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ABOVE: MARCO ENVIRONMENTALIST CHADD LEADING A TRAINING SESSION FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS THURSDAY
Naples, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier) is notifying the neighborhoods surrounding the intersection of Bayshore Drive and Tamiami Trail East of a bat which tested positive for rabies. The bat was found outside a store at the Gulf Gate Plaza on Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The bat was taken to a local veterinary clinic by a man and woman, approximately 50-70 years-of-age, who may be visiting from Switzerland. DOH-Collier is seeking to identify these individuals to assess their rabies risk. Extensive efforts to locate these individuals have been unsuccessful thus far.
If you, a family member or someone you know handled a bat found at the Gulf Gate Plaza please immediately contact DOH-Collier at 239-252-8226 during regular business hours or 239-293-3010 after hours. Anyone who has recently handled a bat should contact DOH-Collier to be assessed for rabies risk.
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
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.
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
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
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:
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
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE INVESTIGATED A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT IN WHICH A CAR WENT OFF THE ROADWAY AND INTO A TREE AT MACKLE PARK
OPENS 11:30 AM UNTIL MIDNIGHT 7 DAYS A WEEK. HAPPY HOUR 3 TO 6PM
DAILY FEATURING MIGHTY BITES LIKE MINI
LOADED NACHOS, FRANKS HOMEMADE JUMBO MEATBALLS, HALF POUND
PEEL AND EAT SHRIMP, HALF POUND FIRE
CRACKER SHRIMP AND MORE JUST $5.99!!!
EARLY BIRD SPECIALS START AT 4PM LIKE MAIN LOBSTER OR RID EYE
STEAK JUST $12.95 7 DAYS A WEEK!
PLUS JOHNNY'S HAND MADE PIZZA! CALL 239-970-0461
PROJECT LIFE SAVER PARTICIPANTS POSE FOR A PICTURE ON MARCO
Two men were arrested last week for setting up skimmers at a Chase bank branch between Naples and Marco island. Deputies say the ATM at Chase on Tamiami Trail East has been compromised three times.Officers caught Antonio Alvez Chavez and Marcos Dasilla removing the skimmer.
MARCO POLICE HAVE CLOSED THE RIGHT TURN LANE NORTHBOUND AT SOUTH HEATHWOOD AT SAN MARCO RD AFTER A SINK HOLE DEVELOPED AT THAT LOCATION. CITY CREWS ARE WORKING ON THIS
ISLAND TOWERS DENTAL
A BOAT FIRE RESULTED IN THIS BOAT MELTING ON MARCO ISLAND. FIREMEN ARRIVED AND PUT OUT THE BLAZE
MEMBERS OF THE MARCO ISLAND FIRE DPT TEACH WATER SAFETY TO 3RD GRADE STUDENTS
OFFICIALS SAY YOU SHOULD NOT MISTAKE AN ALGA BLOOM FOR RED TIDE. THE BLOOMS HAVE SHOWN UP ALONG COLLIER BEACHES BUT THEY ARE NOT A DANGER TO YOUR HEALTH. HOWEVER, THEY MAY CONTRIBUTE TO MORE DEAD FISH WASHING UP ON SHORE ABOVE IS A PICTURE OF ONE OF MARCO'S BEACHES
Collier County Sheriff's Office wants to add another helicopter to it's fleet to help fire crews fight fires.
It would help with fighting fires and search and rescue efforts in the county.
Now the Florida Forrest Service assists with aerial support. An additional helicopter would be able to drop water and save at-risk homes quicker.
ABOVE EVIDENCE OF SEA TURTLE SEASON ON MARCO BEACH. REMEMBER, NO LIGHTS FACING THE BEACH DURING THE SEASON
PLANES ON DISPLAY AT CIVIL AIR PATROL OPEN HOUSE AT MARCO EXECUTIVE AIRPORT
MARCO POLICE DISPLAY AT C A P OPEN HOUSE
STUDENTS FROM MARCO GET A CHANCE TO TRY OUT THE FIRE DPT HOZES
POWER WAS OUT FOR ABOUT 35 MINUTES AROUND THE ISLAND. THE OUTAGE BEGAN AT 8:40AM AND ENDED SHORTLY AFTER 9 AM. THE CAUSE WAS A CRANE ATOP A 40 FOOT BARGE WHICH CAME IN CONTACT WITH THE HIGH TENSION LINES FEEDING THE ISLAND WHILE BEING PUSHED BY A 20 FOOT BOAT BEING OPERATED BY WILLIAM RANS OF NAPLES.. NO ONE WAS HURT. RANS WAS ISSUED A CITATION FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN A PROPER LOOKOUT AND NO BOATER EDUCATION CARD.
AN ATTEMPT TO REMOVE COUNCILMAN RIOS FROM THE TOURIST COMMITTEE WAS UNSUCCESSFUL AT A RECENT MARCO CITY COUNCIL MEETING. COUNCILMAN BROWN MADE THE MOTION BUT IT FAILED. AT THE CORE OF THE PROBLEM WAS A PUBLIC STATEMENT MADE BY RIOS IN WHICH HE QUESTIONED TRYING TO ATTRACT MORE PEOPLE TO SW FLORIDA. COUNCILMAN GRAFONI SPOKE IN FAVOR OF ROES SAYING ROES WAS JUST EXERCISING HIS FREEDOM OF SPEECH.
