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Council also will look at water-rate proposals at workshop

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The Marco Island City Council convenes at 1 p.m. in chambers on Monday to again discuss utility rates for customers of the water/wastewater utility owned by the city. Council will look over formulas that several members believe are more fair and equitable and level the playing field.

Council will also discuss the city charter during that segment. Several council members have bemoaned the compensation received for the amount of work required to accomplish their responsibilities. Any change will require an amendment to the city charter and require voter approval.

A regular evening session will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in chambers to discuss several issues that created considerable debate in earlier meetings -- including reconsideration of the recently passed Short Term Rental Registration Ordinance, the second reading of the creation of a Density Transfer Ordinance, the extension of the time allowed for a Temporary Use Permit and a number of reports from various department heads.

Planning Board

Even though the city of Marco Island Planning Board has a short agenda for its meeting, the item under discussion is about as complex as they get.

The board will hear a petition for the creation of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for the properties consisting of the Island Plaza at the intersection of Collier Boulevard and Bald Eagle Drive and the properties that encompass the Progressive Auto Storage Building/Car Wash and the adjacent buildings housing an auto repair facility, convenience store and lubrication facility owned by the Kelly family.

A mid-town PUD requires a minimum of 5 acres to qualify for that designation under the present Land Development Code, therefore requiring the need for the two landowners to come together with the petition for the change to a PUD designation.

The issues before the board will be to ferret out the details of how those facilities will be utilized in the future and the benefit to the island that would be associated with the changes allowed.

Progressive provides for storage of automobiles within their building at 740 Bald Eagle Drive. The entire sixth floor provides private ownership of those spaces utilized for automotive storage. The Kelly family owns the first floor, which houses offices and their car-wash and detailing operation. They also own the next two floors, which they rent for auto storage to individuals.

Floors 4 and 5 are owned by Cleveland Construction, a private firm with no affiliation to the Kelly family.

Island Plaza Investments, LLC, part of Hendricks Commercial Properties Group headquartered in Beloit, Wisc., owns the Island Plaza retail/office center. They purchased the property in July 2013. Hendricks specializes in the purchase and operations of shopping plazas around the county.

Hendricks currently manages and owns more than 15 million square feet of real estate properties in 39 states. Properties range from industrial, office, retail, multifamily and development land.

The company has indicated a desire to make a substantial investment in the Island Plaza property to increase its curb appeal, improve parking, lighting and landscaping.

Some consider the location at the corner of Bald Eagle Drive and Collier Boulevard to be an entryway property for the island that is sorely in need of a makeover and could signal the beginning of the much-talked-about revitalization of the mid-town district.

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