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The "Flag Pond Fire," a wildfire at Picayune Strand State Forest area, caused evacuation of some homes Thursday. More than 1,500 acres of forest have burned so far. The fire was 20 percent contained at 9:30 p.m.
At 2:17 am Thursday Marco Island Police and Fire Rescue Departments were dispatched to the area of 1968 San Marco Rd for a vehicle crash. Responding units arrived on scene at 2:20 am and found a single vehicle crash. The vehicle sustained substantial damage and had struck electrical and water infrastructure as well as a house. Electrical power and water services was interrupted.Marco Island Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol traffic homicide team members are conducting an investigation. The sole occupant and driver of the vehicle involved, 30 year old Anthony M. Britt was fatally injured.
ANOTHER WOMAN HAS COME FORWARD SAYING FORMER MARCO CITY MANAGER DR LEE NIBLOCK BATTERED HER DURING AN INCIDENT IN GAINESVILLE LAST YEAR. NIBLOCK WAS THE MANAGER OF THE COUNTY THERE AND THE WOMAN'S STORY SOUNDS SIMILAR TO THAT PUT FORTH BY A WOMAN WHO ALLEGED HE HAD DONE THE SAME TO HER ON MARCO SEVERAL WEEKS AGO.
WEDNESDAY MARCO FIRE AND RESCUE WERE IN SEARCH OF SEVERAL MISSING KAYAKERS AROUND THE ISLAND. OFFICIALS CAUTION BOATERS TO BE CAUTIOUS WHEN WEATHER IS THREATENING. WARNINGS ARE BROADCAST IMMEDIATELY ON 98.1FM DIRECTLY FROM THE MIAMI WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.
FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE VANDALISM AT BOTH THE EVERGLADES CITY AND MARCO ISLAND POST OFFICES. OUTDOOR BOXES WERE ROPED OFF AT MARCO TUESDAY AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
AT MONDAY NIGHT'S MARCO CITY COUNCIL MEETING COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO TERMINATE THE EMPLOYMENT OF CITY MANAGER DR NIBLOCK FOR CAUSE AFTER VARIOUS PIECES OF INFORMATION WERE LEAKED TO THE PUBLIC. DETAILS BELOW. AMONG OTHER THINGS IT WAS IMPLIED THAT NIBLOCK INTERVIEWED A FEMALE CANDIDATE FOR A CITY JOB AT A RESTAURANT AND ORDERED WINE. HE ALSO HAS INDICATED HE HAD VERIFIED A SURVEY OF CITY EMPLOYEES BUT FAILED TO PROVIDE PROOF. COUNCIL WISHES TO TERMINATE NIBLOCK'S JOB WITHOUT ANY TERMINATION PAY DUE TO THE CHARGES MADE AGAINST HIM. Councilman Brown requested that Niblock return any funds paid while on leave.
At monday's city council meeting sgt Hector Diaz of the marco police dpt was honored with a lifesaving proclamation award
Last Thursday or Friday, you should have received in your mail box, the “Notice of Elections-Primary & General Elections 2018” from Collier County Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer Edwards.
DO NOT THROW THIS IN YOUR TRASH. This is your Vote By Mail Request. By law, mail ballots cannot be forwarded to your summer address along with the rest of your mail. Fill in the the address where you will be and return it in the enclosed addressed envelope.
The will allow you the opportunity to vote on the COPCN (Ambulance Service for Marco Island) referendum on the August 28, 2018 Primary Election. (This referendum will NOT be on the November Ballot).
Please share this message with your friends and neighbors!!
The steering Committee will give an update on their efforts concerning ambulance service on Marco Island at a meeting at 5PM at the Island Country Club in the card rooms this Thursday, March 22,2018.
MARCO COUNCIL HAS AGREED TO ADD THREE ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS JOBS SO OFFICERS CAN BE ASSIGNED TO LOCAL SCHOOLS TO INSURE NO VIOLENCE OCCURS AT THESE LOCATIONS.
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE WERE CALLED TO ELKCAM CIRCLE MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A CAR COLLIDED WITH A POWER POLE. EMS TRANSPORTED THE INJURED FROM THE SCENE
ABOVE; ORGANIZING THE BEGINNING OF THE HALF MARATHON SUNDAY ON MARCO
ABOVE STUDENTS FROM TOMMY BARFIELD ELEMENTARY TAKE A TRIP TO THE COUNTY FAIR THIS PAST WEEKEND
MORE ON MARCO CITY MANAGER DR NIBLOCK:HE WAS ACCUSED OF BATTERY OF A WOMAN. THAT ACCUSTATION IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. MEANWHILE COUNCILMAN HONIG HAS COME UNDER FIRE FOR RECEIVING AN E MAIL WHICH SEEMS TO PURPORT THAT THE POLICE CHIEF IS SOON TO BE FIRED AND ANOTHER E MAIL HAS BEEN UNCOVERED THAT APPEARS TO INDICATE NIBLOCK WAS SEEKING AN EVALUATION OF THE CITY'S WATER DEPARTMENT USING A FRIEND'S COMPANY. THAT STUDY WOULD BE PAID BY CITY FUNDS.
ABOVE: MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY CHURCH ON MARCO VOLUNTEERED TO WASH THE ISLAND SAFETY VEHICLES OVER THE WEEKEND.
Call the Governor’s Office at 850-488-7146 (8am-5pm)
ABOVE: PICTURES FROM THIS YEAR'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO LAST TUESDAY
ABOVE: NEW CROSS WALK INSTALLED AT COLLIER AND BAYSIDE ON MARCO ISLAND
ABOVE: PICTURES FROM WEDNESDAY'S FARMERS MARKET AT VETS PARK
ABOVE: SEVERAL OF MARCO'S FINEST ATTEND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO TUESDAY
MARCO FIRE AND LCEC WERE ON THE SCENE OF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE AT LILLY COURT AND SOUTH HEATHWOOD DRIVE TUESDAY MORNING AROUND 7AM. THE BLAZE ON A POWER POLE MAY CLOSE THE DOG PARK FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. UA-115437848-1
A Big Cypress National Preserve burn will take place March 11 and burn off 11,500 acres. This will take place south of U.S. 41, east of H.P. Williams Roadside Park and west of Kirby Storter Roadside Park. Rt 41 may close depending on smoke. Those with respiratory issues may want to stay indoors during the event.
ABOVE; SOME MARCOITES ENJOYING THE ST PATS DAY PARADE HELD SATURDAY ON THE ISLAND
The 30th Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held Sunday, April 1, 7 a.m. on the beach at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145.
Pastor Casey Nowlin, The Family Church, will lead the opening prayer, Rev. Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church, will lead the prayer prior to the preaching of the Word and Rev. Thomas McCulley, New Life Community Church, will lead the closing moments and prayer.
The Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, Senior Pastor at Marco Presbyterian Church, will give the Easter message titled, ‘Can You See Through Your Tears?’
The event is now the largest, 1 hour event on the island with last year's attendance estimated to be 10,000. Music for the 30th anniversary service will feature Linda Sandlin singing "Were You There?" - a cappella as she sang during the original service. Sandlin will also join Dawn Birch, of the professional duo Billy Dean and Dawn, in singing the duet, "I've Just Seen Jesus," by Bill and Gloria Gaither. During the prelude, Sandy and John Stein will perform on flute and piano, respectively.
Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access path north of the Madeira Condominium. The Resident's Beach parking lot will open at 6 a.m. for member parking. Dress is casual; bring your own blanket or chair. Musical prelude begins at 6:45 a.m. For those who need assistance, handicap parking will be available near the Marriott Spa with golf carts to assist to the edge of the beach
THE ANNUAL MARCO ISLAND FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL IS COMING MARCH 23-24-25TH AT VETERANS PARK 11AM TO 9PM THE 23RD & 24TH AND UNTIL 5PM THE 25TH
ABOVE: COLLIER AND LEE COUNTY OFFICIALS ATTEND A WEEK LONG FEMA COURSE ON EMERGENCY LOGISTICS.
ABOVE: STUDENTS ENJOYING TOMMY BARFIELD FIELD DAY THIS WEEK ON MARCO
The Marco Island Half Marathon, affectionately called, “The Bridge Run” celebrates its decennial year on March 18th and will culminate with a party until noon at the Shoppes ofMarco located on the corner of Barfield Drive and San Marco Road. A complimentary beer foreach runner will be provided.
Event organizers and long time residents, Heather Mastrangelo, ML Meade and Fred Kramerare excited to welcome this years runners from as far away as Canada. In past years the eventhas seen up to 750 participants.
The Marco Island Half-Marathon, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to bettering thecommunity. Marco Island beneficiaries are the Marco Police Foundation, Marco Fire-RescueFoundation, Marco Island Parks and Recreation, the Charter Middle School, Greater Marco YMCA, Marco Patriots and the Lely Road Runners. Free booth space is available
AS OF FRIDAY MORNING (3/9/18) RT 41 BETWEEN SAN MARCO RD AND CR29 IS OPEN HOWEVER THE WILDFIRE CONTINUES NORTH OF RT 41 TO ALMOST I75. ON THURSDAY THERE WAS A CONCERN THE FIRE MIGHT JUMP SOUTH OVER 41 BUT THAT DID NOT HAPPEN.
MARCO FIREMEN ALONG WITH THE POLICE AND THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIfF'S OFFICE WERE CALLED TO THE MARCO TOWN CENTER WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR A MAJOR FIRE THAT CREATED A LARGE AMOUNT OF SMOKE. IT IS REPORTED THAT SEVERAL STORES WERE EVACUATED AND CLOSED DOWN. FIREMEN WERE STILL ON THE SCENE BY 11PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT. The fire started in the dry cleaning store on the West side of the central complex, and smoke damaged nearby stores all the way South to Margaritas which will be closed Thursday.
A woman who works at the yogurt shop next to the dry cleaning establishment was treated for smoke inhalation. Most of the businesses in the block are expected to remain closed Thursday due to the smoke damage.
ABOVE: OUR OWN STEVE REYNOLDS (MIDDLE) SHOWS THE TOUR DE MARCO TEE SHIRTS GIVEN OUT THIS YEAR
MARCO CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, TALKED ABOUT AN E MAIL SENT BY CITY MANAGER NIBLOCK TO COUNCILMAN HONIG THE DAY BEFORE NIBLOCK WAS ACCUSED OF BATTERY IN WHICH NIBLOCK APPEARS TO TELL HONIG OF A PURGE WITHIN THE MARCO POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE E MAIL INFERS THAT THE POLICE CHIEF MAY BE FIRED AND OTHERS FIRED IN A "SAINT VALENTINES DAY MASSACRE". THE FIRINGS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DUE TO A SURVEY OF CITY WORKERS IN WHICH WORKERS SAID THEY WERE UNABLE TO FULFILL THEIR JOBS. NO SUCH FIRING OCCURRED AND HONIG SAYS THE E MAIL DID NOT OCCUR AS IT APPEARED. COUNCILMAN HONIG WAS LAMBASTED BY THE POLICE CHIEF WHO ATTENDED THE MEETING AND THE CHIEF WAS CHEERED BY MOST OF THE AUDIENCE
COLLIER COUNTY SHERIfF'S OFFICIALS SAY THIS MAN MAY HAVE BEEN IMPERSONATING A DEPUTY IN THE COUNTY RECENTLY. HE WAS INVOLVED IN AN INCIDENT IN THE ESTATES LAST WEEK. ALSO PICTURED IS THE TYPE OF VEHICLE HE WAS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN DRIVING. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT HIM CONTACT THE CCSO IMMEDIATELY.
THE BRUSH FIRE NORTHEAST OF MARCO ISLAND BETWEEN THERE AND EVERGLADES CITY CONTINUES WITH LARGE PLUMBS OF SMOKE VISIBLE FOR MANY MILES MONDAY AFTERNOON. AS A RESULT COLLIER COUNTY HAS SHUT DOWN RT 41 BETWEEN SAN MARCO RD AND COUNTY RD 29 BECAUSE OF POOR VISIBILITY. CREWS CONTINUE FIGHTING THE BLAZE AS OF TUESDAY MORNING. TOLLS ON I75 GOING EAST AND WEST AROUND THE CLOSED OFF AREA HAVE BEEN LIFTED SO TRAVELERS MAY GET TO THEIR DESTINATION FOR FREE.
LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON MARCO FIREMEN WERE CALLED OUT TO A FIRE ON ELKCAM CIRCLE. MORE DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
FRIDAY AROUND NOON ALL BUSINESS LINES TO THE MACRO CITY HALL FAILED LEAVING THE CITY WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO TAKE CALLS FOR SEVERAL HOURS. 911 AND EMERGENCY CALLS WERE ROUTED THROUGH THE COUNTY AND STAYED UP. DURING THE SAME PERIOD INTERNET SERVICE WAS REPORTED SPOTTY ON THE ISLAND AND AOL MAIL FAILED THROUGH A GOOD PORTION OF THE COUNTRY. SERVICE WAS RESTORED AROUND 2:30PM
The Marco Island Planning Board met Friday and discussed a plan to reduce the number of public hearings for standard site plans on the island from two to one and recommended council does not review standard plans. If the recommendation is approved plans will appear before the Planning Board to decide to recommend or reject the plans to city council who makes the final decision.
ABOVE; MARCO POLICE MEET WITH FLORIDA GOVERNOR SCOTT FOR A SCHOOL SAFETY MEETING (3 2 18) CHIEF SCHETTINO REQUESTED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO BOLSTER SCHOOL SECURITY ON THE ISLAND. POLICE HAVE ALREADY INCREASED THEIR PRESENCE IN THE SCHOOLS
At the next city council meeting council is expected to pass a Proclamation to Commend Police Officers Willem Hernandez & Jeffrey Stafford for taking Extraordinary & Heroic Rescue Measures to save an individual's life.
Don't expect a swift decision on a charge of battery against the incoming Marco city manager Dr. Lee Niblock. Collier County sheriff's officials say there is no set date for the investigation to be completed. The original report from the Sheriff indicates Melissa Scott, 41, told officers the battery occurred Jan. 31 in a car on Marco Island. Details were not released pending the completion of the investigation. Scott is principal of Marco Island Academy.
ABOVE: LOOK WHO MADE IT TO THE ISLAND OVER THE WEEKEND!
FROM THE MARCO POLICE LOG:
DATE: 01/21/2018 Officers were dispatched to a dock located near the southside of the business of Winn Dixie in reference to a theft of boat motor. An Officer in the same area, conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in which the male driver was found to be in possession of the stolen motor. The male was arrested for Felony Grand Theft and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.
DATE: 02/08/2018 Officers were dispatched to a residence located on Barbarosa Court in reference to a death investigation. Investigation continues.
ABOVE: ISLAND EOC STAFF CONDUCTING TRAINING WITH COUNTY OFFICIALS
ABOVE; MARCO POLICE TAKE PART IN REGULAR DRIVING TRAINING
ON 2/23/18 MARCO POLICE INVESTIGATED A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT 1:40AM IN FRONT OF 599 SOUTH COLLIER. ONE VEHICLE WAS TRAVELING THE WRONG WAY ON COLLIER AND COLLIDED WITH THE OTHER HEAD ON. TIMI HANG LE WAS THE DRIVER OF ONE OF THE VEHICLES AND WAS SEVERELY INJURED. SHE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. THE OTHER DRIVER, JOSE SUZA OF MEXICO WAS CHARGED WITH DUI. A GO FUND ME ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP FOR LE.
TOP TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR MARCH:
1. Trucks over 10,000 lbs. are no longer allowed on Yellowbird Street, with few exceptions. The Yellowbird reconstruction project includes 12-foot travel lanes and 3-foot shoulders, is under design and scheduled to begin in the fall.
2. We are gathering public feedback and comments regarding the redesign of the City’s website. You can access the online questionnaire at: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?recordid=137&page= 576
3. The COPCN bill has passed its final hearing. This link redirects visitors to the HB1395 page on the Florida House of Representatives website assigned to the City of Marco Island’s request for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to allow Marco Island to provide its own ambulance services. http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Bills/billsdetail.aspx?BillId =62694
4. City Council will consider second readings of ordinances prohibiting plastic straws on the beach and enacting stormwater control regulations at their March 5 meeting.
5. Street Resurfacing begins this summer! The streets are: • San Marco from Copperfield to Heathwood; Templewood to Barfield; and Barfield to Balmoral. • Tigertail Court from Collier to Hernando • Kendall Drive from Collier to Renard • Residential Group 2, which includes streets in the northeast portion of the island, on both sides of N. Barfield from Collier to E. Elkcam Circle.
6. City Council is seeking a volunteer to serve on the Audit Advisory Committee. Interested volunteers must complete the on-line application at: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?recordid=128&page= 19
7. Sundays attend the Winter Concert Series, 2-4 p.m. at Mackle Park. March’s lineup features: • March 4 – Michael Nardi & Friends • March 11 – Bob Smith & Friends • March 18 – Marco Big Band • March 25 – Naples New Horizons Bank
8. Join us at Mackle Park on March 30 at 7:45 p.m. for the Movie in the Park – “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Bring lawn chairs or blankets – hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soda available for purchase - $1 each.
9. Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron is sponsoring a beach clean-up on March 10 at 8 am at the South Beach Boardwalk.
10.Meet the Easter Bunny and Friends at the annual Spring Jubilee March 31st 10am to 1pm.
YOU MAY BE HEARING COPTERS IN THE SKY IN AND AROUND MARCO AND EAST COLLIER COUNTY NEXT WEEK. THE COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL UNIT IS TURING IT'S ATTENTION TO OUR AREA IN AN ATTEMPT TO STAY AHEAD OF THE MOSQUITO POPULATION.
It has been confirmed by Collier County board of election officials that Russian hackers sent an email to them that, if opened, could have taken over computers in Lee and Collier Counties. The E mail was isolated and had no effect. Now officials are watching for further attempts by the Russian hackers to penetrate elections as well as general posts on line.Collier County said no votes were changed, and no voters were taken off the rolls.
ABOVE; MARCO ISLAND FIRE RESCUE ON THE SCENE OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY (2/28/18) . THE MISHAP OCCURRED ON SAN MARCO ROAD AROUND NOON.
One of the adult eagles at the Marco sanctuary has died presumably after flying into a power line. The eagle that died is believed to be Paleo, the male in the nest.according to the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took the body for a necropsy. The two eaglets in the nest are about two weeks from flying.
