Fish factory: K of C hosts first fish fry of Lent at San Marco
Published 3/10/2014 at 10:46 a.m. 1 comment
It may not have been feeding the 5,000, but it wasn't far from it. The first fish fry of the season was thronged Friday evening in the parish hall at San Marco Catholic Church. Over 900 diners came to be ...
Vote on Mackle Park expansion project delayed
Published 3/4/2014 at 6:00 a.m. 9 comments
After much debate, the Marco Island City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to delay a vote on whether to hold a referendum to ask residents if they support an expensive renovation and expansion of the 25-year-old community center at Mackle ...
Marco Island approves hiring three more firefighters
Published 2/3/2014 at 10:20 p.m. 11 comments
Marco Island City Council unanimously voted Monday to hire three more firefighter-emergency service technicians after seeing a 26 percent increase in emergency calls over the past two years as the island continues to grow.
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.
'Building' support: Parks committee will campaign on need for Mackle center
Published 11/7/2013 at 8:31 a.m. 58 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. 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
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. 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.
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 ...
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 ...
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