Budget time Marco Island City Council: All-day sessions close in on fiscal year budget
Published 8/23/2012 at 7:41 a.m. 17 comments
The Marco Island City Council sat down for a butt-numbing all-day series of meetings on Monday, the kind of marathon budget talkathon that could make one question the mental state of those who are worki
Marco Island City Council Councilors tackle departmental requests, crime reporting
Published 8/23/2012 at 7:39 a.m. 2 comments
The City Council intentionally kept their regularly scheduled meeting for Monday to a light agenda, so they could devote time to going over the proposed budget items for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2013.
Marco Island City Council candidates Nine vie for four seats, part 2
Published 8/16/2012 at 1:16 p.m. 4 comments
With the primary election completed, Marco Island can look forward to some individual local races. On November 6, in addition to selecting the President, a U.S. Senator, and many other races, Marco Island voters will elect four city council members ...
Marco Island City Council: Carriage issue doesn't get a vote; no rise in taxes, no change in utility rate setup
Published 7/19/2012 at 11:16 a.m. 6 comments
There will be no horse-drawn carriage rides on Marco Island's streets, at least for the time being. The millage rate charged to island taxpayers will not rise above last year, even if voters approve an on-island emergency services clinic. And ...
Waldack weighs in at City Council from his rehab bed
Published 6/22/2012 at 10:00 a.m. 0 comments
Waldack attends council meeting via telephone.
Utility issues dominate Marco City Council meeting
Updated 6/22/2012 at 10:16 a.m. 0 comments
Council discusses utility costs.
Marco Island City Council approves policy decisions that will shape water rate ordinance
Published 4/18/2012 at 10:39 a.m. 22 comments
In a fast-paced workshop on Monday, Marco Island’s City Councilors drilled down to approve four final pieces of the city’s water and sewer rate puzzle. Their decisions will give city staff the direction it needs to craft an ordinance using ...
Overflow parking at South Marco beach has city leaders seeking solutions
Published 4/8/2012 at 6:00 p.m. 49 comments
Marco Island residents say swale parking has always been a popular alternative when the county's South Marco beach parking lot overflows on holiday weekends, but this winter's busy tourist season and word of mouth have taken the island's beach parking ...
Marco Island City Council moves forward with M-54 rate design and .405 debt distribution ratio
Published 3/22/2012 at 12:52 p.m. 3 comments
At Monday’s specially called meeting of Marco Island’s City Council, two key decisions became the guiding force for ultimately setting water and sewer rates. Both outcomes were hard-fought; decided my narrow margins. The first determined the rate matrix to be ...
Money back guarantee: Marco Island City Council reduces utility surcharges by 6 percent
Published 3/22/2012 at 12:46 p.m. 0 comments
Newly elected Marco Island City Council Chairman Larry Magel and Councilor Bill Trotter led a discussion Monday on reducing utility surcharges. Plans for the reduction were considered at several council water and sewer rate workshops in the past month. During ...
UAB or not to be – Marco Island City Council opts not to kill Utilities Advisory Board
Published 1/12/2012 at 10:46 a.m. 1 comment
While the street light issue generated most of the heat and public interest at the Marco Island City Council meeting Monday afternoon, the councilors took up another question that could have much more far-reaching implications. Under new business, item (C) ...
2011: A LOOK BACK: Notable moments from Marco Island’s past year
Published 12/30/2011 at 10:47 a.m. 1 comment
As the final days of the outgoing year wind down, it is traditional to look back on the preceding 12 months, and assess where we’ve been.
City agrees to $20,000 for fireworks, Marco Islanders to raise the rest
Published 12/6/2011 at 10:00 a.m. 7 comments
The rockets red glare will fill the skies over Marco Island on July 4, 2012. In a 6-1 decision by Marco Island City Council on Monday, the city agreed to fund 50 percent or $20,000 for next year’s Independence Day ...
Marco council votes to decrease utility surcharge
Published 10/18/2011 at 7:15 p.m. 3 comments
The utility surcharge placed on water and sewer bills was decreased from 6 percent to 4 percent in a unanimous, 5-0 vote. However, City Councilmen Joe Batte and Bill Trotter said that with an excess $5 million collected from the ...
Marco Island City Council budget workshop: Millage rate increases unless more cuts can be agreed to
Published 8/2/2011 at 7:54 a.m. 21 comments
During a marathon, six hour budget workshop on Monday, Marco Island City Council prioritized capital improvement spending needs, considered ways to cut expenses, and set a maximum millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year. Councilors voted 5-2 to set the ...