MARCO CITY COUNCIL APPOINTED AMADEO PETRICCA, JASON BAILY, MARIA SCHILKE, ROBERT CHOLKA AND JOE OLIVERIO TO A NEW AD HOC PARKING COMMITTEE
The executive director of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce, Dianna Dohm, in a April 28 letter to the editor of the Marco Eagle ask Marco City Council to immediately remove councilman Rios from the TDC. This came on the heels of a remark made by Rios at a Tourist Development meeting last week in which he questioned tourist development calling the season Hell. Several writers have pointed out that the island has always been designed for development and they believe Rios' opinion is contrary to that.
ABOVE: Marco island code enforcement magistrate's hearing
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ABOVE, LCEC TRUCKS STAND READY TO RECONNECT POWER ONCE THE 30TH ST FIRE HAS BEEN EXTINGUISHED
ABOVE: A SIGN THANKS THE COLLIER COUNTY AND AREA FIRE FIGHTERS
VOLUNTEERS AT THE 30TH ST FIRE
ABOVE THE 30TH STREET FIRE IN GOLDEN GATE IS EASILY VISIBLE FROM MARCO ISLAND AS WELL AS THE SMELL OF SMOKE
ABOVE: GOLDEN GATE 30TH ST FIRE BRIEFING AMONG COLLIER COUNTY FIRE FIGHTERS
ABOVE MARCO FIREMEN FOUGHT A FIRE ON A SMALL BOAT (4/22/17)
MARCO FIRE PERSONAL ON THE SITE OF THE 30TH ST FIRE
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT ON THE SCENE
EMERGENCY STAFF PLAN FIRE FIGHT ON THE 30TH ST FIRE
THE SMELL OF SMOKE PERMEATES THE AIR AROUND MARCO ISLAND WHEN WILD FIRES OCCURE TAKE PRECAUTIONS IF YOU HAVE BREATHING PROBLEMS READ ABOVE
FRIDAY (4/21/2017) MORNING GOVERNOR SCOTT JOINED THE COLLIER COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TEAM AT A PLANNING SESSION
MARCO FIREMEN DEMONSTRATED THE NEW JAWS OF LIFE EQUIPMENT RECENTLY RECEIVED BY THE DPT
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Marco Island Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee met Tuesday and talked about updating the Veterans Community Park. The
Park was last defined in the 2009 Master Plan.
The committee members discussed revising the plan since City Council honored their budget request of $250,000.
Whether council should start over with a new plan or work to improve the 2009 plan was discussed at length but
no decision reached.
Marco city council meeting on Monday selected The Mercer Group, Inc. to begin a search for a new City Manager.
Several firms had been up for the bid and council decided Mercer had provided the best bid..
MARCO POLICE WERE BUSY AS THEY STOPPED A SCOOTER DRIVER WHO WAS OPERATING THE SCOOTER WITHOUT TAGS. SHE TOLD OFFICERS HER LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED AND SHE DIDN'T THINK YOU NEEDED ONE TO OPERATE A SCOOTER BECAUSE IT WAS ELECTRIC. SHE WAS GIVEN A CITATION AND THE SCOOTER IMPOUNDED.
Marco residents attend dog cpr and foster guardian program 'neighbors helping neighbors"
MARCO POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT MONDAY INVOLVING AN IMPAIRED DRIVER. THE INCIDENT STARTED IN NAPLES AND ENDED ON MARCO WITH THE DRIVER ARRESTED
THE EASTER BUNNY MADE HIS ANNUAL APPEARANCE ON THE ISLAND
FIREMEN WERE CALLED TO GOODLAND ON SATURDAY (4/15/17) FOR A FIRE REPORTED AT A LOCATION THERE. FIRE FIGHTING
AND RESCUE EQUIPMENT WERE ON THE SCENE.
EASTER SERVICES WERE HELD SUNDAY WITH PARKING AVAILABLE FOR A PORTION OF COLLIER BLVD NEAR THE MARRIOTT
On Monday, April 10th, Florida celebrated Gopher Tortoise Day for the first time in Florida, and the City of Marco Island Council supported the celebration by a unanimous vote to proclaim the April 10 as Gopher Tortoise Day on Marco Island. Everyone is invited to witness the proclamation at the City Council meeting on April 17th at 6:30pm in the City of Marco Island Community Room.
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC), along with its partners created the initiative to encourage public awareness to highlight the importance of conserving this state-threatened species, whose presence goes back 60 million years.
MARCO ELEMENTARY STUDENTS CELEBRATED GOPHER TORTOISE DAY RECENTLY
The former Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt,has been selected as City Manager of FT. Myers Beach. 77 candidates applied for the job recently.
MARCO SAFETY FORCES RESPOND TO AN ACCIDENT AT BALD EAGLE AND ELKCAM CIRCLE AT 12:45 PM THURSDAY (4/13/2017)
OFELIA ORTA DMITRISHIN AND AMERILYS HERNANDEZ OF NAPLES HAVE BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH STEALING FROM THE BEALLS OUTLET STORE ON MARCO ISLAND. OFFICERS SAY THE WOMEN TOOK AROUND $1,975 FROM THE STORE THROUGH USING EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTS SINCE FEBRUARY. ALL THREE WERE FIRED AND BANNED FROM ANY BEALLS STORE.
HERE IS WHAT THE NOAA WEATHER SERVICE BELIEVES WILL BE THE AVERAGE PATH FOR MOST HURRICANES THIS SUMMER
MITCHELL CHRISTOPHER BLANKENSHIP OF EVERGLADES CITY HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH BATTERY AND RESISTING ARREST WITHOUT VIOLENCE AFTER OFFERS CHASED HIM FROM HIS TRAILER IN EVERGLADES CITY FRIDAY. HE RAN TO A FIELD AND INTO THE MANGROVES. OFFICERS BROUGHT IN THE NAPLES FIRE RESCUE DISTRICT BOAT AND A HELICOPTER TO CATCHE HIM.