ABOVE: LELY WELCOMES THE CLASS OF 2022 AT LAST WEEK'S ASSEMBLY
FRIENDS OF TIGER TAIL BEACH HELD THE ANNUAL MEET TIGER TAIL BEACH EVENT OVER THE WEEKEND. RESIDENTS OF MARCO WERE ON HAND TO HEAR NATURALISTS AND AUTHORITIES DISCUSS AND DEMONSTRATE THE ESSENTIALS OF THE BEACH AND IT'S MANY WONDERS.
COLLIER COUNTY DEPUTIES ARRESTED A LELY STUDENT WHO IS ACCUSED OF MAKING "DISTURBING STATEMENTS" AT LELY HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY. DEPUTIES DETERMINED THE STUDENT DID NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO CARRY OUT WHAT WAS DESCRIBED. OTHER UNRELATED INVESTIGATIONS HAVE OCCURED AT OTHER COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOLS IN THE LAST TEN DAYS.
ABOVE: RESIDENTS ENJOY THE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM PRESENTED BY MARCO PARK AND RECREATION
CONGRESSMAN FRANCIS ROONEY MADE A SURPRIZE VISIT TO MARCO ISLAND THURSDAY TO HOLD A TOWN MEETING. ALTHOUGH CONTACTED BY LOCAL NEWS MEDIA ABOUT DETAILS OF THE MEETING TIME AND LOCATION WEDNESDAY ROONEY'S OFFICE RESPONDED WITH ASSURANCES HE WOULD RESPOND BUT FAILED TO PROVIDE DETAILS FOR THE VISIT. ROONEY DID PROVIDE INFORMATION TO A TELEVISION STATION IN FORT MYERS. RESIDENTS OF THE ISLAND SAY THEY COULD NOT ATTEND THE MEETING TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS BECAUSE THE DETAILS WERE NOT BROADCAST LOCALLY. DEMONSTRATORS WERE ON HAND FOR ROONEY'S VISIT AND DEMONSTRATED OUTSIDE THE WESLEYAN CHURCH WHERE THE CONGRESSMAN HELD HIS TOWN MEETING.
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT KAMALA PATTON TOOK TO TWITTER WEDNESDAY 2/22/18 TO ASK PARENTS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN TO REPORT ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS TO AUTHORITIES AFTER SOCIAL MEDIA DISPLAYED TWO SEPARATE REPORTS OF POSSIBLE VIOLENCE TOWARD COLLIER SCHOOLS THIS PAST WEEK. SHE POINTED OUT THAT STUDENTS AND PARENTS TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR REPORTING WHAT THEY HEAR TO KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE.
ABOVE; ONE OF FOUR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS ON MARCO ISLAND WEDNESDAY 2/21/18 . ONE OF THOSE ACCIDENTS INCLUDED A DRIVER WHO CRASHED INTO CITY HALL WHEN THE CAR FAILED TO STOP. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.
MARCO ISLAND CITY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY (2/20/187) HEARD A REQUEST FROM CITY MANAGER LEE NIBLOCK THAT HE BE GIVEN A LEAVE OF ABSENCE DURING THE INVESTIGATION OF A CLAIM OF BATTERY AGAINST HIM. TWO MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, BROWN AND HONIG MOVED TO TERMINATE NIBLOCK'S EMPLOYMENT BUT COUNCIL VOTED 5 TO 2 NOT TO AND AGREED NIBLOCK WILL BE ON LEAVE UNTIL THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'AS OFFICE DETERMINES NIBLOCK'S GUILT OR INNOCENCE. NIBLOCK WILL BE PAID DURING HIS LEAVE.
ON TUESDAY 2/20/18 MARCO POLICE RELEASED A REDACTED COPY OF THE ORIGINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST CITY MANAGER NIBLOCK . THE REPORT WHILE NOT IDENTIFYING THE COMPLAINANT STATES THE INCIDENT OCCURED ON FEBRUARY 6TH AT 11:45AM AT 51 BALD EAGLE DRIVE ( THE ADDRESS OF THE MARCO POLICE DPT ) AND WAS NOT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN NATURE.
On February 8th, 2018, the Marco Island Police Department received a complaint containing allegations of battery against City Manager Dr. Lee Niblock. Given the potential for conflict of interest concerns, all reports, statements and documentation, will be turned over to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office - who will take the investigative lead on this complaint. As this is an active investigation, no further information is available at this time.
The Coastal Breeze newspaper reports the incident involved a " a well-respected young professional woman on Marco Island " who allegedly brought forth the complaint. The woman was not identified.
The Collier County Sheriff arrested a middle school student for having a knife at school Monday.
A student at Corkscrew Middle School, 13-year-old Camden Massiate, was arrested after the knife was found in his locker.
He allegedly posted a photo of the knife on social media leading deputies with the Collier County Sheriff's Office Youth Relations Bureau to search his locker.
BELOW IS A LETTER SENT TO ALL SCHOOL PARENTS INCLUDING THOSE WITH STUDENTS WHO ATTEND MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY, THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ON MARCO AND LELEY:
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Collier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, along with Naples Police Chief Tom Weschler, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino and campus police of Florida SouthWestern State College and their respective staffs continued to work over the weekend to develop an enhanced school safety plan to help everyone feel safe when they return to class Monday morning.
This is in addition to enhancements that were put into place in Collier County schools immediately after Wednesday’s school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County and is in addition to the long-standing partnership between CCPS and CCSO that has kept our schools safe for many years.
All Collier County public schools will have at least one Youth Relations Bureau deputy assigned to it full time, and these assignments will be reassessed regularly and incorporated into strategic staffing plans in upcoming budgets. In addition, there will be increased law enforcement visibility at all public, private and charter schools as well as on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office still has open and active investigations relating to the social media posts, statements and threats made recently relating to our schools. CCSO takes these investigations very seriously. The students involved in the incidents that are under investigation have been removed from school pending the outcome of the investigations and are under law enforcement observation.
It is especially important for everyone in the community to report suspicious or unusual activity to law enforcement. Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity can call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.
We will make additional safety updates for our community as information comes available.
Also, students should be aware that making threats, even over social media, can result in serious consequences including arrest and we ask that parents have this very important discussion with their kids.
Kamela Patton, Ph.D.
Collier County Public Schools
ABOVE; FIRE BOAT 50 DURING THE BLESSING OF THE FLEET ON MARCO
There will be an arts & crafts fair in busy Everglades City on Saturday, February 24, to coincide with the last day of the annual Marjory Stoneman Douglas Festival at the Museum.
Art-in-the-Glades takes place under the pavilion in McLeod Park across from the Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Local artists and crafters will offer photos, prints, handmade soaps, jewelry, and other items for sale. And, if you feel hungry, delicious baked goods will be available for a donation to benefit a local charity.
MARCO POLICE ARE CAUTIONING RESIDENTS AND SHOP OWNERS THAT BOGUS 100$ BILLS HAVE BEEN TURNING UP ON THE ISLAND. IF IN DOUBT TAKE THE BILL TO A LOCAL BANK OR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION TO IDENTIFY
ABOVE: DISPLAY AT THE KIWANIS CAR SHOW SUNDAY 2/18/2018.
A driver traveling the wrong way North East of Marco on I75 caused a traffic accident saturday say, the Florida Highway Patrol. Carlos Morales was headed east on 75 near Big Cypress National Preserve at 3 a.m.
A second driver swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a collision and hit the end of a guardrail.
Morales was taken to NCH Hospital Naples for treatment. The accident is still under investigation.
ABOVE; CREWS BEGIN LIFTING DEBRIS OUT OF THE VARIOUS CANALS AND WATERWAYS AROUND MARCO ISLAND WEDNESDAY
MARCO POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED TO THREATENING HIS WIFE AND WHO WAS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE CCSO HAS RESIGNED. SGT JAMES INLOW HAD BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER AN ALLEGED INCIDENT AT THE STARBUCKS ON MARCO SEVERAL YEARS AGO. HE HAD BEEN ON LEAVE
ABOVE: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux), Flotilla 95, Marco Island announces that the 1,000th attendee of the “Boaters’ Local Knowledge (BLK)”, Nancy Margolis attended the February 12th 2018 class. Margolis was recognized in a brief ceremony and Ms. Margolis was awarded with a $50 Visa gift card by Flotilla Commander John Montville in appreciation for helping the Flotilla attain this milestone.
ABOVE, ATTENDEES AT THE EVERGLADES CITY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL LAST SATURDAY
Marco Airport will see a $9 million renovation in the near future due to safety considerations.Airport commissioners have given the go ahead with the renovation project. Parking fills up during season causing the need for changes. Construction will start on a new building in the next few months and take a year to finish.
ABOVE: VOLUNTEERS CLEAN UP THE BEACH SATURDAY ON MARCO
ABOVE: MIFR ATTENDS THE MARCO SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON CHANGE OF WATCH RECENTLY
THE TRIAL OF MARCO ISLAND RESIDENT LISA TROEMNER ENDED FRIDAY WITH A VERDICT OF NOT GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF TREVOR SMITH SEVERAL YEARS AGO ON THE ISLAND. SHE COULD HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON IF CONVICTED. TESTIMONY INDICATED SHE FATALLY STABBED SMITH IN 2014 AT THEIR MARCOM HOME
ABOVE: FRIDAY'S DEDICATION OF THE NEW POLICE BEACH HUT AT RESIDENTS BEACH. THE BEACH PATROL ATVS WILL BE HOUSED THERE. MICA DONATED THE SPACE.
ABOVE; DOMINO THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S K9 FORCE.
FRIDAY MORNING (2/2/2018) AROUND 9AM AUTHORITIES REPORT AN ABANDONED KAYAK WAS FOUND ABOUT 25 MILES OFF MARCO ISLAND TIED TO A BUOY. THE OWNER OF THE BOAT WAS TRACED TO LEE COUNTY. OFFICERS EVENTUALLY RESCUED 6 PERSONS WHO ARE SAFE AND UNHARMED. IT IS UNCLEAR IF THE SIX HAD LEFT THE KAYAK FOR DIVING OR ANY OTHER ENDEAVOR. THE MARCO ISLAND RESCUE, COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF DPT AND THE COAST GUARD WERE INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT.
Some Collier County officials are working to organize donations after last year’s brush fires and Hurricane Irma. Greater Naples chief Kingman Schuldt is working with Collier County commissioner Penny Taylor to start a community of faith coalition. They plan to get various organizations together and decide who will donate what.
MARCO POLICE POLICE RECOVERED A STOLEN TRUCK FRIDAY. IT WAS FOUND PARKED AND UNATTENDED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPORTED STOLEN FROM OUT OF STATE. POLICE WERE ABLE TO RUN THE LICENSE PLATES THROUGH A NATIONAL DATABASE AND DISCOVER IT WAS STOLEN.
This Saturday morning, February 3rd., our contractor Eli Contracting, will be installing a Hurricane Irma damaged storm drain pipe crossing N. Barfield Dr. The attached detour plans indicate that traffic will be diverted from N. Barfield onto Nassau Rd. for the major portion of the day. Work will commence at 7 am and be completed by 6 pm that evening. Flagmen will be along the detour route to assist the traveling public.
Naples, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) will host flu clinics on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Naples campus at 3339 Tamiami Trail East and the Immokalee campus at 419 North 1st Street. Flu shots will be given to anyone age 6 months and older. We will be offering the flu shot free of charge for those who do not have insurance.
RENE AND TISH CHAMPAGNE HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY MARCO ROTARY FOR THE 2018 SPIRIT OF MARCO AWARD
ABOVE: ATTENDEES AT THE MULLET FESTIVAL IN GOODLAND SUNDAY 1 28 18
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE QUALIFYING AT THE SHOOTING RANGE THIS WEEK
AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A BALD EAGLE FOUND ON A ROADWAY ONB MARCO ISLAND DURING THE LAST WEEK. IT DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN SHOT OR HAD A COLLISION WITH A VEHICLE. THE BIRD WAS TAKEN IN FOR AN X RAY INVESTIGATION.
ABOVE: DEPUTY CHIEF DAVE BATIATO GRADUATES FROM LEADERSHIP MARCO 2017
ABOVE: CODE ENFORCEMENT RECENTLY FINED THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY AT 300 SOUTH COLLIER AND THE FORMER LANDSCAPER $12,550 FOR DAMAGE TO THE VEGETATION AND THE DUNES. THEY WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH CITY AND STATE MITIGATION PLANS.
THE BAY SIDE COURT PARKING ISSUE SEEMS OFF THE TABLE AFTER CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS WERE FILLED WITH CITIZENS AGAINST A PLAN BY THE CITY PARKING COMMITTEE TO ADD ABOUT 20 ADDITIONAL PARKING SPACES ON THE STREET MONDAY NIGHT. RESIDENTS FELT THIS WOULD CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR PEOPLE LIVING ON THAT STREET ON THE ISLAND. THE PROPOSAL WAS REMOVED FROM THE SUGGESTION BY COUNCIL MEMBERS
ABOVE: SGT HAUETER OF THE MARCO ISLAND POLICE READS TO STUDENTS AT TOMMIE BARFIELD ELEMENTARY
An investigation into the actions of a Marco island police officer has been reopened after initially being closed last year. The Collier County Sheriff's Office says that Sgt. James Inlow threatened a woman whom he allegedly had a sexual relations with after the girl and his wife met at the Marco Island Starbucks Aug. 23 2017
The case was closed with no arrests after the woman did not cooperate with investigators.
However, when reporters ask for a copy of the file last week they were told the case has been reopened and because it is under investigation again no further information is given out until investigation has concluded.
ABOVE: MARCO ISLAND CODE ENFORCEMENT HOLDS A HEARING TUESDAY ON SOME 30 CASES
Bagels with the Boss - Meet City Manager Dr. Lee Niblock
1/26/2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
ISLAND POLICE HAVE CAUGHT AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE AND ARE LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL PERSONS INVOLVED IN A BREAK IN AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL OVER THE WEEKEND. OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A SUSPICIOUS REPORT OF SEVERAL PEOPLE RUNNING FROM THE SCHOOL AT 3AM. THREE WERE IMMEDIATELY CAUGHT WITH THE AID OF THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND THOSE TEENS ADMITTED TO BREAKING INTO THE BUILDING. CHARGES OF TRESPASSING ARE PENDING WHILE THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. MORE ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED.
IF YOU SMELL SMOKE ON THE ISLAND OR NEARBY OVER THE WEEKEND IT'S MOST LIKELY A CONTROLLED BURN STARTED BY COUNTY AUTHORITIES TO TRY AND ELIMINATE BRUSH WHICH MIGHT BE A DANGER LATER IN THE DRY SEASON
ABOVE: LELY HIGH BIOLOGY TEACHER KRISTON DOWNS RECEIVES THE CCPS TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD.
ABOVE: MARCO ENVIRONMENTALIST CHADD LEADING A TRAINING SESSION FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS THURSDAY
The Swiss government has located the couple who picked up a rabid bat in Collier County between Naples Marco island earlier in the week.and is ensuring appropriate care is instituted.
Collier County, Fla.— In Florida and throughout the U.S., flu activity is on the rise. In Collier, we are currently seeing an increase in flu activity.
"Individuals should continue to receive the flu vaccine, particularly children and frail elders,” says Stephanie Vick, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier). “Other actions that can be taken to prevent getting and spreading the flu are frequent hand washing, keeping hands away from one's face and staying away from sick people. If you are sick, stay home in order to help to prevent spreading the illness to others. Individuals must be vigilant in order to protect each other."
ABOVE: ANNUAL PET CPR DEMONSTRATIONS AT MACKLE PARK WEDNESDAY. THE EVENT SPONSORED BY THE COASTLEBREEZE
ABOVE: WIND CHILL CHART FOR THE NIGHT OF 1/17/18
ABOVE: MARCO ISLAND FIRE CHIEF MURPHY RECOGNIZED FOR MAKING A SIGNIFICANT AND VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE PROFESSION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS RESPONSE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA . THE AWARD PRESENTED DURING THE FLORIDA FIRE CHIEF'S FIRE RESCUE EAST CONFERENCE
The trial of Lisa Troemner in the second degree murder charge of killing her boyfriend on Marco Island in 2014 began Tuesday (1/16/18) in court. Jury selection began in what is expected to be a four week trial. She is accused in the death of Trevor Smith in their Park Avenue home. She was reported to have shown up at a Marco 7 Eleven covered in blood and asking for help. Smith's body was found at the home by police. She faces life in prison if convicted.
ABOVE MARCO CHIEF OF POLICE AWARDS THE POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD TO ROBERT MARVIN. BOB IS A MARINE OFFICER AND OIC BRAVO ZULU
ABOVE; LUNCH WITH THE CHIEF HAD A FULL HOUSE THIS WEEK ON MARCO ISLAND
ABOVE: AROUND A THOUSAND PEOPLE MADE IT TO THE ISLAND ROCKS CONCERT SATURDAY AT VETS PARK ON MARCO. 98.1FM'S OWN STEVE REYNOLDS MC'D THE EVENT WITH MUSIC ALL AFTERNOON PLUS FOOD AND DRINKS
Marco Planning board will meet
Friday, January 19, 2018 9:00 AM Community Room
UNDER DISCUSSION: Amendment to allow medical and office type uses by right in C-3 and C-4
ABOVE: MARCO COUNCILMAN AND FIREMEN ATTEND USCGA FLOTILLA 5 CHANGING OF THE WATCH DURING THE FLOTILLA 50 ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY SATURDAY
MARCO ISLAND, Fla – United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux), Flotilla 95, Marco Island, FL, announces that on January 13th 2018, in a ceremony attended by members and distinguished guests it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Flotilla. The event took place at the Marco Island Yacht Club and included the official swearing in of John Montville as the new Flotilla 95 commander.
Among the guests were: the Honorable Donna Fiala, Collier County Commissioner; Steve Carnell, Department Head, Collier County Public Services Department; Dr. Lee Niblock, Marco Island City Manager; Marco Island City Council Chairman Jared Grifoni, Vice-Chair Charlette Roman, and Councilor Howard Reed; Commander Robert Corriveau, Civil Air Patrol; Marco Island Police Chief Alfred Schettino; Marco Island Fire Chief Michael Murphy; as well as elected officers of the various yacht and boating clubs on Marco Island. Representing the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the parent agency of the USCGAux, were Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3) Robert Gruschow, Commanding Officer, Station Fort Myers Beach (STAFMB), and BM3 Bryan Sochacki, STAFMB liaison to Flotilla 95.
