Marco Island City Council's public discussions answer 'want to know' questions
Published 01/24/2013 at 8:44 a.m. 5 Comments
Marco Islands City Council focuses on big agenda items at meetings, but smaller items often raise public interest. Tuesdays meeting held some answers to the question: whats going on? Councilor Ken Honecker asked about p
Marco Island City Council names committee volunteers, questions response to public record requests
Published 01/24/2013 at 8:28 a.m. 12 Comments
Debate on access to public records set off a bit of a furor Tuesday as Marco Island City Councilors reached deep to understand public outcry for quicker response on records requests.
Boater safety and responsibilities make headway at Marco Island Waterways Advisory Committee
Published 01/18/2013 at 1:40 p.m. 2 Comments
Boaters unfamiliar with Marco waters will have a new navigation tool to complement compass, chart and depth finder. The citys Waterways Advisory Committee approved a revision to its Boating Safety brochure on Thursday. The
Isles of Capri: Lack of members hampers progress for fire advisory board
Published 01/18/2013 at 12:04 p.m.
Its almost a new day for Isles of Capris Fire Control District advisory board. On Thursday, three of five board members held their first meeting this year. However, the void left by two vacancies made it difficult to compl
Marco Island audit committee lines up schedule to meet annual financial reporting deadline
Published 01/17/2013 at 8:36 a.m.
With a deadline of March 31, Guillermo Polanco, Marco Islands new finance director, and members of the Audit Advisory Committee sat down Wednesday to hash out a timeline for completion of the citys Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
Chamber marks 35th year with installation dinner and Leadership Marco graduation
Published 01/14/2013 at 10:08 a.m. 6 Comments
Celebration and fraternity rang in a new year Sunday at the Marco Island Yacht Club for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce. Nancy Carrington, incoming chamber president, her executive committee and 2013 board of direc
Seawalls and vacant lots: Marco City Council works through ordinances; asks for workshops on larger items
Published 01/09/2013 at 1:44 p.m. 16 Comments
Even as councilors moved four ordinances on first or second reading and one variance resolution, bigger issues were on their minds Monday. Marco Islands city councilors voted unanimously, 6-0, to amend terms for the Plannin
Current Marco Island Planning Board holds final session; members say farewell
Published 01/07/2013 at 10:40 a.m. 6 Comments
With two agenda items, Marco Islands Planning Board completed business Friday in a record 26 minutes. Nancy Richie, city environmental specialist, reported on efforts to make beachfront hotels, restaurants and vendors accou
Hideaway Beach renourishment uncertain as county reconsiders funding
Published 01/07/2013 at 10:04 a.m. 12 Comments
Hideaway Beachs Tax District Board thought it had gained ground for funding its $2.35 million beach erosion control project. The community voted to be taxed at the highest level allowed for Municipal Service Taxing Units bu
County Commissioners will hear Capri Fire District's plans on Jan. 8
Published 01/03/2013 at 11:28 a.m.
Facing a fiscal cliff of its own, residents in the Isles of Capri Fire Control District may have to agree to pursue consolidation with East Naples fire district or raise millage rates to pay for services. On Tuesday, Coun
Delay of Marco Island's south beach renourishment pushes project into turtle nesting season
Published 12/21/2012 at 11:04 a.m.
Members of the Beach Advisory Committee learned Wednesday Marco Islands south beach renourishment project has been delayed until the end of February 2013.
Marco Island Parks & Recreation: Security may determine use of TBE tennis courts
Published 12/19/2012 at 4:36 p.m. 2 Comments
In the aftermath of Connecticuts school shootings, an inter-local agreement to use tennis courts at Tommie Barfield Elementary may be at risk. A phone message from Michele LaBute to Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere on Dec. 18 itemized concerns ...
Marco Island set to complete refurbishing 100 worst cul-de-sac medians
Published 12/06/2012 at 11:08 a.m. 2 Comments
One hundred of the citys least attractive cul-de-sac medians will be upgraded by years end. Susan LaGrotta, chairwoman of the Beautification Committee, delivered the news Wednesday after she and Nancy Richie discussed comp
Bethlehem project delivers a wealth of Christmas spirit
Published 12/03/2012 at 2:48 p.m.
Much like West Side Story, theres a rumble going on in Bethlehem. Instead of the Sharks and Jets, its the shepherds and townies. And Maria doesnt bring the two groups together by pointing out the futility of street violence. Its ...
Big Flag Committee moves forward with flagpole replacement
Published 11/30/2012 at 3 a.m. 5 Comments
Big Flag will fly again
Local students participate in beach clean-up
Published 11/27/2012 at 3 a.m.
Instead of sand and water meeting at a single edge, a sand bank attached to land at one end and open at the other has formed on the beach in front of Marco Island's Marriott. The new topography is called ...
Merger still uncertain
Published 11/20/2012 at 3 a.m.
Three workshops set for Capri fire board to consider consolidation or alternatives
New city council seated, city manager receives three 'no confidence' votes
Published 11/16/2012 at 3 a.m. 11 Comments
Shortly after a "coffee and cake" celebration, it was back to work with nearly 4 hours of council business. As council completed its agenda, City Manager Jim Riviere said it was time for council to decide if it wanted to ...
