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Monday ( 6/18/18 ) Marco Island City Council voted 6-0 to invite an adviser from the Florida City and County Management Association to provide an introduction and determine if a special program it provides could be used for Marco to find a new city manager. Vice-Chair Charlette Roman had suggested the city work with the program to find an interim city manager as the city moves to fill a full time position.
The annual fourth of July festival to commemorate America’s founding will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Everglades city.
The Opening Ceremony at 10 AM on the steps of City Hall is followed at 10:30 AM by the Dedication of the Fire Station, which was restored after Hurricane Irma, in honor of Lt. Tommy Mitchell.
The Patriotic Parade around the city starts at 10:45 AM. The theme is “Hometown Heroes; Everglades Strong” and there will be prizes for the best entries which may be anything from golf carts to swamp buggies. The Friends of Fakahatchee tram will carry dignitaries and historical re-enactors.
At McLeod Park booths open at 11 AM featuring hot dogs and sodas, a bake sale, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, a kiddies’ best dressed contest, and playground games the Grande Finale is the dramatic musical fireworks display at 9 PM.
ABOVE: MARCO ISLAND FIRE UNIT BR50 SHOWN BEING PUT TO GOOD USE FIGHTING A BRUSH FIRE NEAR IMMOKALEE ROAD AND COLLIER BLVDTUESDAY (6/20/18)
ABOVE: TRAFFIC CRASH TUESDAY 6 19 18 ON THE JOLLY BRIDGE SOUTH BOUND TRAFFIC WAS HELD UP FOR SOME TIME
Marco police were called to the 1000 block of South Collier Boulevard just before 5 a.m Sunday.
Barney Halaschak called after hearing noises from outside his condo. He and his son confronted a young man pulling his kayak off the roof of his car. He and his son grabbed a shotgun and went outside. Halaschak says the robber grabbed the gun and broke it against the wall, and then smacked him in the head. Marco police have a suspect, Jacob Johannesen found hiding in a bush where he was eventually arrested after a violent struggle. Johannesen is in the Collier County Jail on $19,000 bond. He’s facing multiple charges, including battery on a senior citizen.
According to Collier County Public Schools’ Liaison for Homeless Education, there were 1,215 homeless students in the system. The Summer BreakSpot program offers hot meals to children who need of food during summer. Sites are in locations where 50 percent or more students are on free or reduced lunch and feed more than 3,000 kids. It's free for kids under the age of 18. To find your nearest location text “FoodFL” TO 877-877 or go to SummerBreakspot.org.
ABOVE: PICTURES FROM THE RESCUE SATURDAY ( 6 16 18 ) OF 17 PEOPLE STRANDED OFF CAPE ROMANO WHEN THEIR BOAT RAN AGROUND. THE MIFR, MIPD, CCSO AIR 1 UNIT AND FWC RESPONDED TO THE CALL. THE RESCUE INVOLVED SEVERAL SMALL CHILDREN AND OCCURRED BECAUSE OF VERY LOW TIDE. NO ONE WAS INJURED.
ABOVE: PICTURES FROM THIS WEEK'S MARCO ISLAND POLICE AND FIRE ACADEMY.
ABOVE: OFFICER FERRIS BEING CONGRATULATED BY SGT HAUETER AFTER FERRIS PADDLED 70 MILES FROM THE BAHAMAS TO FLORIDA AGAIN, IN HIS SECOND CROSSING FOR THE CURE SATURDAY ( 6 16 18 )
ABOVE: MARCO FIREMEN WERE CALLED TO JOEY'S PIZZA ON BALD EAGLE TO AN OVEN FIRE THURSDAY ( 6 14 18 )
THE FIRE RUN REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION
The Collier County School Board has approved just over $1.25M to be used for capital construction and safety features at Marco Island Academy . The award is a settlement of a dispute between MIA and the board in which MIA has sought to gain control of a site known as Tract K on which to build a permanent high school.
ABOVE: STUDENTS GET A CHANCE TO SEE THE MARCO FIRE DPT ARIEL TRUCK UP CLOSE
Last week a Judge dismissed the Marco island police department from a law suit by former officer Kevin Hennings, who alleged he was illegally Baker Acted in 2013 and denied access to his wife and attorney. Hennings claimed he was told to report to police headquarters and could voluntarily submit to being Baker Acted or be forcibly and involuntarily Baker Acted.
BE SURE TO HAVE A BATTERY POWERED RADIO AVAILABLE TO GET INFORMATION IF YOUR POWER IS INTERRUPTED.
ABOVE: LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PREPARES FOR THE HURRICANE SEASON
ABOVE: MIFR DURING TWO DAY MARINE DAY PRACTICING A SURVIVAL SCENARIO
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE CONTINGENT GETTING READY TO HEAD EAST TO PARTICIPATE IN CROSSING FOR A CURE TUESDAY
ABOVE: SUMMER ACTIVITIES ON A WET PARKING LOT ON MARCO
Brian Lynch a man with cerebral palsy was attacked at Marco Island outside of Nacho Mama's just before 1 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to police. Lynch fell and hit his head on a table knocking several teeth out of place according to a report. Witnesses said the attack was unprovoked. Police eventually caught Terrel Olsen a block away and charged him with abusing a disabled person and taken to the Naples Jail Center.
APPLICATIONS FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE ISLAND AUDIT ADVISORY COMMITTEE ARE BEING TAKEN. CONTACT COUNCILMAN JARED GRIFONI 239 315 2089
ABOVE: STUDENTS LISTEN TO TALK DURING THE FIRST DAY OF POLICE AND FIRE CAMP ON MARCO ISLAND.
ABOVE: MARCO'S POLICE CHIEF WELCOMES ONE OF THE ISLAND'S NEWEST OFFICERS
At Monday's Marco city council meeting Councilor Charlette Roman suggested considering aid from the International City/County Manager Association and Florida City and County Management Association’s Senior Advisor Program to obtain a new city manager
The program outlines the placement process based on ICMA guidelines, determines qualifications, compensation and position requirements, arranges advertisements.It also Reviews candidates based on position standards established by the governing body and provides assistance for interviews all at no cost to the city. Council did not decide to us this idea at their meeting.
