Going it alone: Marco Island City Council will continue city manager search without a headhunter
Published 12/12/2013 at 9:14 a.m. 12 Comments
An emergency meeting Wednesday of Marco Island's City Council ended with a plan to move forward with hiring a city manager. Council will take up the search where Robert Slavin of Slavin Management Consultants left off. Council will not replace ...
Marco Island City Council loses second city manager search firm
Published 12/10/2013 at 9:31 a.m. 26 Comments
Marco Island’s City Council may be earning an undesirable reputation with management headhunters. Guillermo Polanco, interim city manager, informed City Council in an email Monday that Robert Slavin of Slavin Management Consultants was terminating his search services agreement effective Dec. ...
Marco Island's holiday honors: Abounader, Dohm, Savage recognized for community contributions
Published 12/09/2013 at 10:45 a.m.
It was a festive, exuberant evening at Bistro Soleil Sunday as three of Marco Island's notable citizens were honored for making their community a better place. In ceremonies during the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Gala, the Citizen ...
Friendly takeover: New police code enforcement unit reviewed by Marco Planning Board
Published 12/09/2013 at 8:47 a.m. 12 Comments
Marco Island's Police Department is serious about code enforcement, Assistant Chief Dave Baer told Planning Board members Friday. It's a 24/7 job for us, he said. Baer spoke at the request of board members looking for reassurance that city ordinances ...
Making hard choices: Marco Island City Council narrows city manager search from 13 to six
Published 12/03/2013 at 1:30 p.m. 17 Comments
After a second search for a new city manager for Marco Island, five candidates drew tepid interest Monday from Marco Island City Council. Councilors dismissed an earlier search firm when the candidates presented did not meet expectations. A sixth candidat
Sea wall solutions: committee discusses construction issue
Published 11/25/2013 at 3:44 p.m. 5 Comments
The new regulation created an opportunity for contractors to extend their use of vacant lots rather then reduce the time they work on them.
Residents react to idea of replacing Mackle Park Center
Published 11/21/2013 at 4:02 p.m. 11 Comments
Don't mess with Mackle.
Burn Notice: Marco's Code Enforcement hears about abandonded home
Published 11/14/2013 at 4:40 p.m.
It's been a year since an explosion and major fire swept through the house at 32 Gulfport Court, Marco Island. But Code Enforcement is having a tough time resolving eyesore.
Marco Island Police and Fire Pension Trustees hold joint session
Published 11/11/2013 at 12:47 p.m. 2 Comments
Marco Police and Fire Board tweek requests at joint meeting.
'Building' support: Parks committee will campaign on need for Mackle center
Published 11/07/2013 at 8:31 a.m. 70 Comments
Prepare for a referendum. Those words from Marco Island City Councilor Joe Batte rang true as Marco Island's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee discussed ways to change public sentiment and build support for a new community center at Mackle Park. ...
City Council considers studies on Marco Island's post-employment compensation and Fire Station 50's renovations
Published 11/05/2013 at 5:18 p.m. 7 Comments
Funding a remodeled fire station, Smokehouse Bridge, a new Mackle Park Community Center and pension liabilities daunted Marco Island's City Council Monday as Chairman Ken Honecker navigated his first meeting at the helm. In the end, councilors vowed to le
As close as brothers: Two Marco Island firefighters celebrate 30 years on Marco
Published 11/04/2013 at 11:59 a.m. 1 Comment
Deputy Chief Chris Byrne and Division Chief Scott Schultz have a lot in common. They were both hired by the Marco Island Fire Department on the same day, albeit two years apart. They both share the same birthday, Dec. 1.
Seawalls and parking: Navigating the latest Planning Board meeting
Published 11/04/2013 at 11:34 a.m.
Jim Timmerman made it easy for Marco Island's Planning Board to step back Friday.Questions surfaced as the board discussed regulating the amount of time needed for seawall construction and the city's liability for barges operating within its limits. The
Feathered 'Friends': Friends of Tigertail invites watchers to a morning with the birds
Published 11/04/2013 at 10:41 a.m.
