“I cannot fund this project without these additional guest rooms,” he said.
"High said he met individually with Marco Island’s councilors last week to present the new plan." That's a good way to get around Florida's Sunshine laws.
Let's stop canonizing the Mackle Brothers. They were developers out to make a profit. Had they had their way, Marco and surrounding areas would have been much more developed. It's frightening to think how developed it would have been. However, via lawsuits and the Deltona settlement, the residents of Collier County (yes, the Mackles would have developed land off the island as well as on) and Marco were able to try to control their destiny and limit growth. We need a mix of residences and tourists. However, the Marriott made a promise to the residents of this city via the PUD agreement and they should be obliged to keep that promise.
Marco Island "Tree City" removes trees!
Thank you for this government subsidy.
There was an agreement which was a promise to the citizens of Marco Island...to ALL the citizens, not just those in the immediate vicinity. While sometimes things do change and need to be re evaluated, the only thing that has changed since the agreement is the Marriott's greed. The agreement (promise) should be enforced.
Gotta love it....we don't want the government subsidizing anything unless it's something we want. Take away all of those government benefits that target a particular group of people unless we are that particular group of people. And, shouldn't it be Congress who addresses this problem? Oh, that's right. Our obstructionist Congress can't accomplish anything.
Kudos to CVS.
1.5 Million...that's the Conservative way 😊
The Marriott says only 5 properties parallel the area of their desired development. What about the promises made to ALL Marco Islanders when the original variances were given....that is; they would get height extensions, etc. in exchange for NEVER building on that side of Collier.
After Milk interfered with Sacher's protection of Duane Thomas' pollution of our canals, Sacher was just looking to get rid of Milk. Unfortunately, Milk's non disclosure gave Sacher a reason to sack him.
Have any of you ever really looked at your tax bill? If not, do so and see what you pay to the City vs what you pay to the county and the county school system.
Seems like Peck is the only one with half a brain in all this.
Interesting comment, condoseller. Sacher was on and exhilarating hiogh after Mr. Hernstadt was appointed....wonder why?
Ironic that council hired a consultant to find a new city manager and then fired that consultant because when he presented his recommendations, they were appalled because they found his recommendations totally inadequate. They then spent more money to hire a second consultant and then ended up hiring someone who was presented by that first consultant. Hopefully, having a professional city manager will help protect this council from their own inadequacies.
Wonder why Sacher "butted heads" with Milk over a seawall contractor who was illegally dumping debris in our canals? The contractor was cited but then after a coucilman's intervention the case was taken off the Code Enforcement agenda. Why?
Here is the language from the charter:(5) No Council Member shall direct or request, or participate in, the appointment or removal by the City Manager of any employee in the administrative service of the City.
(6) Except for the purpose of inquiry, the Council and its Members shall deal with the administrative service solely through the City Manager and neither the Council nor any Member thereof shall give orders to any subordinates of the City Manager, either publicly or privately.
(7) Notwithstanding the provisions of (6) above, upon the affirmative vote of five (5) or more Council Members, the Council shall conduct investigations into the activities or the performance of any City department, agency, administration, City Manager, staff or employee. Investigations may be conducted by the Council as a whole or delegated by Council to any Council Member(s), or to another person(s) and/or entity. Council shall act on any such findings as it may determine to be in the best interest of the City.
Marco, by charter has a city council/strong city manager type of government. By charter, council members may NOT be involved with hiring and firing of any employees except the city manager and attorney. This present council does not seem to understand that this is the law. Mr. Milk's guilt or innocence aside, it is illegal for council members to get involved with firing of employees except as noted above. Read the charter.
The real story? Just watch a city council meeting and you will see why no one wants to work here.
And so, the comedy show continues!!! GorgonZola is right on!
Anybody watch the Council meeting? It was like watching a Monday night comedy show entitled "The Seven Stooges". The best part was when Sacher said he wanted to know the occupational status of the candidates wives and if any of them had a child with a disability.
So, people are finally seeing LS for who he really is?????
laslic: Another place to play/while away the hours or facilities for those on whom our lives depend?....you weigh the logic
Rick Scott...a true conservative except where he is concerned.
Comparing her situation to rape is asinine. This woman is an insult to victims everywhere.
Mr. Breeze...perhaps you should read the City Charter....what you describe is NOT the type of government set out in the Charter. If you want that type of government, then you need to change the Charter.
For Marco City Council, just go to Dunkin Donuts....that's where they make all their decisions....well protected from the sunshine.
Many members of the public will never believe that the Sunshine Laws weren't violated by this appointment....It was probably pre decided at Dunkin' Donuts by a meeting of the "the minds".
Hey Eagle...you are missing the real story from the Code Meeting.....why were two complaints dropped?
My dear Ms. Litzan....Everyone would NOT say that Ms. Biles is a great choice. Many, many would take exception with that.
I'm sorry to hear about his injury and wish him a speedy recovery. But, really, let's be honest he is in the office so infrequently, will anyone notice his absence?
Never mind the health hazards of dogs on the beach, they also chase the birds. Marco is a sanctuary for birds. Many of the ones you see on the beach are resting and need that rest to recoup. Dogs would disturb the birds and upset the nice balance we have with nature here on Marco. If you are so concerned about the fact that you pay taxes here, you pay a lot more to Collier County than Marco...why not approach them about a dog friendly beach?
Perhaps Sacher ought to check his facts before opening his mouth.
Anyone can sit around sniping at staff. Mr. Sacher needs to stop being a blowhard and work WITH other council members and the administration to set clear goals and expectations.
So they hire more and more people in finance and have more and more problems
It is a PERSONAL choice. It really is not up to YOU to agree or disagree with her choice. You really don't know what you would do until you are in that situation and then it would be your choice and your choice alone. It is awfully presumptive of you to agree or disagree.
Congratulations to both! They deserve a lot of credit for their accomplishments.
Ha ha. Keister doesn't want professional help in choosing a new CM because he did SO well in his last two hires!
Too bad the prior Council, of which Mr. W was a member, didn't consider these requirements. The man they chose meets none of these criteria. Hopefully, this council will pay more attention to PROFESSIONAL qualifications.
This time, please hire a PROFESSIONAL city manager......one with training, experiential background, and CREDENTIALS at least on a par with ICMA certification...not just a retooled whatever.
There is a place for MICA as stewards of our residents'beach. But, they need get over their outdated deed restrictions that are in conflict with the city and county. Let those entities enforce zoning. MICA's outdated restrictions hurt individual homeowners.
Hey Petricca: It's much easier to lobby ONE person than SEVEN.
As usual, Hunter phones it in....nice to pay such a big salary to an absentee chief. But, that's what it was like under the sheriff...absentee protection on Marco.
The signs are working already. Today there were half a dozen cars parked in the swales by Tigertail!
Was that Grado's court mandated punishment for destroying the native habitat and assault with a deadly weapon?
in response to 2themoon:
Eddi, you mean to tell me some half baked covenant from 50 years ago is still the law of the land?
Does that apply to the Constitution also?
I'm sure there were smart alecks (I'm being kind here with that term) like #1 and #2 in Aurora, CO and Newton, CT. also
Let's hope his idea of working together is really working together and not "my way or nothing". Time will tell.
Why don't you run for Council? Oh that's right, you are not a full time resident.
Cars don't kill. People driving cars do. But we have all kinds of regulations regarding cars and the licensing of drivers.
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