March 11at 6PM. HOMELAND SECURITY ISSUES IN SW FLORIDA will be discussed as part of the Round Lecture at Iberia Bank on Marco Island.. Admission of $3 pp to cover the cost of the event. Reservations. (239)-403-5169.
Notice is hereby given that the Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, March 13 at 1 p.m. in the Board of County Commissioners chambers, third floor, Collier County Government Center, 3299 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, Fla. The meeting will be broadcast live on Collier Television and via colliergov.net.
Congradulations to Peter Huy Esq of Kramer Huy P.A. on Marco Island. Huy has been added as a shareholder of the company.
YOUR MARCO ISLAND RADIO STATION 98.1 FM WBGY WILL SOON BE OFFERING A NEW PROGRAM CALLED TECH TIPS FEATURING MARCO EXPERTS ON VARIOUS EVERYDAY ITEMS YOU MAY WONDER ABOUT USING. FROM CELL PHONES TO AUTOMATIC THERMOSTATS LISTEN FOR THE SHOWS SPRINKLED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office has begun mailing a Notice of Election/Vote by Mail Request Form to all registered voters for the 2014 Primary and General Elections. This mailing serves to remind voters of the upcoming Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 and the General Election scheduled for Tuesday, November 4, and the Vote by Mail Request Form provides a convenient way for voters to request a mail/absentee ballot for one or both elections. Registered Collier County voters may also request a mail/absentee ballot by visiting www.CollierVotes.com and selecting the Mail/Absentee tab.
Marco island Writers will host the Annual AuthorFest at Marco Lutheran Church Saturday the 8th noon to 4 pm. More than 40 local authors will be on hand to sign and sell their books. The event is open to the public.
The second annual Arts and Music Festival on Marco island is this Sunday the 9th 10am to 4pm at MarGood Harbor Park 321 Pear Tree Ave at Goodland. There will be a juried art show, food, music and free admission.
A new American Legion post has been established on Marco Island with a newly elected Commander Lee Rubenstein. 28 Members have signed up. Meetings will be held the 3rd Tuesday of each month at Gino's Trattoria Restaurant, 969 N. Collier Blvd., Collier and Bald Eagle at 11.00 A.M. The new post number is 404.
The former owners of the now-defunct Island Drug store have agreed not to file an appeal and will pay Marco Island $50,000 for its legal fees. The settlement is about 55 percent of $90,215.88 Marco Island requested from Larry and Susan Heine for the city's cost in fighting the couple’s 2010 civil rights lawsuit. A judge had yet to rule on the city’s motion to recoup costs.
Marco Island City Council unanimously agreed Monday to delay a vote on whether to hold a referendum to ask residents if they support a renovation and expansion of the community center at Mackle Park. Council was split over whether to spend $30,000 to conduct a mail ballot or wait for the Aug. 26 primary.Larry Sacher wanted the project cost left blank not wanting to be bound by it others disagreed.
DETAILS OF THESE STORIES AND MORE CAN BE HEARD ON THE SEVEN LOCAL MARCO NEWSCASTS HEARD DAILY ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM WBGY
MARCO ISLAND CITY COUNCILOR LARRY HONIG WILL HOLD A "COFFEE WITH THE OTHER LARRY" TUESDAY, MARCH 11 AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM Larry invites all citizens to attend and ask questions of any kind about your City. In advance, please visit his website -- HonigForMarco.com -- which may answer some of your questions and cause you to think of others!
March 15, Saturday, 8AM.another. BEACH CLEAN-UP sponsored by the MI Beach Advisory Committee will take place. Volenteers should Meet at the South Beach Boardwalk. Suppliessuch as bags, gloves and water will be provided.
The Isles of Capri Fire Control District Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Friday, March 14, at 4 p.m. at the Isles of Capri Fire Station, 175 Capri Blvd., Naples, Fla.