Breakfast with birds at Collier County's Tigertail Beach on Marco Island might conjure up a huddled group of diners deluged by hovering, cawing seagulls. On Saturday, nothing was further from the truth.Those attending "Breakfast and Birds" munched muffin
Local golf pro Dave Bierbrauer dies at 58
Published 10/31/2013 at 11:59 a.m. 7 Comments
"Disco" Dave Bierbrauer lived life like he played golf: always believing he would win. But as the game of golf became second nature to him, his fight against cancer proved to be his ultimate challenge. On Wednesday, Bierbrauer lost the ...
Marco Council will investigate complaints regarding building department; Freedom Fountain plans discussed
Published 10/23/2013 at 4:08 p.m. 5 Comments
At 4 p.m. on Monday, Marco Island City Councilors met behind closed doors to discuss pending litigation surrounding the city's building services division. By evening, council called for a thorough investigation into complaints against the department.
Hideaway Beach will repay Marco Island loan by deadline
Published 10/18/2013 at 3:40 p.m.
The sand has stayed, and the city will get paid.Good news Thursday as Hideaway Beach's Tax District Board reviewed final results of a beach erosion abatement project. The board's members are stewards of Hideaway Beach's Municipal Service Taxing Unit. The
New Mackle Park Community Center heads for open workshop; lightning detection begins Monday
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:11 p.m. 8 Comments
Recent surveys predict Marco Island residents are not ready to fund a new community center at Mackle Park. On Tuesday, the city's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee remained undaunted. The polls are getting closer to accepting the idea, Community Aff
Marco Island code board looks to City Council to put bite into enforcement
Published 10/09/2013 at 9:03 p.m. 3 Comments
In just a few months, eyesores along Marco Island streets will be handed with a tighter fist. That was good news for neighbors living next to neglected properties and members of Marco Island's Code Enforcement Board. Officers have been working ...
Marco Island City Council tables Smokehouse Bridge repairs, road resurfacing; confirms benefits and utility increase
Published 10/08/2013 at 1:24 p.m. 3 Comments
A potential $139,947 engineering contract for determining repairs under Smokehouse Bridge was roundly tabled by a 7-0 vote at Marco Island's City Council meeting Monday. Tim Pinter, public works director, said the study could provide the necessary data to
New Mackle Park summer programs are designed to feed young talents
Published 05/23/2013 at 5:16 p.m.
Aspiring chefs, cartoonists, thespians and artists: When school's out, Mackle Park summer camp is "in." New and returning camp programs were reviewed by Marco Island's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee on Tuesday, May 21. They inspired some "oohs" a
Realtor lunch features Marco Island city manager as speaker, honors its own
Published 05/22/2013 at 1:35 p.m.
Music could have been playing "Happy Days Are Here Again" as Marco Island real estate agents joined Tuesday for a general membership meeting and lunch at Hideaway Beach. It's been a good year for sales. The city has been reporting ...
Community center debate, city audit deficiencies push Marco Island City Council meeting past 9:30 p.m.
Published 05/22/2013 at 1:30 p.m. 10 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
Southwest Florida contributes 12 innocent faces to National Missing Children's Day
Published 05/21/2013 at 10:31 a.m.
If recent events in Cleveland, Ohio, weren’t enough to make the nation mindful of missing children, May 25, designated National Missing Children’s Day, should help communities reflect on the plight of children who simply vanish.
Waterways committee hits a wall with plan to revise Marco Island's seawall ordinance
Published 05/20/2013 at 8:23 a.m. 2 Comments
Members of Marco Island's Waterways Advisory Committee saw hopes dwindle Thursday for completing revisions to the city's "seawalls and revetments" ordinance. The group has been working on the document for a number of months. The committee planned to discu
Marco Island beach committee funds new initiatives, follows nesting sea turtles and shorebirds
Published 05/16/2013 at 8:09 a.m.
