation of Florida law after having seizures. His lies go so deep that he even continues to carry on an extra marital affair (M.E.) that has gone on for years....so much for having integrity! I wonder if a public records request was made for the attendance of Hunter, how many times would you see that he used his electronic key card? Is the entire agency run by his iPad? Ghost Employment is a criminal act and he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent! If he is able to take advantage of this little town, imagine how much he profited from a large office like CCSO for so many years! I guess thats how he can afford so many women in his life! What is equally criminal is the fact that everything that is generated from MIPD comes from Dave Baer. Don’t get me started....Baer is the most incompetent person in the agency and who has been referred to by past commanders as the “master manipulator!” He maintains his position in covering for Hunter because it gives him freedom to run the show without any consequence of being the top cop. But his incompetence just trickles down through his minions...this is probably why Pete Ferreira will most likely get away with killing that lady on November 30,2013...But Baer couldn’t be too concerned about that because he was worried about how he was going to swap car parts from a deadlined vehicle after smashing his police car into the rear of another citizen while driving recklessly! The crash occurred on US41 but Hunter’s disciples covered it up by not writing a citation even though any other person who slammed into the rear of another vehicle would have been cited...I’m sure that he wasn’t disciplined at work either like he did to so many other officers like Steph Mariani and Ed d’Alessandro! The hypocrisy at this agency is epic and the old saying “do as I say, not as I do” has been beaten to death as Baer runs a baby sitting center from his corner office! I think Baer’s daughter has been doing a fine job of running the agency but isn’t it time for the grown folks to handle this job? Maybe he can stay home and watch his kids if Hunter would show up to work!

Karma1776 writes:

I just read something about the SWAT team responding to a domestic violence call...was Lt. Guerrero arguing with her girlfriend again? She gets very distracted from her rainbow loving...how else would someone allow a prisoner to climb out of the rear window of her police vehicle without noticing? And then there’s that other Lieutenant, Tony Spina...Who is this guy? Im not sure if he’s a mobster or just someone who loves to abuse their power as a copper! I can’t really say much about him because I don’t think he has much of a resume’. I’m guessing he just says all the right things that would support the positions of those that don’t want to be caught “wrong-doing” by city management.

I read in the news why are we waisting money. Well just to be clear we are definitely waisting money on these a-- clowns. Hunter is a hood ornament on this fancy police car. Baer is driving this police car and is going to run straight into a wall. And the gangster and rainbow warrior are firing at all the wrong people. Please Mr. Polanco do a something about this or an investigative reporter will.

RayPray writes:

Really, how can we believe any of these shocking allegations might be true, when we can be confident that the many 'Woodward & Bernstein' journalist teams beavering away at this rag -- un-distracted by the stream of fake 'news' press releases raining down on them from 'guest' Realtors, the Chamber of Commerce, & Gunga Jane -- have not themselves uncovered any of these facts?

marco826 writes:

This story/town gets crazier every day.....

marco826 writes:

Joe Irvin looks like a Pawn in this matter.....no doubt about it. Reversal was a directive from you know who....Makes the case against Milk a little more credible, except Milk will sue Marco and win.

CopWatch writes:

in response to Karma1776:

MIPD TOP BRASS IS CORRUPT!

