Marco Island’s missing $4 million – uncovered during revenue sufficiency study – may be found
Published 4/17/2012 at 2:33 p.m. 27 comments
A team tasked with uncovering how $4 million seemingly disappeared from the city’s ledgers, gave its report Monday to Marco Island’s City Council. City Manager Jim Riviere appointed staff representatives who studied the deficit and presented the report. While creating ...
Support and comfort food: Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation hosts pancake breakfast
Published 4/16/2012 at 4:49 p.m. 7 comments
For Sloan Wheller, 5, Sunday’s Pancake Breakfast was also her birthday. Her parents marked the day by placing candles in her pancakes. The community turned out 557 people strong to celebrate at Marco Island’s Fire Station.
PHOTOS: Families jam Mackle Park for Marco's annual Easter celebration
Updated 4/9/2012 at 12:29 p.m. 0 comments
The Saturday before Easter, the Easter Bunny got his turn for a big blowout, with families pouring into Mackle Park on Marco Island for the Spring Carnival, featuring an Easter egg hunt with 18,000 eggs.
Overflow parking at South Marco beach has city leaders seeking solutions
Published 4/8/2012 at 6:00 p.m. 49 comments
Marco Island residents say swale parking has always been a popular alternative when the county's South Marco beach parking lot overflows on holiday weekends, but this winter's busy tourist season and word of mouth have taken the island's beach parking ...
Letter to the Editor: Let’s now junk our ‘Fire, Ready, Aim’ public governance policy
Published 4/3/2012 at 8:19 a.m. 8 comments
Now, more than ever, is the time for We the People to step up and speak up for our beloved Marco Island. We deserve better: (1) After attending the so-called “Public Workshops” farces most recently hosted by our City Council; ...
Isles of Capri fire board takes first foray into partnership with Marco Island’s Fire Department
Published 3/22/2012 at 12:57 p.m. 8 comments
Residents of Isles of Capri’s Fire District including representatives from Marco Shores discussed early talks with Marco Island’s Fire Department on joining forces. A committee appointed to meet with Marco’s representatives said the first meeting was reassuring with no roadblocks ...
Money back guarantee: Marco Island City Council reduces utility surcharges by 6 percent
Published 3/22/2012 at 12:46 p.m. 0 comments
Newly elected Marco Island City Council Chairman Larry Magel and Councilor Bill Trotter led a discussion Monday on reducing utility surcharges. Plans for the reduction were considered at several council water and sewer rate workshops in the past month. During ...
Marco Island City Council elects Magel chairman; term begins with Swallow Avenue parking complaints
Published 3/22/2012 at 12:37 p.m. 6 comments
In uncontested elections, Marco Island’s City Council voted to move Vice Chairman Larry Magel into the top slot as chairman and Councilor Joe Batte as vice chairman. Positions were changed at the beginning of Monday’s business portion of council’s regularly ...
Marco Island City Council still undecided on guiding policy to set utility rates
Published 3/15/2012 at 2:25 p.m. 4 comments
Rationales for determining new water and sewer rates dominated Marco Island’s City Council workshop Wednesday. First steps for the workshop included creating criteria for allocating utility debt by establishing a basis for that decision.
Public workshop offers first view of Marco Island's water and sewer rates
Published 3/5/2012 at 2:26 p.m. 5 comments
City Council heard recommendations from its consultant Michael Burton, president of Burton & Associates, Wednesday in its first workshop to determine future water and sewer rates. The firm completed three studies for council: a revenue sufficiency study, and two rate ...
New drugs and monitors will improve lifesaving capabilities for Marco Island’s fire department
Published 2/9/2012 at 2:41 p.m. 0 comments
The stroke of a pen will improve exponentially emergency medical services provided by firefighters on Marco Island. City Council learned Monday that Fire Chief Mike Murphy received a letter, preceding a formal agreement, permitting the island’s fire engines to carry ...
Marco Island City Council defers utility rate decisions hoping $4.2 million deficit can be explained
Published 2/2/2012 at 1:16 p.m. 19 comments
Consultants told Marco Island’s City Council Wednesday it could consider postponing rate increases on water/sewer bills until Oct. 1. Councilors met in a special meeting to discuss a revenue sufficiency study received from Burton & Associates. During that meeting, councilors ...
Town Hall meeting: Residents ask for fairness and communication from Marco Island City Council
Published 1/24/2012 at 2:54 p.m. 1 comment
Marco Island City Councilors wanted to know what residents had to say, and on Monday, got an earful. What was advertised as a one-and-a-half hour Town Hall stretched to nearly four hours as residents quizzed council on water rates, building ...
A look down the road: Marco Island leaders peek into the crystal ball for 2012
Published 12/30/2011 at 12:01 p.m. 2 comments
Just as on your birthday, you are really just one day older, not a year all at once, the transition from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 is just another page off the calendar. But it is the last page, and ...
Jan. 23 Town Hall will let residents ask for answers from City Council
Published 12/30/2011 at 11:02 a.m. 8 comments
City councilors are planning a new approach to public relations. The Marco Island City Council will hold its first Town Hall, giving residents an opportunity to ask questions and receive answers. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., ...