JOHN BOEHNER ( SEEN IN THIS FILE PHOTO ) WAS ON MARCO ISLAND TO APPEAR FOR THE CAXAMBAS REPUBLICANS. BOEHNER TALKED ABOUT THE STRIKE ON SYRIA SAYING IT WAS THE RIGHT THING FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO DO. HE ALSO DISCUSS HEALTH CARE AND THE RUSSIANS.
ABOVE: THE MARCO ISLAND YMCA DEBUTED THEIR NEW WEB SITE THIS WEEK.
RESIDENTS ENJOYING WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S (4/5/17) MARCO AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE EXPO AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM
WATER NOT RUNNING? CHECK THE MARCO ISLAND APP FIRST BEFORE YOU CALL!
The Isles of Capri Christian Church Annual Easter servicE was held under a big tent on the Isle this year.Pastor Curt Ayers will officiate the service on Easter Sunday morning.
STUDENTS HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN CPR AT A SPECIAL CLASS OFFERED ON THE ISLAND
ABOVE, RESIDENTS WATCH RELAY FOR LIFE
STUDENTS FROM TOMMY BARFIELD ELEMENTARY WERE FEATURED FOR THEIR VOLUNTEER SERVICE BY CCPS
MARCO POLICE COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICERS ASSISTED THE FLORIDA WILE LIFE COMMISSION WITH TWO CALLS CONCERNING BURROWING OWLS ON THE ISLAND Burrowing Owls, Gopher Tortoises, as well as many of the shorebirds on our Beaches are listed as Threatened. Both the animals and their burrows and habitat are protected under State statutes and local ordinance. Always try to maintain a 25 foot distance between you and wildlife, and never feed any wild animal. If you suspect a crime against Florida’s fish, wildlife or natural resources, please call Florida Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement at 888-404-FWCC (3922). If you find injured or orphaned native wildlife, contact the von Arx Wildlife Hospital at Conservancy of Southwest Florida at 239-262-CARE (2273).
City of Marco Island
NOW GET THE CLOSING MARKET REPORT AT 4:20PM AND 5:20PM WEEKDAYS ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM 1480AM
ABOVE MARCO FIRE DPT WAS DISPATCHED (3/29/17) TO CAPE MARCO TO PUT OUT A KITCHEN FIRE
ON 02/19/2017 Marco police Officers were dispatched to the 800 Block of San Marco Road in reference to a male attempting to run over
another male with his vehicle. The driver was arrested for Aggravated Assault and was transported to the
Naples Jail Center.
OFFICIALS ARE WARNING THAT SOUTHWEST FLORIDA AS WELL AS MOST OF THE STATE IS EXPERIENCING STRONG WILD LAND FIRE POTENTIAL.
DO NOT BURN OUTSIDE, DISCARD CIGARETTES OR OPERATE EQUIPMENT THAT COULD POTENTIALLY CAUSE A FIRE
Collier county has seen 194,700 visitors during the last month that's an increase of 0.7 percent over the year says
Research Data Services. Tourism spending rose 2.5 percent to $255.9 million from a year ago.
98.1 FM'S STEVE REYNOLDS ON THE AIR AT THE MUTTS AND MARTINIS GET TOGETHER AT THE ESPLANADE
A 73-year-old Connecticut woman was killed when struck by a car in Lely between Naples and
Marco Island Geraldine Jennings was walking along St. Andrews Boulevard in Lely when a car driven by Cris-Carol
Samuels, 31, of Lehigh Acres, veered off the road and struck her. Samuels and her 88-year-old passenger were not injured.
FHP says charges are pending in the investigation.
ABOVE MARCO POLICE AND FIRE INVOLVED IN A SEARCH AND RESCUE COURSE
ABOVE 98.1 FM MARCO RADIO STATION'S OWN STEVE REYNOLDS MCS THE MARCO SEA FOOD FESTIVAL AT VETS PARK BELOW MORE PICTURES FROM THE EVENT:
MARCO ISLAND POLICE RECEIVED A REPORT OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT
269 NORTH BARFIELD DR. TWO VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED. ONE WAS A DODGE TRUCK DRIVEN BY
RAUL D. GONZALES OF MARCO HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE NAPLES HOSPITAL BY EMS.
3 PASSENGERS IN THE OTHER VEHICLE;LE, A VW, WERE FEMALE AGES 8 AND 10 WERE TAKEN TO THE
HOSPITAL BY EMS. A THIRD GIRL AGE 5 WAS TAKEN TO LEE COUNTY HOSPITAL. TWO OTHER
PASSENGERS WENT TO NAPLES COMMUNITY HOSPITAL.
THE DRIVER OF THE VW WAS CATHERINE M. JACOBS OF NAPLES WHO WAS ALSO TAKEN TO
NAPLES TO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL. SHE REPORTEDLY DIED AT THE HOSPITAL.
THE MARCO ISLAND POLICE DPT'S TRAFFIC HOMICIDE TEAM IS INVESTIGATING
BARFIELD WAS CLOSED UNTIL APPROXIMATELY 11:30AM ON MONDAY DUE THE THE ACCIDENT.