ABOVE: MARCO SAFETY FORCES DISCUSS HOW TO HANDLE FUTURE DISASTERS ON THE ISLAND
LATE TUESDAY NIGHT MARCO FIREMEN WERE CALLED TO A TRANSFORMER FIRE AT SOUTH BARFIELD AND WATSON WHERE A TREE BRANCH HAD CONTACTED THE POWER LINE SOME AREAS OF SOUTH BARFIELD WERE WITHOUT POWER WHILE THE FIRE WAS EXTINGUISHED
NO DISTURBANCES EXPECTED FOR THE MARCO / EVERGLADES CITY AREA FOR NOW SAYS NOAA
MARCO FIREMEN WERE CALLED TO THE CAPRI MARINA ON ISLES OF CAPRI AROUND NOON ON MONDAY TO A FIRE ABOARD SEVERAL BOATS THERE. THE BLAZE CAUSED A LARGE CLOUD OF SMOKE WHICH WAS VISIBLE FOR MILES. CAUSE OF THE BLAZE HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED YET. TWO BOATS WERE REPORTED TO BE DESTROYED AND THERE MAY BE OTHER DAMAGE TO ADDITIONAL BOATS. NO REPORTS OF ANY INJURIES HAVE BEEN RELEASED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO CONFIRM THAT A FUNNEL CLOUD TOUCHED DOWN ON MARCO ISLAND EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING IN THE SHEFFIELD ST AREA ALTHOUGH RESIDENTS INDICATE THEY HEARD A LARGE AMOUNT OF WIND AND THAT VARIOUS PORTIONS OF SEVERAL OUTSIDE CAGES ETC WERE DAMAGED. NO INDICATION OF ROTATING WINDS WAS OBSERVED ON RADAR AND THE TYPE OF DAMAGE SEEN WAS NOT CONSISTENT WITH TORNADO LIKE WINDS
ISLAND TOWER DENTAL 606 BALD EAGLE MARCO ISLAND
Marco Island's Planning Board has some questions about whether the assisted living project proposed for Marco island is commercial or residential and meets the comprehensive plan. Meeting on friday, the board chose to hold off on a decision on applications for amendments to the land development code. At issue is the density of population at the proposed sites.
ABOVE: PICTURES FROM TOMMY BARFIELD GRADUATION FRIDAY
GOOD NEWS FROM THE MARCO ISLAND AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. THE CHAMBER HAS COLLECTED 17,500 DOLLARS TOWARD THE JULY FORTH FIREWORKS DISPLAY. THE CITY HAS ALREADY DONATED HALF OF THE COST OF THE DISPLAY. NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL. CONTACT THE CHAMBER TO MAKE YOUR DONATION
Marco Island’s Top Ten for June:
1. Hurricane Season begins on June 1 – Be prepared. Remember, the first 72 are up to you! Every home should have a 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit. Prepare a minimum three-day supplyof food and water for each person – don’t forget the pets. visit:
2. To help Florida residents purchase items related to disaster preparedness without having to pay sales tax, the Florida Legislature approved a 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from June 1 – June 7. Click here for the list of qualifying items:
3. Stay Informed, Stay Safe. CodeRED is the city’s citizen notification system used in the event of emergencies or critical community alerts. Make sure to have a radio and batteries . Register your home and cell phone numbers at the following link:
4. Sea Turtle Nesting Season runs through October 31. Adult and Hatchling turtles will be disoriented due to artificial lights. DO YOUR PART TO KEEP OUR BEACHES DARK. No flashlights or flash photography after 9 p.m. All beachside lights should be off or shielded by 9 p.m. DO NOT interfere with turtles, eggs or nests.
5. City Council is seeking volunteers to serve on the Audit Advisory Committee, Beach & Coastal Resources Advisory Committee and the Waterways Advisory Committee.
6. The August 28 referendum will ask voters whether they approve of the City replacing Collier County services with its own prehospital and interfacility advanced (EMS) andbasic life support transportation (ambulance) services. More information is available on the City’s website
7. The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a beach clean-up on June 9th at 8 a.m. at the South Beach Boardwalk.
8.t Ordinance 16-02 limits the amount of fertilizer that can be applied to a property in one year and the type of fertilizer that can be applied. No fertilization is allowed between June 1 and September 30. More information on protecting our waterways from the harmful effects of fertilizer can be found on the city website:
9. Coming soon in June! The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation will present its findings from the “Community Needs and Assets Assessment” report on Tuesday, June 19, from 3-5 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room.
10.City Council will discuss the FY 2018-19 Budget on June 20 and June 27. The special-called budget meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE INVESTIGATE A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT AT COLLIER AND BALD EAGLE AROUND 6PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT
ABOVE: MARCOITES ENJOY THE VETERAN'S DAY CEREMONY HELD AT VET'S PARK MONDAY MORNING
Code Enforcement Magistrate Hearing
Date:7/31/2018 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location:MIPD Community Room
Marco Island, Florida 34145
GET READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON BE SURE TO HAVE A WORKING FM RADIO AND BATTERIES.
Queen Mary, the dancer who graced the stage for years at Stans in Goodland has passed away. She has been under Hospice care and passed away peacefully. A special celebration of her life is planned for the future. More details will be issued.
Paving on San Marco between YMCA and Sunshine Ace has been competed in most areas. This will help alleviate the man holes that jutted above the pavement as well as other holes
ABOVE: STUDENTS ENJOYING THE END OF SCHOOL TEEN BASH HELD FRIDAY BY MARCO PARKS AND RECREATION
Dr Lee Niblock’s attorney has filed a plea of not guilty to charges of battery against a Marco Island woman. The plea was filed electronically and Niblock was not required to be present to enter that plea. A court date of July 11th was set to hear the case in the Collier County Courthouse.
ABOVE: AWARDS NIGHT AT LELY HIGH SCHOOL
FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T MAKE IT TO VETS PARK ON MONDAY, 98.1 FM WILL BROADCAST MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES LIVE BEGINNING AT 11AM
ABOVE; VOLUNTEERS PLANTING FLAGS ALONG COLLIER BLVD FOR VETERAN'S DAY
MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY HAS HIRED A NEW FOOTBALL COACH. BILL CRANSTON WILL TAKE OVER THE REINS AND DIRECT THE RAYS THIS FALL FOOTBALL SEASON
MARCO POLICE REMIND YOU THEY AND THE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARE TAKING PART IN THE STATE WIDE CLICK IT TO TICKET DRIVE
The County Commission voted 3-2 on Tuesday to have the County and City work on a mutually agreed upon inter-local agreement and come back no later than the second BCC meeting in June. If mutually satisfactory terms cannot be reached and/or the County denies or leaves the Marco application "unapproved" Marco has the state path.
ABOVE: MARCO SAFETY FORCE MEMBERS HELP TEACH SWIMMING SAFETY ON THE ISLAND
A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE AGAINST MARCO CITY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN JARED GRIFONI WAS TAKEN BY COUNCIL MONDAY NIGHT. THE VOTE WAS 4 TO 3. THE ISSUE WAS OVER THE NIBLOCK ISSUE. COUNCILORS Batte, Brown, Roman & Reed voted for the motion and Grifoni, Honig & Rios voted against the motion. The vote was taken after Councilor Batte tried to put the motion on the floor and Grifoni ruled it a frivolous motion. This led to an appeal of the chairman's ruling which was overturned. Grifoni contacted 98.1fm Tuesday to point out an error in our reporting in which we had claimed the vote would force him out of the chairmanship. Grifoni pointed out that by council rules he can not be removed once voted into the one year term and will remain as council chairman
COUNCIL ALSO DID NOT ACCEPT ANY OF THE PROPOSALS FOR A NEW COMPANY TO BEGIN THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CITY MANAGER
AS OF SUNDAY 5/20/18 AFTERNOON: Buzzard Fire: 62,404 acres, 8% contained Flamingo Fire: 11,689 acres, 5% contained
Curlew Fire: 8,366 acres, 15% contained
RESIDENTS AT EVERGLADES CITY AND ON MARCO AND THE AREA MAY BE SMELLING MORE SMOKE THE NEXT FEW DAYS. ABOVE, A MAP OF THE BRUSH FIRES PRESENTLY BURNING NORTH OF THE ISLAND
June 30 Everglades City will hold an opening ceremony at 10 a.m to dedicate the restored firehouse. A, parade will be held at 10:45 a.m and a musical fireworks display at 9 p.m. Booths will be open in McLeod Park including hot dogs and sodas and a contest and playground games. Details at Evergladeshistorical.org.
