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The County Commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday  to have the County and City work on a mutually agreed upon inter-local agreement and come back no later than the second BCC meeting in June. If mutually satisfactory terms cannot be reached and/or the County denies or leaves the Marco application "unapproved" Marco has the state path.  

 

 A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE AGAINST MARCO CITY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN JARED GRIFONI WAS TAKEN BY COUNCIL MONDAY NIGHT. THE VOTE WAS 4 TO 3.  THE ISSUE WAS OVER THE NIBLOCK ISSUE.   COUNCILORS Batte, Brown, Roman & Reed voted for the motion and Grifoni, Honig & Rios voted against the motion.     The vote was taken after Councilor Batte tried to put the motion on the floor and Grifoni ruled it a frivolous motion.  This led to an appeal of the chairman's ruling which was overturned.  Grifoni contacted 98.1fm Tuesday to point out an error in our reporting in which we had claimed the vote would force him out of the chairmanship.  Grifoni pointed out that by council rules he can not be removed once voted into the one year term and will remain as council chairman

 

 COUNCIL ALSO DID NOT ACCEPT ANY OF THE PROPOSALS FOR A NEW COMPANY TO BEGIN THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CITY MANAGER

 

 FORMER MARCO ISLAND CITY MANAGER DR LEE NIBLOCK WILL GET HIS NEXT DAY IN COURT ON WEDNESDAY 5 23 18 THIS WILL BE THE MOST RECENT COURT APPEARANCE ON CHARGES OF BATTERY

 

 

 AS OF SUNDAY 5/20/18 AFTERNOON:  Buzzard Fire: 62,404 acres, 8% contained Flamingo Fire: 11,689 acres, 5% contained

Curlew Fire: 8,366 acres, 15% contained

 

 

RESIDENTS AT EVERGLADES CITY AND ON MARCO AND THE AREA MAY BE SMELLING MORE SMOKE THE NEXT FEW DAYS.  ABOVE, A MAP OF THE BRUSH FIRES PRESENTLY BURNING NORTH OF THE ISLAND

 

 June 30 Everglades City will hold an opening ceremony at 10 a.m to dedicate the restored firehouse. A, parade will be held at 10:45 a.m and a musical fireworks display at 9 p.m.  Booths will be open in McLeod Park including hot dogs and sodas and a contest and playground games.  Details at Evergladeshistorical.org.

  

ABOVE: LOCAL OFFICIALS STUDY HOW TO HAND THE NEXT HURRICANE IF IT APPROACHES

 

 

MARCO CITY COUNCIL HAS VOTED 4-3 TO REJECT A PROPOSED "TIME OUT ' PROVISION THAT WOULD KEEP COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM SERVING ON ADVISORY COMMITTEES UNTIL AT LEAST TWO YEARS AFTER THEY LEFT THEIR SEAT ON COUNCIL.  COUNCILMAN REED SUGGESTED THAT SUCH A PROPOSAL WOULD THROW AWAY TALENT FROM HELPING THE CITY .  COUNCILWOMAN ROMAN HAD INTRODUCED THE SUBJECT TO INSURE THAT UNDUE INFLUENCE WAS NOT EXERTED AFTER A MEMBER OF COUNCIL LEFT.

 

   

ABOVE:  MARCO CITY OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN A SOCIAL MEDIA EXERCISE HELD MONDAY

 

 

 

 

 

   

ABOVE: A BIG TURNOUT WAS NOTED FOR THE ANNUAL RIB COOK OFF HELD SATURDAY 5 12 18 AT THE BREWERY

 

 

  

ABOVE:  MARCO ISLAND AND AREA LETTER CARRIERS COLLECT FOOD FOR CHARITY ON SATURDAY 5 12 18

 

 Florida Department of Agriculture has  investigated Collier Mosquito Control District after a whistle blower offered complaints.  They found the district sprayed beaches and bay shores without following  rules.

 The chemicals used were Dibrom and Zenivex which were sprayed without proving the mosquito population was three-times its regular size there.  The district received a warning and commissioners consider the case closed.  It is unclear if Marco Island beaches were effected.