Heavy rains Friday afternoon (1/12/18) resulted in the Coast Guard and NWS issuing a warning for boaters along Marco's shores. The rains hit the island around 1:pm
ABOVE: COLLIER DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE THURSDAY (1/10/18) TRAFFIC ACCIDENT NORTH OF MARCO AT 951 AND MANATEE RD
THE BODY OF A FLORIDA PANTHER KITTEN WAS FOUND SUNDAY NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COLLIER BLVD AND INTERSTATE 75 NORTH OF MARCO ISLAND. THIS IS THE SECOND BODY OF A PANTHER FOUND SO FAR IN 2018. THE OTHER WAS NOT IN OUR AREA
A LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY FROM CITY COUNCILOR VICTOR RIOS:
Dear fellow Marco Island taxpayers and citizens: When I ran for office in 2014, what I heard from most of you was:
“We need to keep our Island the piece of Paradise that we came here for, and are concerned that we are going to wind up looking like Fort Lauderdale” I heard you loud and clear and committed to meet your concerns. During the 2016 elections, I supported four City Council candidates that shared the same concern as we did. Thanks to you, those four candidates were elected and we have made good on our commitment to you.
City Council, at its last meeting (January 8, 2018), approved 3 ordinances that permanently keep our Veterans Community Park a beautiful green space park. These ordinances prohibit any future development of this park property, such as new homes and commercial hotel development. The ordinances also prohibited any transfer of the infamous “density credits” which would have made this park, and potentially other properties, vulnerable to future development contrary to zoning regulations in place.
As I stated at this last council meeting: “during the last 2016 election council clearly got the message from our citizens that the business of using density credits to make our city grow and then look like Fort Lauderdale, was not acceptable” .
I thank my fellow Councilors who voted to approve these ordinances, and keeping a promise made to you; that is, to maintain our beautiful piece of Paradise, for us, our children and grandchildren, future generations as well as the people that pick Marco Island as the most desirable place to live. This was clearly a matter of “promises made, promises kept” by your local government.
Thank you again for your support and I wish all of you a very Happy and Prosperous 2018.
Victor N Rios
ABOVE: RESIDENTS HAVE A CHANCE TO MEET THE NEW MARCO CITY MANAGER DR LEE NIBLOCK AT A GET TOGETHER EARLIER THIS WEEK AT THE ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB
ABOVE IS A BOGUS LETTER SENT TO A MARCO RESIDENT IN ORDER TO GAIN MONEY. THIS IS A SCAM AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS ONE. IN THIS CASE THE RECIPIENT WAS NOT MARRIED AND THE SENDER ASK FOR PAYMENT IN BITCOIN
Collier County firemen were busy Saturday battling brush fires. The latest on Standing Oaks Lane, off Logan Boulevard. More fires were reported on 23rd Street SW in Golden Gate Estates and north of SR-29 off I-75.
OFFICES ON COLLIER BLVD SOUTH OF BALD EAGLE MARCO ISLAND
Last evening (1/4/18) MIPD investigated an incident involving a female with a gunshot wound. MIPD determined the wound was self-inflicted. The public is in no danger.
Marco City council met Monday 1/8/18 Among other items they passed:
Resolutions Extending the Temporary Parking Moratorium for Alleys and Swales Adjacent to Commercial Districts.
A Resolution Approving a Site Development Plan for Sami’s Pizza Grande located at 227 N. Collier
A Proclamation Commending Tommie Barfield Elementary for its Veterans Day Celebration
A Proclamation Commending the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 95, on its 50th Anniversary
MARCO'S NEW CITY MANAGER REPORTED HE PLANS TO WORK ON IMPROVING COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC , ADD SOME NEW POSITIONS AND DEFINE VARIOUS BOARD MISSIONS
Over the past month Marco police reported the following incidents among others:
819 Fairlawn Ct. – Theft of construction trailer and tools. No suspects, no witnesses 516 Spinnaker Dr. – Burglary/Criminal Mischief. Suspect named, follow up investigation and interview suspect conducted. Investigation is ongoing.
220 Seaview Ct. – Grand Theft. Suspect identified. Investigation is continuing
1103 S. Collier Blvd. – Grand theft of Jewelry. Suspects identified. Investigation is continuing.
ABOVE: SOME OF THE FOOD COLLECTED BY THE MARCO ISLAND PD FOOD DRIVE. DONATIONS STILL SOUGHT
Marco Island’s Top Ten for January:
1. The Marco Island Youth Group is sponsoring a Beach Clean Up on January 6 at 8 am at the South Beach Boardwalk.
2. Get ready to Rock the Rock! On January 13th from 4:30-9 p.m., the Island Rocks Concert Series, featuring Sarah Hadeka followed by Chain Reaction: Journey/Styx Cover Band, will rock Veterans Community Park. Admission is free - bring your lawn chairs – no coolers. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
3. The second reading of the ordinance rezoning Veterans Community Park from PUD to Park will be considered by City Council at their January 8 meeting.
4. City Council will discuss the Parking Solutions Advisory Committee recommendations at their January 22 meeting.
6. Back by popular demand…mark your calendars every Sunday for the Winter Concert Series, from 2-4 p.m. at Mackle Park. January’s lineup features: • January 7 – Naples New Horizons Band • January 14 – Michael Nardi & Friends • January 21 – Marco Big Band • January 28 – Bob Smith & Friends
7. Join us at Mackle Park on January 26 from 6:15-8 pm for the Movie in the Park – “Central Intelligence.” Bring lawn chairs or blankets – hot dogs, chips, popcorn, soda available for purchase - $1 each.
8. Bagels with the Boss – Meet City Manager Dr. Lee Niblock on January 26, 8-10 a.m. at City Hall.
9. Show Me The Money! The FY2018 Budget is available on the City’s website at http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?d ocumentID=18754
10.City Hall will be closed on January 15 for MLK Jr. Day.
The left bank art fest winter shows will be held at
The Esplanade on Marco island
January 14, February 11, March 11, April 15
Free parking and free admission. Juried artist includes photographers, jewelers, painters, metal, bronze, wood, pottery, and more
People living along Barefoot Williams Road North of Marco say a shortage of supplies and contractors caused a setback for repairs. Supplies, such as screws, are hard to find in East Naples. Stores are without certain supplies like nuts and bolts. Sunshine Ace Hardware says demand is climbing now that people are returning to their winter homes since the storm.
Everglades City had a bittersweet Christmas this year. The area was hit by Hurricane Irma, and still struggling.
Doug Meyer's Finer Meats and Eats truck is still giving out 300 to 400 free, hot meals a week which are much needed.
The Finer Meats and Eats truck only offers lunch due to lack of donations. Meyer plans to stay in Everglades City as long
as he's needed.
ABOVE, MARCO CITY POLICE AND CITY EMPLOYEES ENJOY CHRISTMAS DINNER ON FRIDAY 12/22/17
ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO JUMP FROM THE JOLLY BRIDGE
On December 22 at 3:11am the Marco Island Police Department received a call of a despondent male in the 1300 or 1400 block of N Collier Blvd. The Collier County Sheriff Communications center worked through a language barrier and provided valuable information so MIPD Patrol Officers could deduce that the male may be on the S.S. Jolley Bridge. Officer Willem Hernandez responded to the bridge area and observed an individual near the bridge railing on the north side of the bridge. Officer Hernandez was able to exit his vehicle quickly enough to grab the male by his hand as he jumped over the bridge railing. The male resisted the efforts of Officer Hernandez, who was able to maintain a grasp until Officer Jeff Stafford arrived on scene and assisted pulling the individual over the bridge railing. The uninjured male was taken into protective custody.
Marco Island Real Estate Report – November 2017 – by Gary Elliott
(Data courtesy of the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors® Multiple Listing Service.)
Marco Island real estate activity continues to grow in units sold and in sales volume. Inventory is down and prices of homes, condos and lots are as varied as ever.
Year-to-date (YTD) trends:
Total number of property sales up 5% ytd and total market sales volume up 8% ytd
2017 ytd sold homes 352/$334m 2016 ytd sold homes333/$318m
2017 ytd sold condos 434/$237m2016 ytd sold condos 429/$220m
2017 ytd sold lots125/$70m 2016 ytd sold lots 102/$54m
2017 ytd total sold 911/$641m2016 ytd total sold864/$592 million
November Inventory is down 17% from last November
Active listings for single family homes are 291 compared to 366 last year or 20% less. Condo listings are 324 compared to last year’s 392 or a 17% less. Lot listings are 279 compared to 316 last year or a decline of 12%.
Median sales price of a single-family home rose to $840,000 compared to $792,000 last November. Median sales price of a condo is $359,000 compared to $377,500 last year.Median sales price of a lotis $115,000 versus $334,000 last year.
Article written by Gary Elliott, President, Marco Island Area Association of Realtors®. Call 394-5616.
2017 Street Parade Winners
Best Overall in Parade - Marco Lutheran Church
Most Holiday Traditional - San Marco Knights of Columbus
Most Original - Scuba Marco
Most Entertaining - Celtic Spirit School of Irish Dance
Most Original by Children's Organization - Greater Marco Family YMCA
Best Lighting Display - Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron
Best Overall Band Performance - Marco Island Charter Middle School Band
Best Marching Band - Lely High School Band
Most Patriotic - Marco Patriots
Grand winners of the home decorating contest on Marco this year was Scott and Maria Schilke's house at 865 Swan Drive.
ABOVE; SANTA GREETS CHILDREN AT THE WALMART ON COLLIER BLVD SATURDAY (12/16/17) OVER 1000 STUDENTS SHOWED UP FOR GIFTS . THE EVENT WAS PUT ON BY THE MARCO ISLAND JOY OF GIVING ORGANIZATION WHO PROVIDED OVER $100,000 WORTH OF GIFTS
MARCO ISLAND'S CHRISTMAS PARADE WAS HELD SATURDAY (12/16/17) A HUGE CROWD SHOWED UP ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE TO APPLAUD SANTA AND ALL THE MARCHERS
Stone Crab season is not looking good for Everglades City. The town depends on stone crab season for much of its income. This year the crabbers aren't catching what they need.
There are five months left in the season. Stone crab prices are slightly higher per pound than for this time of the season. The up side is there is a market for stone crab with many waiting to buy
TONIGHT (12/15/17) THE FINAL JUDGING WILL TAKE PLACE FOR THE ANNUAL HOUSE AND BUSINESS DECORATING CONTEST ON THE ISLAND. A TROLLEY WILL TRANSPORT THE JUDGES FOR A FINAL RIDE 6:30 TO 9:30PM
SATURDAY (12/16/17) THE ANNUAL MARCO CHRISTMAS PARADE WILL BE HELD STARTING AT 6:30PM.
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE ON THE SCENE OF AN ACCIDENT THURSDAY( 12/14/17) INVOLVING A MOTORCYCLE. MULTIPLE INJURES WERE REPORTED
ABOVE: THE OFFICIAL DEDICATION OF THE NEW MACKLE PARK CENTER THURSDAY
ABOVE: FORMER MARCO COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICER FABIAN BROWN GRADUATES FROM THE POLICE ACADEMY AND WILL WORK FOR LEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
AT 6:45AM WEDNESDAY(12/13/17) MORNING OFFICERS OF THE MARCO POLICE AND FIRE DPT ALONG WITH THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WERE ON THE SCENE AT THE JOLLY BRIDGE WHERE IT WAS REPORTED A "DISTRESSED" 70 YEAR OLD WOMAN JUMPED TO HER DEATH. POLICE WERE ASKING PEOPLE TO USE THE RT 92 GOBER BRIDGE TO GET ON AND OFF THE ISLAND AS THE JOLLY IS DOWN TO ONE LANE DURING THE INCIDENT. THE JOLLY BRIDGE REOPENED AROUND 9:30AM. A BLACK FOUR DOOR SEDAN IS REPORTED TO HAVE BEEN LEFT ON THE BRIDGE NO OTHER INFORMATION AVAILABLE. THE MARCO ISLAND FIRE BOATS WERE BROUGHT TO THE SCENE TO RECOVER THE BODY FROM THE WATER
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE, FIRE AND EMERGENCY OFFICIALS ON THE SCENE OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON INLET DRIVE TUESDAY 12/12/17
ITS OFFICIAL, MARCO CITY COUNCIL AGREED UNANIMOUSLY, TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A COPCN NO LATER THAN DEC 22ND TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF ADDING A SECOND AMBULANCE TO MARCO ISLAND AT MONDAY'S SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING
ABOVE: MARCO FIREMEN AND SAFETY FORCES WERE CALLED OUT SATURDAY (12/9/17 ) TO SECURE AN AREA AFTER HIGH WINDS CAUSED A TARP ATOP THIS HIGH RISE TO COME LOOSE AND BLOW DEBRIS DOWN ONTO THE GROUND. RESIDENTS HAD TO BE CLEARED FROM THE GROUND AREA WHILE THE DEBRIS WERE SECURED.
Nancy Carrington of Marco Island florist has won the Marco area Chamber of Commerce Lifetime achievement award. She was presented the award at the Christmas celebration last week. She is the first woman to receive the award since it began 10 years ago
Weather conditions are perfect for brush fires to start similar to those from earlier this year. Drier and windier weather conditions and Irma's leftover debris create a dangerous recipe. All residents of Collier County area urged to get all brush and debris away from their property as it can produce tinder for major fire outbreaks.
Address: 680 Bald Eagle Dr, Marco Island, FL 34145
If you want to rescue little houses damaged by Hurricane Irma to create an Historical Village that will serve as a tourist attraction as well as a focal point for local life, sign the petition that is being circulated by the Everglades Society for Historic Preservation.
They are appealing to the Collier Board of County Commissioners for their Historical Village and hope for financial help but even a resolution endorsing their efforts would be a benefit when applying for grants.
The Society is collecting names on a petition which any tax-payer in Collier County can sign to show that he/she thinks the project is a good idea. The petition and explanatory flyer is on website www.evergladeshistorical.org where you can download copies.
P O Box 46
Everglades City, FL, 34139
For information, call Marya Repko at (239) 695-2905.
ABOVE: MARCO FIREMEN CALLED OUT SATURDAY (12/9/17) AROUND 11AM TO A STRUCTURE FIRE. NO OTHER DETAILS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME
ABOVE: Have fun doing your holiday shopping in historic Everglades City!
Our event Saturday was rained out so we have re-scheduled Art-in-the-Glades for the coming Saturday, December 16, under the pavilion in McLeod Park (near the majestic City Hall building) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
There will be everything from jewelry to soaps to photos & paintings so have a fun day out and support local crafters in this laid-back little town. Among the items, local authors will sell and sign their books. When you get hungry there will be baked goods from local charities. And, bring the kiddies who can play on the swings while you shop.
For information, call Marya at (239) 695-2905 or see www.evergladeshistorical.org.
ABOVE: SANTA'S WORKSHOP WAS HELD ON SATURDAY.AT THE NEW COMMUNITY CENTER FROM 9AM TO NOON
MARCO CITY COUNCIL WILL MEET FOR A SPECIAL MEETING ON TUESDAY THE 12TH AT 5:30PM. IT'S EXPECTED COUNCIL WILL READ AND PASS
A Resolution Endorsing the Submittal of the Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity (COPCN) Application to Collier County requesting a full EMS Service transport dedicated to the City of Marco Island
RESULTS OF TUESDAYS ELECTION AT EVERGLADES CITY WINNERS: ELAINE MIDDELSTAEDT, HOWIE GRIMM, VICKY WELLS, TIM SMITH SR. 166 VOTES WERE CAST.
Red tide is blooming 5-10 miles off the coast of Marco Island, which could make it to the beaches this weekend. Generally, red tide gets deposited South of Marco but some people are concerned it might show up on the beach as early as Saturday.
Nearly 30 contractors and subcontractors who worked for Collier County after Hurricane Irma cleaning lift stations, handling raw sewage and keeping it out of neighborhoods haven’t been paid yet. Southern Sanitation did $2 million worth of work and hired nearly 30 companies to help because they haven't been paid, they can't pay any of those subcontractors either.
ISLAND TOWER DENTAL AT 606 BALD EAGLE DRIVE MARCO ISLAND
MARCO CITY COUNCIL MET MONDAY NIGHT AND DISCUSSED AT LENGTH THE POSSIBILITY OF ADDING A SECOND AMBULANCE FOR THE ISLAND. CITIZENS WHO SHOWED UP WERE GENERALLY IN FAVOR OF THE MOVE
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE EVENTS PAGE FOR THINGS GOING ON AROUND MARCO AND EVERGLADES CITY
ABOVE: MARCO ISLAND FIREMEN WERE CALLED OUT TO A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT 1280 EDINGTON PLACE FRIDAY AFTERNOON
THE MARCO ISLAND YMCA HAS ANNOUNCED IT WILL BE CLOSED ON SATURDAY DUE TO AN EVALUATION OF THE ELECTRICAL SERVICE THERE. THE REGULAR SCHEDULE WILL RETURN SUNDAY.
ABOVE: MARCO ISLAND COUNTRY CLUB RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO REOPEN THE RECENTLY UPGRADED CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE.
Marco Island’s Top 9 for December
: 1. Welcome aboard Dr. Lee Niblock! Our new city manager joins the team on December 4, 2017.
2. The Parking Solutions Advisory Committee will present its findings to City Council at the December 4, 2017 meeting.
3. Anchors Away? – The Marco Island Sail & Power Squadron will host an Anchoring Seminar to assist boaters in understanding the issues and problems with proper boat anchoring. The date is December 13 at 6 p.m. Cost is $60 – register by December 8th at (239) 213-8722.
4. The Grand Opening of the new Mackle Park Community Building is scheduled for December 14. Join us from 4-6 p.m.
5. Volunteers are needed for open positions on the Fire Rescue Pension Board and the Police Officers Pension Board. Meetings are held quarterly. For more information on becoming a pension trustee, contact City Clerk Laura Litzan at (239) 389-5010.