ABOVE: LOCAL OFFICIALS STUDY HOW TO HAND THE NEXT HURRICANE IF IT APPROACHES
MARCO CITY COUNCIL HAS VOTED 4-3 TO REJECT A PROPOSED "TIME OUT ' PROVISION THAT WOULD KEEP COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM SERVING ON ADVISORY COMMITTEES UNTIL AT LEAST TWO YEARS AFTER THEY LEFT THEIR SEAT ON COUNCIL. COUNCILMAN REED SUGGESTED THAT SUCH A PROPOSAL WOULD THROW AWAY TALENT FROM HELPING THE CITY . COUNCILWOMAN ROMAN HAD INTRODUCED THE SUBJECT TO INSURE THAT UNDUE INFLUENCE WAS NOT EXERTED AFTER A MEMBER OF COUNCIL LEFT.
ABOVE: MARCO CITY OFFICIALS INVOLVED IN A SOCIAL MEDIA EXERCISE HELD MONDAY
ABOVE: A BIG TURNOUT WAS NOTED FOR THE ANNUAL RIB COOK OFF HELD SATURDAY 5 12 18 AT THE BREWERY
ABOVE: MARCO ISLAND AND AREA LETTER CARRIERS COLLECT FOOD FOR CHARITY ON SATURDAY 5 12 18
Florida Department of Agriculture has investigated Collier Mosquito Control District after a whistle blower offered complaints. They found the district sprayed beaches and bay shores without following rules.
The chemicals used were Dibrom and Zenivex which were sprayed without proving the mosquito population was three-times its regular size there. The district received a warning and commissioners consider the case closed. It is unclear if Marco Island beaches were effected.
ABOVE: TOMMY BARFIELD ELEMENTARY PTO PROVIDES LUNCH FOR TEACHERS AS PART OF STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK.
Florida Citizens Alliance(FLCA) hosted its first 2018 Primary Collier School Board Candidate Forum 5/10/18 at the Marco Island Historical Society. All 7 registered candidates participated in the forum moderated by Marco Island City Council Chairman Jared Grifoni and Jane Watt, Founder Marco Island Academy.
Straw voters were asked their top two issues/concerns facing the Collier School Board. Top four issues were 1) Improving the quality of Collier public education. 2) School safety 3) Budget efficiency and 4) Supporting charter school funding equity. This forum video will post mid next week in its entirety at http://floridacitizensalliance.com/liberty/media-center/ .
MARCO RESIDENTS ARE REPORTING THE SMELL OF SMOKE AROUND THE ISLAND. AUTHORITIES REPORT IT IS A FIRE OFF THE ISLAND AND NOT A DANGER TO MARCOITES.
ABOVE: A SURVEY BY THE CITY. BE SURE TO GO ON LINE AND FILL IT OUT SOON.
Marco police were called to the corner of Bald Eagle and Elkcam Circle for a report of a woman throwing beer cans out the window with her kids in the car. 31-year-old Amy Schwab was arrested Tuesday night. Schwab was reported to be stumbling around a gas station parking lot. A witness said she saw Schwab throw a beer can at the kids and drive away. Police followed Schwab's vehicle and she stopped before she got pulled over, she voluntarily got out of the car and started asking cops for directions. She was arrested, and the kids were taken away. DCF is investigating.
ABOVE: MARCO SAFETY PERSONAL ATTENDED A THREE DAY ALL HAZARDS COMMUNICATIONS COURSE
Marco resident and publisher of the Eye On Marco news E blast Bill McMullan said during Monday’s Marco Island City Council meeting he will file complaints with the state bar and ethics commission against Marco council Chairman Jared Grifoni accusing him and councilor Larry Honig with attempting to cover up a complaint of battery against Dr Lee Niblock, the former city manager. Niblock has been charged with battery in Collier county and similar charges were lodged in the Gainsville area. He has pled not guilty.
Councilor Joe Batte suggested Grifoni step down as council chairman during the investigation but Grifoni called Batte’s comments inappropriate. Councilor Bob Brown also wanted to know how it was possible to negotiate a resolution to the issue without the majority of council aware of the negotiation.
MARCO FIREMEN WERE CALLED OUT TUESDAY MORNING AROUND ELEVEN TO A ACTIVE GAS LEAK ON INLET DRIVE. FIRE TRUCKS WERE BROUGHT TO THE AREA IN CASE OF IGNITION
ABOVE; MARCO POLICE ON A ROOF AFTER RECEIVING A CALL THAT A MAN HAD BEEN SPOTTED WITH A GUN 50 FEET IN THE AIR FRIDAY. WITNESSES WERE UNSURE OF THE DETAILS AND NO GUN WAS FOUND. HOWEVER, THE MAN ADMITTED TO POLICE HE HAD PULLED A KNIFE. HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY.
On May 4, 2018, Marco Island Firefighter / EMT N. Macchiarolo was arrested for multiple felony violations by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department takes very seriously the conduct of its employees. We are fully cooperating with the Collier County Sheriff's Office in reference to this investigation. Macchiarolo has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. As this is an active investigation no further information is being released at this time.
ABOVE: CHIEF SCHETTINO CONDUCTS A PROMOTIONAL CEREMONY FOR NEWLY PROMOTED CAPT RICH STOLTENBURG ALONG WITH THE CAPTAIN'S WIFE, JANE
Collier county wants to make it easier to serve alcohol during events in its parks, and increase the number of parks where alcohol is allowed. Proponents point to the US Open Pickleball Tournament at East Naples Community Park as an example of the success of serving drinks in county parks events. County commissioners will discuss the prospect in the near future. It's unclear how that might effect parks on Marco Island
ABOVE: WORK BEGINS ON THE NEW FIRE STATION 51 CONSTRUCTION SITE THIS WEEK
Marco Island Woman’s Club awards scholarships to high school students, living on Marco Island, and supports various local non-profit organizations. The group meets for lunch at 11:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, To become a member, call President, Christine Koppel at 856-906-4319 or go to marcowomansclub.com.
The Collier county and Marco island area drought index is in the 600s. 700 is equivalent to a desert, everyone’s being warned to be extra careful. Residents are urged to report any fires immediately so crews can swing into action. Waiting to report a blaze is not an option.
EXCERPTS FROM THE MARCO POLICE DPT REPORT
Officers were dispatched to the vicinity of E. Elkcam Circle and 6th Ave. in reference to a single car vehicle crash. The female driver was arrested for DUI and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.
Officers were dispatched to a residence located on San Marco Rd in reference to a fatal vehicle crash with property damage. Investigation continues.
Officers were dispatched to a residence located on San Marco Rd. in reference to adisturbance. A male occupant was arrested for an active warrant and was transported to theNaples Jail Center.
An Officer responded to a single vehicle accident located at 6th Ave. The female driver wasarrested for DUI and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.
Officers were dispatched to a residence located on Orange Ct. in reference to vehicle striking a mailbox and leaving the scene. The female driver was located and arrested for Leaving the Scene of an Accident and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.