 

 

   

 

ABOVE:  TOMMY BARFIELD ELEMENTARY PTO PROVIDES LUNCH FOR TEACHERS AS PART OF STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK.

 

 

  

 Florida Citizens Alliance(FLCA) hosted its first 2018 Primary Collier School Board Candidate Forum 5/10/18 at the Marco Island Historical Society. All 7 registered candidates participated in the forum moderated by Marco Island City Council Chairman Jared Grifoni and Jane Watt, Founder Marco Island Academy.

Straw voters were asked their top two issues/concerns facing the Collier School Board. Top four issues were 1) Improving the quality of Collier public education. 2) School safety 3) Budget efficiency and 4) Supporting charter school funding equity.  This forum video will post mid next week in its entirety at http://floridacitizensalliance.com/liberty/media-center/ . 

 

 MARCO RESIDENTS ARE REPORTING THE SMELL OF SMOKE AROUND THE ISLAND.  AUTHORITIES REPORT IT IS A FIRE OFF THE ISLAND AND NOT A DANGER TO MARCOITES.

 

  

ABOVE:  A SURVEY BY THE CITY.  BE SURE TO GO ON LINE AND FILL IT OUT SOON.

 

    

 

Marco police were called to the corner of Bald Eagle and Elkcam Circle for a report of a woman throwing beer cans out the window with her kids in the car.   31-year-old Amy Schwab was arrested Tuesday night.   Schwab was reported to be stumbling around a gas station parking lot.  A witness said she saw Schwab throw a beer can at the kids and drive away.  Police followed Schwab's vehicle and she stopped before she got pulled over, she voluntarily got out of the car and started asking cops for directions.  She was arrested, and the kids were taken away.  DCF is investigating.

  

ABOVE:  MARCO SAFETY PERSONAL ATTENDED A THREE DAY ALL HAZARDS COMMUNICATIONS COURSE 

 

 

 

Marco resident and publisher of the Eye On Marco news E blast Bill McMullan said during Monday’s Marco Island City Council meeting he will file complaints with the state bar and ethics commission against Marco council Chairman Jared Grifoni accusing him and councilor Larry Honig with attempting to cover up a complaint of battery against Dr Lee Niblock, the former city manager.  Niblock has been charged with battery in Collier county and similar charges were lodged in the Gainsville area.  He has pled not guilty.

Councilor Joe Batte suggested Grifoni step down as council chairman during the investigation but Grifoni called Batte’s comments inappropriate.  Councilor Bob Brown also wanted to know how it was possible to negotiate a resolution to the issue without the majority of council aware of the negotiation.

 

 


USA Today has nominated Everglades City, Florida as a contender for Best Small Town for Adventure 2018. It would be great for their economy to get national recognition. 
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**Vote once per day until voting ends on Monday, May 14 at noon ET. The 10 winning small towns will be announced on Friday, May 18.
We have to try to keep them in the top 10 until May 14th.

 

 

 MARCO FIREMEN WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY MORNING AROUND ELEVEN TO A ACTIVE GAS LEAK ON INLET DRIVE.  FIRE TRUCKS WERE BROUGHT TO THE AREA IN CASE OF IGNITION

 

 

 

 ABOVE; MARCO POLICE ON A ROOF AFTER RECEIVING A CALL THAT A MAN HAD BEEN SPOTTED WITH A GUN 50 FEET IN THE AIR FRIDAY.  WITNESSES WERE UNSURE OF THE DETAILS AND NO GUN WAS FOUND.  HOWEVER, THE MAN ADMITTED TO POLICE HE HAD PULLED A KNIFE.  HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.