6. The Farmers Market is back – every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Veterans Community Park.
7. Coffee (and a bagel) with a Cop – Friday, December 15, 8-10 a.m. at Empire Bagel Factory, 227 N. Collier Boulevard.
8. Keep Our Beaches Beautiful – You can help by attending one of the following beach clean ups: • South Beach Boardwalk - Dec 2 at 8 a.m. – Sponsored by the Marco Island Woman’s Club • Tigertail Beach - Dec 9 at 8 a.m. – Sponsored by the Friends of Tigertail
9. Holiday Happenings - Christmas Island Style • Annual Tree Lighting – Veterans Park, Dec 2 at 6 p.m. • Santa’s Workshop – Mackle Park, Dec 9 at 9 a.m. • Christmas Movie in the Park – Mackle Park, Dec 15 at 5 p.m. • Cookies & Milk with Santa – Mackle Park, Dec 15 at 10 a.m. • Holiday Street Parade – San Marco Rd, Dec 16 at 6:30 p.m
? Irma Recovery Update from councilman Larry Honig! Lots of folks have been asking on Messenger and by phone — so maybe more want to know. Here’s a brief update ...
Non-organic debris removal is under way now. Those ugly sofas on the swales should be gone soon, so if you need one, better pick it up!
Marco Island and dozens of other communities all ordered replacement street signs at the same time! Imagine that!! So everyone is on back-order.
Tree stumps (on public property) are being ground up by the City. Then the debris-removal contractor will pick up the mulch. It’s a process that will take a while.
We’re getting back to normal!
ABOVE: NEW COLLIER COUNTY COPTER PASSED OVER MARCO ISLAND THIS WEEK
MARCO POLICE REPORTED THE FOLLOWING INCIDENTS OVER THE PAST MONTHS
DATE & TIME: 10/19/2017
Officers were dispatched to a disturbance located on Dogwood Drive. Three male occupants were arrested for Possession of Cocaine and transported to the Naples Jail Center.
DATE & TIME: 10/23/2017
IAn Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for running a stop sign. The male driver was arrested for DUI and transported to the Naples Jail Center.
DATE & TIME: 10/25/2017
Officers were dispatched to a disturbance located on Heights Court. The male occupant was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and transported to the Naples Jail Center.
DATE & TIME: 10/31/2017
Officers were dispatched to a disturbance located on North Bahama Ave. The female occupant was arrested for an active warrant and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.
DATE & TIME: 11/3/2017
Officers were dispatched to the area of Bayside Court in reference to a vehicle crash involving a motorcycle. The male driver of the motorcycle was arrested for DUI and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.
DATE & TIME: 11/11/2017
Officers were dispatched to a noise complaint located on Lamplighter. The male occupant was arrested for an active warrant and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.
DATE & TIME: 11/12/2017
An Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle passing in a “No Passing Zone”. The female driver and passenger were arrested for Possession of Marijuana and were transported to the Naples Jail Center.
ABOVE; MARCO FIRE RESCUE JOINS SEVERAL OTHER AGENTS INCLUDING THE COAST GUARD AND SIX OTHER AGENCIES SUNDAY , 25 MILES OFF SHORE WHEN A SCUBA DIVER BECAME UNRESPONSIVE AND STOPPED BREATHING. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO NAPLES COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
MIW Member, Dolores Burton's picture book for children, Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls Are Worried was nominated for the 2017 Readers Choice Awards. If you wish to vote for Bully Billy please follow the directions below:
1. To vote go to the 2017 Readers Choice Awards Voting Page, https://www.tckpublishing.com/readers-choice-voting/
2. Click the right arrow to get to the Children's Books Category (11/16)
3. Scroll down to Bully Billy is Back: The Burrowing Owls Are Worried by Dr. Dolores Burton
4. Cast your vote
5. Please do it soon as the votes must be in by December 10
6. Many thanks.
MARCO CITY COUNCIL MEETS MONDAY WHEN IT'S EXPECTED COUNCIL WILL APPOINT ROBERT EASTMAN TO THE BEACH & COASTAL RESOURCES COMMUNITY. COUNCIL IS EXPECTED TO PASS RESOLUTIONS TO PURCHASE AND EQUIP THREE NEW POLICE VEHICLES AS WELL AS DISCUSS PLACING WIRING UNDERGROUND ON THE ISLAND, A REVIEW OF THE CITY'S EMERGENCY PLAN AND DISCUSS BIDS FOR A NEW FIRE STATION 51
Whistleblower biologist Dr. Mark Clifton took the floor at a public meeting Tuesday to present claims that leaking chemicals could have threatened people's health in Collier County.
He had written a letter to the board of commissioners in October, claiming human and animal health issues should be raised after one of the district's helicopters last year was leaking chemicals. Commissioners investigated the allegations.
He claimes several people experienced health issues and several animals were killed after a pesticide leaked from one of the district's helicopters last year.
ABOVE: SHORTLY AFTER 9AM SUNDAY MARCO ISLAND FIREMEN WERE CALLED TO A HOME ON CLYBURN WHERE A STRUCTURE FIRE WAS IN PROGRESS. THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE IF ANY IS NOT KNOWN AT THIS TIME.
227 NORTH COLLIER BLVD 239-389-7499. CHECK OUT THE NEWLY REMODELED RESTAURANT SERVING BEER, WINE AND A HAPPY HOUR!
ABOVE; MARCO POLICE AND EMS CALLED OUT TO A ACCIDENT ON SAN MARCO ROAD ON THURSDAY
MARCO CITY OFFICIALS HAD TO REROUTE TRAFFIC AT ELKCAM AND COLLIER AFTER A TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT THAT INTERSECTION BEGAN TO MALFUNCTION. TEMPORARY STOP SIGNS WERE DEPLOYED AND RESIDENTS ARE ASK TO AVOID THE INTERSECTION DURING REPAIRS
ABOVE: IF YOU THINK TORNADOES DON'T HIT IN FLORIDA LOOK AT THIS FUNNEL THAT DROPPED NEAR IMMOKALEE LAST WEEK.
ABOVE: COLLIER COUNTY'S NEW COPTER JUST DELIVERED
SO WHOSE BADGE IS THAT? ABOVE
ABOVE: OFFICER RODRIGUEZ LEADS A TEACHING CLASS ON ALCOHOL P.R.E.P AT CJ'S THIS WEEK
Above: Hurricane Irma blew trash and debris into much of the coastal environment near Naples and Marco Island. Rookery Bay Research Reserve teamed up with Red Bull to host a Henderson Creek Cleanup on Saturday, Nov. 18. Nearly 100 stand-up paddlers, kayakers and water enthusiasts from all over Florida joined forces to help remove and load more than sixty yards of debris into dumpsters, restoring the creek’s pristine beauty and making the shoreline safer for wildlife.
ABOVE; COLLIER COUNTY DEPUTIES STOP MOTORCYCLE AFTER 100 MPH CHASE NORTH OF MARCO ON COLLIER BLVD. ONE PERSON WAS CITED WHILE A SECOND MOTORCYCLIST FLED THE SCENE SOUTH. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED FRIDAY NIGHT 11 17 17
STAY INFORMED DAILY ABOUT MARCO, EVERGLADES CITY, GOODLAND AND ISLES OF CAPRI LOCAL NEWS LISTEN TO 98.1 FM MARCO/ 88.1 FM EVERGLADES CITY YOUR DAILY SOURCE OF LOCAL NEWS
ABOVE: CREWS WORK ON THE COMMUNICATION TOWER AT THE MARCO ISLAND POLICE AND FIRE STATION REPAIRING DAMAGE TO ANTENNAS CAUSED BY HURRICANE IRMA.
BARFIELD JUST SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF SAN MARCO RD
A MAJOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AROUND 2:30PM FRIDAY 11 17 17 CAUSED BOTH LANES OF COLLIER BLVD TO BE TIED UP FOR A PERIOD OF TIME AT THE INTERSECTION OF FIDDLERS CREEK. A CAR TURNING INTO FIDDLERS CREEK WAS STRUCK BY A NORTH BOUND VEHICLE. MORE INFORMATION TO BE RELEASED LATER. SOUTH BOUND TRAFFIC WAS OPEN BY 3:30PM BUT NORTH BOUND WAS LIMITED FOR SOME ADDITIONAL TIME.
GREAT SERVICE BEGINS WITH ISLAND TOWER DENTISTRY 606 BALD EAGLE ON MARCO
ABOVE; THE CALUSA GARDEN CLUB'S DISPLAY HONORING FIRST RESPONDERS AND VOLUNTEERS
SNOOK INN - 1215 BALD EAGLE DRIVE (THE END OF BALD EAGLE IN OLDE MARCO) - MARCO ISLAND FL 34145 - PHONE: 239.394.3313
Dear Friends and Neighbors....
After much consideration and review the Christmas Island Style Committee has elected to cancel this year's Christmas Boat Parade which was scheduled for December 9th in recognition of potential safety issues concerning the route. This decision was not made without serious consideration and discussions with both public safety personnel and professional mariners who have participated in the event year after year.
As a result of Hurricane Irma the mouth of Collier Creek which leads into Collier Bay and eventually into Smokehouse Bay and the Esplanade has some issues regarding safe passage during low-tide events and is compounded by the night passage through this area. Do not misunderstand this communication with you, Collier Creek is in fact open, but may present some issues to those not familiar with it, or of a larger draft vessels.. Larger boats however, similar to the Marco Princess and sailboats may have a difficult time traversing the channel, creating a problem with the flow of traffic and possibly blocking the return of vessels.
We have reviewed alternate routes and find none that would provide the general public with adequate viewing opportunities.
We hope you'll understand our desires to provide mariners with a 100% safe experience, as we have chosen to err on the side of safety.
Steve "Stef" Stefanides
ALLIED PAVERS www.alliedpavers.com 217 Collier Blvd., #102 Marco Island, FL 239-394-6152
ABOVE; THE SEASON OPENS FOR THE FARMER'S MARKET AT VETERANS PARK. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD EVERY WEDNESDAY 7:30AM TO 1PM DURING THE SEASON
THE BREWERY OPEN 11:30 AM TO MIDNIGHT 7 DAYS A WEEK THE BREWERY IN THE TOWN CENTER MALL MARCO ISLAND
COUNCILMAN LARRY HONIG AND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXEC DIRECTOR DIANNA DOHM POSE FOR PICTURE AT THE CHAMBER'S MONTHLY AFTER FIVE GET TOGETHER WEDNESDAY
Kathein Jewelers 133 South Barfield Drive Marco Island, FL 34145
HOURS Seasonal Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm Summer Hours: Monday – Friday 10am-5pm (239)259-8937 / (239)259-8943
Be careful walking, biking and driving at night. Street Lights on the island will be intermittently on and off while LCEC (San Marco Road) and public works make Hurricane Irma repairs.
On 11/11/2017 at approximately 6:40AM , MIPD Marine and Patrol Officers were dispatched to 385 Angler Drive (Calusa Island Marina) reference a possible deceased person floating in the water.
Officers located a male body in the water in the area of C Dock near a sailboat. The deceased male was removed from the water and has been identified as Kevin M Peterson, a 63 year old male with residential addresses in both Marco Island and Michigan.
Marco Island Police Detectives are working collaboratively with the Medical Examiner to determine time and cause of death.
The community is not at risk and the Marco Island Police Department is not seeking any suspects.
WORD FROM MARCO AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE;
It's time to ban plastic drinking straws on Marco Island! We CAN do this! Email city council to show your support for eliminating this ridiculous and completely unnecessary single use plastic.
We are an island....a contained environment, we need to be working toward NO SINGLE USE PLASTIC, period!
Tuesday the Collier County School Board voted 3-2 to take part in a lawsuit against the state over an education bill that requires public schools to share property taxes with charter schools. Board members Roy Terry, Stephanie Lucarelli and Erick Carter voted in favor of joining the suit Erika Donalds and Kelly Lichter voted against district participation.
ABOVE: STUDENTS VISIT THE MIFD LAST WEEK
BARFIELD JUST SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF SAN MARCO RD
People in Everglades City say they're still struggling with just how much help they still need.The damage continues overwhelming in some areas. Some people are without a place to live, hot water or working appliances. Two-thirds of the city's home sare uninhabitable. David Wade of Finer Meats & Eats has been in Everglades City, cooking free hot meals for a month and a half and the Red Cross has been handing out free meals .
ABOVE: MARCO FD HELPS BOATER OVER THE WEEKEND
VETS TURNED OUT ON A SUNNY SATURDAY TO CELEBRATE VETERANS DAY. THE EVENT AT 11AM AT VETS PARK ON THE ISLAND INCLUDED EMCEE KEITH DAMERON, CUB PACK 234 LEADING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, SUSAN DOYLE SINGING THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER AND A FLYOVER BY THE CIVIL AIR PATROL AND A TRIBUTE TO KOREAN ERA VETS BY US CONGRESSMAN FRANCIS ROONEY AND COUNTY COMMISSIONER DONNA FIALA.
Everglades Motorcycle Service, Inc
3888 Mannix Drive, Suite 316 • Naples, FL
ABOVE; MARCO PD, FIRE AND AMBULANCE CALLED TO THE SCENE OF AN INCIDENT JUST SOUTH OF COLLIER AND BALD EAGLE AROUND 11AM FRIDAY. VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED
A new debris pickup map is now available for view on the Marco Island city web site. The map shows areas where debris from hurricane Irma will be collected by the county contracted collection agent. Along with the map is a list of Marco streets and when they can expect a collection visit.
Island Automotive, Inc. 801 East Elkcam Circle Marco Island, Florida 34145 (239) 394-1887
Marco Island, FL • (239) 642-6642 SOUTHERN COMFORT AIR Your Heating & Cooling Experts
Air-Conditioning Repairs • Climate Control Systems Installation • HVAC Units
Southern Comfort Air, LLC 994 N Barfield Drive, Suite 35 Marco Island, FL 34145-2328
ABOVE: DEPUTY CHIEF BATIATO ATTENDS TOMMY BARFIELD ELEMENTARY DAY VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION
Furniture is arriving at Everglades City and Chokoloskee this week. The furniture is being made available to those who lost their's during hurricane Irma. A distribution station at Chokoloskee was opened Thursday.
ABOVE: MIFR AND MIPD PROUD TO STAND ALONG SIDE WWII SARGENT BOB SARGEANT WHO SERVED IN THE US AIR FORCE AND ARMY
Marco Island Florist: 178 South Barfield Dr Marco Island, FL 34145 239-970-3099
17,000 to 18,000 people went to 29 Collier County shelters during Hurricane Irma, more than had been anticipated. A new plan is afoot to find other buildings to serve as shelters and train new people to manage those facilities. The county is looking into generators for lift stations and fuel pumps. Collier County had planned to serve 10,000 people in 10 shelters before Irma approached, Now, the emergency manager wants to plan for at least 12-15 shelters for each storm. No word on if one or two might be located on Marco Island.
Allegations of improperly secured adulticides used to kill mosquitoes have been alledged against the Collier County Mosquito Control District including improper spraying at Everglades City. The accusation is that equipment on one of plane broke causing the adulticide to leak. An attorney speculated it leaked, potentially harming people and animals in 2016. An attorney is also investigating if areas around Everglades City were "double sprayed" in 2016 and after Hurricane Irma in 2017. That would be a violation of district policy and potentially of federal law.
Board membershave asked about an area of Everglades City that had been double sprayed and as a result, the district did not ask FEMA for reimbursement money for the spray.
The commissioners had previously suspended all flight operations then voted to resume them Tuesday after a safety audit of the aircraft found no major issues.
Hundreds of guests arrived at The Esplanade for the third annual Marco Craft Beer and Fine Food Festival. Around 200 people tried various foods and beers provided by six breweries.
IT'S OFFICIAL, THE NEW CITY MANAGER WILL TAKE OFFICE ON DECEMBER FIRST. HE AND THE CITY SIGNED A CONTRACT ON 11/6/17
Marco Island Florist: 178 South Barfield Dr Marco Island, FL 34145 239-970-3099
18-year-old Kraig Purkey could go to prison after he said he accidentally brought a knife to Lely high school where he is a senior.
Purkey said the knife was a collapsible pocket knife. Investigators looked through his car in the school parking lot and found two other knives: a 9-inch filet knife and a 5-and-a-quarter-inch knife. Attorneys say because the pocket knife was never flashed charges could be dropped.
ABOVE; TWO PEOPLE WERE RESCUED BY THE MARCO ISLAND FIRE DPT SUNDAY MORNING AROUND 4AM AFTER THE TWO WENT KAYAKING AND BECAME LOST. THEY WERE FOUND IN GOOD CONDITION
Congratulations Marco Patriots for the City Council Proclamation thanking you — and everyone who pitched in after Hurricane Irma!! If we missed any group or business or person, please call the City Clerk Laura Litzan at (239) 389-5010 and she will prepare a Proclamation document!!
MARCO POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THIEFTS OF GPS AND OTHER EQUIPMENT FROM BOATS AT 705 EAST ELKCAM CIRCLE. MARCO POLICE ARE COOPERATING WITH NAPLES POLICE AND CCSO IN A CONTINUING INVESTIGATION.
POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING VARIOUS THEFTS FROM VEHICLES AT 2173 SAN MARCO RD, 339 LANDMARK ST, NORTH COLLIER & SEAVIEW COURT DURING SEPTEMBER. POLICE ARRESTED FOUR PEOPLE IN A STOLEN VEHICLE AND QUESTIONED THEM ABOUT MANY THEFTS.
ABOVE; VOLUNTEERS FOR MEALS OF HOPE PACK MEALS SATURDAY. Picture from facebook post, Neil Snyder
FROM WILLIAM MORRIS ORGANIZER OF THE EVENT:
Great job yesterday!
Not sure of exactly how many meals we packed as it appears some of our teams were stuffing more than 32 meals in each box.
But, based on product that went back to Meals of Hope after we were done, it looks like we met our goal of 250,000 meals.
THURSDAY NIGHT MARCO CITY COUNCIL SELECTED DR. LEE NIBLOCK AS THE NEXT CITY MANAGER. Bob Brown and Joe Batte voted against the hiring.Niblock, was county manager of Alachua County, Florida from 2014 until this past September. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and holds a master degree in public administration from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in public administration from Nova Southeastern University.