Marco Island Center for the Arts exhibited the work of Collier County High School junior and senior aspiring artists from April 23-27, 2018, each piece was judged for its quality, technique and originality. The judges were professional artists Sandy Moore Howe, Emily James and Tara O’Neil.
2018 Scholarship Award Winners (Seniors)
Marco Island Noon Time Rotary Award – 1st Place Scholarship - $1,000 – Lindsey Martinez, Palmetto Ridge High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Patti Wisniewski
Art Center Award – 2nd Place Scholarship - $750 – Allison Wright, Naples High School, Art Teacher is Mrs. Chelon Perez-Benitoa
Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce Award – 3rd Place Scholarship - $500 – Camila Carvajal, Barron Collier High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Paul
Honorable Mention - $100 – Makayla Gardner, Naples High School, Art Teacher is Mrs. Donna Torrance
Honorable Mention - $100 – Victoria Franklin, Barron Collier High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Paul
Judges Choice Award - $50 – Olivia Clubley, Naples High School, Art Teacher is Mrs. Chelon Perez-Benitoa
2018 Merit Award Winners (Juniors)
1st Place Merit Award - $250 – Paige Conte, Naples High School, Art Teacher is Mrs. Chelon Perez-Benitoa
2nd Place Merit Award - $250 – Ana Santana, Golden Gate High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Jennifer Johannes
3rd Place Merit Award - $250 – Ashley Eda Fernandez, Golden Gate High School, Art Teacher is Ms. Jennifer Johannes
Honorable Mention - $100 – Emma Mackenzie Snow, Marco Island Academy, Art Teacher is Mr. Robert Eder
Marco Island’s Top Ten for May:
1. DO YOUR PART TO KEEP OUR BEACHES DARK. The Marco Island Beach is an important nesting habitat for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Sea Turtle Nesting Season is May 1 – October 31. Adult and Hatchling turtles will get disoriented due to artificial lights. No flashlights or flash photography after 9 p.m. All beachside lights should be off or shielded by 9 p.m. DO NOT interfere with turtles, eggs or nests.
2. Your opinion matters! The first community meeting for the updated design of Veterans’ Community Park will be held at Mackle Park on May 2 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Additional meetings to be announced.
3. City of Marco Island COPCN. The referendum asking voters whether they approve of the City replacing Collier County services with its own prehospital and interfacility advanced (EMS) and basic life support transportation (ambulance) services. Information regarding this important vote is available on the City’s website at the following link: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?page=585
4. City Council unanimously voted to engage an executive search firm to solicit qualified candidates for the City Manager position. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for Executive Search Firm Services was issued April 24. The deadline for responses is May 14.
5. Keep our Beaches Beautiful – The Marco Island Area Board of Realtors is sponsoring a beach clean-up on May 5th at 8 a.m. at the South Beach Boardwalk.
6. Street Resurfacing begins May 7. The schedule is as follows: • Tigertail Court – May 7-9 • Kendall Drive – May 9-18 • San Marco, Templewood to S. Heathwood – May 21-23 • San Marco, Templewood to Balmoral – May 23-25 • Group 2 Side Roads – May 28-June 22 You can access the location maps at the following link: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?do cumentid=19273
7. For the Young – End of School Teen Party for grades 6-12 at Mackle Park on May 25, 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. For the Young at Heart – Rib Cookoff sponsored by the Marco Island Police Foundation, May 12 at Noon, at the Brewery.
8. National Safe Boating Week is May 19 – May 25. The City council urges all those who boat to “Wear It!” and practice safe boating habits.
9. Coming Soon! Camp Mackle begins June 1. Enrollment is now open – call 239-642-0575 for details.
10.City Hall offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on May 28. (Note: Waste Management will be picking up garbage on Memorial Day.)
Just in time for the 90th Anniversary of the Tamiami Trail, a collection of memories by the people who worked and lived on the road all those years ago is available again. The book was compiled by the late Maria Stone who conducted interviews and produced a “written oral history.”
However, Maria only printed 100 copies in 1998, all of which are now gone. The book has been re-issued by ECity-Publishing with some extra photos and captions. As with the imprint’s other local histories, it costs an affordable $10 and can be ordered online at www.ecity-publishing.com.
For information, contact Marya Repko at (239) 695-2905.
The single-vehicle crash that took the life of 31-year-old Latoya Thomas and 10-year-old Carter Smith on SR-29, south of CR-858 Friday. Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene, Carter later died due to injuries. Thomas missed a curve in the road.
ABOVE: MONDAY, MEMBERS OF THE WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH DONATED $1,000 WORTH OF BOOKS FOR PREREADERS AT TOMMIE BARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ABOVE: Sandra Holdsworth shows off her painting of the Marco police and fire stations which she recently donated to the Marco safety forces
ABOVE: SETTING UP FOR THE " ISLAND ROCKS " CONCERT SATURDAY AFTERNOON. THE EVENT WAS TERMED A BIG SUCCESS
Kiereek Seymour was found guilty Friday of crashing his SUV into a tree while being chased by Marco Island police Dec. 31, 2014 then trying to escape and jumping into a canal. He was found hiding in a garbage nearby. The charges were resisting arrest, DUI, running from police and no operators license.
THE FORMAL ARREST OF FORMER MARCO ISLAND CITY MANAGER DR LEE NIBLOCK WAS MADE THIS WEEK AFTER HE TURNED HIMSELF IN TO COLLIER SHERRI'S OFFICIALS. DR NIBLOCK WAS CHARGED WITH BATTERY AFTER AN INCIDENT INVOLVING THE PRINCIPAL OF MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY SHORTLY AFTER HIS HIRE. IT IS ALLEGED THAT NIBLOCK OFFERED HER A JOB WITH THE CITY AND INTIMATED IT WAS FOR FAVORS HE EXPECTED. THE PRINCIPAL FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE MARCO POLICE AND THE SUBSEQUENT INVESTIGATION BY THE SHERIFF RESULTED IN NIBLOCK'S ARREST THIS WEEK AFTER NIBLOCK TURNED HIMSELF IN. A SIMILAR INCIDENT OCCURRED IN THE GAINESVILLE ARE INVOLVING NIBLOCK.
Marco Island city Attorney Alan Gabriel has written that the city did not attempt to pressure the woman who accused Dr Lee Niblock nor did it try to protect the then-city manager as suggested by a Collier County Sheriff's report. Gabriel was referring to statements in the report which accused council chairman Grifoni of attempting to settle the issue without legal action by pressuring the victim.
COUNTY OFFICIALS BROKE GROUND THIS WEEK FOR A NEW MARCO EXECUTIVE AIRPORT TERMINAL TO REPLACE THE ONE SEVERELY DAMAGED BY HURRICANE IRMA. THE NEW TERMINAL SHOULD BE FINISHED BY NEXT YEAR
Marco Island, April 25, 2018: - Marco Island Center for the Artsis has announced the Summer Art Program for Youth has received a grant from The Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA). Other Marco Island organizations that are supporters of this cornerstone arts programare: Rotary C lub of Marco Island Sunrise, Haunschild Charitable Foundation, and the Wesley United Methodist Church Marco Island.