Debbie Roddy told members of her committee "if you don't ask, you won't get." On Wednesday, the Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee learned Roddy asked City Council to fund the group's 2014 initiatives. "It looks like the $4,400 will be ...
Marco Island Code Compliance Board shows its 'yin and yang' in administering fines
Published 05/15/2013 at 4:03 p.m. 1 Comment
City Councilor Larry Sacher asked Marco Island's Code Compliance Board to penalize the owners of 387 Edgewater Court to the fullest extent. The board considered a complaint Tuesday on the property's non-compliant driveway/parking area. Sacher spoke on the
Unwanted visitor: Huge Burmese python found on city property near Marco airport
Published 05/13/2013 at 11:27 a.m.
As much as Nancy Richie, Marco Island environmental specialist, loves nature, on Thursday she had to ask the question: Why did it have to be snakes? Richie received a call at 11 a.m. from Mike Gee at Marco Island's Waste ...
Hideaway Beach wraps up erosion project; finalizes financials to cover all costs
Published 05/13/2013 at 10:58 a.m.
Hideaway Beach moved more than sand Thursday to complete its erosion control project. During its funding discussions, the Hideaway Beach's Tax District Board moved $190,898 from reserves to pay expenses as it repairs its north beach.
Marco Island City Council begins manager search, authorizes study on Capri fire proposal
Published 05/07/2013 at 4:45 p.m. 14 Comments
Marco Island's City Council wants to replace City Manager Jim Riviere quickly and confidentially. On Monday, both possibilities were discussed. Riviere announced his retirement on April 18 after serving the city for more than three years. Councilors voted
Marco Island Planning Board: Hearing on storage in C-4 zone proceeds despite plea from petitioner for continuance
Published 05/06/2013 at 8:38 a.m.
A vote Friday to deny changes to storage rules in the C-4 zoning district ran its course. However, earlier during Planning Board's meeting, a vote questioning whether to hear the issue raised considerable debate. The request to extend self-storage to ...
Isles of Capri fire board says 'no' to consolidation with East Naples, waits for Marco Island proposal
Published 05/03/2013 at 1:04 p.m.
In a decision that stunned the room and brought Thursday's meeting to an abrupt close, the Isles of Capri Fire Advisory board voted 3-2 to reject a consolidation proposal from East Naples. "It was a surprise," said Collier County Commissioner ...
Some Marco Island councilors vexed about Capri fire district decision, plan full airing May 6
Published 05/02/2013 at 10:31 a.m. 6 Comments
If a series of coincidences sparked Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere's resignation, Councilor Larry Honig says he did not strike the match. Unfolding events during the week of April 15 may have led some to speculate about the city ...
Turbulent waters in Collier Creek alarm condo residence, Marco Island Waterways Committee and law enforcement
Published 04/19/2013 at 3:56 p.m.
It's the perfect storm of a narrow creek, swift water and bad boating, law agencies agreed. The combination has resulted in at least four serious boating accidents with some damage to Villa de Marco West's dock, said Ben Farnsworth, the ...
Marco Island beach committee lines up priorities, plans education events to protect environment
Published 04/19/2013 at 12:27 p.m.
Setting its agenda for next year, Marco Island's Beach Advisory Committee chose enforcing "no live shelling" laws as its primary objective Wednesday. Beach stewards have observed live conchs being pulled from their shells and cut up for bait. On Marco ...
Activities in Marco Island parks wind down, summer programs gear up
Published 04/18/2013 at 9:28 a.m.
Marco Island's Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee discussed final dates at its Tuesday meeting. The last winter concert at Mackle Park is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21. The final Farmers Market in Veterans' Park will be held ...
City of Marco Island offers no proposal to county for Isles of Capri fire management, consolidation
Published 04/17/2013 at 5:59 p.m. 1 Comment
The City of Marco Island declined Wednesday to offer a plan for assuming operating responsibilities for Isles of Capri Fire District. The response answered a letter sent by the Collier County manager's office on March 11 soliciting proposals. Requests wer
Marco Island City Council mixed on replacing Smokehouse Bridge, upgrading Mackle Community Center
Published 04/17/2013 at 4:13 p.m. 4 Comments
Although not part of council's agenda, discussion on repairing or replacing Smokehouse Bridge returned to the fore Monday at Marco Island City Council. Councilor Larry Honig pointed to the bridge as a major capital expense council still needed to address.
