Brechnitz appoints Philip T. Thompson to the Waterways Advisory Committee

City Council chairperson Erik Brechnitz appointed Philip T. Thompson as the new member of the Waterways Advisory Committee after Leslie Shade resigned. Council approved it unanimously on Monday.

Thompson is past board member of Island Country Club and a business owner, according to his application. He has lived on Marco Island for more than 15 years.

The Waterways Advisory Committee approved on April 15 a request for proposal (RFP) to identify the source of elevated nutrients affecting the water canals on Marco Island.  In the picture, non-toxic algae floats on the Marco Island canal between N. Barfield Dr. and Juniper Ct. on Aug. 7, 2019.

Shade loved being in the Waterway Committee but said he was not going to be present for several meetings, according to Brechnitz. “He thought that was unacceptable.”

In Marco Island, each councilor appoints one member of each committee but the City Council has to approve it in a meeting, according to the the Board and Committee Handbook. "Councilors will usually let us know if they would like to advertise for the position," City clerk Laura Litzan wrote in an email to Marco Eagle.  "When we do advertise its usually a combination of newsprint, website and email subscriber communication."

Brechnitz did not instruct city staff to advertise the vacant position, according to Litzan. "The chair did not request that we advertise the position because he already had an appointee in mind that he hoped would accept," Litzan wrote.

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