The financial support from MIFA and the others allows the Art Center to continue to offer classes for students age 6-14 during June and July. These classes emphasize imagination and creativity through development of artistic skills. For many Marco Island families the Youth Art Classes are a summer must do!
MARCO POLICE REMIND YOU NOT TO LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN THE CAR DURING THESE HIGH HEAT PERIODS WE ARE EXPERIENCING ON THE ISLAND OR THEY MAY BE FORCED TO INSTALL A AIR VENT ON YOUR CAR.
Marco Island, FL — April 23, 2018 — The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) announces that the MIHS has achieved its 25-year quest to bring “home” on loan the world-famous Key Marco Cat and other rare Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts discovered on Marco Island, Florida in 1896.
Several of the most significant Key Marco artifacts will be brought together on Marco Island for the first time since their discovery by anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing more than 100 years ago. The exhibit will be at the Marco Island Historical Museum (MIHM) from December 2018 to April 2021.
ABOVE: MARCO ISLANDS MANY OFFICERS WHO PATROL THE BEACHES DURING SEASON
The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed at their recent meeting that “Tamiami Trail Day in Collier County” will be Saturday, April 28th this year. This coincides with the big celebration being planned in Everglades City where the Trail was officially opened amidst much fanfare 90 years ago by Barron Collier.
Endorsement by the BCC was requested by Patricia Huff, president of the Friends of the Museum of the Everglades who are hosting the all-day event.
ABOVE: MAP OF LOCATIONS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALLS RECEIVED BY MARCO ISLAND POLICE IN 2017. THEY REPORT THE NUMBERS ARE DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY FROM PREVIOUS YEARS
ON APRIL 12TH THE MERCER GROUP, THE COMPANY WHO WAS HIRED BY MARCO ISLAND TO FIND A NEW CITY MANAGER THROUGH THEIR ATTORNEY CONTACTED CITY OFFICIALS WITH A PROMISE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION IF CITY COUNCIL DID NOT RETRACT CERTAIN REMARKS MADE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES PROVIDED BY MERCER AND THE SERVICE PROVIDED BY MERCER DURING THE SEARCH. THE WARNING DISCUSSED CERTAIN PUBLIC STATEMENTS MADE BY COUNCIL MEMBER GRIFONI.
ABOVE: HAVE YOU SEEN THIS BOAT AROUND MARCO? IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST YACHTS TO VISIT MARCO
ABOVE: ENGINE 51 STOPPED BY STARS AND STRIPES DAYCARE THIS WEEK
ABOVE: AUTHORITIES ARE ASKING COLLIER COUNTY RESIDENTS IF THEY RECOGNIZE THIS MAN. HE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN SEVERAL ROBBERIES AROUND COLLIER COUNTY. IF YOU KNOW WHO HE IS CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT.
MARCO ISLAND POLICE DPT HAS ADDED A YOUTUBE CHANNEL. IT DEBUTED ON WEDNESDAY WITH IT'S FIRST FEATURE, A RECRUITMENT PROMOTION. YOU CAN SEE THE NEW SITE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp6TgNCRBXE&feature=youtu.be
ABOVE: YMCA ADULT VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS JW MARRIOTT, RUNNER UP STANS
IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE IN THE MARCO TOWN CENTER LAST MONTH WAS A FAN LEFT ON AT THE DRY CLEANERS IN THAT LOCATION. THE FIRE THAT FOLLOWED DAMAGED THE CLEANERS AND NEARBY STORES. NO ONE WAS HURT IN THE BLAZE.
FORMER MARCO CITY MANAGER DR NIBLOCK'S BATTERY CASE LODGED AGAINST HIM BY A MARCO WOMAN HAS NOW MADE IT'S WAY FROM THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO THE STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE. THE CASE WAS TRANSFERRED THERE THIS WEEK FOR INVESTIGATION.
ABOVE: RETIREMENT GET TOGETHER FOR MARCO SGT MIKE VOGEL HELD THIS WEEK
Authorities are searching for a driver in a hit-and-run that seriously hurt a woman Tuesday.
It occured at I75 at Collier Boulevard at 8:47 a.m. The driver veered into the oncoming lanes of SR-93 to avoid stopped traffic in his lane and hit another driver's vehicle.
ABOVE: PICTURES FROM RELAY FOR LIFE 4/7/18
ABOVE: MARCO KIRCHER SINGS AT THE TASTE OF MARCO HELD OVER THE WEEKEND
ABOVE: 98.1 FM';S OWN STEVE REYNOLDS BROADCASTING FROM THE TASTE OF MARCO
ABOVE: MARCO SAFETY MEMBERS AT RELAY FOR LIFE OVER THE WEEKEND
David Fraser and William Malinen have approached Marco city officials and shown an interest helping in filling the vacant full time city managers position. Fraser has a consulting firm that could work on a temporary basis to administer the city while a new manager was located and Malinen has offered his personal services. Council has not made any decisions on the two nor how to fill the position permanently.
ABOVE: A COPTER MAKES THE FINAL SURVEY OF THE WATERS AROUND MARCO ISLAND THIS WEEK TO DETERMINE ANY OBJECTS THAT COULD EFFECT BOATERS ON THE WATER.
THE HEARING FOR DR NIBLOCK, THE RECENTLY FIRED MARCO CITY MANAGER WAS CANCELLED FOR WEDNESDAY (4/4/2018) BY REQUEST OF NIBLOCK'S ATTORNEY SAWYER SMITH. A LETTER REQUESTING THE CANCELLATION DID NOT INCLUDE A REASON WHY. THIS WOULD NOT PRECLUDE DR. NIBLOCK FROM REQUESTING A FUTURE HEARING INTO HIS JOB TERMINATION
MEANWHILE, Niblock has been charged with battery, a first-degree misdemeanor, in Alachua County. No court date set.
AT MONDAY'S CITY COUNCIL MEETING A MOTION TO CONTACT PAST CANDIDATES FOR THE CITY MANAGERS JOB FAILED BY A VOTE OF 4 TO 3. COUNCIL HAS, AT LEAST FOR THE TIME BEING, PUT OFF A DECISION OF HOW TO FIND A NEW CITY MANAGER
THE BIGGEST TURNOUT PER YEAR OCCURRED SUNDAY MORNING AS MARCO RESIDENTS TOOK PART IN THE ANNUAL EASTER MORNING SERVICE AT DAYBREAK ON THE BEACH. THE EVENT HAS BEEN A MAINSTAY ON THE ISLAND FOR MANY YEARS AND HAS UPWARD OF 10,000 PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE. TWO FLORIDA PANTHERS WERE ALSO ON THE BEACH FOR THE EASTER WEEKEND AS SPOTTED BY SEVERAL CITIZENS WHO WERE ALE TO TAKE PICTURES OF THE DUO.
FORMER MARCO CITY MANAGER NIBLOCK IS ASKING FOR A HEARING CONCERNING HIS DISMISSAL. THE HEARING WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 4TH AT 5 PM. NIBLOCK'S JOB WAS TERMINATED AFTER A LOCAL RESIDENT ACCUSED HIM OF BATTERY AND A SECOND SIMILAR INCIDENT WAS REPORTED AT GAINESVILLE.