Fort Myers, FL – December 5, 2013 – Lee Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce a free presentation by preeminent archaeologist Dr.Jerald Milanich entitled, "Enchantments: The Photographic Adventures ofA.W. and Julian Dimock in Southwest Florida, 1904-1913," March 19, 2014 at7:00pm, Marco Island Historical Museum, 180 South Heathwood Drive, MarcoIsland. Dr. Milanich’s presentation will be preceded by a book signing andreception from 5:00 to 7:00ppm.
Frankenstein: The Musical will run for one weekend, March 7-9 at the Marco Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier Blvd. Evening performances Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 and the Sunday matinee is at 2:30. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in person at the Marco Lutheran Church
or online at www.theateronmarco.com. For information on the production call 239-394-0080.
LISTEN FOR RECORDED SERVICE FROM THE MARCO ISLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH ON ONE WEEK DELAY SUNDAYS AT 11 AM ON MARCO ISLAND'S OWN 98.1 FM WBGY
March 3, 2014
Marco City Council will meet at 5:30pm
They will discuss:
Update on Marco Island Historical Museum Permanent Exhibits from
Utility Rate Design
Analysis from consultant Mr
Rob Ori of
DraftMarcoIsland Rate Design
Analysis Agmt Ltr
A Resolution to Provide for a Referendum Election to Determine
Whether the Electorate Supports the Renovation and Expansion of the
Indoor Community Center at Mackle Park.
Ordinance - 2nd Reading - Rose Marina - Land Development Code
Amendments to Sections 30-264(9) and 30-265(4) of the C-5 Zoning
Marco Island has been chosen TripAdvisor’s 2014 best island in the United States and fourth place in the world based on contributing travelers’ reviews and ratings of hotels, restaurants and attractions over 12 months. TripAdvisor describes the island as a perfect destination for those who crave a peaceful retreat, but don’t have time to travel ..
The "Precautionary Boil Water Notice" for the area of 380 SEAVIEW COURT has been rescinded.
At 2:57 Thursday afternoon Marco Island Fire Rescue received a call of smoke emanating from a condo at 1011 Swallow Avenue. Units from Marco Island, Isle of Capri, East Naples and Ochopee Fire Rescue were dispatched. Upon arrival the first unit advised of smoke coming from a first floor unit of a five story, approximately 50 unit condominium. The building was evacuated. Crews made entry into the unit and found that the fire source was located in a bathroom and had spread into the wall and ceiling space. Firefighters removed sections of the wall and ceiling and were able to extinguish the fire. The area of the fire was limited to that apartment, an adjacent apartment did have smoke. The estimated damage is approximately $50,000. The fire is under investigation by the City of Marco Island Fire Marshal and the Marco Island Building Department was contacted. Two individuals in an adjacent apartment were displaced and the owner of the apartment was not at home. The building was turned over to the property manager and fire units cleared the scene at 5:00 PM.
MARCO ISLAND'S OWN 98.1 FM WBGY WELCOMES TWO NEW SPONSORS TO THE STATION. JACK GOLF SHACK IN THE NAPLES OUTLET MALL RT 951 NORTH OF MARCO JOINS OUR LONG LIST. ALSO, MIKE HARRIS AND MARCO GEM CARS HAVE BEGUN USING OUR MARCO STATION TO REACH CUSTOMERS WITH THEIR MESSAGE. IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS INTERESTED IN PROMOTING ON THE ISLAND CALL 642-0981 FOR MORE INFO.
Marco island Bike Path Meeting
Date: 2/28/2014 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: 1st Floor Conference Room
50 Bald Eagle Drive
Marco Island, Florida 34145
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Naples Quilters Guild's annual quilt show is Friday and Saturday 9 to 4 at new Hope Ministries 7675 Davis Blvd, Naples. All proceeds benefit Local Women's/Children's charities.
Notice is given that the La Peninsula Municipal Services Benefit Unit Advisory Committee (MSBU) will meet on Friday, February 28, at 10 a.m. at Club House of La Peninsula, 10 La Peninsula Boulevard, Isles of Capri, Fla.
Tuesday, February 25th customers in the area of 380 SEAVIEW COURT (TOWER 3 ONLY) experienced an EMERGENCY water service interruption due to repairs being done on the water main these customers will be under a "Precautionary Boil Water Notice" until further notice.