SUMMER WEATHER IS HERE. BE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR RADIO TUNED TO 98.1 FM OR 1480 AM . THEY
ARE THE ONLY LOCAL STATIONS THAT WILL BREAK INTO REGULAR PROGRAMMING TO WARN YOU ABOUT APPROACHING STORMS, HIGH WIND ETC. ALSO, DOWNLOAD THE MARCO ISLAND APP FREE ON YOUR SMART PHONE SO YOU CAN FIND OUT IF THERE IS LIGHTENING IN THE AREA BEFORE GOING OUTSIDE! DON'T BE CAUGHT IN A STORM GET THE MARCO ISLAND APP AND STAY TUNED TO MARCO'S OWN RADIO STATION FOR EMERGENCY WEATHER INFORMATION
THESE SCOUTS LEARNED ABOUT SAFETY DURING A SPECIAL TOUR ON MARCO ISLAND
THE MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY PHILANTHROPISTS OF THE YEAR 2016 HAVE BEEN NAMED. THEY ARE MARIANNE AND DINOS LORDANOU, BILL AND KAREN YOUNG AND SCOTT AND BRENDA RHINEHART
MOST PEOPLE REPORT HAVING A GOOD TIME AT THE ANNUAL MARCO ISLAND SEA FOOD FESTIVAL BEING HELD 3/24 25 26/17 AT VETERANS PARK ON MARCO ISLAND. THE EVENT BEGAN WITH MUSIC FRIDAY AT 11 AM AND CONCLUDES SUNDAY EVENING WITH SPECIAL EVENTS ON STAGE AND AMONG THE VARIOUS FOOD BOOTHS
Applications now being accepted for the Ad hoc Parking Solutions Advisory Committee
THE CITY OF MARCO ISLAND
IS SEEKING QUALIFIED APPLICANTS
TO SERVE AS CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS
ON A NEWLY FORMED
AD HOC PARKING SOLUTIONS
TO ASSIST MEMBERS OF THE MARCO ISLAND CITY COUNCIL, THE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS BEST PRACTICES IN URBAN PLANNING AND SUCCESSFUL PARKING APPROACHES ALREADY IN EXISTENCE ON THE ISLAND. PARKING SOLUTIONS WILL BE DEVELOPED TO BOTH REMEDY DEFICIENCIES AND PLAN FOR FUTURE CAPACITY. THIS COMMITTEE IS A 6-MONTH APPOINTMENT FROM MAY 1, 2017 THROUGH NOVEMBER 1, 2017.
YOUR MARCO ISLAND APP IS A FREE SERVICE OF THE NEWS DPT OF MARCO'S OWN RADIO STATION
MARCO CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO CREATE A WATER AND SEWER OPTIONS COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WHAT THE CITY COULD DO ABOUT RATES, FACILITIES ETC. BOB BROWN WAS THE ONLY COUNCILMAN TO VOTE AGAINST THE IDEA
COUNCIL ALSO CREATED A AD HOC COMMITTEE TO TRY AND COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS TO THE PARKING PROBLEMS ON MARCO ISLAND
RUNNERS TAKE PART IN THE HALF MARATHON HELD IN SOUTH MARCO ISLAND
NOT A GREAT BOATING DAY FOR THIS COUPLE WHO WERE RESCUED FROM THEIR BOAT AFTER IT RAN AGROUND BY MARCO FIRE DEPARTMENT AND FIRE BOAT 50 NEAR MARCO ISLAND
THURSDAY EVENING (3/16/17) MARCO POLICE RECEIVED A REPORT OF AN EXPLOSION OCCURRING ON SOUTH COLLIER BLVD. POLICE SPED TO THE SCENE BUT FOUND THAT IT WAS IN FACT AN ELECTRICAL ISSUE AND NO ONE WAS HURT
MARCO ISLAND PLANNING BOARD MEMBER HECTOR FERNANDEZ ASK THE BOARD TO TENDER HIS RESIGNATION IMMEDIATELY. FERNANDEZ'S RESIGNATION LETTER STATED IN PART:
It is with great concern that I write to you concerning my decision to step down from my position on the Marco Island Planning Board. My reasons are simple, it has become quite apparent with the exodus of key and important staff that the city has been plunged into utter turmoil.Furthermore I have grown frustrated with the lack of communication and the amount of communications directed to the Planning Board members by the citizenry at large, outside of the designated and circulated agenda we must follow.There also appears to be a strong anti-development trend and proposed action, such as the suspension of density rights. Such action and proposed discussion to action trouble me greatly.
BIG TURNOUT FOR THE FARMERS MARKET AT MARCO ISLAND VETERAN'S PARK
ISLAND TOWER DENTISTRY
THE MARCO ISLAND MACKLE PARK IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR
CAMP COUNSELOR APPLY WITH THE PARKS AND RECREATION DPT.
YOUR FREE MARCO ISLAND APP IS A SERVICE OF THE NEWS DPT OF MARCO'S OWN RADIO STATION
A CAR SMASHED PART WAY THROUGH A SECOND STORY WALL IN A PARKING GARAGE ON MARCO ISLAND BUT DID NOT CONTINUE ALL THE WAY. THE DRIVER APPEARED TO HAVE STEPPED ON THE GAS INSTEAD OF THE BRAKE. MORE DETAILS TO BE RELEASED AS TO THE DRIVER'S CONDITION LATER
COLLIER COUNTY AUTHORITIES REPORT A WOMAN WAS KILLED AS SHE ATTEMPTED TO CROSS RT 41 NEAR THOMASSON BLVD BETWEEN MARCO AND NAPLES. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR THAT STRUCK HER SWERVED BUT WAS UNABLE TO AVOID HITTING HER. THE CAR THEN WENT OFF THE ROADWAY AND HIT A WALL. THE DRIVER RECIEVED MINOR INJURIES.