THE MARCO ISLAND ARTS CENTER WILL GET ONLY $5,567 INSTEAD OF A REQUESTED $89,200 AS THE STATE BEGINS TO WHITTLE DOWN IT'S CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE ARTS. THE MONEY WAS TO HAVE BEEN USED TO SET UP AN INSTRUCTIONAL ARTS PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN. THIS WAS THE FIRST FULL GRANT REQUEST TO THE STATE BY MIA ACCORDING TO ORGANIZERS. ARTS CUTS WERE MADE TO PROJECTS ALL ACROSS FLORIDA IN THE NEW BUDGET.
KIDS OF ALL AGES SHOWED UP SATURDAY MORNING FOR THE ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT AT MARCO ISLAND. HUNDREDS OF KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS FILLED THEIR BASKETS WITH COLORFUL EGGS AS THE EVENT WAS HELP COURTESY OF THE MARCO PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
ABOVE: THURSDAY (3 29/18 ) SAFETY OFFICIALS WERE CALLED OUT AFTER A BOAT CONTACTED AN ELECTRICAL LINE ON THE ISLAND.
Marco Island, Florida – Erik Brechnitz, chair of the Marco Island Planning Board and wealth manager with the Brechnitz Group of Raymond James Financial, has filed to run for Marco Island City Council. Brechnitz has a long history serving the Marco Island community. In his capacity as second term chairman of the Marco Island planning board, he guides the comprehensive plan and land development code of Marco Island. As part of his campaign, Brechnitz has introduced what he would like to do for Marco:
Hold the line on taxes and limit government growth
Fix the damn roads
Bring civility to council discussion
Improve canal water quality
Hire right and don’t micromanage
ABOVE: MARCO'S POLICE CHIEF SCHETTINO AND FIRE CHIEF MURPHY DISCUSS WORK PLACE SAFETY WITH CITY EMPLOYEES THIS WEEK
THE SUNDAY WINTER CONCERT( 3/25/18 ) ON MARCO WAS CANCELLED DUE TO HEAVY SMOKE ON THE ISLAND
Marco Island, FL – The City of Marco Island is pleased to announce that our local bill, HB1395, has been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. HB1395 grants the City the ability to apply directly to the Department of Health for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“COPCN”) after certain conditions are met. A COPCN license will enable the City’s Fire Rescue Department to provide locally controlled and operated enhanced paramedic and expanded emergency medical ambulance services and transportation directly to our citizens.
The "Flag Pond Fire," a wildfire at Picayune Strand State Forest area, caused evacuation of some homes Thursday. More than 1,500 acres of forest have burned so far. The fire was 20 percent contained at 9:30 p.m.
ABOVE: THE OFFICIAL GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY FOR THE NEW FIRE STATION 51 FRIDAY.
ABOVE; MARCO FIREMEN FIGHT A CAR FIRE FRIDAY ON CHALMER DR.
ABOVE: The Collier County Sheriff's Office rescued three people and their boat in the Ten Thousand Islands Thursday. A 30-foot boat began taking on water off of Indian Key around 1:30 p.m. The boaters were using buckets to empty water to keep the motors running, and had lost steering. The boat was towed to safety.
At 2:17 am Thursday Marco Island Police and Fire Rescue Departments were dispatched to the area of 1968 San Marco Rd for a vehicle crash. Responding units arrived on scene at 2:20 am and found a single vehicle crash. The vehicle sustained substantial damage and had struck electrical and water infrastructure as well as a house. Electrical power and water services was interrupted.Marco Island Police Department and Florida Highway Patrol traffic homicide team members are conducting an investigation. The sole occupant and driver of the vehicle involved, 30 year old Anthony M. Britt was fatally injured.
WEDNESDAY MARCO FIRE AND RESCUE WERE IN SEARCH OF SEVERAL MISSING KAYAKERS AROUND THE ISLAND. OFFICIALS CAUTION BOATERS TO BE CAUTIOUS WHEN WEATHER IS THREATENING. WARNINGS ARE BROADCAST IMMEDIATELY ON 98.1FM DIRECTLY FROM THE MIAMI WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE.
FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE INVESTIGATING POSSIBLE VANDALISM AT BOTH THE EVERGLADES CITY AND MARCO ISLAND POST OFFICES. OUTDOOR BOXES WERE ROPED OFF AT MARCO TUESDAY AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
At monday's city council meeting sgt Hector Diaz of the marco police dpt was honored with a lifesaving proclamation award
Last Thursday or Friday, you should have received in your mail box, the “Notice of Elections-Primary & General Elections 2018” from Collier County Supervisor of Elections, Jennifer Edwards.
DO NOT THROW THIS IN YOUR TRASH. This is your Vote By Mail Request. By law, mail ballots cannot be forwarded to your summer address along with the rest of your mail. Fill in the the address where you will be and return it in the enclosed addressed envelope.
The will allow you the opportunity to vote on the COPCN (Ambulance Service for Marco Island) referendum on the August 28, 2018 Primary Election. (This referendum will NOT be on the November Ballot).
Please share this message with your friends and neighbors!!
MARCO COUNCIL HAS AGREED TO ADD THREE ADDITIONAL POLICE OFFICERS JOBS SO OFFICERS CAN BE ASSIGNED TO LOCAL SCHOOLS TO INSURE NO VIOLENCE OCCURS AT THESE LOCATIONS.
ABOVE: MARCO POLICE WERE CALLED TO ELKCAM CIRCLE MONDAY AFTERNOON AFTER A CAR COLLIDED WITH A POWER POLE. EMS TRANSPORTED THE INJURED FROM THE SCENE
ABOVE; ORGANIZING THE BEGINNING OF THE HALF MARATHON SUNDAY ON MARCO
ABOVE STUDENTS FROM TOMMY BARFIELD ELEMENTARY TAKE A TRIP TO THE COUNTY FAIR THIS PAST WEEKEND
MORE ON MARCO CITY MANAGER DR NIBLOCK:HE WAS ACCUSED OF BATTERY OF A WOMAN. THAT ACCUSTATION IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. MEANWHILE COUNCILMAN HONIG HAS COME UNDER FIRE FOR RECEIVING AN E MAIL WHICH SEEMS TO PURPORT THAT THE POLICE CHIEF IS SOON TO BE FIRED AND ANOTHER E MAIL HAS BEEN UNCOVERED THAT APPEARS TO INDICATE NIBLOCK WAS SEEKING AN EVALUATION OF THE CITY'S WATER DEPARTMENT USING A FRIEND'S COMPANY. THAT STUDY WOULD BE PAID BY CITY FUNDS.
ABOVE: MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY CHURCH ON MARCO VOLUNTEERED TO WASH THE ISLAND SAFETY VEHICLES OVER THE WEEKEND.
