Marathon's Hernstadt will be Marco Island's new city manager
Updated 1/14/2014 at 8:39 a.m. 32 comments
Marco Island now has a new city manager. Roger Hernstadt, the current the city manager of Marathon in the Florida Keys, was hired unanimously by Marco Island City Council Monday evening. He will be paid $219,000 a year, which includes ...
Resolution and resolutions: Marco Island leaders share their plans and predictions for the year ahead
Published 12/30/2013 at 12:03 p.m. 9 comments
City Council Chairman Ken Honecker said he does not make New Year's resolutions. But what he is looking for, and what Marco Island needs in the new year, is just that – resolution, on some of the issues facing the ...
Letter to the Editor: Seizing control is complete
Published 10/10/2013 at 8:29 a.m. 0 comments
The “new” City Council has seized control of the City of Marco Island, with the forcing out of Jim Riviere. The new council was voted in with the promise of “change.” Unfortunately, it seems that the council is all bark ...
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 ...
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
Larry Magel resigns from Marco Island City Council
Updated 8/14/2013 at 7:14 p.m. 19 comments
In a written statement to the Council Chairman, Magel announced, “I will be moving from Marco Island in September, and as such will no longer be a permanent resident of the City of Marco Island. In accordance with provisions of ...
Financial reality: Budget Sub-Committee prepares to deliver spending target to full City Council
Published 8/12/2013 at 11:15 a.m. 1 comment
Talk about a long, hot summer. Members of the Budget Sub-Committee of the Marco Island City Council have not only sat on the dais through lengthy regular City Council meetings, plus workshops and closed "executive sessions" to deal with lawsuits ...
Chief Don Hunter released from hospital, expected to return to work Monday
Published 8/1/2013 at 5:19 p.m. 8 comments
Marco Island Police Chief Don Hunter, who was hospitalized in late July with a shoulder injury, expects to return to work by Monday.
Concerned over building inspections, construction trades pack Marco Island City Council meeting
Published 6/19/2013 at 3:28 p.m. 13 comments
Monday afternoon, the Marco Island City Council chambers were packed with a standing-room-only crowd as the meeting began, largely made up of people who generally do not attend council meetings. The audience was heavy on bluejeans, deep tans and company ...
Realtor lunch features Marco Island city manager as speaker, honors its own
Published 5/22/2013 at 1:35 p.m. 0 comments
Music could have been playing "Happy Days Are Here Again" as Marco Island real estate agents joined Tuesday for a general membership meeting and lunch at Hideaway Beach. It's been a good year for sales. The city has been reporting ...
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
Isles of Capri fire board says 'no' to consolidation with East Naples, waits for Marco Island proposal
Published 5/3/2013 at 1:04 p.m. 0 comments
In a decision that stunned the room and brought Thursday's meeting to an abrupt close, the Isles of Capri Fire Advisory board voted 3-2 to reject a consolidation proposal from East Naples. "It was a surprise," said Collier County Commissioner ...
Some Marco Island councilors vexed about Capri fire district decision, plan full airing May 6
Published 5/2/2013 at 10:31 a.m. 6 comments
If a series of coincidences sparked Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere's resignation, Councilor Larry Honig says he did not strike the match. Unfolding events during the week of April 15 may have led some to speculate about the city ...
Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere retiring
Updated 4/18/2013 at 7:27 p.m. 12 comments
Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere announced his resignation today, effective in September.
City of Marco Island offers no proposal to county for Isles of Capri fire management, consolidation
Published 4/17/2013 at 5:59 p.m. 1 comment
The City of Marco Island declined Wednesday to offer a plan for assuming operating responsibilities for Isles of Capri Fire District. The response answered a letter sent by the Collier County manager's office on March 11 soliciting proposals. Requests wer
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