THANKS TO ALL THOSE WHO E MAILED OR SNAIL MAILED US WITH CONGRADULATIONS ON OUR SECOND ANNIVERSERY OF OPERATION ON MARCO ISLAND.
WE FEEL IT A PRIVILEDGE TO SERVE THE MARCO-ISLES OF CAPRI-GOODLAND-EVERGLADES CITY AREA WITH LOCALLY PRODUCED NEWS AND ENTERTAINMENT AND LOOK FOROWRD TO SERVING THE AREA FOR YEARS TO COME.
Feb. 7 Collier County and Florida Department of Transportation officials broke ground on a project at the intersection of U.S. 41 and S.R./C.R. 951 to improve the Capacity of traffic in that area. The two-year project is being completed along with resurfacing of 951 from south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway to south of 41. The project is part of a Joint Participation Agreement with FDOT, which will be reimbursing Collier County for approximately $14 million of the approximately $20 million in construction costs.
Saturday the Marco Island Yacht Club held an annual Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet as a dozen of the club’s vessels passed in review and received the blessing of the chaplain. The MIYC bridge wore dress whites and nautical caps, and saluted as the boats passed. The entourage included yachts, power and sailboats, cruisers and trawlers moroting on the Marco River.
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Two people were arrested on drug charges this week during a traffic stop while children were in the vehicle According to Collier County officials, deputies stopped a vehicle on Collier Boulevard for failing to stop at an intersection. Deputies could smell a strong odor of marijuana from inside the vehicle. The driver was Emmanuel Gabriel and the passenger Francia Pompilus. Pompilus' two children were in the back seat -- a 2-year-old and an 11-month old. After speaking to Gabriel, deputies determined he had given them a false identity his name was actually Steven Gabriel and had warrants out from Lee County and Collier County. During a search, deputies found a gray Walmart bag with measuring cups. The cups had a white powdery substance in them that tested positive for cocaine. The cocaine was within reach of her 2-year-old toddler and 11-month-old infant.
The Marco Marriott’s General Manager Rick Medwedeff presented the Marco island board with a new plan for recreating the hotel’s parking property at the board's meeting Friday. It dropped the a parking garage in favor of four elevated tennis courts over covered parking. The new plan was recommended by city staff. The elevated tennis courts are approved in the 2001 PUD. The new plan is possible through reconfiguring 1,243 parking spaces and eliminates 30 spaces set aside for community parking plus increases the number of compact car spots, reduces landscaping and mid-parking. Board members said too many questions remain unanswered in this second proposal and asked staff to return with more information. The board also asked staff to consider what issues would arise and should replacement of Smokehouse Bridge on Collier Boulevard take place simultaneously.
STARTING THIS SUNDAY MARCO LUTHERAN CHURCH SERVICES WILL BE HEARD AT 11AM ON MARCO ISLAND RADIO 98.1 FM WBGY. THE SERVICES WILL BE AIRED FROM THE PREVIOUS SUNDAY AND ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE MARCO LUTHERAN WEB SITE AS A PODCAST.
A big tournout was had at the Marco island Sunshine Ace Hardware store on San Marco Rd Saturday. the store had recently been remodeled and was re-opening sportsing a hand painted wall mural and many new sections. island radio 98.1 fm WBGY was on hand and gave away a free trip to Key West opn the Key West express to one lucky contestant.
House Speaker John Boehner has bought a condominium in the exclusive enclave of Marco Island. The $835,000 condo is a 14-story tower known as The Tampico according to real estate records and a local Realtor’s description of the waterfront residence.
The cityof Marco Island has filed a bill for $90,215.88 against defunct-Island Drug store and its owners, Larry and Susan Heine. The two accused the Marco police department and its former chief, Thom Carr, of harassing them and their customers at their Marco Town Center store and trying to put them out of business. A federal judge threw out their 2010 lawsuit just before a trial set for this month. City Attorney Burt Saunders said he wanted the city to go after legal fees to warn others to "think twice" about hitting Marco Island with frivolous lawsuits. The Heines haven’t made a decision on whether to appeal the ruling.