Call the Governor’s Office at 850-488-7146 (8am-5pm)
ABOVE: PICTURES FROM THIS YEAR'S CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO LAST TUESDAY
ABOVE: NEW CROSS WALK INSTALLED AT COLLIER AND BAYSIDE ON MARCO ISLAND
ABOVE: PICTURES FROM WEDNESDAY'S FARMERS MARKET AT VETS PARK
ABOVE: SEVERAL OF MARCO'S FINEST ATTEND THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO TUESDAY
MARCO FIRE AND LCEC WERE ON THE SCENE OF AN ELECTRICAL FIRE AT LILLY COURT AND SOUTH HEATHWOOD DRIVE TUESDAY MORNING AROUND 7AM. THE BLAZE ON A POWER POLE MAY CLOSE THE DOG PARK FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. UA-115437848-1
ABOVE; SOME MARCOITES ENJOYING THE ST PATS DAY PARADE HELD SATURDAY ON THE ISLAND
THE ANNUAL MARCO ISLAND FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL IS COMING MARCH 23-24-25TH AT VETERANS PARK 11AM TO 9PM THE 23RD & 24TH AND UNTIL 5PM THE 25TH
ABOVE: COLLIER AND LEE COUNTY OFFICIALS ATTEND A WEEK LONG FEMA COURSE ON EMERGENCY LOGISTICS.
ABOVE: STUDENTS ENJOYING TOMMY BARFIELD FIELD DAY THIS WEEK ON MARCO
MARCO FIREMEN ALONG WITH THE POLICE AND THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIfF'S OFFICE WERE CALLED TO THE MARCO TOWN CENTER WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR A MAJOR FIRE THAT CREATED A LARGE AMOUNT OF SMOKE. IT IS REPORTED THAT SEVERAL STORES WERE EVACUATED AND CLOSED DOWN. FIREMEN WERE STILL ON THE SCENE BY 11PM WEDNESDAY NIGHT. The fire started in the dry cleaning store on the West side of the central complex, and smoke damaged nearby stores all the way South to Margaritas which will be closed Thursday.
A woman who works at the yogurt shop next to the dry cleaning establishment was treated for smoke inhalation. Most of the businesses in the block are expected to remain closed Thursday due to the smoke damage.
ABOVE: OUR OWN STEVE REYNOLDS (MIDDLE) SHOWS THE TOUR DE MARCO TEE SHIRTS GIVEN OUT THIS YEAR
MARCO CITY COUNCIL MONDAY, TALKED ABOUT AN E MAIL SENT BY CITY MANAGER NIBLOCK TO COUNCILMAN HONIG THE DAY BEFORE NIBLOCK WAS ACCUSED OF BATTERY IN WHICH NIBLOCK APPEARS TO TELL HONIG OF A PURGE WITHIN THE MARCO POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE E MAIL INFERS THAT THE POLICE CHIEF MAY BE FIRED AND OTHERS FIRED IN A "SAINT VALENTINES DAY MASSACRE". THE FIRINGS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DUE TO A SURVEY OF CITY WORKERS IN WHICH WORKERS SAID THEY WERE UNABLE TO FULFILL THEIR JOBS. NO SUCH FIRING OCCURRED AND HONIG SAYS THE E MAIL DID NOT OCCUR AS IT APPEARED. COUNCILMAN HONIG WAS LAMBASTED BY THE POLICE CHIEF WHO ATTENDED THE MEETING AND THE CHIEF WAS CHEERED BY MOST OF THE AUDIENCE
LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON MARCO FIREMEN WERE CALLED OUT TO A FIRE ON ELKCAM CIRCLE. MORE DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON.
FRIDAY AROUND NOON ALL BUSINESS LINES TO THE MACRO CITY HALL FAILED LEAVING THE CITY WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO TAKE CALLS FOR SEVERAL HOURS. 911 AND EMERGENCY CALLS WERE ROUTED THROUGH THE COUNTY AND STAYED UP. DURING THE SAME PERIOD INTERNET SERVICE WAS REPORTED SPOTTY ON THE ISLAND AND AOL MAIL FAILED THROUGH A GOOD PORTION OF THE COUNTRY. SERVICE WAS RESTORED AROUND 2:30PM
The Marco Island Planning Board met Friday and discussed a plan to reduce the number of public hearings for standard site plans on the island from two to one and recommended council does not review standard plans. If the recommendation is approved plans will appear before the Planning Board to decide to recommend or reject the plans to city council who makes the final decision.
ABOVE; MARCO POLICE MEET WITH FLORIDA GOVERNOR SCOTT FOR A SCHOOL SAFETY MEETING (3 2 18) CHIEF SCHETTINO REQUESTED ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO BOLSTER SCHOOL SECURITY ON THE ISLAND. POLICE HAVE ALREADY INCREASED THEIR PRESENCE IN THE SCHOOLS
Don't expect a swift decision on a charge of battery against the incoming Marco city manager Dr. Lee Niblock. Collier County sheriff's officials say there is no set date for the investigation to be completed. The original report from the Sheriff indicates Melissa Scott, 41, told officers the battery occurred Jan. 31 in a car on Marco Island. Details were not released pending the completion of the investigation. Scott is principal of Marco Island Academy.
ABOVE: LOOK WHO MADE IT TO THE ISLAND OVER THE WEEKEND!
FROM THE MARCO POLICE LOG:
DATE: 01/21/2018 Officers were dispatched to a dock located near the southside of the business of Winn Dixie in reference to a theft of boat motor. An Officer in the same area, conducted a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in which the male driver was found to be in possession of the stolen motor. The male was arrested for Felony Grand Theft and was transported to the Naples Jail Center.
DATE: 02/08/2018 Officers were dispatched to a residence located on Barbarosa Court in reference to a death investigation. Investigation continues.
ABOVE: ISLAND EOC STAFF CONDUCTING TRAINING WITH COUNTY OFFICIALS
ABOVE; MARCO POLICE TAKE PART IN REGULAR DRIVING TRAINING
ON 2/23/18 MARCO POLICE INVESTIGATED A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT AT 1:40AM IN FRONT OF 599 SOUTH COLLIER. ONE VEHICLE WAS TRAVELING THE WRONG WAY ON COLLIER AND COLLIDED WITH THE OTHER HEAD ON. TIMI HANG LE WAS THE DRIVER OF ONE OF THE VEHICLES AND WAS SEVERELY INJURED. SHE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. THE OTHER DRIVER, JOSE SUZA OF MEXICO WAS CHARGED WITH DUI. A GO FUND ME ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP FOR LE.
It has been confirmed by Collier County board of election officials that Russian hackers sent an email to them that, if opened, could have taken over computers in Lee and Collier Counties. The E mail was isolated and had no effect. Now officials are watching for further attempts by the Russian hackers to penetrate elections as well as general posts on line.Collier County said no votes were changed, and no voters were taken off the rolls.
ABOVE; MARCO ISLAND FIRE RESCUE ON THE SCENE OF A TRAFFIC ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY (2/28/18) . THE MISHAP OCCURRED ON SAN MARCO ROAD AROUND NOON.
One of the adult eagles at the Marco sanctuary has died presumably after flying into a power line. The eagle that died is believed to be Paleo, the male in the nest.according to the Marco Eagle Sanctuary Foundation. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission took the body for a necropsy. The two eaglets in the nest are about two weeks from flying.
ABOVE: LELY WELCOMES THE CLASS OF 2022 AT LAST WEEK'S ASSEMBLY
FRIENDS OF TIGER TAIL BEACH HELD THE ANNUAL MEET TIGER TAIL BEACH EVENT OVER THE WEEKEND. RESIDENTS OF MARCO WERE ON HAND TO HEAR NATURALISTS AND AUTHORITIES DISCUSS AND DEMONSTRATE THE ESSENTIALS OF THE BEACH AND IT'S MANY WONDERS.
