Ken Honecker first council incumbent to seek re-election

Steve Stefanides

Ken Honecker took 11 years to decide to run for Marco Island City Council after he and his wife, Diane, sold his family business in New Jersey and arrived here in 2000.

As he closes in on the end of his first term in office as a council member, Honecker has decided he would like to continue to work for the citizens of the island to and deal with the challenges facing the community.

This week Honecker will file his paperwork for his re-election to a second four-year term on the council.

“The city has a number of challenges moving forward and I would like to help to provide solutions that are fair and well thought out to meet those needs as we move towards our 20 year anniversary as a city,” said Honecker.

He is the second candidate to announce his candidacy in the last two weeks.

Dr. Gerald Swiacki, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, was the first.

Honecker won his seat on council in 2012 when voters swept out the three members of the then-sitting council who were seeking re-election.

In his announcement on Tuesday, he cited the hiring of a competent and professional city manager as one of the council’s most credible accomplishments.

“Roger Hernstadt has done an outstanding job under some of the most difficult of circumstances. He inherited a mess and has done a very good job moving the city forward,” said Honecker in an interview.

Honecker also cited council’s accomplishments in the completion of the Herb Savage Bridge (the old Smokehouse Bay Bridge) and moving the replacement of the Mackle Park Community Center through a maze of hearings and a referendum, which island voters approved.

Honecker also praised council and the city manager for holding the line on spending, while establishing a plan to deal with recurring capital needs for the city.

“The easy thing to do is say no and have no plan to meet the ongoing needs of the community; that is a recipe for disaster,” said Honecker.