3 To Know: Marco Island Planning Board elects chair, vice-chair

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1. Marco Island Planning Board elects chair, vice-chair

Newly re-elected Marco Island Planning Board Chair Erik Brechnitz (left) and former Vice-Chair Ed Issler shake hands in this file photo.

The Marco Island Planning Board met Friday morning in the City Council’s chambers and re-elected Erik Brechnitz as chair. It also elected Ron Goldstein as vice-chair. The board then discussed changing site development plan requirements. There will be a public hearing regarding the changes at the board's next meeting, which is 9 a.m. March 2 in the community room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.

2. Car hit cyclist in East Naples crosswalk

A bicyclist was in critical condition after she was struck by a vehicle in East Naples on Friday afternoon.

Maria Malfitano, 57, of Naples, was hit by a car while riding her bike east on a crosswalk on Davis Boulevard toward Kings Way about 4 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Malfitano was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers for treatment.

Cheryl June Pohl, 72, of Naples, was driving a 2015 Lexus north in the outside lane on Kings Way and crossed Davis Boulevard. She failed to yield for crosswalk traffic and struck Malfitano, the Highway Patrol reported. 

Alcohol wasn't a factor in the crash, FHP stated.

3. Harvey, Irma and Maria among five costliest hurricanes in U.S. history

The three big hurricanes of 2017 — Harvey, Irma and Maria — are now three of the five costliest hurricanes in U.S. history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week.

The storms brought widespread death and destruction to Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

While 2005's Katrina remains the costliest hurricane on record at $160 billion, last year's Hurricane Harvey ranks second, with damage costs of $125 billion.

Hurricane Maria ranks third at $90 billion, and Irma ranks fifth at $50 billion.

In this geocolor GOES-16 file satellite image taken Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, sunlight illuminates Hurricane Irma as the storm approaches Cuba and Florida.