PASTE ADDRESS BELOW INTO YOUR BROWSER FOR VIDEO OF FIRE:
ABOVE: MARCO FIREMEN OUT AT A BOAT FIRE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AT WALKERS MARINA AROUND 5PM THE FIRE BEGAN IN A BOAT ON ABOUT THE THIRD LEVEL. FIREMEN CONTAINED THE BLAZE IN SHORT ORDER
ABOVE: A TRUE HERO, CCSO CORRECTIONS DEPUTY PULLED A MAN OUT OF A TRUCK CRASH THURSDAY AT AROUND 1PM JUST MOMENTS BEFORE THE TRUCK BURST INTO FLAMES. THE ACCIDENT STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION
ABOVE: PICS FROM TUESDAY NIGHT'S HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION AT MARCO
ABOVE: MEMBERS OF LEADERSHIP MARCO MEET WITH FIRE DPT OFFICIALS FOR A REVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE INVESTIGATE A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON WINTERBURY TUESDAY AFTERNOON
QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY MARCO COUNCILMAN VICTOR RIOS:
1- When are the non-organic debris going to be picked up? While I have seen some already picked up from Collier Blvd, and a couple of other areas, Mr. Perkins’, the owner of AshBritt (the contracted company) explanation at the Council Meeting was that non-organic debris will be picked up after all the vegetative debris have been removed, tentatively the first week of December.
2- How and when are the cul-de-sacs going to be picked up since the big trucks cannot do it? There are already a couple of small trucks deployed and more will be deployed within a week . Cul-de-sacs debris will be picked up after the large trucks have picked up the rest of the street. Ashbritt have sub-contracted this directly and we are not directly involved with those agreements.
3- Some Condominiums have piled debris galore in their parking lots. Is that going to be arranged or are they going to have to bring it to swales, which in some cases are not very easy to access and also means that the debris is handled at least twice. Private properties are responsible for their debris other that what is placed on the swales. It would be up to the private property owners to either place the material on swales and/or negotiate with contractors of their choice (landscapers?) to remove the debris from their properties. Smaller trucks would probably be needed to ensure there is no damage to these properties.
4- The Turtle parking lot and some empty lots are being used by what may be frustrated citizens to take debris that fit on black garbage bags. How is that going to be picked up and also what can be done to stop this from continuing? Any debris to be picked up must be placed in the swale area as these trucks do not have the capability to pick up from the middle of the lot.
5- When is the next update of the schedule going to be released? The City staff, working with the contractor will be updating the schedule once a week starting probably Wednesday of next week. I will then also send it to all of you once the city releases it.
A Fantasy 5 ticket hit the jackpot Saturday and it was purchased at the 7-Eleven on Collier Blvd on Marco! It was one of three tickets to each win more than $72,000. Winning numbers were 13-18-25-28-30.
Everglades city is booting Doug Meyer and his food truck off the city basketball courts. He has until Wednesday to find another location in the Everglades City area to set up his truck or go home. Everglades City's school's gym was destroyed when hurricane Irma came thorough and the space is needed. Meyer has been providing free dinners to residents who lost everything in the storm. He says he will remain as long as needed. Meyer drove from the Minneapolis are where he owns a meat company to help the people of Everglades City.
ABOVE, MEMBERS OF LEADERSHIP MARCO MEET WITH SAFETY FORCES TO LEARN ABOUT MARCO POLICE AND FIRE DPT.
Collier County Parks and Rec has applied for a state grant to buy bear-resistant trash cans.Collier County tested bear-resistant trash cans in Golden Gate Estates earlier this year however, residents complained the cans were too hard to use. There is no plan at present to use the cans on Marco Island.
ABOVE: COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS ASKING MARCO AND AREA RESIDENTS TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THIS MAN WEARING THIS SHIRT WHO WAS REPORTED TO HAVE APPROACHED CHILDREN LEAVING A SCHOOL IN GOLDEN GATE THIS PAST WEEK.
MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITY FROM VICTOR RIOS CONCERNING DERBIES PICKUP:
The City Manager and City staff has been working with the contractor to get a schedule that shows when you can expect debris pickup on your street. This schedule was finished at 5 PM Tuesday and can be affected by weather and unforeseen circumstances. With this schedule you can determine plus or minus a couple of days when debris on you street will be picked up. Many of our residents have not yet comeback and as they do, they will place, whatever debris on their property on the swales. Therefore, it is entirely possible the debris on one street will be picked up then a few days later you may see a new pile. The contractor is committed to come back to those streets until all Marco island debris are completely picked up.
COPY ADDRESS BELOW AND PASTE IN YOUR BROWSER FOR PICKUP SCHEDULE LISTED BY STREET AND DATE OR GO TO CITY WEBSITE:
ABOVE A COMPOSITE PICTURE OF THE SUSPECT.
The search continues for a man who tried to lure a young girl into his car near a crosswalk near East Naples Middle School Thursday. The suspect pulled over at the intersection of Estey Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard and began coaxing a girl riding a bike to get into his car. Instead, the girl shook her head no and peddled away. The man is described as Hispanic, 50-60 years old, wearing reading glasses. The car the man was driving is a silver PT Cruiser.
A SIMILAR INCIDENT OCCURRED NEAR THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ON MARCO TUESDAY OF LAST WEEK. IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS CALL THE MARCO POLICE.
MONDAY AFTERNOON POLICE REPORTED A THIRD INCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION IN GOLDEN GATE
ABOVE, ANNUAL JERRY ADAMS CHILI COOKOFF HELD SAT AT THE ESPLANADE
Collier County scrapped plans for a multi-million dollar ATV park. $3 million has been allocated to build the park, but the county said they couldn't find anywhere to put it since 2003, groups have been looking for a piece of land for ATV riders in Collier County. At one time the plan was to locate it between Marco island and Naples just off Collier blvd. the last location Immokalee Airport last week staff recommended that commissioners forget that option because it’s too expensive.
AT WEDNESDAY'S MARCO COUNCIL MEETING COUNCILMAN JOE BATTE MADE A MOTION TO HIRE INTERIM CITY MANAGER GIL POLANCO TO THE JOB. THE MOTION FAILED 3-4 . COUNCIL THEN BEGAN THE PROCESS OF SELECTING THE FINALISTS FOR THE JOB AND SELECTED LEE NIBLOCK, DAN ALFONSO, DAVID FRASER AND WILLIAM MAINEN . COUNCIL WILL INTERVIEW THE FOUR AGAIN BEFORE SELECTING IT'S CHOICE .
Two bank robbery suspects were arrested on I-75 Tuesday evening. Authorities chased two men who allegedly robbed a Wells Fargo off 41 and Collier Boulevard in Collier County. The suspects took off in a getaway car. They would not pull over and eventually crashed near mile marker 91.
On 10/17/17 at 308pm, a 12 year old student was walking home from the Charter Middle School and was approached by a male in a tan 4-door vehicle with tinted windows. The student described the male having gray hair, a beard, glasses and a very thin body build. The male was last seen wearing a blue collared golf style shirt. The male pulled alongside of the female student and told her to come to his vehicle. When she ignored him, he screamed at her to come to his vehicle. She approached close enough to get a look at the driver, and the male asked if she needed a ride home. The student ran from the area and called her mother immediately. The student stated she has never seen the male or the vehicle in the area prior to this incident. Please contact the Marco Island Police Department if you have any additional information at (239) 389-5050.
· MIPD significantly increased patrols in the area this event occurred immediately after the incident was reported – this continues.
· Detectives are investigating the case - working to develop leads.
· MIPD has requested public assistance and notified the public using multiple social media and communications platforms.
ABOVE; MIFR LADDER TRUCK 50 ON AN ELEVATOR RESCUE IN VINTAGE BAY WEDNESDAY
Florida state legislators are concerned about lending support to a bill that would allow the city to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (COPCN.) A COPCN would allow Marco to operate its own ambulance services instead of the county.
Collier County commissioners will not grant a COPCN or provide a second ambulance so council is looking to have a new state law passed but representatives want the city to prove there is enough public support and show where the money will come from.
Council will now discuss their next move.
Facebook threats are targeting Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk from a Cris Cunningham who was arrested 25 years ago in Naple in the 1990's. Cunningham of Colorado Springs threatens to shoot and kill Rambosk and says he's on his way to Naples to do so, throughout multiple posts. Federal officials are said to be looking into the incidents.
Sunday was the official opening of stone crab season. There was some concern that this year's catch might not be as big as expected due to the arrival of hurricane Irma but according to local fishermen the catch for 2017 was little if even touched by the storm.
Welcome Home! to Korean War-Era Veterans will be the theme of the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Community Park, which will be sponsored by American Legion Post 404 and the City of Marco Island.
Set for 11 a.m., Nov. 11, the ceremony honoring America’s service men and women will include a Special Tribute to Korean War-Era Veterans highlighted by a special City of Marco Island Proclamation recognizing all Korean War Era Veterans.
- A keynote speech by Rep. Francis Rooney III (R-Naples), along with speeches by Collier County Commissioner Donna Fiala and retired U.S. Army Col. Charlotte Roman, who is a member of Marco Island City Council American Legion Post 404.
ABOVE; MARCO FIREMEN FIGHT A SMALL BLAZE FRIDAY THAT STARTED IN A PILE OF DEBRIS ALONG A MARCO STREET. NO MAJOR DAMAGE WAS REPORTED
The City of Everglades has a new website at www.EvergladesCityFL.org to see up-to-date information
The City of Marco Island is now accepting applications for the City of Marco Island Youth Council.
The Marco Island Youth Council is a diverse group of young leaders committed to making a difference on Marco Island!
ABOVE; A REPORT ON HOW MUCH DEBRIS HAVE BEEN COLLECTED SO FAR
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE INVESTIGATED A THREE VEHICLE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT LATE TUESDAY MORNING 10 10 17 ON YELLOW BIRD. NO OTHER DETAILS AVAILABLE AS YET
We're making progress on debris collection, and I really appreciate everyone's patience. Marco Island has been allocated six of those monster double-trucks with the crane in-between ... sounds like a lot, but it's not enough, and we've been cajoling and arguing and comparing and begging for more.
We are absolutely not trying to take anything away from Everglades City, Chokoloskee, or Goodland, but we should have our fair share within the balance of Collier County. The schools need to be hit again, esp. in the nearby neighborhoods, and the city and AshBritt are working on that even as we speak.
MARCO POLICE WARNED BOAT OWNERS ON 10/7/2017 TO BE SURE THEIR BOATS WERE TIED UP AFTER A HIGH TIDE ON THE ISLAND FLOATED SOME BOATS OFF THEIR RACKS
ABOVE: ATTENDEES SIGN UP FOR THE MARCO POLICE FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNY SATURDAY AT HAMMOCK BAY COUNTRY CLUB
Marco Island Charter Middle School was recognized as being among the top five charter schools in the state of Florida recently. The word came from Niche, a Pittsburgh, PA-based firm specializing in ranking schools.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos visited Everglades City School Friday. She had an opportunity to view first hand, the devastation created by the recent hurricane.
Collier County will see FEMA traveling trailers Saturday for those displaced by the recent Hurricane. The exact location where they will be placed has not been determined as yet say FEMA officials. It is assumed that some of the group will end up in Everglades City.
ABOVE PARKS AND RECREATION DPT GETS READY FOR THE HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR 10/28/17
BARFIELD JUST SOUTH OF THE INTERSECTION OF SAN MARCO RD
ABOVE MARCO ISLAND FIRE DPT FIGHTS DUMPSTER FIRE TUESDAY 10 3 17
AS OF TUESDAY MORNING 10/3/17 COLLIER COUNTY REPORTS THE HURRICANE DEBRIS PICKED UP WILL START ON MARCO ISLAND. THE PLAN HAD BEEN TO START LAST FRIDAY BUT FLOODED ROADS PREVENTED THE PROJECT FROM STARTING
MARCO POLICE REMIND RESIDENTS THAT BURNING DEBRIS TO DISPOSE OF THEM IS NOT LEGAL ON THE ISLAND. SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE TIPS ON PREPARING WASTE FOR PICKUP
Troopers report a motorcyclist was trying to pass several cars when he ran into a truck as it was making a U-turn just North of the Gober bridge on rt 92/San Marco Road at 8am Saturday morning. The driver of the truck was cited for making an improper U-turn. The driver of the motorcycle was killed. The name of the victim was not released.
ABOVE, FEMA OFFICIALS TALK WITH MARCO RESIDENTS ON SUNDAY 10 1 17
A Fantasy 5 ticket for Friday's drawing sold at the Green Store between Marco and Naples was a winner. The ticket was one of six winners, each scoring a little over $33,600.The winning numbers: 01-05-07-13-18 The Green Store is located at 14501 Tamiami Trail E.
ABOVE, HEAVY RAINS CAUSED FLOODING ON SOME STREETS OF MARCO ISLAND FRIDAY AFTERNOON AROUND 4:30PM. COLLIER BLVD NORTH OF BALD EAGLE FLOODED IN THE NORTH BOUND LANE. SOME FLOODING CAN BE EXPECTED DURING RAINFALL OVER THE WEEKEND.
ABOVE: PUBLIX THANKS FIRST RESPONDENS FOR THEIR SERVICE DURING AND AFTER THE HURRICANE
AN EAST NAPLES MAN AND A NAPLES WOMAN HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR FORCING THEIR WAY INTO A MARCO ISLAND WOMAN'S HOME AND BEATING THE RESIDENT. THE ATTACK WAS BECAUSE THE MARCO WOMAN ALLEGEDLY POSTED NEGATIVE MATERIAL ON SOCIAL MEDIA. KENDALL FEEHAN AND ANDREW KELBE FACE CHARGES OF BATTERY, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND MORE AFTER THE INCIDENT AT DANDELION COURT
PRECAUTIONARY SWIM ADVISORY LIFTED FOR ALL COLLIER COUNTY BEACHES
by Marya Repko
My memories of Irma in ECity will be the piles of trash, families’ possessions tragically drowned by the flooding, and the noise from power washers getting out horrible silty mud from low-lying buildings, especially local businesses trying to start up again and provide employment.
And, of course, the wonderful volunteers who cooked food for us, brought supplies, and set up a free laundry. We had so much support from all around the state and even further!
As Mayor Howie Grimm, whose optimism belies his last name, said, “we’re tough and we’ll come out of this even better than we were before”.
If you want to contribute to our recovery, see www.ReachOutEverglades.org where you can donate with a credit or debit card. Alternatively, you can send a check with IRMA on the memo line to Reach Out Everglades, P O Box 894, Chokoloskee, FL, 34138. Reach Out Everglades, our neighborhood charity, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity so your donation will be tax-deductible and your support will be appreciated by those in our community who most need help to resume normal life.
ABOVE, LATEST PICTURES FROM EVERGLADES CITY 9 29 17
IN VIEW OF THE CONSISTENT PROBLEMS MARCO ISLANDERS ARE HAVING WITH THEIR CELL PHONE SERVICE, A SECOND PORTABLE CELL TOWER HAS BEEN ERECTED ON BALD EAGLE NEXT TO A TEMPORARY TOWER THAT WAS SET UP THE WEEK AFTER THE HURRICANE HIT . BOTH TOWERS WERE EMPLOYED TO REPLACE THE CELL TOWER AT THAT SITE THAT COLLAPSED WHEN THE HURRICANE STRUCK. IT IS HOPED THIS WILL ENABLE CUSTOMERS TO USE THEIR PHONES FOR CALLS AND TO GET BACK ON THE INTERNET
Hurricane Damaged Pool Barrier Info from the Marco Island Building Services Department
Due to hurricane Irma, one of the items that we’ve observed sustain damage that may pose a serious safety risk are damaged pool barriers and screen enclosures that act as a pool barrier. Please verify that your pool barriers are still in compliance with Florida Statute 515 “Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act”. If not, temporary measures may be taken to secure your pools. Whether permanent or temporary, below is information regarding what is required to comply with the residential swimming pool barrier requirements.
Florida Statute 515.29 Residential swimming pool barrier requirements.—
(1) A residential swimming pool barrier must have all of the following characteristics:
(a) The barrier must be at least 4 feet high on the outside.
(b) The barrier may not have any gaps, openings, indentations, protrusions, or structural components that could allow a young child to crawl under, squeeze through, or climb over the barrier.
(c) The barrier must be placed around the perimeter of the pool and must be separate from any fence, wall, or other enclosure surrounding the yard unless the fence, wall, or other enclosure or portion thereof is situated on the perimeter of the pool, is being used as part of the barrier, and meets the barrier requirements of this section.
(d) The barrier must be placed sufficiently away from the water’s edge to prevent a young child or medically frail elderly person who may have managed to penetrate the barrier from immediately falling into the water.
(2) The structure of an aboveground swimming pool may be used as its barrier or the barrier for such a pool may be mounted on top of its structure; however, such structure or separately mounted barrier must meet all barrier requirements of this section. In addition, any ladder or steps that are the means of access to an aboveground pool must be capable of being secured, locked, or removed to prevent access or must be surrounded by a barrier that meets the requirements of this section.
(3) Gates that provide access to swimming pools must open outward away from the pool and be self-closing and equipped with a self-latching locking device, the release mechanism of which must be located on the pool side of the gate and so placed that it cannot be reached by a young child over the top or through any opening or gap.
(4) A wall of a dwelling may serve as part of the barrier if it does not contain any door or window that opens to provide access to the swimming pool.
(5) A barrier may not be located in a way that allows any permanent structure, equipment, or similar object to be used for climbing the barrier.
More info regarding residential pool barrier requirements can be found at the following links,
· The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has the “Safety Barrier Guidelines for Residential Pools” available at the following link, https://www.cpsc.gov/…/362%20safety%20barrier%20guidelines%…
· Florida Building Code Residential section 4501.17, https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/code/378/6829017
Note: Please make sure to verify that the person you hire to perform any screen enclosure demolition, repair or replacement is licensed and insured.
Jane Watt and her amazing principals and teachers are such an incredible asset on Marco Island! We all know that. Tonight I was privileged to watch them at work in the sausage factory, almost 5 hours with the Collier County School Board. Whew! Jane asked me to make a brief remarks in support of MIA, which I was delighted and proud to do! Jane and her team — Melissa Scott and Amber Richardson — stayed through it all, and were professional and passionate in their comments to the School Board. This is how it gets done, locally ... “three yards and a cloud of dust” ...
FINAL DECISION, CCSB WILL NOT JOIN THE STATE LAW SUIT TO REDUCE FUNDING FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS
YOU MAY NOTICE THAT TIGERTAIL BEACH HAS BEEN RESHAPED BY THE HURRICANE. IT REMAINS IN TACT WITH SEVERAL CUT ACROSS SECTIONS NOT PREVIOUSLY THERE
SCAM ALERT!!! SOME RESIDENTS ARE GETTING CALLS FROM PEOPLE PREPORTING TO GET NATIONAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ASKING FOR CREDIT CARD NUMBERS TO FILE FOR FEMA MONEY. THIS IS A SCAM. NO GOVERNMENT WORKERS REQUIRE SUCH INFORMATION!