Code Compliance: Replacing more than three boards on a dock requires a permit
Published 11/16/2012 at 3 a.m. 48 Comments
Replacing more than three boards on a dock requires a permit
Marco Island city sign at foot of Jolley Bridge destroyed in crash, flag pole dented
Published 11/08/2012 at 4:46 p.m. 23 Comments
With tourist season just around the corner, Marco Islands Beautification Advisory Committee received some bad news Wednesday. The Islands main gateway at the bottom of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge is a mess. Tim Pinter, ci
Marco Island Planning Board: Seawall workshop focuses on fact finding, no decisions yet
Published 11/05/2012 at 2:56 p.m. 4 Comments
Marco Islands Planning Board and Waterways Advisory Committee gathered an abundance of information but drew few conclusions during a 3-hour public workshop Friday.
Fiddler's Creek residents sought out change to East Naples fire district
Published 11/01/2012 at 3:53 p.m.
Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala remembers when a resident of Fiddlers Creek contacted her about the higher millage rate he paid for fire protection.
Capri Fire District looks for ways to stave off possible takeover
Published 10/22/2012 at 2:36 p.m.
On Friday, the Isles of Capri Fire Advisory Board learned from its residents that the East Naples Fire Department was considering offering services to Fiddler's Creek in exchange for tax dollars. The move would reduce revenues paid to Capri's Fire ...
Man of many secrets shares a few at Marco Island Police Foundation Luncheon
Published 10/18/2012 at 1:12 p.m. 9 Comments
Bill Black spent his life gathering secrets. Today, hes fully focused on what others might be hiding. Black served for 23 years in U.S. Air Force intelligence before turning to the civilian sector. As owner of Emergency Management Technologies, he ...
Paul Meyer drops out of Marco Island City Council race
Published 10/17/2012 at 4:43 p.m. 6 Comments
Paul Meyer, candidate for Marco Island City Council, discovered the hard truth that becoming a politician takes thick skin. Late Tuesday night, the Marco Eagle learned he was stepping out of the race for council. The vote on Nov. 6 ...
Marco Council approves seeking bids for $8 million bridges project; moves ahead on fire boat
Published 10/16/2012 at 2:24 p.m. 17 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 ...
What's hot? What's not! Marco Island City Council budget subcommittee gets first peek at capital requests for 2013
Published 05/25/2012 at 2:05 p.m. 12 Comments
In dollars, a new community center at Mackle Park made sense Thursday when it came before Marco Island City Councils budget subcommittee. Realistically, the Smokehouse Bridge may outstrip all other requests in the citys 2013 capital projects budget.
Contractors raise the roof on Marco Island city manager's decision to move building inspectors to Naples
Published 05/25/2012 at 2:05 p.m. 44 Comments
Monday, Marco Island city building inspectors learned they would have a new boss as of June 2. Marco Island City Manager Jim Riviere met with staff and explained a new collaboration he worked out with Collier County's building department. The ...
Sub-meters allowed for non-household water on Marco Island; audit confirms financial state of city
Published 05/24/2012 at 3:41 p.m.
[No Paragraph Style]BC BodycopyAt the request of homeowners, Marco Island City Council voted 7-0 Monday to allow sub-meters for residents on city water and sewer. Sub-meters measure the amount of water purchased by a homeowner and used outside of househo
Marco Island City Council opens with Marco Island Academy report; close with advisory committee selections
Published 05/24/2012 at 3:40 p.m. 21 Comments
[No Paragraph Style]BC BodycopyNaysayers were nowhere to be found Monday as Jane Watt gave City Council her first year report on the Marco Island Academy. Critics dogged the fledgling charter high school from its inception. The report by Watt, chairwoman
Prep football: Marco Charter School board says principal to decide Mike Vanderjagt's fate
Published 05/24/2012 at 1:33 p.m. 27 Comments
In a moment of frustration, a coach’s future has been known to hang in the balance. Mike Vanderjagt, former NFL football placekicker and part-time coach for Marco Island’s Charter Middle School, has reached such a moment.
Beach shuttle, off-site parking and Tigertail Beach top list of Marco Island's 'no swale parking' solutions
Published 05/21/2012 at 4 p.m. 11 Comments
Daphne Ricobene, paralegal for the city attorney's staff, zeroed in on the Hamptons Friday to kick off a presentation for resolving island parking issues. The parallels, she said, made the comparison a viable model for Marco Island's woes. Early on, ...
Power Squadron may take on marker updating for Marco Island's Waterways Advisory Committee
Published 05/21/2012 at 4 p.m. 3 Comments
Power Squadron may take on marker updating for Waterways Advisory Committee
Marco Island's TBE tennis courts to close for lack of repairs;funding considerations for new community center at Mackle Park heard
Published 05/17/2012 at 4:24 p.m. 4 Comments
The score Tuesday for saving Tommie Barfield Elementary’s tennis courts was love-nothing. Bryan Milk, Marco Island community affairs director, told the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee the city plans to remove the two courts’ nets, take down city signs and ...
