Dr. Jerry Swiacki is first candidate to file for city council seat

Steve Stefanides

Citing his concerns about a number of important issues facing the Marco community, Dr. Jerry Swiacki announced his intention to seek a seat on the Marco Island City Council.

Swiacki, a retired physician, is the first candidate to announce for one of the four seats that will be up for grabs in the Nov. 8 election.

The posts are now held by incumbent council members Ken Honecker, Larry Sacher, Amadeo Petricca and Larry Honig. None of those members presently serving have publicly indicated their intentions to seek re-election.

In his announcement, Swiacki pointed to the challenges facing the city, including the need to acquire a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from Collier County. Such a certificate is a requirement should the city wish to provide its own advanced life support services and emergency transport capabilities through the Marco Fire-Rescue Department.

“I believe it’s vital that our city has the ability to provide these services as an autonomous community and be proactive, rather than reactive to the county’s decisions regarding these services,” said Swiacki, who has 45 years experience as a physician, surgeon and health care educator.

Collier County is debating whether and when to exit the fire and EMS services within the county and turn it over to one of the two independent fire districts. That would leave Marco residents with no say over costs, level of emergency services and equipment to be staged on the island.

Swiacki and his wife, Linda Turner, have been very active within the community and both have served on advisory committees as well as with other organizations.

Swiacki has served for three and a half years on the Marco Island parks and recreation committee and is now its chairman. He has been instrumental in providing public forums for residents to discuss their views for what enhancements might be made at Veterans’ Community Park.

“It’s important that we have an open and frank discussion on what the future holds for the facilities which are needed in the park by the residents of the community,” said Swiacki.

Swiacki first visited the island in 1960 while on a trip to Southwest Florida. He purchased his first property on the island in 1983 and would later build his permanent home that he and his wife have lived in since 2003.