Don Hunter lied to the public and falsified public records by stating he had a shoulder injury. July 2013, Hunter was hospitalized for a stroke and a series of seizures. Hunter mislead the community by claiming he was being hospitalized for a shoulder injury that he sustained while power lifting weights....Uhm, he’s like almost 70 years old, get over yourself! Despite the seizures that he had, Hunter covered the incident up so he would not have to notify the DMV and also stop carrying a firearm because he’s a scared little girl who used to get beat up in high school. The brass failed to inform the public that Hunter has not driven a Police Car since his stroke and seizures but continues to drive his personal car, which is a violation of Florida law after having seizures. His lies go so deep that he even continues to carry on an extra marital affair (M.E.) that has gone on for years....so much for having integrity! I wonder if a public records request was made for the attendance of Hunter, how many times would you see that he used his electronic key card? Is the entire agency run by his iPad? Ghost Employment is a criminal act and he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent! If he is able to take advantage of this little town, imagine how much he profited from a large office like CCSO for so many years! I guess thats how he can afford so many women in his life! What is equally criminal is the fact that everything that is generated from MIPD comes from Dave Baer. Don’t get me started....Baer is the most incompetent person in the agency and who has been referred to by past commanders as the “master manipulator!” He maintains his position in covering for Hunter because it gives him freedom to run the show without any consequence of being the top cop. But his incompetence just trickles down through his minions...this is probably why Pete Ferreira will most likely get away with killing that lady on November 30,2013...But Baer couldn’t be too concerned about that because he was worried about how he was going to swap car parts from a deadlined vehicle after smashing his police car into the rear of another citizen while driving recklessly! The crash occurred on US41 but Hunter’s disciples covered it up by not writing a citation even though any other person who slammed into the rear of another vehicle would have been cited...I’m sure that he wasn’t disciplined at work either like he did to so many other officers like Steph Mariani and Ed d’Alessandro! The hypocrisy at this agency is epic and the old saying “do as I say, not as I do” has been beaten to death as Baer runs a baby sitting center from his corner office! I think Baer’s daughter has been doing a fine job of running the agency but isn’t it time for the grown folks to handle this job? Maybe he can stay home and watch his kids if Hunter would show up to work!

Karma this is just the tip of the iceberg. I have been pointing this out for sometime. People will be shocked when and if someone has the balls to pierce the veil.

Konfuzius writes:

After this massive allegations is just one way open: Suspend Chief Hunter immediately and clear the facts!

Another drama another scandal. When will it stop?

Konfuzius writes:

How will you run a city just with interim's manager and a police chief suffered a stroke?
On top 7 city councilor having no clue what to do.
Is their no way to bring a higher authority in. It's high time to to change or start tutoring.
Maybe an overseer from Tallahassee? Or from the county. Or from Washington.
We have to realized and to accept that the model Marco Island City failed. The acting people were not able and not mature enough to do it in the right way. Let's start correction time. We need people like Roger Hall, Ed Forster, Mario Sanchez and Butch Neylon. 7 major scandals and dramas are enough. People with high responsibility and honor are necessary. Real democrats instead of whippersnapper.
Wake up citizen. It is your money too.
What else shall happen?

exasperation writes:

It's about time this came out eventhough a lot of people know about it, they just will not do anything about it. lack of action by the interim CM, past so-called CM and the City Council will be the down fall of this whole mess "running" our City.

Karma1776 writes:

I never thought I would say it but ya gotta admire how directors such as Milk and Murphy have EARNED respect from other city employees as well as the citizens of this community. Other directors like Hunter and "wanna-be" directors like Baer attempt to threaten and intimidate people into respecting them. It doesn't work after you leave the big pond of corruption in Collier County and urine into the small pool of corruption within the MIPD. Stealing money as a ghost employee was simple when you are an elected official that can have the staff run the day-to-day operation in your absence but when there is nobody under you who is competent enough at MIPD to do that, you must show up to work! OR...if you're tired of faking it, while driving down the street with drool on your collar from having one to many strokes, maybe you can just hang it up and save the city some money... Since Bob Boone and his scandals, Roger Reinke cheating on his wife with the secretary, Thom Carr and his drunken escapades and now Hunter, the arrogant and egotistical stroke victim who wants everyone to believe that he is still a power lifter in high school...is that how your wife still sees you even though you graduated HS before she was born? Why would you have an affair on such a supportive mother and wife? Where is your moral compass? Why wont you answer the phone when your eldest daughter calls? Do you represent the city of Marco Island? Where does the hypocritical behavior end?

Konfuzius writes:

My goodness. I have no idea why the FBI steps not in. This is a national scandal. The dimension will be bigger hour by hour. I am shocked.
Karma you are the GREATEST or the greatest lair ever on this blog. Hopefully the GREATEST!

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