Letter to the Editor: Time and place
Published 10/22/2012 at 4:32 p.m. 8 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. 7 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. 14 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. 2 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. 24 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 ...
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 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
Outta sight: Isaac, we hardly knew you
Published 8/26/2012 at 10:42 p.m. 0 comments
Isaac changed course Sunday, sending fear to the Crescent City and leaving prepared Southwest Floridians waiting and wet.
Hurricane Isaac makes landfall in southeast Louisiana
Updated 8/29/2012 at 5:06 a.m. 2 comments
Hurricane Isaac has made landfall in southeast Louisiana with winds near 80 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the storm's center reached land at 6:45 p.m. in Plaquemines Parish, about 90 miles southeast of New Orleans.
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.
Marco Island 24/7 clinic idea not likely to survive after voters' rejection
Published 8/19/2012 at 5:00 p.m. 4 comments
The idea of a 24-hour walk-in clinic is likely off the table but there may be other ways to improve medical coverage in Marco Island, some city officials say.
Marco Island voters oppose overnight walk-in clinic tax, subsidy
Updated 8/14/2012 at 9:31 p.m. 16 comments
Marco Island residents are saying “no” to taxing themselves to have a walk-in medical clinic stay open around the clock, according to early election results. In early returns in Collier County from absentee and early voting totals, about 71 percent ...
Hideaway Tax District Board considers stopgap solutions to curb beach erosion
Published 7/16/2012 at 2:56 p.m. 7 comments
If Hideaway Beach residents were wondering whether they needed to approve an extension of the special taxing district that they pay for each year, recent events have provided a reminder. With the most recent loss of sand cau
Do Marco residents want 24/7 health care? Question to be answered Aug. 14
Published 7/16/2012 at 1:48 p.m. 13 comments
Larry Magel, Marco Island City Council chairman and Jim Riviere, city manager, held a news conference on Friday to discuss the nonbinding referendum at City Hall.