House Speaker John Boehner has bought a condominium in the exclusive enclave of Marco Island. The $835,000 condo is a 14-story tower known as The Tampico according to real estate records and a local Realtor’s description of the waterfront residence.
On February 18 the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office began mailing a Notice of Election/Vote by Mail Request Form to all registered voters who are eligible to vote in the US Congressional District 19 Special Elections. This mailing serves to remind voters of the upcoming Special Primary Election scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 and the Special General Election scheduled for Tuesday, June 24, and the Vote by Mail Request Form provides a convenient way for voters to request a mail/absentee ballot for one or both elections. Registered Collier County voters may also request a mail/absentee ballot by visiting www.CollierVotes.com and selecting the Mail/Absentee tab. For more information, please contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at (239) 252-VOTE
Marco Island City Council voted 4-3 to approve a land-development code change. The change will allow Rose Marina to build a 60-foot boat storage barn. The Anglers Cove Condominium Association opposed the plans saying it would devalue their homes and block or eliminate waterfront views. Tuesday’s vote changes only the land-use code. Rose Marina must come before the city’s planning board and council again with its development plans. The new code allows a new height of 60 feet. The change affects two other waterfront C-5 zoned properties Anglers Cove land and Walker’s Hideaway Marina,
Don't miss a Town Hall Meeting with Councilor Larry Honig
"COFFEE WITH THE OTHER LARRY" will be held TUESDAY, MARCH 11 AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE COMMUNITY ROOM
Larrys says, "I invite all citizens to attend and ask questions of any kind about your City. I won't have a big presentation -- just answer your questions and, mostly, listen In advance, please visit my website -- HonigForMarco.com -- which may answer some of your questions and cause you to think of others! I look forward to listening and learning. "
A report of a schimmer used to steal credit card information is circulating on Marco Island. This one seen at a local gas station. The unit looks like an addition to the gas pump but really is a device glued to the pump to steal your info. If you are suspecious of such a device let the attendant know. He or she might not be aware of it's exsistence.
Committee Reports – Beach Advisory Committee
Collier County Coastal Advisory Committee (CAC) update – Debbie Roddy
BchAC 2014 Goals
Public Forum proposal – February 28th, 2015
Volunteer Beach Stewardship and BAC Beach Monitoring
Standard & Poor’s Rating Services has raised its rating to AA+ from AA for Marco Island’s general obligation debt, according to City Manager Roger T. Hernstadt.
"The stable outlook reflects our opinion of the city’s stable local economy and our expectation of continued balanced operating performance and maintenance of strong reserves," S&P said in a summary dated Feb. 13. "We do not expect to raise the rating within the next two years given the city’s debt burden and exposure to natural disasters, which could affect its operations and flexibility. "However,we believe the city’s strong management and very strong financial flexibility somewhat mitigate the financial risk posed by a catastrophic event, and we do not expect to lower the rating barring a significant and sustained lapse of financial management or performance."
NATIONS REALTY HAS BEGUN PRODUCING AN INFORMATIONAL PROGRAM ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS CONCERNING REAL ESTATE. THE SHOW AIRS AT 9AM SUNDAY MORNINGS ON MARCO'S 98.1FM AND FEATURES MARRICE MCGLAUGHLIN OF NATIONS ANSWREING QUESTIONS E MAILED IN BY LISTENERS. IF YOU WISH TO SUBMIT A QUESTION SEND IT TO THEISLAND981@YAHOO.COM.
Collier County County Commissioners want to know why the City of Marco Island has not repaired Goodland Road (CR 92A) after receiving $12 million for road repairs. Mike Barbush, a Goodland resident, told commissioners the problem was an unwillingness to fund the project but Tim Pinter, Marco Island public works director, says the Conservancy of Southwest Florida stymied the project. The Conservancy claims the city needed more water flow studies before it can move forward. Commissioners decided to send a letter, asking the city for an action plan to address "needed improvements" on Goodland Road with 90 days to respond.