THE SPRAY PARK AT MACKLE PARK HAS OPENED AS OF WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
FEDERAL MONEY WILL SOON BE MADE AVAILABLE TO PROMOTE SW FLORIDA THROUGHOUT THE NATION IN RESPONSE TO THE RECENT HURRICANE DAMAGE. DETAILS TO FOLLOW
LET'S TALK TRASH!
Debris removal is the next big chore, county-wide, and we all want this mess cleaned up fast. It's important for our sense of pride in the community, it's important to get Marco Island looking good for tourist season, it's important for road safety, and some of this debris is beginning to smell bad!
Two things you must do ...
First, let me emphasize that you've got to get as much of your debris out next to the street (not in it) as quickly as you can. Why? Because after the first pass -- whenever that is -- it could be quite a while before the second pass. Piles put out after the first pass might sit out for a very long time. Make sure everything you want removed is between the sidewalk and the street.
Second, be sure to separate horticultural debris from building / bulk materials, such as furniture and carpets. If you mix debris, the contractor will pass you by, and the debris will remain. Finally, to help prevent localized flooding, do not cover storm drains (catch basins) with any debris.
Timing is everything ...
When will this happen? We don't yet know for sure about Marco Island. The county has a contract, to which Marco Island is a party (it's called an interlocal agreement), with a company called AshBritt Environmental, HQ in Deerfield Beach. They did the Sandy cleanup. The CEO and Gov. Scott are friends, and I believe Gov. Scott has encouraged the CEO to get this area cleaned up fast! I hope so ...
The official "start date" for debris removal was last Friday. I know that two trucks began work in Naples, but were stopped by FDOT because the dumping area for the collected debris was still flooded. Believe me, everyone is working on this problem. Marco Island and the county have identified three staging areas where debris can be taken locally, if necessary, to get it off the streets. So we just need to get AshBritt to get Marco Island's share of trucks down here pronto. I have the CEO on speed dial (seriously). Squeaky wheels.
Regular garbage ...
On Marco Island, remember to put out your regular garbage on Mondays and Thursdays, and on Thursdays also the recycle bin -- the only difference being that on Thursdays, until debris removal is complete, Waste Management will not pick up yard trash (even if you bag or bin it).
Let's keep up the great attitude and optimism, especially if it takes a while to get our debris picked up. We are returning to normal, a little bit at a time!
Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Marco and the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island will be collecting items tol be taken to the hardest hit areas. Items needed now are: Ne
w shoes New Socks New Underwear School Supplies
You can also make a monetary donation to Kiwanis Foundation of Marco Island and drop it off at the Chamber of Commerce, 1102 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, or mail to:
Kiwanis Foundation of Marco Island
P.O. Box 2041
Marco Island, FL 34146
Items may be dropped off at Marco Island Chamber of Commerce, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, please call Donna Niemczyk at 239-394-7549.
SUNDAY 9/24/17 MARCO EXPERIENCED ANOTHER POWER OUTAGE NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF COLLIER BLVD AND BALD EAGLE. THE OUTAGE WHICH LASTED OVER AND HOUR WAS REPAIRED SUNDAY AFTERNOON BY LCEC
Marco YMCA has opened their childcare programs on Monday serving over 70 children, many from families who are suffering a loss of income from being out of work and are providing childcare for City of Marco First Responders at no cost.
The Y has opened it's facilitys to normal operating hours, with limited programs due to damages to it's pool, tennis courts, and buildings.
Thirty of 120 sunken, damaged or aground vessels have been removed from the City Waterways. The remaining vessel reported missing has been located.
To check to see if someone is a licensed contractor please use this link to access the Collier County Contractor Licensing records website: http://cvportal.colliergov.net/CityViewWeb/License/Locator?licenseType=C or call (239) 252-2431 during business hours.
Marco Island Fire Rescue reminds you to be cautious when working on a ladder or roof and to be conscious of the heat, taking precautions such as hydration and pacing oneself when working outside.
Please do not place landscaping or any type of debris in the roadway. When placing debris in the swale, please consider where you put it in terms of traffic safety. There have been complaints of debris blocking sight lines, creating traffic hazards or covering fire hydrants.
To start a FEMA claim please go to www.disasterassistance.gov Additional FEMA info such as coping or cleaning tips and fraud or price gouging information is available at https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-irma
The City of Marco Island is working with its vendor AshBritt to formalize and publish a debris collection schedule.
To report an issue with standard trash collection, please call Collier County Utilities at (239) 252-2380 option 2
If you see something suspicious, immediately call the Marco Island Police Department at 389-5050 or if the situation is an emergency please call 9 1 1.
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE AND FIRE INVESTIGATED A MULTI CAR ACCIDENT THURSDAY
Help Needed for Irma Recovery
Imagine if flooding has drowned your furniture, destroyed all your electrical appliances, or left your home completely uninhabitable!
A local charity in the rural Everglades City area is helping families there devastated there by the recent hurricane.
The situation is worse because businesses also suffered so some people have no jobs and can not even buy the basic necessities.
Contributions are needed urgently. Any amount is welcome! Visit www.reachouteverglades.org where you can use a debit/credit card.
If you prefer to send a check, make it payable to “Reach Out Everglades” with a memo line “IRMA Fund” and send it to Reach Out Everglades, P.O. Box 894, Chokoloskee, FL, 34138
Reach Out Everglades & COPS Association, Inc, is the neighborhood charity for this remote area in southwest Florida which includes Chokoloskee and Plantation Island. It is a 501(3)(c) not-for-profit corporation. Your donation qualifies as a tax deduction.
You will be thanked by the community for whatever you can manage to contribute. And, if you have skills that may be useful in their recovery, please contact Elaine at (305) 962-8136.
Please do not place landscaping or any type of debris in the roadway. When placing debris in the swale, please consider where you put it in terms of traffic safety. There have been complaints of debris blocking sight lines, creating traffic hazards or covering fire hydrants.
WARNING: A SCAM IS AFOOT. MARCO RESIDENTS ARE GETTING CALLS FROM A MAN WHO SAYS HE IS FROM THE CITY AND WANTS TO SCHEDULE A HOME INSPECTION. THE CITY IS NOT PLACING SUCH CALLS. ALWAYS CHECK WITH THE CITY BEFORE AGREEING TO SUCH INSPECTIONS.
The city has been working very hard to get our parks open. Hats off to the city crews and the U.S. Forestry Service. I know a lot of people, including Island students, want to volunteer to get the parks open -- but it's just too dangerous. Here's a rundown of where we stand:
Mackle Park should be open tomorrow 9/20/17. The city’s Parks & Recreation Dept. has been concentrating on Mackle Park, with most of its 11 employees working there, because it is the most versatile and most-used of all city parks. Volunteers have not been allowed, because it has been the locus of U.S. Forestry Service work to cut back the cracked and damaged gumbo limbo trees. The good news is that the new building sustained only very minor damage.
Racquet Park is open.
At this time, the other three major parks are dangerous areas in which people can get hurt easily. This is why volunteers are not being allowed to help. They could become badly injured. Children especially would be at risk. It’s not a question of signing waivers — it’s a matter of genuine danger, which no waiver can eliminate. Our children’s safety is obviously the most important consideration.
Winterberry Park is the city’s current number one priority for park restoration, but it is still too dangerous even for cleanup by non-employees. The goal posts are down. The announcer box is down. The new scoreboard is down. The soccer goals are trashed. These structures present danger until they have been stabilized. Citizens can expect Winterberry to re-open no earlier than a week from now.
TBE Field — which is owned by Collier County Public Schools, but which Marco Island has a contract to maintain — is the most dangerous. The fence has been breached and has metal shards, posts, and poles sticking up. It has to be repaired or, more likely, replaced, which is a CCPS obligation. The tops of the fenceposts were blown off and are scattered throughout the field. These tops are sharp on one side, and can cut a foot open. There is broken glass all over the field. No estimate on when the field will be usable again. The city is negotiating with CCPS, and all three Marco Island schools are reaching out to enlist quick aid from CCPS. Marco Island will do what it can, but the timetable, leadership, and money must come from CCPS. All of us should make our desires known to members of the School Board.
Veterans Community Park is littered with scratchy, dry brush that needs to be cleared by professionals, and with stubs of trees, some cut off at ground level, that present hidden obstacles. The restroom building was toppled and ruined. There is no estimate as to when Veterans Community Park can safely reopen.
As of Tuesday, The Salvation Army has served in Collier County:
- 31,899 hot meals
- 28,464 bottles of water
- 47,415 snacks
- 836 cases of water
- 10 food boxes
- 15,190 MREs (meals ready to eat)
- 215 hygiene kits
- 240 Depends
- 30 clothing bags
- 10 pairs of boots
Greater Naples Fire Department responded to a house fire in Everglades City Monday night at 304 Allen Avenue. No one was hurt and the incident is under investigation.
At Everglades City two-thirds of homes and businesses will be condemned — and some people are still living there. County officials say the homes are not medically fit for occupancy.
Collier County sheriff's dpt officials are investigating the death of a Chokoloskee man who died after being arrested for curfew violation Friday. Devan Rewis age 31 was taken to the county jail where he was reported to have died. No cause of death has been reported.
Message from Wesley United Methodist Church and Marco Island Sunrise Rotary
At this time we are unable to accept additional request for assistance. The need for support is beyond available resources. However, those whom we have been in direct contact with we continue to plan to provide assistance. We are working off our list on a first in first out basis. Our service is for the removal of small to medium sized trees, construction material and other debris to the curb in accordance with guidance from Collier County instructions. We are aware there are other volunteer groups working throughout the island assisting residents with debris removal. If you are on the list and they offer assistance please use them, but do give us a call and let us know you no longer need our assistance so we can move the next person up on the list.
ONE PERSON HAS DIED AND MANY MORE HAVE BEEN TREATED FOR INFECTIONS AFTER EVERGLADES CITY RESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED SCRAPES OR WOUNDS THEN WALKED IN FETED WATER THERE. DOCTORS AMPUTATED AN EVERGLADES CITY MAN'S LEG AFTER INFECTION SPREAD FROM A WOUND. SEVERAL YOUNG GIRLS WERE ALSO TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR INFECTIONS CAUSED BY CONTACT WITH STANDING WATER
ABOVE: NOAA SHOWS HURRICANE MARIA MOVING AWAY FROM MARCO
ABOVE GOVERNOR VISITS KIRKS FISH HOUSE ON GOODLAND OVER THE WEEKEND. THE GOVERNOR ALSO VISITED EVERGLADES CITY
NORTH LOCATION OPEN FOR FED X SHIPPING
ABOVE AS OF 9/19/2017
Good information to know from LCEC
1. An exact date or time that power will be restored is difficult to determine for specific locations. The restoration process is dependent on many factors and conditions. Workers will not stop until all customers are restored.
2. Neighbors may not have power when others in their area have power because they are served by different lines.One side of the street may be impacted by a downed tree, damaged equipment, or difficult access. No one will be forgotten, workers will continue until all customers have been restored.
3. LCEC has crews from all over the nation. The number of crews on hand is adequate for the impact on the service territory and appropriate to work safely and execute the restoration plan successfully.
4. Crews are located throughout the LCEC service territory. No area has priority over another and all customers are important. Efforts are focused on restoring the main feeders first and the areas that can be restored the quickest to get the largest number of customers on.
5. Restoration is a 24/7 activity. While crews must take a break in order to work safely and effectively, there are activities taking place that ensure crews can work as quickly as possible when their shift begins. Materials and equipment must be staged, vehicles must be fueled, and plans for the next shift of workers are being coordinated.
BELOW IS THE LATEST INFO AS OF 9/19/17:
Marco Island cooling centers for residents:
MarcoIslandPD (51 Bald Eagle)
MarcoIslandFire (1280 San Marco)
Marco Art League (1010 Winterberry)
MARCO CATHOLIC CHURCH 851 SAN MARCO RD
BAPTIST CHURCH 1450 WINTERBERRY
SAN MARCO COMMUNITY CHURCH
*Winn-Dixie @ 625 N. Collier Blvd. - Open 8am - 6pm Pharmacy 9am - 6pm. ICE is available
*Publix @ 1089 N. Collier Blvd. - Open 8am - 6pm. No ice
*Publix @ 175 S. Barfield Dr. - Open 8am - 6pm Pharmacy 8am - 6pm. Supplies are limited. No Ice
*Walgreens @ 1100 N. Collier Blvd - Open 8am - 6pm. Pharmacy 8am - 6pm
*Walgreens @ 1800 San Marco Rd. - Open 8am - 6pm Pharmacy 8am - 6pm
*CVS @ 676 Bald Eagle Dr. - 8am - 6p. Pharmacy 9am - 6pm Sunday 10am - 6pm
*Marco Ace Hardware @ 800 E. Elkcam Cir. 7am - 7pm
Friday some generators, gas cans and chain saws were available at NAPA
Winn Dixie @ 625 N. Collier Blvd.
TARPS AVAILABLE AT:
Sunshine Ace @ 880 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island
Sunshine Ace @ 4433 Tamiami Trail E. Naples
Lowe's @ 12730 Tamiami Trail E. Naples
The odors being detected across Marco Island are of decaying vegetation and matter along the beach, mostly noted at low tide. Odor control units at the City’s drinking water and wastewater treatment plants are operational and functioning, as intended. There will be limited odors, in specific locations as vacuum-tanker trucks are transporting sewage from the collection system (areas without power) to the treatment plant.
Maguire group is offering to check on peoples homes and property. They can be reached at 239-571-7174
PLEASE OBSERVE NO WAKE ZONES WHEN DRIVING YOUR BOAT NEAR BUILDINGS ON MARCO ISLAND
Naples, Fla.— Out of an abundance of caution and in order to protect the health and well-being of Florida’s residents and visitors, the Florida Department of Health in Collier has issued a precautionary swim advisory for all public beaches due to potential effects on water quality related to Hurricane Irma. At this time, swimming is not recommended in areas that have not been tested since the storm.
Schools reopen 9/25/17
Per the Marco Island Water Utility Dept., the Collier County Water Conservation Order does not apply to the island.
There have been no verified cases of looting on Marco Island. Police were dispatched on suspicious person or similar calls. Officers investigated the situations and found them to be benign: a neighbor checking a generator at night with a flashlight or a friend dropping off a car for example.
Gas is available at 7/11
Walmart at 41 & 951
In front of Lowes 41 & 951
Remember to treat dark and/or intersections without stop signs or traffic lights as four-way stops. All lights between the island and rt 41 are out.
Residents are urged to use caution when hiring a contractor to perform work.
Solid Waste Collection Services resumed normal County operations Friday, Sept. 15
No identification necessary to return to island both bridges open
· Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
· To prevent heat related illnesses pace yourself & drink plenty of fluids.
· Check on your neighbors who may need assistance. Call or 389-5050 or 389-5040 to report if you need assistance or know someone who does.
· Only call 911 in an emergency.
· Use caution operating a boat in waterways as there may be submerged debris.
· Please call 389-5050 to report suspicious activity.
MARCO POLICE RESPONDED TO A REPORT OF A STRUCTURE COLLAPSE THURSDAY NIGHT AROUND 11PM. NO OTHER DETAILS AVAILABLE.
BELOW IS A STATEMENT RELEASED BY MARCO ISLAND ACADAMY SAT:
ABOVE: CELL AND TELEPHONE TOWER AT CENTURY LINK COLLAPSED AT THE CENTURY LINK BUILDING ON BALD EAGLE A TEMPORARY MAST AND ANTENNAS HAVE BEEN ERECTED IN IT'S PLACE
CABLE DOWN IN MANY PARTS OF THE ISLAND. INTERNET CONNECTION IS INCONSISTENT. WIFI IS DOWN IN MOST PLACES AS OF 9/19/2017
IF YOU KNOW OF A WATER LEAK ON ISLAND CALL 394-3880
CITY HOT LINE IS 239-389-5000
TRASH COLLECTION ON AND OFF MARCO ISLAND BEGAN ON 9/15/2017
The Urgent Care Center on Heathwood is open 10A-5P with basic medical capacity.
DO NOT PLACE YARD WASTE IN PLASTIC BAG FOR PICKUP. PLACE WASTE IN SWALES FOR PICKUP BUT DO NOT OBSTRUCT WATERWAYS
ABOVE: CONTINGENCY OF JUPITER POLICE WHO AIDED MARCO ISLAND DURING HURRICANE. THANKS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED
Ten feet or more of water inundated Everglades City during the hurricane. Most homes close to the ground or trailers were severely damaged most to the point of being non repairable. Crews have been working there to return power to the area.
On Marco the city was hit with a three to four foot surge of water. City council called in the National Guard to help in search and rescue after storm.
ABOVE, PICS FROM AROUND THE ISLAND DURING STORM
MARCO ISLAND, Fla – On August 19th, 2017, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux), Flotilla 95, Marco Island, FL, in conjunction with “Our Daily Bread” food pantry will participate in the 9th annual “Feds Feed Families”. The event will take place in front of West Marine, in the Marco Town Center Mall, 1017 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island, FL 34145 from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.
Feds Feed Families is a government-wide effort, launched in June 2009, and led by the Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCO) Council, and is a voluntary effort supported by Federal employees across the country who take time outside of their workday to collect and donate food and help food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months when they traditionally see a decrease in donations and an increase in need.
Items needed include: canned goods, non-perishable food items, paper goods, and baby and personal hygiene items (a complete list is appended below). All items collected will remain within the local community. In addition, “Our Daily Bread” will accept donations at their pantry located at the Family Church, 1450 Winterberry, Marco Island, FL 34145.
Please, help collect food for the hungry this summer!