AS OF SUNDAY 3/12/2017 70% OF THE FOREST FIRE NORTH OF MARCO WAS UNDER CONTROL. VARIOUS FIRE DEPARTMENTS CONTINUED TO WORK SHIFTS FIGHTING THE BLAZE. A TOTAL OF FOUR HOMES WERE LOST IN THE BLAZE AND AROUND 7500 ACRES SCORCHED.
MARCO ISLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT RESCUED A STRANDED SAIL BOAT IN THE GULF OFF OF THE MARRIOTT BEACH . ALSO INVOLVED THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND COAST GUARD. NO ONE WAS INJURED
GOVERNOR SCOTT WAS IN COLLIER COUNTY FRIDAY TALKING WITH THE DPTS FIGHTING THE BLAZE NORTH OF MARCO
PICS FROM FIELD DAY AT TOMMY BARFIELD ELEMENTARY
MARCO ISLAND POLICE AND FIRE IN TUG OF WAR GUESS WHO WON
Marco police have arrested a man after he was spotted urinating on a Marco street in public. as officers approached he fled but was apprehended, arrested and jailed
785 BALD EAGLE DRIVE
ISLAND TOWER DENTISTRY
THE MAGUIRE TEAM 719 BALD EAGLE 239-259-6168
WWW.THEMAGUIRETEAM.COM FACEBOOK: THE MAGUIRE TEAM MARCO ISLAND NAPLES
MARCO ISLAND POLICE REPORT NUMEROUS BUSINESSES HAVE COME FORWARD TO OFFER ASSISTANCE. ALL FIRST RES PONDERS ARE GRATEFUL. AT THIS TIME NO ADDITIONAL DONATIONS ARE NEEDED
ABOVE HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE NORTH OF MARCO
B & B THEATERS JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM MARCO ON RT41 JUST A 15 MINUTE DRIVE
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Collier County cautions everyone about the health effects of wildfire smoke as a respiratory irritant, which can cause scratchy throat, coughing, headaches or irritated eyes and nose. Smoke can also worsen asthma, and other chronic lung or heart conditions. Dust generated from increased wildfire response activity on dirt roads may also worsen these conditions.Pay attention to local air quality reports, news coverage or health warnings related to smoke. Avoid prolonged outdoor activities. This is especially important for children and persons with pre-existing medical conditions. Stay indoors and run your air conditioner, if you have one. Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. For best results, run the air conditioning with recirculated air.If you do not have an air conditioner, staying inside with the windows closed may be dangerous in extremely hot weather. In these cases, seek alternative shelter.
THE ST PATRICKS DAY PARADE GARNERED A GOOD CROWD FOR THE PARADE AND THE HOOLEY IN VETS PARK.
MARCO AUTHORITIES HAD TO DRAG A VEHICLE OUT OF THE DITCH.
WEDNESDAY (3/1/17) A MAJOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT TIED UP COLLIER BLVD NEAR THE JOLLY BRIDGE AND MADE IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR SOME PEOPLE TO GET TO AND FROM THE ISLAND. TRAFFIC WAS REROUTED TO THE GOBER BRIDGE AT GOODLAND FOR SEVERAL HOURS
WITH THE RAINY SEASON COMING IT'S VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DOWNLOAD THE " MARCO ISLAND APP " ON YOUR SMART PHONE SO YOU CAN CHECK TO SEE IF THERE IS LIGHTENING AROUND THE ISLAND BEFORE GOING OUT. THE APP IS FREE IN THE APP STORE. ALSO, WHEN STORM CLOUDS THREATEN KEEP YOUR RADIO ON 98.1 FM. WE BREAK IN TO OUR REGULAR PROGRAMMING WHEN WEATHER THREATENS THE ISLAND.
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IN CASE YOUR WONDERING ABOUT THE COPTER FLYING LOW OVER MARCO IT'S PART OF COLLIER COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL. THEIR WEBSITE OFFERS INFO ON THEIR FLYING SCHEDULES
THEY CALL IT THE MULE AND MAY SEE IT AROUND THE AREA NORTH OF MARCO ISLAND. THE CCSO WILL USE IT TO PATROL IN THE RURAL AREAS.
MARCO POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AN ACCIDENT IN WHICH A MAN WAS TRAPPED UNDER A ONE TON SEA WALL PANEL THAT FELL ON HIM . MARCO FIREMEN WENT TO THE SCENE AND PULLED THE MAN FREE. HE WAS TAKEN TO LEE COUNTY HOSPITAL BY HELICOPTER TO THE TRAUMA UNIT
N 2014 A BILL PASSED THE STATEHOUSE THAT WAS TO ESTABLISH EACH SCHOOL BOARD IN FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR INSTRUCTION MATERIALS USED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS AND TO ESTABLISH AN OPEN PROCESS FOR REVIEWING AND GATHERING OBJECTIONS TO THAT MATERIAL IF SUCH EXISTED BUT NO PUBLICLY ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD CHOSE TO IMPLEMENT IT. NOW LOCAL REP BYRON DONALDS HAS SUBMITTED A BILL TO FORCE ALL BOARDS TO IMPLEMENT THE POLICY IN THEIR DISTRICTS. THE BILL REQUIRES THE BOARDS TO IMPLEMENT THE ORIGINAL BILL'S INTENTIONS. DONALDS REPRESENTS THE MARCO AREA IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE
THE RIGHT AND WRONG WAY TO PARK IN AN ALLEY ON MARCO
ANNUAL BOB RAY MEMORIAL BOCCE TOURNY
ON FRIDAY (2 24 17 ) MARCO POLICE WERE BUSY ASKING THE PUBLIC IF THEY KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS CHOPPER PHOTOGRAPHED ON THE BEACH RECENTLY. OFFICERS WERE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE CHOPPER BASED ON TIPS FROM CITIZENS BUT DID NOT RELEASE WHY THEY WERE LOOKING FOR THE OPERATOR/OWNER
ABOVE THE MARCO BEACH STEWARDSHIP TRAINING. THE EVENT IS BOLSTERED BY RETURNING VOLUNTEER STEWARDS
ISLAND TOWER DENTAL
1:32PM WEDNESDAY 2/22/17 POWER REPORTED OUT IN THE VICINITY OF 1591 GALLEON AVE ON MARCO. LCEC IS ON ITS WAY TO THE SCENE. STAY AWAY FROM ANY DOWNED POWER LINES YOU MIGHT ENCOUNTER
FDOT is spending $2 million to erect a 10-foot-tall barbed-wire fence on both sides of alligator alley North of Marco from the toll booth to mile marker 91. It would replace the five-foot fence currently In place, which isn't high enough as a panther can easly jump five feet high.