The Marco island Bike Path Meeting has been POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 28
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: 1st Floor Conference Room
50 Bald Eagle Drive
Marco Island, Florida 34145
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About 18 artists fanned out at 9 a.m. to begin their works that were auctioned off Wednesday evening at the Rose History Auditorium in the Marco Island Historical Museum. The fundraiser was organized by alumni of the Leadership Marco program and the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Robert Stone will appear February 25th at the Rose Auditorium at 7pm for a free program on the history of cattle ranching in Florida. Stone is an independent folklorist and media producer in Gainesville.
Marco Faith and Wine will present EVERYBODY NEEDS TO FORGIVE SOMEBODY with Dr. Allen Hunt February 26th 6:30 to 8:30pm at San Marco Church Parish hall 851 San Marco Blvd on Marco Island. Tickets information is available at 642-3177
The Marco Island Center for the Arts held their gala event entitled "in the black" Sunday evening. 300 members jammed the ballroom at the Island Country Club for the event featuring a Roaring 20s theme. A live auction of itemswas held including a Salvador Dali etching donated by Bob Chase, whose wife Moya Chase contributed an original oil painting titled "Waiting For Him" impatiently.
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Tim and Regina Dayton will receive $135,000 for dropping all claims and another $15,000 for ending a August Circuit Court lawsuit that alleges the city of Marco Island refused to comply with a request to provide copies of public records. The Daytons were joined in the suit by Marco resident Toni Jessen, who requested records pertaining to inspection of repairs done at her home. Legal fees associated with the lawsuit are to be paid by the couple.
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Marco Island city counciler Larry sacher said Monday, Many thanks to both MICA for their sponsorship, Bill McMullan for moderating, and the more than 80 citizens who attended my last Town Hall Meeting. The feedback from the Community has been most encouraging, and I am planning this next one so that some of the key issues that are likely to come before Council will not yet be resolved and to give our seasonal residents another opportunity to express themselves. The next coffee with the counciler will be held April 3rd at 9am.
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Collier County, Fla.—February 3, 2014: The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office has received an Executive Order signed by Governor Rick Scott announcing that a Special Election will be held for US Congressional District 19 in order to replace former Congressman Trey Radel. The Primary Election will be held on April 22, 2014 and the General Election will take place on June 24, 2014. District 19 includes coastal areas in both Lee and Collier County and 35 precincts will be active in Collier County. In order to participate in this election, voters must be registered in Congressional District 19. The registration deadline for the Primary Election is Monday, March 24, 2014.
01/03/2014 03:00 AM
An Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for failing to yield to emergency vehicles. The driver, Christopher Atkinson, 21, was given a Notice to Appear Summons for Court for Possession of Marijuana.
01/04/2013 08:00 AM
01/06/2014 04:00 PM
It was reported that a dump truck pumped $100 worth of fuel at the business of Shell Gas Station on Bald Eagle Drive and then drove off without paying for the fuel. Investigation continues.
01/09/2014 07:00 AM
Officers were dispatched to the vicinity of 500 Block of W Elkam in reference to several bicycles being stolen from the property. The cable lock securing the bicycles was cut. Investigation continues.
01/13/2014 03:30 PM
Officers were dispatched to the business of Sweets Waters Store located inside Marriott for several items that were taken from their business totaling $750. Investigation continues.
01/13/2014 06:00 PM
An officer was dispatched to a residence on Trinity Ave in regards to theft of copper. Investigation continues.
Officers responded to a vehicle accident that resulted in an SUV that crossed a median on N. Collier Blvd and struck a private residence that was in its final stages of construction. The driver, Jocelyn Balan, 52, and the passenger were transported to NCH with non-life threatening injuries. Investigation continues.
Congressman Trey Radel sent his letter of resignation to Speaker of the House John Boehner Monday morning. The letter states his resignation is effective 1/27/2014 at 6:30 p.m.