 

 

On May 4, 2018, Marco Island Firefighter / EMT  N. Macchiarolo was arrested for multiple felony violations by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department takes very seriously the conduct of its employees. We are fully cooperating with the Collier County Sheriff's Office in reference to this investigation. Macchiarolo has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.  As this is an active investigation no further information is being released at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

  

ABOVE: CHIEF SCHETTINO CONDUCTS A PROMOTIONAL CEREMONY FOR NEWLY PROMOTED CAPT RICH STOLTENBURG ALONG WITH THE CAPTAIN'S WIFE, JANE

 

 Collier county wants to make it easier to serve alcohol during events in its parks, and increase the number of parks where alcohol is allowed.  Proponents point to the US Open Pickleball Tournament at East Naples Community Park as an example of the success of serving drinks in county parks events.  County commissioners will discuss the prospect in the near future.  It's unclear how that might effect parks on Marco Island 

 

     

  

ABOVE: WORK BEGINS ON THE NEW FIRE STATION 51 CONSTRUCTION SITE THIS WEEK

 

 

Marco Island Woman’s Club awards scholarships to high school students, living on Marco Island, and supports various local non-profit organizations.  The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, To become a member, call President, Christine Koppel at 856-906-4319 or go to marcowomansclub.com.  

 

The Collier county and Marco island area drought index is in the 600s. 700 is equivalent to a desert, everyone’s being warned to be extra careful.  Residents are urged to report any fires immediately so crews can swing into action.  Waiting to report a blaze is not an option.

 

  

 EXCERPTS FROM THE MARCO POLICE DPT REPORT

DATE: 03/18/2018

Officers were dispatched to the vicinity of E. Elkcam Circle and 6th Ave. in reference to a single car vehicle crash. The female driver was arrested for DUI and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.

DATE: 03/22/2018

Officers were dispatched to a residence located on San Marco Rd in reference to a fatal vehicle crash with property damage. Investigation continues. 

DATE: 03/29/2018

Officers were dispatched to a residence located on San Marco Rd. in reference to adisturbance. A male occupant was arrested for an active warrant and was transported to theNaples Jail Center.

DATE: 03/30/2018

An Officer responded to a single vehicle accident located at 6th Ave. The female driver wasarrested for DUI and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.

DATE: 04/01/2018

Officers were dispatched to a residence located on Orange Ct. in reference to vehicle striking a mailbox and leaving the scene. The female driver was located and arrested for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and was transported to the Naples Jail Center. 

 

 Marco Island Center for the Arts exhibited the work of Collier County High School junior and senior aspiring artists from April 23-27, 2018, each piece was judged for its quality, technique and originality. The judges were professional artists Sandy Moore Howe, Emily James and Tara O’Neil.

2018 Scholarship Award Winners (Seniors)

Marco Island Noon Time Rotary Award – 1st Place Scholarship - $1,000 – Lindsey Martinez, Palmetto Ridge High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Patti Wisniewski  

Art Center Award – 2nd Place Scholarship - $750 – Allison Wright, Naples High School, Art Teacher is Mrs. Chelon Perez-Benitoa

Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Award – 3rd Place Scholarship - $500 – Camila Carvajal, Barron Collier High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Paul

Honorable Mention - $100 – Makayla Gardner, Naples High School, Art Teacher is Mrs. Donna Torrance

Honorable Mention - $100 – Victoria Franklin, Barron Collier High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Paul

Judges Choice Award - $50 – Olivia Clubley, Naples High School, Art Teacher is Mrs. Chelon Perez-Benitoa

2018 Merit Award Winners (Juniors)

1st Place Merit Award - $250 – Paige Conte, Naples High School, Art Teacher is Mrs. Chelon Perez-Benitoa

2nd Place Merit Award - $250 – Ana Santana, Golden Gate High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Jennifer Johannes

3rd Place Merit Award - $250 – Ashley Eda Fernandez, Golden Gate High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Jennifer Johannes

Honorable Mention - $100 – Emma Mackenzie Snow, Marco Island Academy, Art Teacher is Mr. Robert Eder

 

 

 

Marco Island’s Top Ten for May:

1. DO YOUR PART TO KEEP OUR BEACHES DARK. The Marco Island Beach is an important nesting habitat for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Sea Turtle Nesting Season is May 1 – October 31. Adult and Hatchling turtles will get disoriented due to artificial lights. No flashlights or flash photography after 9 p.m. All beachside lights should be off or shielded by 9 p.m. DO NOT interfere with turtles, eggs or nests.

2. Your opinion matters! The first community meeting for the updated design of Veterans’ Community Park will be held at Mackle Park on May 2 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Additional meetings to be announced.