Time is running out for FEMA $1 million to restore Marco Island’s south beach
Published 05/17/2012 at 4:21 p.m. 7 Comments
Four years after Tropical Storm Fay, failing to capture Federal Emergency Management Agency funds could deal another blow to Marco Island’s south beach. Tropical Storm Fay came ashore with winds of 65 mph at Cape Romano in August 2008. The ...
Vanishing beachfront: County’s Coastal Advisory Committee denies emergency funds for Hideaway Beach
Published 05/14/2012 at 3:26 p.m. 23 Comments
On Thursday, Erik Brechnitz, chairman of Hideaway Beach’s Tax District Board, told his group there was a glimmer of hope for funds to prevent a disaster at the gated community’s 5000 and 6000 high-rise condominiums. On Friday, that hope was ...
Marco Island Code Compliance goes on offense to solve public nuisances
Published 05/10/2012 at 1:28 p.m.
It’s a jungle at 1909 Sheffield Ave. Vines creep up stairways, bougainvilleas overrun driveways and weeds cram poolside cracks. The broken lanai door stands slightly ajar, and tattered screens flutter overhead like listless birds in a humid rainforest canopy.
Marco Island’s City Council resolves Bald Eagle Drive lighting controversy
Published 05/08/2012 at 2:13 p.m. 12 Comments
After more than six months, “red shirt” representatives from Olde Marco won’t sit at City Council meetings and speak their minds during public comment. On Monday, Marco Island City Councilors approved Collier Boulevard street lamps for the Olde Marco District ...
Cautiously optimistic: Marco Island's police and fire pension trustees assess first quarter earnings
Published 05/07/2012 at 2:30 p.m.
It was a good quarter for the two boards that manage pension funds for the city’s police and fire personnel. Trustees of the City of Marco Island’s two public safety pension plans heard the good news from financial consultant David ...
TripAdvisor touts free parking at south beach; Marco Island Planning Board says swale parking must stop
Published 05/07/2012 at 2:28 p.m. 10 Comments
Go to tripadvisor.com and one comment about Marco Island’s south beach reads: “Parking is available for $8/day but usually there is street parking within a block for free.” Another entry headlines: “come early for on-street free parking.” Residents and Marco ...
Patricia Bliss reassigned; no longer Marco Island's city finance director
Published 05/07/2012 at 2:24 p.m. 5 Comments
City Manager Jim Riviere hopes some last steps he is taking will finally separate the city’s utility company operations from running day-to-day city government. One of those steps reassigned Patricia Bliss and removed her from the city finance director position. ...
Marco Island’s city manager: Cul-de-sac adoption is a beautiful thing
Published 05/03/2012 at 10:44 a.m. 3 Comments
After City Manager Jim Riviere and his wife drove around Marco Island, they came to the conclusion the city looks pretty good. “I think the island is beautiful right now,” he told the Beautification Advisory Committee on Wednesday. Riviere made ...
PHOTOS: Birds of a feather ... flock to 2nd Nest Fest eagle sanctuary fundraiser at Bistro Soleil
Published 04/23/2012 at 4:17 p.m.
Feather boas and froufrous fluttered through Thursday’s Nest Fest as 145 eagle enthusiasts flaunted their support for Marco Island’s avian treasure: The Tract K American bald eagles. The fundraiser, sponsored by the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation, helped support the $30,000 ...
Marco mythbuster: Chairman Magel on the facts, plans for the future
Published 04/23/2012 at 4:10 p.m. 17 Comments
Larry Magel has a short time to get a lot of things done. With Marco Island’s City Council elections moved to November, his term as chairman will be brief, only nine months long. His first order of business has been ...
Someone else may have received your tax refund; Sheriff Rambosk explains how during 'Lunch with Chief' event on Marco Island
Updated 04/20/2012 at 1:37 p.m. 1 Comment
Ask Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk what he’s done lately, and he has a good answer. In the last 10 days, his economic crimes unit handled more than 600 cases of tax fraud. It’s one of the newest way criminals ...
Marco Island City Council approves policy decisions that will shape water rate ordinance
Published 04/18/2012 at 10:39 a.m. 24 Comments
In a fast-paced workshop on Monday, Marco Island’s City Councilors drilled down to approve four final pieces of the city’s water and sewer rate puzzle. Their decisions will give city staff the direction it needs to craft an ordinance using ...
Marco Island’s missing $4 million – uncovered during revenue sufficiency study – may be found
Published 04/17/2012 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 04/16/2012 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.
Hideaway looks to downsize its beach project after disappointing TDC news
Published 04/16/2012 at 4:28 p.m. 4 Comments
Erik Brechnitz, Hideaway Beach Tax District Board chairman, said it should be no surprise because it’s been in the newspaper. The Collier County Board of Commissioners will spend less money on beach renourishment projects.
With ‘big flag’ unfurled: First glimpse gives Marco Island committee goose bumps; official raising set for May 28
Published 04/12/2012 at 2:35 p.m. 15 Comments
Seeing the size and brightness of the first flag for Marco Island’s 50-foot flagpole at the foot of the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge brought some misty eyes to members of the city’s Big Flag Committee on Wednesday.