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.
'What can Brown do for you?' New Marco Island councilor says he is ready to hit the ground running
Published 8/26/2013 at 10:34 a.m. 4 comments
Most new members to the Marco Island's City Council get there by going through a lengthy process including multiple public meetings and debates, giving the electorate the chance to evaluate where they stand, and how their positions on issues compare ...
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 undoes rejection of Smokehouse Bay Bridge bids
Published 8/8/2013 at 9:37 a.m. 5 comments
The Marco Island City Council voted Monday to rescind their earlier rejection of all bids for construction of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge. But they made it clear that the design that was chosen and bid on, which they will be ...
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 ...
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. 9 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
Beautification group hopes to get line item in Marco Island's city budget
Published 3/27/2013 at 1:25 p.m. 2 comments
The Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee has so many items it wants to complete that on Monday it considered asking for a place in the city's budget. The discussion resulted from a mix of enthusiasm and frustration. It's been a ...
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 ...
Utilities, again Marco Island City Council workshop delves into water and sewer issues
Published 2/14/2013 at 1:12 p.m. 16 comments
City Council held a workshop Wednesday, as they continue to grapple with utility rates and costs, one of the most contentious, longstanding, and certainly one of the most complex issues they face Meeting from 8 a.m. to 1 p.
Marco Island City Council names committee volunteers, questions response to public record requests
Published 1/24/2013 at 8:28 a.m. 7 comments
Debate on access to public records set off a bit of a furor Tuesday as Marco Island City Councilors reached deep to understand public outcry for quicker response on records requests.
Seawalls and vacant lots: Marco City Council works through ordinances; asks for workshops on larger items
Published 1/9/2013 at 1:44 p.m. 13 comments
Even as councilors moved four ordinances on first or second reading and one variance resolution, bigger issues were on their minds Monday. Marco Islands city councilors voted unanimously, 6-0, to amend terms for the Plannin
Marco Island City Council: Firefighters' contract approved, seawall date extended, utility rate changes put on hold
Published 12/21/2012 at 3:29 p.m. 2 comments
In three key votes Thursday, Councilor Larry Magel was on the short end of 6-1 decisions. In approving the firefighters contract, extending seawall regulations, and proceeding with a $150,000 expenditure to plan for a $1.5
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 ...
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: Free speech works both ways
Published 10/25/2012 at 2:15 p.m. 0 comments
Monte Lazarus criticized council candidate Larry Sacher for daring to complain against council chairman Larry Magel during the public comment segment of the last council meeting. At that time, Mr. Sacher spoke out against Chairman Magel’s open letters containing misleading ...
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