3. City of Marco Island COPCN. The referendum asking voters whether they approve of the City replacing Collier County services with its own prehospital and interfacility advanced (EMS) and basic life support transportation (ambulance) services. Information regarding this important vote is available on the City’s website at the following link: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?page=585

4. City Council unanimously voted to engage an executive search firm to solicit qualified candidates for the City Manager position. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for Executive Search Firm Services was issued April 24. The deadline for responses is May 14.

5. Keep our Beaches Beautiful – The Marco Island Area Board of Realtors is sponsoring a beach clean-up on May 5th at 8 a.m. at the South Beach Boardwalk.

6. Street Resurfacing begins May 7. The schedule is as follows: • Tigertail Court – May 7-9 • Kendall Drive – May 9-18 • San Marco, Templewood to S. Heathwood – May 21-23 • San Marco, Templewood to Balmoral – May 23-25 • Group 2 Side Roads – May 28-June 22 You can access the location maps at the following link: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?do cumentid=19273

7. For the Young – End of School Teen Party for grades 6-12 at Mackle Park on May 25, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. For the Young at Heart – Rib Cookoff sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation, May 12 at Noon, at the Brewery.

8. National Safe Boating Week is May 19 – May 25. The City council urges all those who boat to “Wear It!” and practice safe boating habits.

9. Coming Soon! Camp Mackle begins June 1. Enrollment is now open – call 239-642-0575 for details.

 10.City Hall offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on May 28. (Note: Waste Management will be picking up garbage on Memorial Day.)

 Just in time for the 90th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail, a collection of memories by the people who worked and lived on the road all those years ago is available again. The book was compiled by the late Maria Stone who conducted interviews and produced a “written oral history.”

 

However, Maria only printed 100 copies in 1998, all of which are now gone. The book has been re-issued by ECity-Publishing with some extra photos and captions. As with the imprint’s other local histories, it costs an affordable $10 and can be ordered online at www.ecity-publishing.com.

 

For information, contact Marya Repko at (239) 695-2905.

 

 

 

 

The single-vehicle crash that took the life of 31-year-old Latoya Thomas and 10-year-old Carter Smith on SR-29, south of CR-858 Friday. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene, Carter later died due to injuries. Thomas missed a curve in the road.

 

 

ABOVE:  MONDAY, MEMBERS OF THE WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH DONATED $1,000 WORTH OF BOOKS FOR PREREADERS AT TOMMIE BARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  

ABOVE: Sandra Holdsworth shows off her painting of the Marco police and fire stations which she recently donated to the Marco safety forces

 

      

ABOVE:  SETTING UP FOR THE " ISLAND ROCKS " CONCERT SATURDAY AFTERNOON.  THE EVENT WAS TERMED A BIG SUCCESS

Kiereek Seymour was found guilty Friday of crashing his SUV into a tree while being chased by Marco Island police Dec. 31, 2014 then trying to escape and jumping into a canal.  He was found hiding in a garbage nearby.  The charges were resisting arrest, DUI, running from police and no operators license.

 

 

 

 

 

THE FORMAL ARREST OF FORMER MARCO ISLAND CITY MANAGER DR LEE NIBLOCK WAS MADE THIS WEEK AFTER HE TURNED HIMSELF IN TO COLLIER SHERRI'S OFFICIALS.  DR NIBLOCK WAS CHARGED WITH BATTERY AFTER AN INCIDENT INVOLVING THE PRINCIPAL OF MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY SHORTLY AFTER HIS HIRE.  IT IS ALLEGED THAT NIBLOCK OFFERED HER A JOB WITH THE CITY AND INTIMATED IT WAS FOR FAVORS HE EXPECTED.  THE PRINCIPAL FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE MARCO POLICE AND THE SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATION BY THE SHERIFF RESULTED IN NIBLOCK'S ARREST THIS WEEK AFTER NIBLOCK TURNED HIMSELF IN.  A SIMILAR INCIDENT OCCURRED IN THE GAINESVILLE ARE INVOLVING NIBLOCK.

