Bedind the scenes with the Island's 'Water Wizards'
Published 4/4/2013 at 4:29 p.m. 16 comments
When you turn on a faucet in your home, you expect the water to flow. And it does. You expect it to be clean and drinkable, and it is. But how often do you stop and think about what is ...
Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee hears from city manager on upcoming budget
Published 4/4/2013 at 9:52 a.m. 2 comments
In a meeting of the minds, Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere joined the Beautification Advisory Committee Monday to offer understanding and a little guidance. He gave the nod for the group to develop a budget. He fell short of ...
'Current' affairs – Waterways Committee puts off seawalls, takes up navigation
Published 3/25/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 3 comments
Moving advisory board meetings to the city's Community Room, and putting them on television, seems to be bearing fruit as a strategy to encourage public participation. Thursday morning, the public comment portion of the Waterways Advisory Committee meetin
Guest Commentary: By Larry Honig - My city manger evaluation
Published 3/18/2013 at 2:23 p.m. 9 comments
Marco Island's city manager, Jim Riviere, was subjected to his third evaluation in nine months at a recent City Council meeting. Each of us on the council used a different approach, with different criteria, and the result was a lot ...
Marco Island City Council vetoes city manager pay raise, agrees to $500,000 grant from BP
Published 3/6/2013 at 9:53 a.m. 9 comments
Appraisals of City Manager Jim Riviere ranged from a low of fair to a high of outstanding during Marco Island's City Council Monday. Even with no failing grades, council refused to approve a pay raise for the city's CEO. The ...
Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee begins new tradition, continues Marco in Bloom contest
Published 2/7/2013 at 9:52 a.m. 0 comments
City Manager Jim Riviere said he wants more transparency in government. Thats why on Wednesday the Beautification Advisory Committee became the first of seven advisory groups to meet in the Community Room where their action
Marco Island Parks & Recreation: Security may determine use of TBE tennis courts
Published 12/19/2012 at 4:36 p.m. 2 comments
In the aftermath of Connecticuts school shootings, an inter-local agreement to use tennis courts at Tommie Barfield Elementary may be at risk. A phone message from Michele LaBute to Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere on Dec. 18 itemized concerns ...
Marco Island set to complete refurbishing 100 worst cul-de-sac medians
Published 12/6/2012 at 11:08 a.m. 1 comment
One hundred of the citys least attractive cul-de-sac medians will be upgraded by years end. Susan LaGrotta, chairwoman of the Beautification Committee, delivered the news Wednesday after she and Nancy Richie discussed comp
New city council seated, city manager receives three 'no confidence' votes
Published 11/16/2012 at 3:00 a.m. 11 comments
Shortly after a "coffee and cake" celebration, it was back to work with nearly 4 hours of council business. As council completed its agenda, City Manager Jim Riviere said it was time for council to decide if it wanted to ...
Hideaway Beach renourishment approved for now
Published 11/1/2012 at 3:53 p.m. 3 comments
There was really only one point up for discussion at Tuesdays meeting of the Hideaway Beach Special Tax District meeting at City Hall.
Marco Island City Council: Budget and millage finalized, seawall policy – not so much
Published 9/19/2012 at 1:03 p.m. 0 comments
The fiscal year 2013 budget and associated tax millage rates finally worked through the Marco Island City Council on Monday night, after months of departmental presentations, workshops, budget sub-committee sessions and council debates. City Manager Jim Riviere opened the meeting ...
Marco Island City Council Signage, anchored vessels, and thanks to a firefighte
Published 9/6/2012 at 4:48 p.m. 5 comments
Vice Chairman Joe Batte, presiding, presented a proclamation of appreciation to Driver/Engineer Steve Fickling of the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Dept. for his 28 years of service to the department and the island. Over a dozen firefighters in attendance, who showed ...
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
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.