MARCO RESCUE, FIRE AND PD WERE INVOLVED IN THE RESCUE OF PEOPLE INVOLVED IN A JETSKI ACCIDENT THAT OCCURRED SOUTH OF MARCO MONDAY (2/20/17) IN PUMPKIN BAY AT 2:30PM. THE MARCO RESCUE BOAT TOOK TWO PEOPLE, A MAN AND A WOMAN TO SHORE. SERIOUS INJURIES WERE REPORTED. ONE OF THE TWO WAS FLOWN TO LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WITH A TRAUMA ALERT.
STUDENTS FROM TOMMY BARFIELD ELEMENTARY VISITED THE MARCO ISLAND FIRE DPT DURING THEIR DAY OFF, PRESIDENTS DAY
ABOVE, AERIAL VIEW OF KIWANIS CAR SHOW SUNDAY AT NCH MARCO ISLAND (2/19/2017)
ABOVE MARCO FIREMEN CALLED TO AN AIR CONDITIONER FIRE ON DORANDO COURT
HEAR ABOUT THESE STORIES AND MORE ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM , 1480 AM OR ON THE FREE MARCO ISLAND APP ON YOUR SMART PHONE
YET ANOTHER TRAFFIC ACCIDENT HAD POLICE AND FIRE BUSY FRIDAY (2/17/17) ON THE BRIDGE ON NORTH BARFIELD. THE COLLISION BLOCKED TRAFFIC FOR A TIME. POLICE REMIND YOU THAT THERE ARE MANY MORE PEOPLE ON THE ISLAND DURING SEASON SO YOU SHOULD LEAVE ABIT EARLIER TO GET TO YOUR DESTINATION.
THE TRIAL OF LISA TROEMNER IN THE STABBING DEATH OF HER BOYFRIEND ON MARCO ISLAND IN 2014 HAS BEEN DELAYED. THE STATE HAS FILED A STAY AND PETITION ASKING THE COURT TO DECIDE AN ISSUE OF WHO CAN TESTIFY AS A WITNESS. THE WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF TREVOR SMITH IN THEIR HOME ON PARK AVENUE.
MARCO POLICE AND FIRE WORKING AN ACCIDENT AT BARFIELD AND BALD EAGLE FRIDAY (2/17/17) AROUND 9:30AM
MARCO POLICE AND FIRE INVESTIGATE ONE OF TWO TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WEDNESDAY (2/15/17) ON THE ISLAND
ABOVE MARCO ISLAND FIREMEN RESPOND TO A REPORT OF AN AIR CONDITIONER FIRE AT A SOUTH COLLIER BLVD LOCATION MONDAY (2/13/17) NIGHT. UNIT 50 WAS ON THE SCENE. NO INJURIES REPORTED AND ONLY SMOKE DAMAGE
MARCO FIRE DPT REPORTED ON MONDAY EVENING (2/13/17) THAT POWER WAS OUT IN THE AREA OF SEAGRAPE AND AMBER. APPROXIMATELY 100 HOMES WERE EFFECTED . POWER WAS RESTORED A SHORT TIME LATER BY LCEC.
CRIME RATE DOWN ON MARCO ISLAND IN 2016
On February 9th, 2017, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino announced a significant and continued reduction in crime, as measured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program.
The Marco Island Police Department investigated 96 index crimes in 2016. This is the lowest number of index crimes reported on Marco Island since the inception of the Department in 2000.
THE CITY OF MARCO ISLAND IS SEEKING QUALIFIED APPLICANTS TO SERVE AS CITIZEN VOLUNTEERS ON A NEWLY FORMED
WATER-SEWER OPTIONS AD HOC COMMITTEE TO ASSIST MEMBERS OF THE MARCO ISLAND CITY COUNCIL: EVALUATE THE CITY-OWNED WATER-SEWER UTILITY’S OPERATIONS REVIEW ALTERNATIVES FOR OPERATIONS, FINANCING, SOURCES AND METHODS MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ACTION TO CITY COUNCIL
THIS COMMITTEE WILL BE APPOINTED BY CITY COUNCIL AS A WHOLE IT IS ANTICIPATED THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIST OF EITHER 3 OR 5 MEMBERS THE COMMITTEE WILL EXPIRE FOLLOWING ITS RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL OR NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 31, 2018, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST COMMITTEE POSITIONS ARE NOT COMPENSATED APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN WATER AND/OR SEWER UTILITIES
Interested individuals should complete the on-line application under the “Boards and Committees” link at the City’s website at cityofmarcoisland.com. Completed applications may also be sent to the attention of City Clerk Laura Litzan at City Hall, 50 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145. The deadline for applications is February 13, 2017. For more information contact Laura Litzan 389-5010.