Marco Island city Attorney Alan Gabriel has written that the city did not  attempt to pressure the woman who accused Dr Lee Niblock nor did it try to protect the then-city manager as suggested by a Collier County Sheriff's  report.  Gabriel was referring to statements in the report which accused council chairman Grifoni of attempting to settle the issue without legal action by pressuring the victim.  

 

COUNTY OFFICIALS BROKE GROUND THIS WEEK FOR A NEW MARCO EXECUTIVE AIRPORT TERMINAL TO REPLACE THE ONE SEVERELY DAMAGED BY HURRICANE IRMA.  THE NEW TERMINAL SHOULD BE FINISHED BY NEXT YEAR

 

 Marco Island, April 25, 2018: - Marco Island Center for the Artsis has announced the Summer Art Program for Youth has received a grant from The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA).  Other Marco Island organizations that are supporters of this cornerstone arts programare:  Rotary C lub of Marco Island Sunrise, Haunschild Charitable Foundation, and the Wesley United Methodist Church Marco Island.

The financial support from MIFA and the others allows the Art Center to continue to offer classes for students age 6-14 during June and July. These classes emphasize imagination and creativity through development of artistic skills. For many Marco Island families the Youth Art Classes are a summer must do!

 

 

MARCO POLICE REMIND YOU NOT TO LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN THE CAR DURING THESE HIGH HEAT PERIODS WE ARE EXPERIENCING ON THE ISLAND OR THEY MAY BE FORCED TO INSTALL A AIR VENT ON YOUR CAR.

Marco Island, FL — April 23, 2018 — The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) announces that the MIHS has achieved its 25-year quest to bring “home” on loan the world-famous Key Marco Cat and other rare Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts discovered on Marco Island, Florida in 1896. 

 

Several of the most significant Key Marco artifacts will be brought together on Marco Island for the first time since their discovery by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing more than 100 years ago. The exhibit will be at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) from December 2018 to April 2021. 

Text Box: Dept of Anthropology, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

 

ABOVE:  MARCO ISLANDS MANY OFFICERS WHO PATROL THE BEACHES DURING SEASON

 

 The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed at their recent meeting that “Tamiami Trail Day in Collier County” will be Saturday, April 28th this year. This coincides with the big celebration being planned in Everglades City where the Trail was officially opened amidst much fanfare 90 years ago by Barron Collier.

 

Endorsement by the BCC was requested by Patricia Huff, president of the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades who are hosting the all-day event.

 

 

 

ABOVE: MAP OF LOCATIONS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALLS RECEIVED BY MARCO ISLAND POLICE IN 2017.  THEY REPORT THE NUMBERS ARE DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

   

 

 

 

 

 

ON APRIL 12TH THE MERCER GROUP, THE COMPANY WHO WAS HIRED BY MARCO ISLAND TO FIND A NEW CITY MANAGER THROUGH THEIR ATTORNEY  CONTACTED CITY OFFICIALS WITH A PROMISE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION IF CITY COUNCIL DID NOT RETRACT CERTAIN REMARKS MADE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES PROVIDED BY MERCER AND THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY MERCER DURING THE SEARCH.  THE WARNING DISCUSSED CERTAIN PUBLIC STATEMENTS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER GRIFONI.  

 

   

ABOVE:  HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BOAT AROUND MARCO?  IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST YACHTS TO VISIT MARCO

 

 

ABOVE: ENGINE 51 STOPPED BY STARS AND STRIPES DAYCARE THIS WEEK

  

ABOVE: AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING COLLIER COUNTY RESIDENTS IF THEY RECOGNIZE THIS MAN.  HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN SEVERAL ROBBERIES AROUND COLLIER COUNTY.  IF YOU KNOW WHO HE IS CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT.

 

 

 

 

 

MARCO ISLAND POLICE DPT HAS ADDED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL.  IT DEBUTED ON WEDNESDAY WITH IT'S FIRST FEATURE, A RECRUITMENT PROMOTION.  YOU CAN SEE THE NEW SITE HERE:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp6TgNCRBXE&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

ABOVE: YMCA ADULT VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS JW MARRIOTT, RUNNER UP STANS

 

 

IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IN THE MARCO TOWN CENTER LAST MONTH WAS A FAN LEFT ON AT THE DRY CLEANERS IN THAT LOCATION.  THE FIRE THAT FOLLOWED DAMAGED THE CLEANERS AND NEARBY STORES.  NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE BLAZE.

