'Building' support: Parks committee will campaign on need for Mackle center
Published 11/7/2013 at 8:31 a.m. 70 comments
Prepare for a referendum. Those words from Marco Island City Councilor Joe Batte rang true as Marco Island's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee discussed ways to change public sentiment and build support for a new community center at Mackle Park. ...
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.
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. 6 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
Marco Island City Council passes first reading of budget, millage; discusses city manager search
Published 9/5/2013 at 11:39 a.m. 8 comments
In a lengthy session, the City Council approved a budget and millage rate for the city, and after a spirited debate, opted to stay the course with the executive search firm in the quest for a new city manager.
A representative sampling: Many ways to reach out to Marco Island's elected public servants
Published 8/29/2013 at 11:31 a.m. 1 comment
Your elected representatives are eager to hear from you. Whether you need help in cutting through governmental red tape, want to vent your concern about a problem – the classic one is potholes – or would just like to weigh ...
New face on the dais: Bob Brown selected to fill Magel's City Council seat
Published 8/22/2013 at 3:38 p.m. 13 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.
Larry Magel resigns from Marco Island City Council
Updated 8/14/2013 at 7:14 p.m. 20 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 ...
Marco Island City Council approves communication software suite in narrow vote
Published 6/20/2013 at 8:23 a.m. 2 comments
The City of Marco Island took a step toward making city government more accessible and responsive Monday evening at the City Council meeting, a step into "the cloud" and hopefully into the future. It was a contentious and hotly debated ...
Cracking down: Marco Island Code Enforcement Board signals new 'get tough' attitude
Published 6/13/2013 at 11:48 a.m. 33 comments
Right now is probably not the best time to be brought up in front of Marco Island's Code Enforcement Board, if you are a property owner who has failed to make required repairs, or especially if you are a landlord ...
Letter to the Editor: Smokehouse Bridge - What is meeting design standards?
Published 6/13/2013 at 9:09 a.m. 9 comments
I find it odd that the Smokehouse Bay Bridge project dominates the City Council and the news. As has been reported, the existing bridge has never been found to be unsafe by any government agency, or engineering firm. Yes, it’s ...
Letter to the Editor: MIPD offers thanks
Published 6/13/2013 at 9:07 a.m. 0 comments
Dear Editor, On behalf of the Marco Island Police Department and its members we would like to recognize and thank Executive Auto, the Marco Island Moose Lodge, the Marco Island Police Foundation and the generous people of our community for ...
A day to remember – Marco Island's Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen warriors
Published 5/28/2013 at 8:36 a.m. 0 comments
With speeches, songs, flags, and uniforms, Marco Island came together Monday to honor those who gave their lives in the nation's armed conflicts. Several hundred gathered at Veterans' Community Park under a blue sky dotted with white clouds to honor ...
Community center debate, city audit deficiencies push Marco Island City Council meeting past 9:30 p.m.
Published 5/22/2013 at 1:30 p.m. 10 comments
On the agenda for discussion, a proposed community center for Mackle Park quickly escalated into a debate Monday over approving the new facility. Community Affairs Director Bryan Milk presented a two phase plan for complementing concrete structures that w
Marco Island City Council begins manager search, authorizes study on Capri fire proposal
Published 5/7/2013 at 4:45 p.m. 14 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
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