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While not a frequent complaint, from time to time the Marco Island Police Department's Code Enforcement Unit receives inquires regarding the legality of commercial vehicles parking overnight in a residential driveway. In an effort to increase understanding of the related city codes, the following outline is offered. The display of lettering or a similar signage on a vehicle does not automatically classify the vehicle as a commercial vehicle and is not prohibited on vehicles parked in residential driveways. Commercial vehicles may park in residential driveways overnight as long as they are:
No longer than 25 feet; No wider than seven feet; No taller than 7.5 feet; Not constructed to have a have rated load capacity of greater than one ton. All vehicles, commercial or otherwise, must park legally when parking overnight. The most frequent types of complaints the Police Department receives regarding parking in the evenings are vehicles: parked on or blocking the sidewalk, parked on the roadway, parked in a vacant lot, parked in a front yard, or parked in the swale between the hours of 2:00am and 6:00am. Each of these parking events are prohibited by City Code and may result in a parking ticket (vehicle owner) and/or code violation (home owner).
Collier County’s Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the NCH Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County, will launch the "Kids Don’t Float, Lifejackets Do," lifejacket loaner program at Sugden Regional Park, 4284 Avalon Drive, Naples, Fla., on Wednesday, February 5, at noon.
Modeled after the "Kids Don’t Float-Give Them Something That Does," initiative adopted in Alaska in 1997, the program will place loaner lifejackets at five area beaches, including Sugden Park, Clam Pass, Vanderbilt Beach, South Marco Island, and Tigertail Beach. There will be 20 lifejackets per station with four adult sizes, four sizes 10-18 years, five sizes 5-10 years, and seven sized for children five and under. Collier County’s Parks and Recreation Department is constructing stands and signage for the lifejackets. Program donors’ names will be inscribed on the signs.
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotillas 93, 95 and 96 will check monthly the condition of the lifejackets. If any lifejackets are missing or in disrepair, they will be replaced.
Partners in the program include the Collier County Parks and Recreation Department, City of Naples Parks and Recreation, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, West Marine, Galati Yacht Sales, and 21st Century Oncology.
The mission of the NCH Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition is to achieve and sustain a zero drowning rate for children in Collier County. This ambitious and cooperative program will provide another layer of protection against drowning, the leading killer of children one-to four-years of age in Collier County.
For more information, contact Paula DiGrigoli at (239) 537-3436.
On 01/26/14, the Marco Island Police Department dispatched a wild boar at 0759 Hours at the Charter Club of Marco Island (700 S. Collier Blvd.) The animal was first observed running down the boardwalk towards the beach, which caused fear amongst beach-goers. The animal, which could not be contained or controlled effectively prior to dispatch, was donated to the St. Matthews House to assist with their efforts.
On 1/23/14, ten members of the Marco Island Police Department, along with members of the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department, City’s Community Affairs staff and Island amateur radio operators completed the National Weather Service’s Skywarn certification program. The training was hosted by the City of Marco Island and was presented by National Weather Service’s Miami Office.
The Skywarn spotter program is a nationwide network of volunteers trained by the National Weather Service to report significant weather. Skywarn storm spotters are the "eyes in the field" for the National Weather Service.
Thursday’s Skywarn training included information on the requisite reporting criteria necessary to report hazardous weather development and/or conditions to the Miami weather forecast office and was designed to provide a deeper understanding of hazardous weather in South Florida by providing meteorological tools necessary to help evaluate the hazardous weather environment developing.
Marco Island is now a safer community due to the skills learned and certifications earned by the new Skywarn spotters!
On January 22, 2014, United States District Judge Chappell found in favor of the City of Marco Island and former Chief of Police Thom Carr when she issued a summary judgment against Apothecary Development Corporation (Larry G. Heine and Susan K. Heine) in response to a lawsuit filed in 2010.
In the summary judgment, the court stated the Marco Island police Department had a valid purpose in halting or deterring criminal conduct, that the Department was there to address and perhaps deter criminal activity, and that there was no evidence that the Marco Island Police Department harassed the plaintiffs. Further, the court order states that "due to Island Drug’s suspicious activity, pharmaceutical distributors began terminating drug supplies to Island Drug". Finally the court stated that "The record does not reveal that law enforcement were arresting, collecting potential evidence, pulling people over, or questioning without probable cause. The record shows the arrests that were made and tickets that were issued around the Marco Town Center Mall were executed properly" and that the Police Department did not act in an egregious manner.