   

 

FORMER MARCO CITY MANAGER DR NIBLOCK'S BATTERY CASE LODGED AGAINST HIM BY A MARCO WOMAN HAS NOW MADE IT'S WAY FROM THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO THE STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.  THE CASE WAS TRANSFERRED THERE THIS WEEK FOR INVESTIGATION.

 

  

ABOVE: RETIREMENT GET TOGETHER FOR MARCO SGT MIKE VOGEL HELD THIS WEEK

 

 

Authorities are searching for a driver in a hit-and-run that seriously hurt a woman Tuesday.

It occured at I75 at Collier Boulevard at 8:47 a.m. The driver veered into the oncoming lanes of SR-93 to avoid stopped traffic in his lane and hit another driver's vehicle.

 

 

  

 

ABOVE: PICTURES FROM RELAY FOR LIFE 4/7/18

   

 

 

 

 

ABOVE:  MARCO KIRCHER SINGS AT THE TASTE OF MARCO HELD OVER THE WEEKEND

ABOVE: 98.1 FM';S OWN STEVE REYNOLDS BROADCASTING FROM THE TASTE OF MARCO  

 

 

ABOVE:  MARCO SAFETY MEMBERS AT RELAY FOR LIFE OVER THE WEEKEND

 

 

   

 

 David Fraser and William Malinen have approached Marco city officials and shown an interest helping in filling the vacant full time city managers position.   Fraser has a consulting firm that could work on a temporary basis to administer the city while a new manager was located and Malinen has offered his personal services.  Council has not made any decisions on the two nor how to fill the position permanently.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

ABOVE: A COPTER MAKES THE FINAL SURVEY OF THE WATERS AROUND MARCO ISLAND THIS WEEK TO DETERMINE ANY OBJECTS THAT COULD EFFECT BOATERS ON THE WATER.  

 

 

 THE HEARING FOR DR NIBLOCK, THE RECENTLY FIRED MARCO CITY MANAGER WAS CANCELLED FOR WEDNESDAY (4/4/2018) BY REQUEST OF NIBLOCK'S ATTORNEY SAWYER SMITH.  A LETTER REQUESTING THE CANCELLATION DID NOT INCLUDE A REASON WHY.  THIS WOULD NOT PRECLUDE DR. NIBLOCK FROM REQUESTING A FUTURE HEARING INTO HIS JOB TERMINATION

MEANWHILE, Niblock has been charged with battery, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Alachua County. No court date set. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT MONDAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING A MOTION TO CONTACT PAST CANDIDATES FOR THE CITY MANAGERS JOB FAILED BY A VOTE OF 4 TO 3.  COUNCIL HAS, AT LEAST FOR THE TIME BEING, PUT OFF A DECISION OF HOW TO FIND A NEW CITY MANAGER

 

 THE BIGGEST TURNOUT PER YEAR OCCURRED SUNDAY MORNING AS MARCO RESIDENTS TOOK PART IN THE ANNUAL EASTER MORNING SERVICE AT DAYBREAK ON THE BEACH.  THE EVENT HAS BEEN A MAINSTAY ON THE ISLAND FOR MANY YEARS AND HAS UPWARD OF 10,000 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE.  TWO FLORIDA PANTHERS WERE ALSO ON THE BEACH FOR THE EASTER WEEKEND AS SPOTTED BY SEVERAL CITIZENS WHO WERE ALE TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE DUO. 

 

  

FORMER MARCO CITY MANAGER NIBLOCK IS ASKING FOR A HEARING CONCERNING HIS DISMISSAL.  THE HEARING WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 4TH AT 5 PM.  NIBLOCK'S JOB WAS TERMINATED AFTER A LOCAL RESIDENT ACCUSED HIM OF BATTERY AND A SECOND SIMILAR  INCIDENT WAS REPORTED AT GAINESVILLE.