MARCO FIREMEN WERE CALLED TO A DIESEL FUEL LEAK AT COLLIER BLVD BETWEEN BAYSIDE AND SATURN COURT. THE INCIDENT OCCURED AROUND NOON ON SATURDAY (2/4/17) NO ONE WAS INJURED All southbound lanes of North Collier Blvd were closed. 80 gallons of fuel spilled onto the road and 10 gallons leaked into a nearby storm drain.The Marco Island Fire Department cleaned up the scene.
MARCOITES TURN OUT FOR THE ISLAND SOUP-ER BOWL ON SATURDAY (2/4/17)
MARCO ISLAND'S PLANNING BOARD MEETING FRIDAY (2/3/17) DID NOT OK A PLAN TO OPERATE A DRUG REHAB FACILITY ON THE ISLAND.AT 218 SOUTH BARFIELD. THE ISSUE WAS MOVED TO THE TOP OF THE MEETING'S AGENDA. A REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE PROPERTY TOLD THE BOARD THAT THE FACILITY WOULD ONLY BE USED BY UPSCALE RESIDENTS NEEDING DETOX BUT THE BOARD SAID IT WASN'T THE TYPE OF FACILITY THEY WANTED IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WITH CHILDREN.
ACHIEVE REALTY INVEST WITH THE BEST!
1PM WEDNESDAY ( 2/1/2017 ) COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE REPORTED THEY HAVE ARRESTED JORGE JIMENEZ WHO WAS WANTED FOR ALLEGEDLY FIRING SHOTS AT DEPUTIES FRIDAY NIGHT NORTH OF MARCO ISLAND. DETAILS WILL BE FORTHCOMING.
Marco Island Yacht Club held its annual Commodore’s Ball and Change of Watch ceremony recently.
Attendees watched the swearing in of Lois Dixon of Marco Island as the new commodore.
Harris addressed the bridge, board, members and guests, and welcomed Dixon as the new commodore.
The Yacht Club held a cocktail hour with dinner.
Everyone loves to see the full year real estate comparisons for the most recent year versus prior year. But before you dig in to all the details on 2016 in review, allow me to share an insight about what we are currently experiencing. 2015 was a very strong year for real estate on Marco Island. We would have to go back to 2007 and 2008 to find that level of activity on the island. Interestingly the fourth quarter of 2015 began to cool off a bit and as you will read below 2016 performance was off compared to 2015 for the full year.
MARCO BIKE RIDERS ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST WALK THEIR BIKES ACROSS THE WINERBERRY BRIDGE OR THEY WILL TICKET VIOLATORS
STAY INSIDE UNTIL THE STORM PASSES
MARCO POLICE WRANGLED A 10 FOOT LONG PYTHON LURKING IN THE HIDEAWAY BEACH AREA. NO ONE WAS HURT.
AUTHORITIES AREN'T SURE WHY A LARGE NUMBER OF DOLPHINS STRANDED THEMSELVES ABOUT AN HOUR SOUTH OF GOODLAND IN THE NATIONAL PARK THERE. MOST HAVE DIED ACCORDING TO REPORTS WITH NO EXPLANATION OF HOW THE GOT THERE.
PICTURES FROM SATURDAYS ROCK CONCERT ON MARCO
OVER 700 PEOPLE SHOWED UP FOR THE FREE ROCK CONCERT SATURDAY NIGHT AT VETERANS PARK ON MARCO. THE HEARD BEATLES SONGS AS WELL AS OTHER FAVORITES
GREAT NEWS: MARCO POLICE SGT HAUETER IS BACK AFTER HIS COURAGEOUS BATTLE WITH CANCER. HE ARRIVED FRIDAY AND IS GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE SUPPORT OF THE MARCO ISLAND COMMUNITY
MARCO POLICE WERE CALLED TO AN INJURY ACCIDENT INVOLVING TWO VEHICLES WEDNESDAY AT 6TH AVENUE AND YELLOW BIRD. EMS RESPONDED TO THE SCENE AS WELL.
BLACK FLIES HAVE BEEN SPOTTED ON THE BEACH THE LAST FEW DAYS. OFFICIALS SAY THIS MAY BE LINKED TO WARM WEATHER WE HAVE HAD RECENTLY FOLLOWED BY RAIN
MARCO ISLAND FIREMEN WERE ON THE SCENE OF AN INJURY ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY
MARCO POLICE PRACTICE WHAT TO DO IF AN ACTIVE SHOOTER IS SPOTTED ON THE ISLAND
Having two ambulances serve Marco Island during peak season isn't enough says a consulting firm hired by the city.Only one full-time ambulance serves the island. during peak season with a second ambulance part-time.A full-time ambulance is located at the Marco Island Fire Department with a part-time ambulance works from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during peak season. The city is looking at ways to add more ambulance service during peak times of the year.
INVEST WITH THE BEST!
ALONG WITH LOCAL MARCO AND AREA NEWS GET NATIONAL AND WORLD NEWS MORNINGS FROM THE SRN NEWS NETWORK ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM AND 1480 AM
IT'S OFFICIAL, IT IS NOW KNOWN AS THE " JW MARRIOTT " THE HOTEL UNVEILED A NEW SIGN AND NEW NAME OVER THE WEEKEND. THE RENOVATION OF THE LARGEST HOTEL ON THE ISLAND HAS COST 320 MILLION AND WILL BE COMPLETE IN OCTOBER OF 2017.