The issued summary judgment and exoneration of liability is significant in that it demonstrates the Marco Island Police Department was acting within expected community and judicial standards when it proactively sought to prevent crime, increase safety and maintain, if not improve the quality of life on Marco Island. The Police Department should be duly recognized as exonerated and commended for taking the proper enforcement action on a significant island issue relative to drug related crime on the Island.
Marco Island city Councilor Larry Honig encourages citizens interested in his views on matters facing the City to visit his website. There you can review his presentations to City Council, his research, and his white papers. He encourages direct feedback as well. This is not a campaign website, and it is prepared, funded and managed by Councilor Honig.
Brand yourself, or someone else will says incoming Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce president Jacquie Koon Sunday at a gala swearing in of the board and the Leadership graduation over the weekend. One of Koon's priorities for the Chamber during her 2014 tenure is to promote the chamber brand. In a separate interview with the Sun Times she also labeled other goals. She also wants to continue to keep lines of communication open with the city.
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Manatee Elementary school is gaining the support of the Kiwanis Club of Marco island in their Reading Oasis contest. The contest offers matching grants from Scholastic Publishing Co and the Florida district of Kiwanis in a total of $10,000. You can show your support by going to facebook.com/ManateeOasis and click like.
Roger Hermstadt has been hired as Marco island City Manager effective February 2, 2014. His base salary will be $155,000 and he will receive the standard employee benefit package, moving expenses and living allowance.
Drivers through Collier Boulevard and U.S. 41 East will see changes as they travel to Marco Island. FDOT has begun preliminary work to widen U.S. 41 East three miles east of Collier Boulevard. The first phase is to widen two-lane U.S. 41 East to six lanes from Collier Boulevard to Joseph Lane. The next is to change from two-lanes to four lanes from Joseph Lane to Greenway Road along rt 41. The project will cost the state $38 million state and end in 2016.
Marco Island will soon have a private park and pay lot at the corner of Valley Street and South Collier Boulevard. The project requires some water runoff to be contained and percolated into the ground. This requirment has slowed the project as well as a sewer hookin. Marco Moose Lodge LLC is the owner of the property and is part of the Hennings Group in Iowa. Zoned C3, this type of use is permitted as a matter of right under the city’s zoning ordinances.
Marco Island city staff reported they are now moving forward with a letter to the owners of record drafted and approved by the city attorney’s office for submittal to those owners sometime in the next week. One particular house is tops on the city's list for demolition.
Marco Island police are investigating an incident from 12/03 at 4 p.m on Rainbow Court someone entered a residence and removed several televisions from the home. Investigation continues.
On 12/05 at 2:30 a.m. Marco Island Police officers were dispatched to a residence located on N. Collier Blvd regarding a death investigation. Investigation continues.
.On 12/08 at 7 a.m. Marco police officers were dispatched to a residence on Nassau Court in reference to a subject interfering with custody. Julian Lasher, 21, was arrested for Interference with Custody. Investigation continues.
On 12/08 at 1:30 p.m. Marco Police officers were dispatched to a residence located on San Marco regarding a death investigation. Investigation continues.
Marco officials remind residents that a City Ordinance prohibits Wind signs and tethered inflatable signs. Wind signs are any signs or displays including, but not limited to, flags, balloons, banners, streamers and rotating devices, fastened in such a manner to move upon being subject to pressure by wind or breeze, but shall not include official flags, emblems, insignia or pennants of any religious, educational, national, state, or political subdivision.
As of November 1, 2013, anyone selling puppies or kittens in Collier County must be registered with Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) as a breeder.
New regulations approved by the Board of County Commissioners in September place certain requirements on dog and cat breeders to protect both the animals and consumers. DAS wants to help responsible breeders become familiar with and follow the new rules. On Wednesday, December 4, at 6 p.m., in the DAS conference room at 7610 Davis Boulevard, Naples, Fla., DAS staff will host a class to explain the new breeder regulations. The class will address: