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Celebrate Marco hosts City Council debate

Residents file into the Marco Island Police Department building for Tuesday's debate. The forum drew a crowd of nearly 200 people, a somewhat smaller showing than the first debate, held Dec. 6 and sponsored by Preserve Our Paradise.

Photo by LESLIE WILLIAMS HALE

Residents file into the Marco Island Police Department building for Tuesday's debate. The forum drew a crowd of nearly 200 people, a somewhat smaller showing than the first debate, held Dec. 6 and sponsored by Preserve Our Paradise.

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  • Candidate Roger Hall responds to a question, flanked by fellow hopefuls on the dais regularly occupied by City Council members. Pictured, from far left, are Joe Batte, Jerry Gibson, Andrew Guidry, Hall, Butch Neylon, Frank Recker and Bill Trotter. Wayne Waldack (not pictured) was also present.
  • Candidate Joe Batte
  • Candidate Butch Neylon
  • Jerry Gibson (left) listens as Andrew Guidry fields a question. Candidates were limited to two minute responses, with one-minute rebuttals allowed by any single candidate who raised his hand. In the round in which candidates could pose questions of one another, no rebuttals were allowed.
  • As more residents file into the community room for Tuesday's debate, a full house awaits the start of the night's events.
  • Supporters of the four so-called anti-sewer candidates chat near a table with campaign fliers and pins before Tuesday's debate.
  • Residents file into the Marco Island Police Department building for Tuesday's debate. The forum drew a crowd of nearly 200 people, a somewhat smaller showing than the first debate, held Dec. 6 and sponsored by Preserve Our Paradise.
  • Candidates Butch Neylon and Frank Recker chat before Tuesday night's debate. Though some candidates have thrown barbs at their opponents in the last two debates, relations between the two camps have remained largely civil.

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