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. 11 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. 3 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. 14 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. 12 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. 16 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. 7 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 ...
Letter to the Editor: Time and place
Published 10/22/2012 at 4:32 p.m. 10 comments
I was disappointed, but not surprised, that City Council candidate Larry Sacher filed an ethics complaint against Council Chairman Larry Magel. On the other hand, I was shocked when Mr. Sacher used the last City Council meeting as a political ...
Letter to the Editor: Are you a cry-baby?
Published 10/18/2012 at 2:15 p.m. 8 comments
Recently several letters to the editor have complained about Larry Magel’s letters to various groups. Even one candidate’s wife complained openly in City Council. The objection seems to be that Mr. Magel is “unfair” or somehow “taking advantage of” his ...
Marco Council approves seeking bids for $8 million bridges project; moves ahead on fire boat
Published 10/16/2012 at 2:24 p.m. 17 comments
In the last meeting before elections, Marco Island City Council voted to see how competitive individual bids would be for the estimated $8 million replacement of two bridges at Smokehouse Bay on Collier Boulevard. On Monday, the vote fell short ...
Letter to the Editor: Response to Mr. Magel’s ‘Why I did it’
Published 10/8/2012 at 3:56 p.m. 3 comments
Despite the overwhelmingly negative response within the Marco community to Council Chairman Larry Magel’s letter to the condominiums, he continues to try to justify his deplorable actions by referring to an organizing document written by Ray Seward and myself when ...
Marco Island City Council: Council Chair Larry Magel takes pointed comments on condo letter
Published 10/2/2012 at 12:52 p.m. 28 comments
Politics reared its head at the Marco Island City Council meeting Monday evening. Before the council could get down to business, during the community forum, Judy Sacher, wife of council candidate Larry Sacher, rose to lambaste council chairman Larry Magel ...
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