Guest Commentary: Mangrove die off area can regenerate once tide flows are restored
Published 6/24/2011 at 3:37 p.m. 0 comments
I was asked to stop my work so as not to increase flow into the area by opening any of the existing culverts since this would change their hydrology readings. I graciously complied.
Whatever happened to? The shakeup at Marco Island City Hall POLL
Updated 12/20/2010 at 7:47 p.m. 18 comments
Following Steve Thompson’s termination as Marco Island city manager, other department heads tumbled in a City Hall shake-up that restructured the 200-plus employee government.
Patrons tack dollars onto Marco restaurant wall to protest utility fee
Published 11/30/2010 at 12:00 p.m. 21 comments
Customers are plastering dollar bills on a restaurant’s entrance to help the family-owned business survive an expansion that came with an unexpected $64,000 fee from Marco Island officials. The plight of Chefs' Express was first heard when co-owner Anne Feinman ...
Marco Island's sewer director cut as city continues to trim costs
Updated 11/23/2010 at 5:06 p.m. 45 comments
The days are numbered for Rony Joel, the man who led Marco Island through its most expensive, controversial city project— the island-wide sewer installation.
Marco’s dry season aquifer creates quite a big bubble
Published 10/13/2010 at 9:22 a.m. 6 comments
Water is an easy thing to take for granted when you live on an island surrounded by it. So it’s a good thing that the city’s water utility has about 2 billion gallons of fresh water stored, especially as the ...
Marco Island may join other agencies in offering preference to local companies
Published 9/25/2010 at 1:55 p.m. 6 comments
The city embarked on an island-wide sewer project in late 2006 and signed a contract with Rohaley and Sons Plumbing Contractors of Fort Myers. The contract, initially approved about four years ago and extended in 2008, was to have specific ...
Water rate hike and road issues have Goodland residents concerned
Published 9/21/2010 at 11:51 a.m. 9 comments
Goodland’s often flooded main thoroughfare and increased water rates have residents of the fishing village requesting attention from Marco Island City Council.
3 new firefighters, more hydrants and a tanker will solve Island’s problem, says fire chief
Published 9/4/2010 at 6:00 a.m. 18 comments
Marco Island’s Utilities Advisory Board met Wednesday at City Hall. In the board’s first meeting since the City Council voted to pay $50,000 for further study of water and sewer rates, the group’s session was quiet and businesslike. Gone were ...
Marco Island to get bids for private management of city-owned utility
Published 6/21/2010 at 11:00 p.m. 27 comments
A discussion about making utility rates more equitable on Marco Island Monday afternoon turned to a proposition for the city to get bids for private management for the city department instead.
Marco leaders prepare to battle oil spill
Updated 6/7/2010 at 9:19 p.m. 9 comments
Council members discussed the growing, migrating oil spill Monday night, something they vowed to make a staple of their meetings until the oil spill and its after-effects have been resolved.
Federal grant may encourage Marco Island to spend more on new bridge
Published 6/4/2010 at 10:37 a.m. 19 comments
If Marco taxpayers cough up at least another $300,000 to expand the scope of the Smokehouse Bay Bridge replacement plan, the city may become eligible for up to $10 million in federal grants, government officials said.
Fighting fires will take more cash, firefighters, chief says
Published 4/23/2010 at 1:29 p.m. 19 comments
When it comes to fighting fires on Marco Island, an aging delivery system means delay and delays mean damage. That was the conclusion of a Water Flow and Fire Hydrant Analysis presented to City Council during Monday’s workshop. Key issues, ...
Letter to the Editor: It is just the beginning
Published 4/22/2010 at 4:51 p.m. 23 comments
The MITA Board took the position that is now the right time to get to the bottom of many questions raised by Chairman Frank Recker into the decisions made by City Manager Steve Thompson on many issues. It is his ...
Polls/ Live blog: Marco considers to fee or not to fee in budget talks
Updated 3/15/2010 at 9:12 p.m. 0 comments
Words of wit from Marco City Councilman Frank Recker kicked off the first few moments of the newly elected council members' terms this afternoon. Marco is considering charging fees to use Canine Cove, particularly for off-Island residents and is also ...
Council blog/photos: Open season for outdoor seating at Marco restaurants
Updated 3/1/2010 at 3:20 p.m. 1 comment
It's the last City Council meeting for member Ted Forcht and Chairman Rob Popoff, who were thanked by the public through words of appreciation from resident Bill McMullan and applause by a packed audience.
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