INVEST WITH THE BEST!
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has set new limits on barracuda take off Monroe, Miami-Dade, Collier, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties starting New Year's Day.
Only one barracuda longer than 36 inches can be harvested per day per vessel or person, whichever is less. The reason for the limit is the number of barracuda off the Florida coast is decreasing. This will effect fishing in and around Marco island.
JESSE COX OF THE TOMMIE BARFIELD SCHOOL WON A RIDE ON A MARCO, ISLAND FIRE TRUCK AFTER HIS ESSAY ABOUT FIREMEN WON IN A CONTEST AT TOMMIE BARFIELD THIS WEEK.
ANYBODY ON MARCO REMEMBER THIS AN ACTUAL PICTURE OF A CROWN VICTORIA NOT STUCK ON THE BEACH? PIC CURTSY OF
MARCO ISLAND POLICE DPT
MARCO ISLAND POLICE SENT THIS FLAG TO CAPT KIRSCH IN AFRICA ON DECEMBER 7TH TO BE FLOWN THERE IN COMMEMORATION OF PEARL HARBOR DAY
MEMORIAL FINALLY FINISHED
Friday, the Collier County Freedom Memorial honoring more than 3,000 9/11 victims and first-responders was unveiled.
Hundreds of people were on hand, including county and city leaders, veterans, firefighters, and police officers.
The project was discussed in 2003 and fundraising started in 2004. Last February where $1.3 million was raised to complete the project..some 15 years after the event.
MARCO ISLAND FIRE FIGHTER CHRIS BOWDEN HAS BEEN NAMED THE SOUTH FLORIDA OPTIMIST FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR. CHRIST IS PICTURED ABOVE WITH HIS WIFE KATIE
FRIDAY RESIDENTS WHO ATTENDED A CEREMONY COMMEMORATING 911 AT THE MARCO CATHOLIC CHURCH
HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE A PIECE OF HISTORY. UNVEILED WAS A PORTION OF A STEEL GIRDER FROM THE TWIN TOWERS. STEVE HAGMANN OF THE MARCO ISLAND FIRE DPT UNVEILED THE 200 POUND i BAR. IT WILL BE PLACED IN THE MARCO ISLAND HISTORICAL MUSEUM TEMPORARILY UNTIL IT'S FINAL LOCATION WILL BE DETERMINED.
OCHOPEE FIRE CONTROL AND RESCUE DISTRICT IS ENTERING INTO TALKS WITH THE GREATER NAPLES FIRE AND RESCUE ABOUT MERGING THE TWO NORTH EAST OF MARCO ISLAND. IF AN AGREEMENT IS REACHED IT WOULD BE SIMILAR TO THAT RECENTLY APPROVED AT THE ISLES OF CAPRI FIRE DISTRICT.
COLLIER COUNTY COMMISSIONS PLAN TO DISCUSS THE IDEA NEXT TUESDAY. IF APPROVED FOR THE FIRST 3 YEARS GNFD WOULD PROVIDE MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT. THE PLAN WOULD LOWER TAXES AND INCREASE SERVICE
Special trash cans which must be twisted to unlocked are being tried North of Marco in an effort to keep bears away.
For three months Waste Management is testing the cans which aren't cheap costing between $250 and $300.
The cans don't add any additional time to trash collection. After three months the Waste Management director will speak with County Commissioners to decide how to move forward.
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THE LELY HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL COACH WILL NOT BE ARRESTED AFTER CCSO INVESTIGATED A REPORT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST HIM SEVERAL MONTHS AGO. AND DECIDED TO DROP ALL CHARGES. COACH FRITZ JACQUES RETURNED TO HIS COACHING JOB TUESDAY AFTER BEING ASSIGNED TO THE ADMINISTRATION BUILDING
MARCO CITY COUNCIL GAVE THEIR GO AHEAD TUESDAY TO THE 2017 BUDGET ALONG WITH A REDUCTION IN TAX RATES FOR PROPERTY BECAUSE PROPERTY VALUES HAVE INCREASED IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS. AFTER A PROLONGED DISCUSSION THE COUNCIL AGREED TO CHANGE LANGUAGE TO ALLOW 250,000 DOLLARS TO BE SPENT FOR A NEW DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR VETS PARK.
THERE WAS DISCUSSION OF WHETHER THE CITY AND A DEVELOPER OF A PROPOSED HOTEL NEAR THE PARK HAD IN FACT BEEN DISCUSSING THE PROJECT PRIOR TO THE REQUEST FOR THE MONEY WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE DEVELOPER HAD REQUESTED. FINAL ADOPTION OF THE BUDGET COULD COME AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING SEPT 16TH.
PEOPLE WHO MIGHT ENTER RESIDENT'S BEACH ARE REMINDED OF THE RULES ABOVE
EVER WONDER WHAT BOOKS HAVE BEEN BANNED IN THE PAST? THE MARCO LIBRARY HAS A DISPLAY YOU MIGHT WANT TO DROP IN TO LOOK OVER
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MARCO POLICE ARE REMINDING DRIVERS NOT TO BREAK IF THEY FIND THEIR CARS HYDROPLANING WHEN DRIVING THROUGH STANDING WATER. SOME AREAS OF THE ISLAND AND INTO THE COUNTY STILL SHOW SIGNS OF WATER ALONG AND ACROSS THE ROADWAYS. WHENEVER PRACTICAL AVOID DRIVING THROUGH STANDING WATER.