FOOD AND SUPPLIES NEEDED:
Dried pinto or black beans
Corn (masa or maseca) flour
Flour tortilla mix
Juice / juice boxes
Baby diapers (all sizes)
Hygiene items (deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo)
On September 12, 2017, the Marco Island Police Department, supported by the Jupiter Police Department during post-hurricane operations, were patrolling the Island during the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. At approximately 11:33pm, Officers responded to a reported shooting that had occurred in the area of the San Marco Villas. Chief Schettino was the first Officer on scene and observed a white male later identified as Keith M. Creedon, enter a condominium. Additional officers arrived and made contact with the complainants, who advised they just arrived at in the area of Columbus Way and heard approximately five gun shots, ultimately realizing the gunfire was directed at them. Officers set up a perimeter around the building and attempted to call the suspect outside. At approximately 12:23am, the resident from one of the condominium units exited his residence with his hands in the air. Officers secured the resident and interview him. During the interview, Officers learned that the individual observed the gunman shooting a handgun outside the residence and then called 911 and reported the shooting. After verifying there was a barricaded subject inside another residence, Officers continued to attempt to make contact with the Creedon A negotiator from Jupiter Police Dept. attempted to call Creedon on his cell several times. After exhausting all efforts to make contact with Creedon, the Collier County SWAT unit was dispatched. Collier County SWAT arrived in the area, and after several addition unsuccessful attempts to make contact, CCSO was forced to enter the front door of the residence. CCSO SWAT then administered tear gas, and Creedon came outside the residence and surrendered. Creedon was then placed under arrest and turned over to Marco Island Police Detectives.
Keith Creedon is s 55 year old male who resides in the San Marco Villas on Marco Island. He was charged with discharging a firearm in public and aggravated assault (x2)
ABOVE: MARCO SAFETY FORCES GETTING READY FOR WATER RESCUES
ABOVE, MARCO EMERGENCY RES-PONDERS SATURDAY
ABOVE MARCO OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR APPROACHING STORM SATURDAY
Basic Preparedness Tips:
Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
Make a family emergency communication plan.
Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
Preparing Your Home:
Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.
Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.
Steps to take:
Review your evacuation route(s) & listen to local officials.
Review the items in your disaster supply kit; and add items to meet the household needs for children, parents, individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs or pets.
Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.
Steps to take:
Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given.
Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.
What to do when a hurricane is 6 hours from arriving:
If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
What to do when a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving:
Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
What to do when a hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving:
Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
What to do when a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving:
Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
After a Hurricane:
Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
When there is no hurricane:
Make a hurricane plan
Know your hurricane risk. Talk to your local emergency management agency.
Make an emergency plan.
Sign up for alerts and warnings
Make a Family Communication plan
Plan shelter options
Know your evacuation route
Build or restock your basic disaster supplies kit, including food and water, a flashlight, batteries, chargers, cash, and first aid supplies.
Consider buying flood insurance. Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground or to evacuate.
Stay tuned to local wireless emergency alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.
Sammy Hamilton, the mayor of Everglades City for more than twenty years, has resigned.
Hamilton has been mayor since 1995 but maintenance problems at the city's water and wastewater treatment plants has lead to crippling fines for the small city and Hamilton has come under fire for his handeling of the situation.
Everglades City Council will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and discuss Hamilton's resignation.
Due to the approaching hurricane Irma, the City of Marco Island has extended construction jobsite work hours from 7pm to 8:30pm. The extended hours are for the sole purpose of allowing contractors and homeowner/builders more time to prepare their jobsites for the storm. All other construction activity are still required to comply with the City’s regular construction work hours.
Starting September 1, the tourist tax in Collier County went from four percent to five percent for people staying in a hotel, campground, or short-term vacation rental.
The increase will fund a new amateur sports complex and beach renourishment. Tourists will pay out 11 percent for certain services calculated when adding the tourist tax to local sales tax.
MARCO POLICE SET UP DISPLAY DOWNTOWN FRIDAY
ABOVE, PARTICIPANTS IN THE CONDEE EMPLOYEE HEALTH FAIR THIS PAST WEEK
THE PARKING LOT AT MACKLE PARK IS TO BE REPAVED BUT THE DATE HAS BEEN POSTPONED. ORIGINALLY THE JOB WAS TO HAVE BEEN DONE OVER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
ABOVE, POSSIBLE ROUTES FOR HURRICANE IRMA. WE HAVE TIED MARCO AND EVERGLADES CITY'S RADIO STATIONS DIRECTLY INTO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HURRICANE WATCH CENTER IN MIAMI AND GIVEN THEM ABILITY TO BREAK DIRECTLY INTO OUR PROGRAMMING WITH WEATHER UP DATES. DIAL 98.1 FM ON MARCO AND 88.1 FM AT EVERGLADES CITY FOR 24/7 UPDATES.
THE FIRST PTO MEETING OF THE FALL SEASON IS SCHEDULED AT TOMMIE BARFIELD ELEMENTARY FOR SEPT 5TH AT 8:30AM
ABOVE, MARCO ISLAND POLICE INVESTIGATE TRAFFIC ACCIDENT ON THE ISLAND THURSDAY NIGHT (8/31/17)
The city of Marco island reports that Red Cross and Amazon are working together to make it easy for those who would like to donate to the Hurricane Harvey victims.
Amazon & Red Cross - www.amazon.com/redcross
Red Cross - https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey?campname=Harvey&campmedium=aspot
The Museum of the Everglades will present a display from
Jürg “George” Furrers a painter, illustrator and cartoonist.
He received an honorary citizenship of
Everglades City from Mayor Sammy
Hamilton. Jürg passed away in May 2014,
There will be an opening reception at the
museum on Sept. 9 from 1 to 3 pm, and a
closing reception Nov. 11 from 4 to 6 pm
ABOVE, PICTURES FROM MONDAY'S MARCO ISLAND 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT THE POLICE DPT PARKING LOT
As of Tuesday, flooding has been noted in spots
on the following Collier County roads:
Golden Gate Blvd west of Everglades Blvd
Logan Blvd at Pine Ridge Rd
Sable Palm Rd east of Collier Blvd
Trade Center Way
HEAVY RAINS FRIDAY CAUSED THE IMPROMPTU MOVE OF THE MIA VS COMMUNITY SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME TO BARON COLLIER STADIUM AFTER WATER FLOODED THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL FIELD. THE BARON FIELD DID NOT FLOOD AND WAS NOT SCHEDULED TO BE USED BY BARON COLLIER HIGH THAT NIGHT
Oct. 14 the inaugural Hook'em in the Glades family friendly fishing
tournamen will be held. To participate visit www.hookemintheglades.com
or call 239-377-9800. Everglades City school is seeking donations for the silent
auction and sponsorships are available at 239-377-
9800 for more information.
SW FLORIDA IS UNDER A FLASH FLOOD WATCH AS OF 7:45AM FRIDAY MORNING. MARCO POLICE REPORTED AT 8:30AM NO SIGNIFICANT ROADWAY ISSUES BUT CONDITIONS COULD CHANGE
As storms are impacting Collier County, it is important to be prepared for flooding.
Moving Flood Water
During flooding, the greatest threat comes from moving water. The deeper the moving water, the greater the threat. People should avoid driving in moving water, regardless of the size of the vehicle.
Pooling Flood Water
Heavy rain causes flood waters to rise and pool on streets and throughout neighborhoods. In these situations, be aware of the following:
· Road surfaces become disguised and drivers can unknowingly steer into a deep body of water, such as a canal or pond.
· Electricity from streetlights and power poles may be present in standing water, causing a deadly shock to anyone coming in contact with it.
· Children playing in contaminated standing water can become sick or be bitten by snakes or floating insects.
· People coming into contact with floodwaters should thoroughly wash and rinse any exposed body parts with soap and disinfected water.
OFFICIALS REMIND YOU NOT TO DRIVE THROUGH HIGH WATER . NO MAJOR WATER ISSUES ON MARCO ISLAND AS OF 8:30AM FRIDAY
COLLIER COUNTY OFFICIALS HAVE TOLD MARCO CITY OFFICIALS THAT STATISTICS DO NOT SUPPORT THE NEED FOR A SECOND AMBULANCE ON THE ISLAND. CITY COUNCIL IS DEALING WITH THE ISSUE OF ASKING THE COUNTY FOR A SECOND AMBULANCE AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT TAXES ON THE ISLAND MAY HAVE TO BE RAISED TO PAY FOR IT.
CHECK OUT THE LAKE AT MACKLE PARK A GREAT PLACE FOR A WALK
CITY OF MARCO ISLAND TO UNVEIL “CELEBRATE WILDLIFE” BANNERS AT
20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
To commemorate the City’s 20th anniversary, Artist J. J. (Jarrett) Stinchcomb was commissioned to create four new banner designs that will be installed along Collier Boulevard. The “Celebrate Wildlife” banners will be unveiled at City Hall as part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration on Monday, August 28 at 5:00 p.m.
“The new banners are a testament to our commitment to protecting our wildlife and a wonderful way to welcome back our seasonal residents,” said Council Chairman Larry Honig.
A long-time wildlife advocate, Councilor Charlette Roman has been invited to do the unveiling. Mr. Stinchcomb will be on hand to discuss the project and answer questions.
For more information contact City Clerk Laura Litzan at (239) 389-5010.
ABOVE, A FEW PICTURES OF MONDAY'S ECLIPSE COURTESY OF THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF.
LAST YEAR MICA MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST THE IDEA OF RAISING TAXES FOR AN IMPROVEMENT AT VETS PARK. THIS YEAR A SURVEY SHOWS THE MEMBERS HAVE CHANGED THEIR MIND AND THE MAJORITY SUPPORT A TAX INCREASE ON MARCO ISLAND TO FUND AN UPGRADE OF THE PARK INCLUDING RESTROOMS AND A BAND SHELL AS WELL AS FUNDING A SECOND AMBULANCE ON THE ISLAND YEAR ROUND. THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY WERE RELEASED LAST WEEK.
ABOVE, MARCO FIREMEN OUT AT KITCHEN FIRE AT SOUTH COLLIER BUILDING MONDAY
Kiwanis asked Meals of Hope to reschedule their packaging event because Kiwanis has a race on the 18th .The Kiwanians are an important part of our team. Soooooo, we moved the packaging event to Nov. 4 at MICMS.
Collier County deputies said Urijah Williams, 21, used a baseball bat on a man in a Publix parking lo between Marco and Naples then two weeks later beat another man during a second robberie. Williams is now in jail.
The first incident occurred July 3 in the parking lot of a Marathon station on Tamiami Trail East. Williams asked for money but the victim left, fearing he may get robbed.
Williams and a female passenger followed the victim, who eventually pulled into the Publix parking lot at Freedom Square. When the victim got out of his car, Williams beat him with the bat, deputies said.
On July 19, two men reported being robbed and one beaten in their home on Pineland Avenue in East Naples.
ABOVE, A TURTLE HATCHLING ON THE BEACH. REMEMBER, NO LIGHTS, Flashlights, cell phone lights etc on the beach after 9pm because the light confuses the hatch-lings!
SHOULD ANY SEVERE WEATHER APPROACH MARCO ISLAND THE MIAMI WEATHER OFFICE WILL BREAK IN IMMEDIATELY WITH UP DATES ON THE MARCO - EVERGLADES CITY STATIONS LISTEN TO 98.1 FM FOR MARCO-GOODLAND-ISLES OF CAPRI AND 88.1 FM FOR EVERGLADES CITY
AT MONDAY'S MARCO CITY COUNCIL MEETING AT 5:30PM COUNCIL WILL BEGIN DISCUSSING THE RESTARTING OF THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CITY MANAGER. THE MERCER GROUP IS NOW STRESSING THAT THIS IS A "RESTART" AND NOT A NEW SEARCH. COUNCIL WILL ALSO HONOR NUMEROUS CITY EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE SERVED THE CITY FOR MANY YEARS.
ABOVE, MARCO POLICE IN PLACE TO DIRECT TRAFFIC AND BE SURE STUDENTS ARE SAFE ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
PRINCIPAL AT TB ELEMENTARY PAUSES BEFORE SCHOOL GETS UNDERWAY
ABOVE,WEDNESDAY MARCO FIREMEN RECEIVED TRAINING CONCERNING ELEVATOR SAFETY ON THE ISLAND
TEACHERS ON MARCO GETTING READY FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR TO START
August 28 is the last Monday in August and is our next Happy Hour for Hope! We will be at PINCHERS CRAB SHACK , 591 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
ABOVE, CAMP MACKLE BEACH DAY
The curator of collections at Marco Island Historical Museum, Austin Bell, has been awarded the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts' 2017 Artist of the Year award. The presentation was held during a MIFA Scholarship Luncheon last week at Wesley United Methodist Church.
ABOVE, MARCO RESIDENTS HAD A CHANCE ON TUESDAY TO TAKE A FREE COURSE ON SEVERE WEATHER. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PROVIDED INFO AND UPDATES ON WEATHER COVERAGE AND HOW TO SPOT APPROACHING BAD WEATHER
ABOVE. Lane Closure / Shift 400 S. Collier Blvd (Marriott) 8/21 to 8/24
MARCO CITY COUNCIL MET MONDAY NIGHT AND APPROVED A NEW CONTRACT WITH THE MERCER GROUP TO HUNT FOR A NEW CITY MANAGER AFTER MERCER BACKED OUT OF THE OLD CONTRACT WHEN THEY WERE CRITICIZED DURING THE LAST FAILED SEARCH
COUNCILMAN LARRY HONIG CALLED ONE E MAILER A CYBERBULLY FOR SENDING A PARTICULAR E MAIL TO HIS WIFE. THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY A CALL FOR HONIG TO RESIGN, HE REFUSED.
DEALING WITH STORM WATER PROVED TO BE A STICKY ISSUE FOR COUNCIL WITH ONE COUNCILOR SAYING HE WANTED THE ISSUE READY TO VOTE ON BY THE END OF THE YEAR.THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE FAILED.
RETIRING MARY HUSTED WAS ALSO HERALDED FOR HER 19 YEARS WITH MARCO ISLAND CITY . ABBY MARTIN GOT SPECIAL RECOGNITION FROM COUNCIL AFTER SHE WAS CREDITED WITH SAVING THE LIFE OF A CAMPER DURING CAMP MACKLE
COUNCIL WAS UNABLE TO GET THROUGH ALL THEY PLANNED SO ANOTHER MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR NEXT MONDAY TO FINISH.
Marco Island's Planning Board has approved a plan for a new firehouse to be built at 751 East Elkcam Circle. It will be designated as station 51 would replace the old building with a new square footage of 9000 square feet.
ABOVE NOAA STORM SITUATION AS OF FRIDAY MORNING 8/4/17. STAY TUNED TO 98.1 FM MARCO 88.1 FM EG CITY FOR INFORMATION OR CHECK BACK TO OUR WEB SITE OR MARCO ISLAND APP FOR DETAILS
MARCO ISLAND [POLICE AND THE CCSO ARE WARNING PEOPLE ABOUT ILLEGAL SCANNERS THAT CROOKS ARE ADDING TO THE GAS PUMPS AROUND COLLIER COUNTY. THE SCANNERS LOOK LIKE REAL CREDIT CARD SLOTS AND ALLOW YOU TO GET GAS WHILE STEALING YOUR CARD INFO. IF A SCANNING SLOT ON A PLUMP LOOKS SUSPICIOUS REPORT IT TO THE ATTENDANT IMMEDIATELY.
ABOVE, DEMOLITION HAS BEGUN ON THE MARCO ISLAND FIRE DPT SUBSTATION DAMAGED BY FIRE AND MOLD RECENTLY
ABOVE, ANNUAL MARCO ISLAND BACK TO SCHOOL PROGRAM ORGANIZATION MEETING
ABOVE, CITIZENS MEET TO DISCUSS BURROWING OWLS AND LEARN ABOUT THE BIRD'S HABITS AND NESTS ON MARCO ISLAND
ABOVE, BOAT CAPSIZED ON THE BEACH AT MARCO SUNDAY. EVERYONE GOT OFF OK AFTER THE CAPTAIN MANEUVERED TOO CLOSE TO THE BEACH AND THE BOAT ALIGNED ITSELF WIT THE SHORE AND A WAVE OVERTURNED IT. MI OFFICIALS ARE WORKING TO REMOVE IT
YOUR MARCO ISLAND APP FREE FROM THE NEWS DPT OF MARCO RADIO 98.1 FM . HEAR MARCO-GOODLAND-ISLES OF CAPRI & EVERGLADES CITY LOCAL NEWS WEEKDAYS ON THE HOUR 6AM TO NOON
As of 1pm 7/31/17 Governor Scott declared a state of emergency in 31 counties in response to Tropical Storm Emily. Collier County is included. The City of Marco Island is monitoring the situation, but has no emergent conditions locally and recommends that citizens monitor media and government communications for updates.
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ABOVE CHRISTMAS IN JULY CELEBRATED BY THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY
Hilton Beach Resort & Spa on Collier blvd at Marco is re-opening The Bar, but the hotel will remain closed. The Hilton experienced an electrical fire and a flooding earlier and will not open until Dec. 1. Reservations through Nov. 30 have been cancelled. Guests who received a cancellation will receive a special booking rate next year.
ABOVE, A GATOR TRAPPER WRANGLES A NINE FOOT GATOR FOUND AT VINTAGE BAY WEDNESDAY. MARCO ISLAND POLICE AIDED IN THE TRAPPING OF THE ANIMAL. NO ONE WAS HURT
A new multi million dollar sports complex in Collier County North of Marco island continues in the planning stage. It would include sports fields, indoor field house and a 3,000-seat stadium .The complex will cost $60 to 80 million and be built in the next four years.
Collier county commissioners voted to raise the bed tax to fund it last week. It will be built in the City Gate area off Collier Boulevard and I-75 north of Marco Island
ABOVE, MR. MAYA IS GIVEN A SPECIAL WELCOME AT CORKSCREW MIDDLE SCHOOL
ABOVE, THIS WEEK'S DARE CLASS GET TOGETHER
WHATS BEEN ADDED TO THE REAR OF MARCO ISLAND'S POLICE CARS? CAN YOU TELL?
The case against Cris Carol Samuels of Lehigh Acres has been continued to August 29th. She was charged in the death of a man during an accident on St Andrews Blvd between Naples and Marco.
The Judge said investigators need to prove the woman was driving the car when the crash occurred. The judge is requiring a witness statement that the woman was driving at the time.
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COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE MAN IN THE COMPOSITE PICTURE ABOVE AFTER HE WAS REPORTED TO HAVE RAPED ANOTHER PERSON IN GOLDEN GATE OVER THE WEEKEND. EARLIER IN THE YEAR A MAN WITH THE SAME DESCRIPTION WAS INVOLVED IN OTHER RAPES IN THE SAME GENERAL AREA. MARCO POLICE AS WELL AS THE SHERIFF'S DPT ARE ASKING ANYONE WHO MIGHT KNOW THIS PERSON TO CONTACT THEM IMMEDIATELY. YOUR NAME WILL BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL.
