Marco Island Marriott accepts 111-foot height limitation; defends 1,243 parking spaces
Published 4/7/2014 at 9:17 a.m. 48 comments
With a little give and take, the Planning Board voted 6-1 to accept the Marco Island Marriott's PUD amendments including an increase in building height for its third tower. Board member Bill Trotter cast the dissenting vote.
Letter to the Editor: Expansion insight
Published 4/1/2014 at 6:00 a.m. 4 comments
Congratulations to Bill Trotter for voicing a very real concern – once the Marriott has the proposed structure, what will go on there? The smart money is – whatever they want. And congratulations to Charlotte Roman who voiced the hearts ...
Common ground: Planning Board begins quest to find more public parking
Published 3/31/2014 at 10:24 a.m. 16 comments
Finding parking spaces sent Marco Island's Planning Board on the hunt Friday to tackle one of the city's vexing problems: too many cars with too few places to put them. The board scheduled a two hour special meeting on parking. ...
Marco Island Planning Board narrows objections to Marriott PUD amendment
Published 3/24/2014 at 10:55 a.m. 12 comments
Marco Island's Planning Board spent Friday morning struggling to quantify unanswered questions on Marriott's PUD amendment proposal.
Marco Island Planning Board opts for more time to consider Marco Island Marriott 2001 PUD amendments
Published 2/23/2014 at 1:13 p.m. 27 comments
Before a standing-room-only crowd, Friday's Planning Board public hearing was the longest in recent memory. What started with hopes of resolving the question of amending Marco Island Marriott's 2001 PUD ended by moving any solution to March 21.
Marco Island's Planning Board puts to rest recommendation on seawall building permits
Published 12/23/2013 at 7:58 a.m. 1 comment
Marco Island's Planning Board will celebrate the New Year having answered the question: How much time should seawall contractors be given to complete their work? On Friday, the board voted 6-1 to recommend reducing the number of building permit days ...
Marco Island Planning Board defers decision on bypass for Smokehouse Bay Bridge
Published 10/7/2013 at 1:01 p.m. 7 comments
Monte Lazarus said he needed more information. The newly-minted vice chairman of the City of Marco Island Planning Board, stepping up to fill the vacancy created by former member Bob Brown being appointed to City Council, indicated at the Planning ...
New interim city manager: Marco Island City Council chooses finance director Polanco for temp job
Published 9/24/2013 at 2:43 p.m. 15 comments
In a display of unity and consensus not always apparent from Marco Island's City Council, the seven councilors chose Finance Director Gill Polanco as the new, temporary city manager, and agreed to work with a second headhunter to find a ...
No lagoon crossover at Tigertail: Marco Island Planning Board takes up beach access and parking
Published 9/9/2013 at 11:36 a.m. 5 comments
The City of Marco Island Planning Board meeting Friday morning didn't attract much attention, especially compared to last month when the Marriott unveiled their expansion plans. The meeting barely achieved a quorum, with Chairman Jack Patterson away, Vice
'Conventional wisdom?' Marco Island Planning Board, public to hear Marriott expansion proposal
Published 8/1/2013 at 12:10 p.m. 9 comments
Perhaps not all the summer fireworks on the island happened in July. At the city's Planning Board meeting Friday morning, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort general manager Rick Medwedeff is scheduled to present the company's long-awaited plans for expand
'The model of a public servant': Marco Island's Bill Trotter reflects on years of public and private sector experience
Published 7/25/2013 at 9:41 p.m. 8 comments
After eight years on City Council, Bill Trotter knows a lot about how Marco Island city government works – or doesn't work. He served as council chairman, represented the island on the Metropolitan Planning Organization, and was instrumental in making ...
Marco Planning Board considers options for beaches and restaurants
Published 6/11/2013 at 4:00 a.m. 5 comments
At Friday’s meeting of the Marco Island Planning Board, there were enough city councilors present that it could have been a city council meeting, too. With councilors Larry Honig, Larry Sacher, Ken Honecker and Amadeo Petricca all sitting in the ...
Marco Island Planning Board: Hearing on storage in C-4 zone proceeds despite plea from petitioner for continuance
Published 5/6/2013 at 8:38 a.m. 0 comments
A vote Friday to deny changes to storage rules in the C-4 zoning district ran its course. However, earlier during Planning Board's meeting, a vote questioning whether to hear the issue raised considerable debate. The request to extend self-storage to ...
Utilities, again Marco Island City Council workshop delves into water and sewer issues
Published 2/14/2013 at 1:12 p.m. 16 comments
City Council held a workshop Wednesday, as they continue to grapple with utility rates and costs, one of the most contentious, longstanding, and certainly one of the most complex issues they face Meeting from 8 a.m. to 1 p.
New Planning Board decides to reconsider parking ban near Marco Island's south beach
Published 2/4/2013 at 9:52 a.m. 15 comments
Marco Islands newly seated Planning Board learned Friday that one decision meant to do something right for the island may have resulted in unintended consequences. A parking ban imposed last summer on seven streets leaves n
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