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 ...
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 City Council votes to start manager search over with new consultant
Published 9/19/2013 at 9:58 a.m. 5 comments
The City Council meeting Monday was a two-for-one special, with a "special-called" meeting at 3:30 preceding the regular City Council meeting at 5:30. The special-called meeting was supposed to give the councilors the chance to review finalists for the ci
New face on the dais: Bob Brown selected to fill Magel's City Council seat
Published 8/22/2013 at 3:38 p.m. 11 comments
It was the shortest election campaign on record. Within 20 minutes of the start of their meeting, Marco Island's City Council filled the gap in their ranks left by the sudden resignation of Councilor Larry Magel on Aug. 14.
Marco Island City Council begins manager search, authorizes study on Capri fire proposal
Published 5/7/2013 at 4:45 p.m. 10 comments
Marco Island's City Council wants to replace City Manager Jim Riviere quickly and confidentially. On Monday, both possibilities were discussed. Riviere announced his retirement on April 18 after serving the city for more than three years. Councilors voted
Marco Island City Council passes gun resolution; holds off on utility rate discussion
Published 2/20/2013 at 3:02 p.m. 1 comment
A tearful plea for Second Amendment support from a victim of armed robbery hushed the crowd as Marco Island's City Council considered its place in history on gun control. When the audience was asked if anyone stood against the Second ...
Resolution supporting Second Amendment narrowly approved by Marco Council
Published 2/19/2013 at 9:46 p.m. 22 comments
Councilmen who did not favor the resolution pointed to their oaths of office that require them to uphold the Constitution. They said they found the resolution redundant.
Marco Island City Council opens with Marco Island Academy report; close with advisory committee selections
Published 5/24/2012 at 3:40 p.m. 17 comments
[No Paragraph Style]BC BodycopyNaysayers were nowhere to be found Monday as Jane Watt gave City Council her first year report on the Marco Island Academy. Critics dogged the fledgling charter high school from its inception. The report by Watt, chairwoman
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 ...
Marco Island’s City Council replaces utility advisory board with new utility committee
Published 2/7/2012 at 2:38 p.m. 3 comments
From the ashes of its Utility Advisory Board, Marco Island’s City Council is hoping a new Utility Advisory Committee will spring. On Monday, council took its first step toward abolishing the existing advisory board by approving, 6-0, the first reading ...
Marco Island City Council considers arts, beaches, biking, passes on miniature golf
Published 1/12/2012 at 10:52 a.m. 0 comments
The first of item of business on the City Council agenda was the first item off the agenda. While the issue of miniature golf on Park Avenue has been discussed at Council, not to mention the Planning Board, before, some ...
Shop Talk: Council salutes the Big Flag Campaign
Published 12/8/2011 at 2:12 p.m. 1 comment
Going into the latest Marco City Council meeting, supporters and creators of the Big Flag Campaign were hopeful that the councilors would approve the no-brainer project, to put a huge U.S. flag in the median where the new Jolley Bridge ...
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 ...
Southwest Florida planning council in disarray after no-confidence vote in director
Published 6/30/2011 at 11:14 p.m. 0 comments
On Thursday, 19 out of 24 participating regional planning council members gave Ken Heatherington a “vote of no confidence.”
Density credits, fertilizer regulations and seawalls among Marco Island City Council topics
Published 6/7/2011 at 8:34 a.m. 3 comments
Seawalls, density credits and more stringent fertilizer regulations were three of the items debated by City Council members at their regular meeting on Monday night. In effort to spur development, council members gave final approval to a plan to transfer ...
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