3 To Know: City will evaluate 40-year structural recertification procedure, more

12 story building Collapse Surfside, Florida

1. City will evaluate 40-year structural recertification procedures

In a press release, the city of Marco Island sent “heartfelt sympathies to the families, residents, and neighbors impacted by the tragic collapse of the Champlain Tower Condominium in Surfside.” on June 24.

12 story building Collapse Surfside, Florida

Also mentioned: “Reviewing these events, city staff will be closely evaluating the 40-year structural recertification procedures required by some jurisdictions in the State of Florida and will conduct a thorough review of our own policies and procedures regarding building safety.

“Preventing this type of disaster is always a central focus for local government and we will continue to be proactive in keeping our residents and visitors safe.”

2. Costs for new Alzheimer’s drug go beyond $56K price tag

The eye-popping $56,000 price tag on Biogen’s newly approved Alzheimer’s medication has generated debate on the value of a drug not yet proved to slow the mind-robbing disease.

But Aduhelm’s price is only the start of what consumers and insurers might pay to get the first new Food and Drug Administration-approved drug to treat Alzheimer’s since 2003.

Many experts say patients will need expensive tests to verify they have the underlying sticky clumps of protein the drug targets in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Patients could see other bills from doctors, as well as from facilities that administer the drug via IV and imaging centers for MRIs to monitor common side effects. The unknowns about how much people will pay for the drug and related testing are among a growing list of questions as the drug hits the market in the coming weeks.

The price of the drug, diagnostic tests and monitoring could lead to tension between the drug’s maker, Biogen, and providers who bill patients and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private insurers. The agency that oversees Medicare usually pays for FDA-approved drugs, but it must evaluate which treatments and diagnostic tests are reasonable and necessary.

File: Fourth of July on Marco Island.

3. City reminds residents, visitors about Fourth behavior 

The city is hosting fireworks at 9 p.m., July 4. Fireworks will launch from a barge situated off the coast between Tigertail Beach and South Beach.

The following information was conveyed by the city of Marco Island as reminders for the upcoming holiday weekend:

  • Personal fireworks are not permitted within city limits.
  • Parking: Vehicles must not block the road to wait for parking spaces. Some residential streets are marked indicating that parking in the swales is prohibited. Vehicles that are parked illegally will be ticketed and are subject to being towed.
  • Trash: Beach-goers are asked to put trash in the receptacles or pack it up and take it with you. The trash receptacles at the beach will be emptied twice on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over the holiday weekend. Littering on the beach is a violation of the city’s code and is subject to a fine.
  • There will be a beach cleanup at 8 a.m., Monday, July 5, at South Marco Beach, Tigertail Beach and Residents’ Beach. Bring your neighbors and friends to support this initiative.
  • Noise: Marco Island noise ordinance will be enforced and there are no warnings given after 11 p.m. Any concerns related to noise should be reported to the Marco Island Police Department at 239-389-5050.