Vote on Mackle Park expansion project delayed
Published 3/4/2014 at 6:00 a.m. 9 comments
After much debate, the Marco Island City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to delay a vote on whether to hold a referendum to ask residents if they support an expensive renovation and expansion of the 25-year-old community center at Mackle ...
Marco Island's interim community affairs director resigns
Updated 3/3/2014 at 9:06 p.m. 15 comments
Marco Island's interim community affairs director is resigning to return to his former employer.Joe Irvin submitted his resignation letter to City Manager Roger Hernstadt, saying he was offered a job with his past employer, the city of Sequim, Wash., to
Zoning code violations at Marco Island's Progressive Auto Car Condo nonexistent, investigation concludes
Published 1/28/2014 at 3:28 p.m. 14 comments
Marco Island's Code Enforcement released findings Sunday on three zoning complaints at Progressive Auto's Car Condo, 720 Bald Eagle Drive. Joe Irvin, interim community affairs director, wrote on Jan. 13 that none of the complaints reflected code violation
Marco Island City Council takes aim at spending; listens to plea from Milk for investigation
Published 1/23/2014 at 8:09 a.m. 9 comments
A promise made in 2013 when the budget subcommittee said, "no more vehicles in 2014," was put to the test Tuesday. But what could have resulted in a course change turned out to be no more than a bump in ...
Bryan Milk chastises Marco councilmen, asks for investigation to 'clear name'
Published 1/21/2014 at 11:07 p.m. 12 comments
Former Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk chastised Marco Island’s City Council Tuesday for firing him without due process.
Marco Island Planning Board expresses angst over language in marina code amendments
Published 1/17/2014 at 3:15 p.m. 3 comments
Three ordinance amendments to Marco Island's Land Development Code proved too complex Friday for Marco Island's Planning Board. A fourth was approved by a vote of 7-0. The board voted to increase the maximum building height for dry boat storage ...
Ousted Marco community affairs director had several opportunities to disclose conflict
Published 1/13/2014 at 5:45 a.m. 12 comments
Yet Brian Milk never disclosed his business relationship with Lisa and Mark Kelly until late December, according to city documents and interviews with city leaders. All the while, he advocated for a city zoning change that would benefit the Kellys.
Marco Island's City Council puts zoning appeal on hold after abrupt turnaround in interpretation
Published 1/7/2014 at 12:00 p.m. 6 comments
Joe Irvin repeated what he said three times Monday as Marco Island's city councilors tried to digest what they were hearing. Irvin, interim community affairs director, used only one word, "not," to reverse an earlier Official Interpretation of the city's
Marco reverses course on zoning conflict that led to employee's firing
Updated 1/6/2014 at 11:10 p.m. 12 comments
The Marco Island employee serving in place of fired community affairs director Bryan Milk reserved course Monday on the issue that led to his predecessor's dismissal.
Marco Island’s Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk fired after two-day suspension
Updated 1/4/2014 at 11:27 a.m. 94 comments
It took less than three days to terminate Marco Island Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk. In a letter from Interim City Manager Guillermo Polanco dated Jan. 2, the termination was immediate. An “obvious conflict of interest” was the reason given ...
Marco city employee suspended pending investigation into zoning change for former business partner
Updated 1/2/2014 at 2:21 p.m. 26 comments
Marco Island Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk was suspended by the city Tuesday, pending an investigation into an undisclosed business relationship with an applicant who benefitted from his interpretation of zoning rules.
Residents react to idea of replacing Mackle Park Center
Published 11/21/2013 at 4:02 p.m. 11 comments
Don't mess with Mackle.
Marco Council will investigate complaints regarding building department; Freedom Fountain plans discussed
Published 10/23/2013 at 4:08 p.m. 5 comments
At 4 p.m. on Monday, Marco Island City Councilors met behind closed doors to discuss pending litigation surrounding the city's building services division. By evening, council called for a thorough investigation into complaints against the department.
With no quorum, Marco Island Parks & Rec Advisory Committee holds discussion-only session
Published 6/27/2013 at 12:37 p.m. 1 comment
Marco Island's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee held a non-meeting meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Without a quorum in the absence of members Litha Berger, Val Simon and Gerald Swiacki, the PRAC was unable to vote on any questions, and limited ...
From dogs to ultralights, Marco Island's beaches face issues
Published 6/27/2013 at 12:07 p.m. 13 comments
Wednesday morning, the city's Beach Advisory Committee (BAC) held two meetings for the price of one. The first, at 9 a.m., was the regular monthly meeting of the group, tasked with helping to protect, preserve and improve Marco's "crown jewel," ...
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