 

THE MARCO ISLAND ARTS CENTER WILL GET ONLY $5,567 INSTEAD OF A REQUESTED $89,200 AS THE STATE BEGINS TO WHITTLE DOWN IT'S CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE ARTS.  THE MONEY WAS TO HAVE BEEN USED TO SET UP AN INSTRUCTIONAL ARTS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN.  THIS WAS THE FIRST FULL GRANT REQUEST TO THE STATE BY MIA ACCORDING TO ORGANIZERS.  ARTS CUTS WERE MADE TO PROJECTS ALL ACROSS FLORIDA IN THE NEW BUDGET.

 

KIDS OF ALL AGES SHOWED UP SATURDAY MORNING FOR THE ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AT MARCO ISLAND.  HUNDREDS OF KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS FILLED THEIR BASKETS WITH COLORFUL EGGS AS THE EVENT WAS HELP COURTESY OF THE MARCO PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

 

 

ABOVE: THURSDAY (3 29/18 ) SAFETY OFFICIALS WERE CALLED OUT AFTER A BOAT CONTACTED AN ELECTRICAL LINE ON THE ISLAND.  

 

  

 

Marco Island, Florida – Erik Brechnitz, chair of the Marco Island Planning Board and wealth manager with the Brechnitz Group of Raymond James Financial, has filed to run for Marco Island City Council. Brechnitz has a long history serving the Marco Island community. In his capacity as second term chairman of the Marco Island planning board, he guides the comprehensive plan and land development code of Marco Island.  As part of his campaign, Brechnitz has introduced what he would like to do for Marco:

  • Hold the line on taxes and limit government growth

  • Fix the damn roads

  • Bring civility to council discussion

  • Improve canal water quality

  • Hire right and don’t micromanage

 

 

ABOVE: MARCO'S POLICE CHIEF SCHETTINO AND FIRE CHIEF MURPHY DISCUSS WORK PLACE SAFETY WITH CITY EMPLOYEES THIS WEEK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

THE SUNDAY WINTER CONCERT( 3/25/18 ) ON MARCO WAS CANCELLED DUE TO HEAVY SMOKE ON THE ISLAND

 

Marco Island, FL – The City of Marco Island is pleased to announce that our local bill, HB1395, has been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. HB1395 grants the City the ability to apply directly to the Department of Health for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“COPCN”) after certain conditions are met. A COPCN license will enable the City’s Fire Rescue Department to provide locally controlled and operated enhanced paramedic and expanded emergency medical ambulance services and transportation directly to our citizens.

 

   

 

 

 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.

 

 

    

 

 ABOVE: THE OFFICIAL GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW FIRE STATION 51 FRIDAY.

 

 

  

 

ABOVE; MARCO FIREMEN FIGHT A CAR FIRE FRIDAY ON CHALMER DR.

 

ABOVE: The Collier County Sheriff's Office rescued three people and their boat in the Ten Thousand Islands Thursday.  A 30-foot boat began taking on water off of Indian Key around 1:30 p.m. The boaters were using buckets to empty water to keep the motors running, and had lost  steering.  The boat was towed to safety.

 

 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.

 

 

 

 

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'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!!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 Please take time to EMAIL AND CALL Governor Rick Scott’s office as soon as possible concerning the message below as outside lobbyists are trying to defeat the Local Bill allowing Marco Island the right to vote on our ambulance service.  Please share with all your friends!  Email for the Office of Governor Scott: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

 

 

 ABOVE; SOME MARCOITES ENJOYING THE ST PATS DAY PARADE HELD SATURDAY ON THE ISLAND

 

 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

 

 

 

   

  

 

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.

 PICTURES ABOVE:

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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. 

 

TO REPORT LOCAL MARCO NEWS TO NEWS RADIO 98.1FM CALL 239-465-0259 OR WRITE This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

UPDATE;

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:

 Dear Parents/Guardians,

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.
Superintendent
Collier County Public Schools

 

 

 

ABOVE; FIRE BOAT 50 DURING THE BLESSING OF THE FLEET ON MARCO

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

     

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 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.

 

 

 

 

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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

 

  

 

 

 

 

 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 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

 

 

 

 

 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."

 

  

 

 

 

 

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: 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

 

 

 

 

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

 

  

 

 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