ABOVE, A RIDER WAS EJECTED FROM A BOAT AND STRUCK BY THE PROPELLER SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT MARCO ISLAND. THE RIDER WAS TAKEN BY HELICOPTER TO THE HOSPITAL IN FAIR CONDITION. THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION
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A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MERCER GROUP, THE COMPANY HIRED TO SEARCH FOR CANDIDATES FOR THE JOB OF MARCO CITY MANAGER HAS ANNOUNCED HIS FIRM IS BACKING OUT OF THE PROCESS AFTER COUNCIL FAILED TO HIRE THE FINAL CANDIDATE FOR THE JOB WEDNESDAY. HE WAS NOT IN FAVOR OF RESTARTING THE PROCESS. FOUR COUNCILORS, BROWN, BATTE, REED AND ROMAN VOTED AGAINST HIRING JOSH GRUBER THE FINAL CANDIDATE AVAILABLE. MERCER GROUP DID NOT LIKE THE FACT THAT THE JOB WAS REPOSTED BEFORE COUNCIL MADE A FINAL DECISION ON THE ONLY CANDIDATE LEFT. COUNCIL WILL NOW HAVE TO FIND A NEW HEAD HUNTER TO LOCATE POSSIBLE FUTURE CANDIDATES
ABOVE, YMCA RACE DAY HELD OVER THE WEEKEND ON MARCO ISLAND
AT WEDNESDAY'S MARCO ISLAND CITY COUNCIL MEETING COUNCIL FAILED TO HIRE THE REMAINING CANDIDATE FOR CITY MANAGER. SEVERAL MEMBERS AS WELL AS SOME COMMUNITY RESIDENTS HAD INDICATED THEY WERE UNHAPPY THAT THE FIELD HAD BEEN UNEXPECTEDLY NARROWED TO ONE WHEN ONE OF THE TWO FINALISTS DROPPED OUT A WEEK AGO. THE PROCESS WILL CONTINUE
The firefighters at Marco Island station 50 say they don't believe they have a safe work environment because of mold.
This was learned from results of an anonymous employee survey sent out to prepare for a new Marco Island city manager. Also learned, only 12 percent of firefighters believe their department is appropriately staffed.
The Marco chief says he's asked to meet with union leadership and come up with a task force to work on these issues.
ABOVE, SRO OFFICE RODRIGUEZ TEACHING A BIKE SAFETY COURSE AT MACKLE PARK DURING CAMP MACKLE LAST WEEK
ABOVE, THE ISLAND BEACH COMMITTEE PRESENTED A PROGRAM RECENTLY ABOUT KEEPING OUR BEACHES CLEAN AND HELPING CREATE SHELL STEPPINGSTONES
The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is reminding all parents to begin preparing their students for school now to avoid the back-to-school rush. Collier County students will start school on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. To avoid the long lines and extended waiting periods, DOH-Collier encourages parents and caregivers to check the immunization status and school requirements for their children, and visit your local health department or private healthcare provider as soon as possible.
Reminder - All students entering 7th grade must have a Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis) booster vaccine prior to the first day of school.
ons for children birth through 18 years of age are available at the following DOH-Collier locations:
· Naples Site: Health Building, 3339 East Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34112, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
*July 31, 2017 the clinic will close at 12 noon.
· Immokalee Site: 419 North 1st Street, Immokalee, FL 34142, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
*July 31, 2017 the clinic will close at 12 noon.
THE BREWERY OPEN 11:30 AM TO MIDNIGHT 7 DAYS A WEEK
HAPPY HOUR 3 TO 6 DAILY FEATURING MIGHTY BITES: MINI LOADED NACHOS, FRANKS HOMEMADE JUMBO MEATBALLS, 1/2 POUND STEAMED PEEL & EAT SHRIMP, 1/2 POUND FIRECRACKER SHRIMP AND MORE JUST $5.99 EACH!
EARLY BIRD SPECIALS 4 TO 6 INCLUDING 6 OZ MANE LOBSTER OR 12 OZ RIB EYE JUST $12.95 SEVEN DAYS A WEEK!
THE BREWERY IN THE TOWN CENTER MALL MARCO ISLAND
ABOVE, MARCO POLICE AND FIREMEN WORKING WITH YOUTH FROM ST MARKS EPISCOPAL CHURCH SUMMER CAMP ABLE
A third suspect has been arrested in connection with two armed robberies between Naples and Marco island..
Melvin Presley, 32, of East Naples, was arrested Sunday and hasbeen charged with armed robbery, grand theft, aggravated battery and grand theft with a firearm in two armed robbery cases.
Jeremiah Jesus Vasquez, 34, of East Naples, and Crystal Pages, 28, of Golden Gate are looking at similar charges in the two crimes. Deputies say the trio was involved in robberies at Roses Food Mart and 7-Mart, and may have been involved in an armed robberys at Rose Supermarket in East Naples and at K Square Food Mart. All three are in the Collier County Jail.
ABOVE, SRO RODRIGUEZ AND ATTENDEES AT HERO DAY PRESENTATION AT THE MARCO YMCA
ABOVE, SRO RODRIGUEZ VISITS THE CAMPER REWARDS LUNCH LAST WEEK
ABOVE, MEMBERS OF THE MARCO ISLAND CITY WEATHER TEAM ATTENDED A TRAINING EXERCISE WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RECENTLY.
HAVE YOU SEEN THE GUY ABOVE? COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPUTIES AND MARCO POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR HIM. CALL IF YOU KNOW HIS WHERE HE IS.
You may have forgotten the name by now but it was Marco Community Bank which filed for FDIC protection about seven years ago. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) has been recovering the maximum amount possible from bank's assets. The FDIC has terminated its receivership effective July 1, 2017.
The Collier County Mosquitoe surveillance program has identified a high number of mosquitoes in the Henderson Creek area, and on Marco Island. These areas were treated by Skyvan airplane using Dibrom after 10:30 PM on 7/10. Details at bit.ly/2sfuPXd #swfl #fightthebite
Expect more European visiters on Marco soon because it will be easier to fly directly between Southwest Florida and Europe, which could have a big economic impact on our area.
May 2018, Eurowings will offer direct flights to Munich and Cologne from Southwest Florida International Airport. Presently, Dusseldorf is the only nonstop flight to Europe out of RSW. European visitation was up 2.6 percent last year. Meanwhile, Canadian visitor numbers are falling possibly because of the exchange rate and milder winters up north.
FRIENDS AND CONTRIBUTORS POSE AT BENEFIT FOR BABY CASH HELD SUNDAY AT LA TAVOLA
ABOVE MARCO FIREMEN CALLED TO A FIRE ON COTTAGE COURT THURSDAY AFTERNOON
FDLE HAS DISMISSED THE CITY APPEAL OF FDLE'S DECISION TO ELIMINATE WATER QUALITY TESTING AT THE ESPLANADE
ABOVE FIREMEN COOL OFF PARTICIPANTS OF THIS WEEK'S STUDENT'S CAMP
FRIENDS OF TIGERTAIL BEACH CONDUCTED A BEACH CLEANUP SATURDAY JULY 8 8AM TO 10AM .
IT’S TURTLE TIME! Sea Turtle Season is May 1 – October 31. Please do not disturb the nests.
GREAT SERVICE BEGINS WITH ISLAND TOWER DENTISTRY 606 BALD EAGLE ON MARCO
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An artificial reef was dropped in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Collier County near Marco island Tuesday.
There are more than 18,000 tons of artificial reefs already in place. The concrete used for the project sat aboard a barrage just North of the Jolly bridge for Monday and Tuesday before being dragged to the new nesting site.
THE COAST GUARD SAYS THEY WILL NOT PUT UP WITH BUI THIS HOLIDAY
LEADERSHIP MARCO YOUTH PROGRAM ATTENDEES POSE FOR PHOTO WITH CHIEF SCHETTINO AND MEMBERS OF THE MARCO POLICE DPT.
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE ATTEND TACTICAL WEAPONS CLASS HELD BY CCSO WHERE THEY LEARNED MARKSMANSHIP
A personal finance website has ranked Naples as the nation's best beach town of 2017 and Marco island as number seven..
WalletHub's "Best Beach Towns to Live in" listed Naples followed by Key West and Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
WalletHub compared 227 cities including housing costs to share of for-sale waterfront homes to water quality.
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The Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa reports it will be September before the hotel reopens after an electrical fire and a flooding closed the newly renovated facility recently.
Guests with confirmed reservations through Aug. 31 are being relocated to area resorts during repair of the damages
Cancellation fees are being waived.
SECTIONS OF MARCO ISLAND WERE WITHOUT POWER ESPECIALLY NEAR COLLIER AND BALD EAGLE FRIDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A TRANSFORMER BLEW NEAR MARGARITAS RESTAURANT. MARCO FIRE AND POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE WHILE LCEC WORKERS REPAIRED THE DAMAGE. NO FIRE ENSUED HOWEVER THE TRANSFORMER DID EXPLODE
ENJOY A TRIP ON THE NAPLES PRINCESS CALL TODAY FOR AN EVENING VOYAGE AND DINNER
ABOVE, MARCO OFFICERS WATCH AS A TREE TRIMMER IS REMOVED FROM WIRES AFTER BEING ELECTROCUTED ON THE ISLAND AS HE TRIMMED A TREE TUESDAY
ABOVE, MARCO FIREMEN WERE BUSY GETTING A CAR OUT OF A CANAL ON MONDAY OFF STATE ROUTE 92. NO WORD ON THE OCCUPANTS CONDITION YET.
Masked gunmen are targeting convenience stores and their customers in Collier County.
The latest incident at a convenience store in Immokalee where a manhunt and high-speed car chase led deputies to three armed men. The two men were eventually stopped and arrested by officers.
A helicopter and K-9 units later found the third man.
Deputies also report another robbery where an armed man stormed into the K Square Food Mart and gas station on Tamiami Trail East between Naples and Marco island.
And Rose Supermarket in Naples was hit by another armed robber.
Deputies say it's too soon to know if a trio caught in Immokalee have anything to do with the robberies in Naples.
MARCO POLICE OFFICER FERRIS TOOK PART IN THE CROSSING FOR A CURE GOING ON THIS WEEKEND BETWEEN BIMINI AND THE EAST COAST BY PADDLING . HE IS RAISING MONEY TO HELP FIND A CURE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS. THE TREK WAS 50 MILES ACROSS THE GULF STREAM. OFFICER FERRIS ACCOMPANIED BY A SUPPORT TEAM AND STOPPED FOR FIVE MINUTES EVERY 55 MINUTES TO REST.
ABOVE, OFFICER FERRIS UPON COMPLETING HIS TREK
THE SUPPORT TEAM AND OFFICER FERRIS
OFFICER FERRIS LEAVING BIMINI AT 3:35AM
COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE LOCATED CATHERINE STEVENS ( ABOVE ) OF EVERGLADES CITY. SHE IS NOW SAFE AND WELL
OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM MARCO PD:
The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department has had contact with the Marco Island Hilton today. The Hilton has advised that the damage from the electrical fire is greater than originally predicted. Out of concern for safety the Hilton will remain closed until all issues are addressed. There is no date being given. The Hilton has requested that any more information can be obtained from calling the Marco Island Hilton directly.
ABOVE, MARCO FIRE OFFICIALS INSPECT DAMAGE AT HILTON FIRE
MARCO POLICE REPORTED THAT BECAUSE OF THE LEVEL OF DAMAGE FROM THE FIRE AT THE MARCO ISLAND HILTON ON FRIDAY THE HOTEL IS CLOSED FOR SAFETY REASONS AND WILL REMAIN CLOSED AT THIS TIME. LISTEN TO 98.1 FM FOR MORE DETAILS
MARCO FIREMEN WERE CALLED OUT TO A FIRE REPORTED AT THE MARCO HILTON ON THE 9TH FLOOR. IT WAS ELECTRICAL IN NATURE. IT WAS EXTINGUISHED. FIREMEN AND HOTEL OFFICIALS IMMEDIATELY BEGAN EVALUATING THE SMOKE AND WATER DAMAGE THAT OCCURRED.
THE OWNER OF MANGO'S RESTAURANT ON MARCO ISLAND, RICK FEINMAN, PASSED AWAY. HE HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER JUST SIX WEEKS EARLIER.
DOWN LOAD THE FREE MARCO ISLAND APP ON YOUR SMART PHONE SO YOU CAN FIND OUT WHEN LIGHTENING IS STRIKING THE ISLAND!
ABOVE: MARCO COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICER AIDS A DISTRESSED EAGLE
ABOVE: KIDS AND INSTRUCTORS FROM THE WEEKS YOUTH CAMP ON MARCO
ABOVE, THE OBSTACLE COURSE SET UP BY MARCO POLICE AS PART OF YOUTH CAMP ON THE ISLAND
TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO FOLLOW MARCO ISLAND'S LOCAL NEWS HERE ON THE MARCO ISLAND APP EVERY DAY
MARCO ISLAND COMPUTERS
ABOVE: MARCO'S WATER LOGGED PARKS DURING RECENT RAINS
CHALMERS DRIVE AND BALD EAGLE
POLICE REMIND YOU TO DRIVE CAREFULLY AND AVOID STANDING WATER IF YOU MUST GO OUT.
ABOVE: STUDENTS, PARENTS AND STAFF CONGRATULATE PRINCIPAL MAYA
AT TOMMIE BARFIELD ELEMENTARY
ABOVE: STUDENTS ENJOY THE END OF SCHOOL BASH AT MACKLE PARK
3 days ago
MIPD Officers are continuing the ongoing and multi‐year program to provide bicycle lights and helmets to those in need. Helmets were graciously provided to the Department by the Knights of Columbus, and bike light kits by the Marco Island Police Foundation as well as an Auxiliary Officer from the Marco Island Police.
DATE & TIME: 04/16/2017 Officers were dispatched to a hit and run accident that occurred at Tigertail Court and North Collier Blvd. The female driver involved in the crash was located and arrested for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.
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ABOVE: MARCO SAFETY FORCES WERE BUSY PATROLLING THE BEACHES ON MARCO ISLAND
CHECK OUT THE BAR BITS DURING HAPPY HOUR AT THE BREWERY!!
THE ISLAND CONCERT WAS TERMED A GREAT SUCCESS WITH MANY ISLANDERS COMING OUT TO VET'S PARK TO HEAR THE MUSIC AND TAKE PART IN THE FESTIVITIES. THE EVENT WAS SPONSORED BY THE CITY OF MARCO ISLAND AND OPEN TO EVERYONE.
ABOVE: PARTICIPANTS TAKE PART IN GAME NIGHT DURING SOAPFEST HELD ON MARCO. RESIDENTS GOT A CHANCE TO MEET STARS OF FOUR SOAP OPERAS SEEN ON TV. THEY HAD A CHANCE TO MEET AND MINGLE ON BOARD THE MARCO PRINCESS AS WELL AS DURING A PARTY. THIS IS THE 18TH YEAR THE SOAPFEST HAS BEEN HELD ON MARCO
ABOVE, MARCO FIREMEN CALLED TO A FIRE AT HIDEAWAY BEACH. CREWS FOUND A SPRINKLER HEAD ACTIVATED
ABOVE: MARCO SAFETY FORCES PRACTICED ACTIVE SHOOTER RESPONSE DURING AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
ABOVE: THE MEMORIAL DAY FESTIVITIES HELD AT VETS PARK MONDAY. ALMOST 500 PEOPLE WERE AT THE EVENT INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL BRANCHES OF THE ARMED SERVICES AS WELL AS MARCO POLICE AND FIRE AND EMS
ABOVE, MARCO ISLAND FIRE RESCUE RECEIVE A THANK YOU ACKNOWLEDGMENT FROM THE NAPLES FIRE RESCUE FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT IN THE MERT PROGRAM
GREAT SERVICE BEGINS WITH ISLAND TOWER DENTISTRY 606 BALD EAGLE ON MARCO
THE ATTORNEYS REPRESENTING EVERGLADES CITY IN THE ISSUE OF THE CITY WATER TREATMENT PLANT HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE COURT. REBECCA VACCARIELLO AND LARRY MORGAN CITED IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THEM AND EVERGLADE CITY ON THE ISSUE. THE CITY'S WATER TREATMENT PLANT HAS BEEN OUT OF COMPLIANCE FOR SOME TIME AND COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE TRYING TO GET EG CITY TO BRING IT UP TO DATE.
ABOVE, ISLAND POLICE INVOLVED IN AN IN SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM
ABOVE: MARRIOTT EMPLOYEES CELEBRATING SPIRIT TO SERVE DAY AT THE MARCO FIRE DPT
State forestry officials said Tuesday that a brush fire that burned 7,500 acres in Golden Gate Estates was caused by a lawnmower.
A homeowner on 30th Ave was mowing the lawn April 20, and noticed smoke coming from the rear of his property.Officials say the lawnmower likely caused the fire.The fire destroyed five structures, with an estimated total loss of more than $400,000.The homeowner will be responsible for paying suppression costs but no criminal charges will be filed.
The Everglades city Independence Day Celebration will be held on Saturday, July 1st. This year’s theme is “The Star-Spangled Banner”. Donations are appreciated and help fund the day’s event including fireworks, the parade, and celebration at McLeod Park.
MARCO ISLAND CITY OFFICIALS MET LAST WEEK TO TALK ABOUT THE 2017 BUDGET. THEY WERE TOLD THE CITY WAS BEHIND IN REVENUES SO FAR TO THE TUNE OF A LITTLE OVER $400,000 BUT THAT THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS WERE WAY BELOW BUDGET SO FAR AS WELL. COUNCIL DISCUSSED A COPCN PETITION TO ALLOW THE CITY TO OPERATE IT'S OWN AMBULANCES INSTEAD OF THE COUNTY BUT REACHED NO CONCLUSION
B & B THEATERS JUST 15 MINUTES FROM MARCO ON RT 41 EAST OF NAPLES
ABOVE: THE LAST DAYS OF " WATERWISE " SPONSORED BY THE YMCA AND MARCO SAFETY FORCES
FDOT had been planning to work on Collier Blvd between Jolly bridge and Fiddler's creek in 2022 but heard about so many safety concerns they're trying to make those repairs in the next few months
FDOT says over the summer so they should have a better idea when the road will be worked on.
ABOVE, MARCO FIREMEN ON THE SCENE OF A FIRE IN AN ISLAND CONDO REPORTED IN AN APARTMENT ON THE FIFTH FLOOR
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