Third Tour de Marco pedals through streets, raises cash for Marco's Y
Published 04/16/2013 at 3:41 p.m.
Mark and Melissa Burger mounted their bicycles Sunday, looking forward to touring Marco Island for the first time. They drove to the island from Lake Mary, Fla., and stayed at a local hotel to be sure they were up and ...
Capri's fire board creeps closer to resolution on consolidation question
Published 04/12/2013 at 4:38 p.m.
Queries, volleys, and definitions of what was said and what was meant filled the Isles of Capri Fire Board meeting Thursday. The meeting was held in the Isles of Capri Community Room. In the end, the board and a small ...
Marco Island Beach Advisory Committee hits the sand to survey two beach renourishment projects
Published 04/11/2013 at 8:22 a.m.
Two erosion control and sand replenishment projects on Marco Island's beach are on schedule. Nancy Richie, city environmental specialist, delivered the report as she accompanied the Beach Advisory Committee Tuesday to review progress on the projects. On s
Marco Movies owner takes on Code Compliance over grease trap permit
Published 04/10/2013 at 2:18 p.m. 6 Comments
In an act of civil disobedience, Marco Island theater owner Nick Campo refused to renew his grease trap permit. For his failure, Campo was called before the city's Code Compliance Board Tuesday to explain why. His plea to the board ...
Storage wars, parking battle leave Marco Island Planning Board in center of scrum
Published 04/08/2013 at 3:52 p.m. 4 Comments
Mike Kelly, Sr., whose son owns Progressive Auto Storage, left Planning Board without persuading anyone he should be given conditional use for mini-storage in his son's "car condo." Mario Rizzo, owner of Rizzo Storage and Industrial, was so upset by ...
Marco Island Beautification Advisory Committee hears from city manager on upcoming budget
Published 04/04/2013 at 9:52 a.m. 3 Comments
In a meeting of the minds, Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere joined the Beautification Advisory Committee Monday to offer understanding and a little guidance. He gave the nod for the group to develop a budget. He fell short of ...
Hideaway Beach dredging project for erosion control gets underway
Published 04/01/2013 at 10:25 a.m. 3 Comments
Staging began on Marco Island last week for Hideaway Beach's sand renourishment and erosion control. Dredges and pipes have been placed in the area to prepare for pumping sand. The sand will be placed on the north end of Hideaway ...
Marco Island Sunrise Rotary medical mission saves 10 lives in seven days
Published 03/28/2013 at 2:10 p.m.
In a week when the world celebrated the coming of spring, a team of doctors and nurses "sewed" seeds of hope into the hearts of 10 Haitian children. During a medical mission last week, parents of children ages two to ...
Marco Island City Council takes on capital projects, code compliance and illegal immigration
Published 03/28/2013 at 1:52 p.m. 21 Comments
Sidestepping another U.S. Constitutional issue, Marco Island's City Council chose not to consider a draft resolution Wednesday. The document urged the Federal government to withhold voting rights for illegal immigrants. It would have denied the right to v
Beautification group hopes to get line item in Marco Island's city budget
Published 03/27/2013 at 1:25 p.m. 2 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 fleshes out community center capital project for Mackle Park
Published 03/19/2013 at 11:06 a.m. 8 Comments
The blueprint for a new building at Mackle Park gave Marco Island City Councilors a lot to chew on Monday. The city's Parks and Recreation Department unveiled a new concept for Mackle Park's community center. Originally, the center adopted in ...
P.S. Walt Willey encores in 'Love Letters,' March 14-17
Published 03/14/2013 at 7:58 a.m.
Just like waiting for the mail, Marco Island has been waiting for the return of Walt Willey as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III in A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters." The consummate actor, Willey debuted last year with the Island Theater Company ...