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 ...
Plea deal means Marco Island doctor spends holidays behind bars
Published 12/20/2012 at 5:00 a.m. 2 comments
A suspended Marco Island doctor jailed last month will spend Christmas in the county jail for violating probation and a restraining order after his estranged wife walked into his home twice.
State suspends license of Marco Island doctor jailed since Thanksgiving
Published 11/30/2012 at 5:20 a.m. 11 comments
A Marco Island doctor charged with violating probation after his estranged wife came to his house twice has been behind bars for two weeks and this week had his license suspended by the state.
Election 2012: Newcomers take down incumbents in Marco Council race
Updated 11/8/2012 at 4:43 p.m. 30 comments
A political tsunami swept over Marco Island Tuesday, washing away every incumbent City Council member seeking re-election. With strong interest in the local races and voter turnout as high as 87 percent, islanders sent a strong message of dissatisfaction with ...
Marco City Council race marked by negativity, ethics complaints
Published 10/26/2012 at 8:12 p.m. 5 comments
Some residents and candidates are concerned the negativity is bad for the citys image and could cause future candidates to rethink running for election.
Letter to the Editor: Are you a cry-baby?
Published 10/18/2012 at 2:15 p.m. 7 comments
Recently several letters to the editor have complained about Larry Magel’s letters to various groups. Even one candidate’s wife complained openly in City Council. The objection seems to be that Mr. Magel is “unfair” or somehow “taking advantage of” his ...
Letter to the Editor: The choices for City Council are clear
Published 10/15/2012 at 4:21 p.m. 7 comments
As a resident of Marco Island for the past 12 years I was delighted to attend the City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Realtors. It became obvious who the best City Council ...
Letter to the Editor: Stop the real insanity
Published 10/15/2012 at 4:20 p.m. 3 comments
In this day and age where voters can rarely count on candidates to follow through on campaign promises or campaign commitments, the overwhelming majority of Marco Island voters in the last two City Council elections have received these promises from ...
Marco Island City Council candidate debates Realtors and Chamber of Commerce host round two
Published 10/10/2012 at 2:36 p.m. 5 comments
Craig Woodward made one thing clear right from the start. Im not a replacement ref, he told the crowd at the City Council candidates forum on Tuesday evening. He was, however, a last-minute, or at least same-day, stand-
Marco Island City Council Budget discussion brings on heated exchange
Published 9/6/2012 at 4:48 p.m. 4 comments
Tempers flared Tuesday evening at the Marco Island City Council meeting. During a lengthy discussion of the citys budget and millage rate, the council was on a path to approving the draft legislation o
Marco Island City Council candidates, part 3 Nine vie for four seats
Published 8/23/2012 at 2:32 p.m. 3 comments
In a game of musical chairs, four of the seven seats on the Marco Island City Council are coming vacant this fall. With a Presidential selection at the top of the ballot, turnout should be high. In addition to all ...
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 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 ...
The big picture Marco Island Budget Sub-Committee prepares report, proposes millage rate
Published 7/12/2012 at 9:52 a.m. 18 comments
The Budget Sub-Committee of the Marco Island City Council deals with many numbers, but of all of the figures, two stand out. One is the total proposed budget for the city for the upcoming fiscal year, and the other, which ...
Crunching the numbers Marco Island Budget Sub-Committee delves into city's operating budgets
Published 6/25/2012 at 3:37 p.m. 7 comments
All was sweetness and light at the meeting of the Budget Sub-Committee of the Marco Island City Council last week, but City Manager Jim Riviere cautioned that the love-fest cant be expected to last.
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