COLLIER COUNTY DEPUTIES ARRESTED A LELY STUDENT WHO IS ACCUSED OF MAKING "DISTURBING STATEMENTS" AT LELY HIGH SCHOOL FRIDAY. DEPUTIES DETERMINED THE STUDENT DID NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO CARRY OUT WHAT WAS DESCRIBED. OTHER UNRELATED INVESTIGATIONS HAVE OCCURED AT OTHER COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOLS IN THE LAST TEN DAYS.
ABOVE: RESIDENTS ENJOY THE FRIDAY NIGHT FILM PRESENTED BY MARCO PARK AND RECREATION
CONGRESSMAN FRANCIS ROONEY MADE A SURPRIZE VISIT TO MARCO ISLAND THURSDAY TO HOLD A TOWN MEETING. ALTHOUGH CONTACTED BY LOCAL NEWS MEDIA ABOUT DETAILS OF THE MEETING TIME AND LOCATION WEDNESDAY ROONEY'S OFFICE RESPONDED WITH ASSURANCES HE WOULD RESPOND BUT FAILED TO PROVIDE DETAILS FOR THE VISIT. ROONEY DID PROVIDE INFORMATION TO A TELEVISION STATION IN FORT MYERS. RESIDENTS OF THE ISLAND SAY THEY COULD NOT ATTEND THE MEETING TO VOICE THEIR OPINIONS BECAUSE THE DETAILS WERE NOT BROADCAST LOCALLY. DEMONSTRATORS WERE ON HAND FOR ROONEY'S VISIT AND DEMONSTRATED OUTSIDE THE WESLEYAN CHURCH WHERE THE CONGRESSMAN HELD HIS TOWN MEETING.
COLLIER COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT KAMALA PATTON TOOK TO TWITTER WEDNESDAY 2/22/18 TO ASK PARENTS OF SCHOOL CHILDREN TO REPORT ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS TO AUTHORITIES AFTER SOCIAL MEDIA DISPLAYED TWO SEPARATE REPORTS OF POSSIBLE VIOLENCE TOWARD COLLIER SCHOOLS THIS PAST WEEK. SHE POINTED OUT THAT STUDENTS AND PARENTS TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR REPORTING WHAT THEY HEAR TO KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE.
ABOVE; ONE OF FOUR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS ON MARCO ISLAND WEDNESDAY 2/21/18 . ONE OF THOSE ACCIDENTS INCLUDED A DRIVER WHO CRASHED INTO CITY HALL WHEN THE CAR FAILED TO STOP. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.
MARCO ISLAND CITY COUNCIL MEETING MONDAY (2/20/187) HEARD A REQUEST FROM CITY MANAGER LEE NIBLOCK THAT HE BE GIVEN A LEAVE OF ABSENCE DURING THE INVESTIGATION OF A CLAIM OF BATTERY AGAINST HIM. TWO MEMBERS OF COUNCIL, BROWN AND HONIG MOVED TO TERMINATE NIBLOCK'S EMPLOYMENT BUT COUNCIL VOTED 5 TO 2 NOT TO AND AGREED NIBLOCK WILL BE ON LEAVE UNTIL THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'AS OFFICE DETERMINES NIBLOCK'S GUILT OR INNOCENCE. NIBLOCK WILL BE PAID DURING HIS LEAVE.
ON TUESDAY 2/20/18 MARCO POLICE RELEASED A REDACTED COPY OF THE ORIGINAL COMPLAINT AGAINST CITY MANAGER NIBLOCK . THE REPORT WHILE NOT IDENTIFYING THE COMPLAINANT STATES THE INCIDENT OCCURED ON FEBRUARY 6TH AT 11:45AM AT 51 BALD EAGLE DRIVE ( THE ADDRESS OF THE MARCO POLICE DPT ) AND WAS NOT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN NATURE.
On February 8th, 2018, the Marco Island Police Department received a complaint containing allegations of battery against City Manager Dr. Lee Niblock. Given the potential for conflict of interest concerns, all reports, statements and documentation, will be turned over to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office - who will take the investigative lead on this complaint. As this is an active investigation, no further information is available at this time.
The Coastal Breeze newspaper reports the incident involved a " a well-respected young professional woman on " who allegedly brought forth the complaint. The woman was not identified.
The Collier County Sheriff arrested a middle school student for having a knife at school Monday.
A student at Corkscrew Middle School, 13-year-old Camden Massiate, was arrested after the knife was found in his locker.
He allegedly posted a photo of the knife on social media leading deputies with the Collier County Sheriff's Office Youth Relations Bureau to search his locker.
BELOW IS A LETTER SENT TO ALL SCHOOL PARENTS INCLUDING THOSE WITH STUDENTS WHO ATTEND MARCO ISLAND ACADEMY, THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ON MARCO AND LELEY:
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk and Collier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kamela Patton, along with Naples Police Chief Tom Weschler, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino and campus police of Florida SouthWestern State College and their respective staffs continued to work over the weekend to develop an enhanced school safety plan to help everyone feel safe when they return to class Monday morning.
This is in addition to enhancements that were put into place in Collier County schools immediately after Wednesday’s school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County and is in addition to the long-standing partnership between CCPS and CCSO that has kept our schools safe for many years.
All Collier County public schools will have at least one Youth Relations Bureau deputy assigned to it full time, and these assignments will be reassessed regularly and incorporated into strategic staffing plans in upcoming budgets. In addition, there will be increased law enforcement visibility at all public, private and charter schools as well as on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office still has open and active investigations relating to the social media posts, statements and threats made recently relating to our schools. CCSO takes these investigations very seriously. The students involved in the incidents that are under investigation have been removed from school pending the outcome of the investigations and are under law enforcement observation.
It is especially important for everyone in the community to report suspicious or unusual activity to law enforcement. Anyone wishing to report suspicious activity can call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239-252-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.
We will make additional safety updates for our community as information comes available.
Also, students should be aware that making threats, even over social media, can result in serious consequences including arrest and we ask that parents have this very important discussion with their kids.
Kamela Patton, Ph.D.
Collier County Public Schools
ABOVE; FIRE BOAT 50 DURING THE BLESSING OF THE FLEET ON MARCO
MARCO POLICE ARE CAUTIONING RESIDENTS AND SHOP OWNERS THAT BOGUS 100$ BILLS HAVE BEEN TURNING UP ON THE ISLAND. IF IN DOUBT TAKE THE BILL TO A LOCAL BANK OR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION TO IDENTIFY
ABOVE: DISPLAY AT THE KIWANIS CAR SHOW SUNDAY 2/18/2018.
A driver traveling the wrong way North East of Marco on I75 caused a traffic accident saturday say, the Florida Highway Patrol. Carlos Morales was headed east on 75 near Big Cypress National Preserve at 3 a.m.
A second driver swerved onto the shoulder to avoid a collision and hit the end of a guardrail.
Morales was taken to NCH Hospital Naples for treatment. The accident is still under investigation.
ABOVE; CREWS BEGIN LIFTING DEBRIS OUT OF THE VARIOUS CANALS AND WATERWAYS AROUND MARCO ISLAND WEDNESDAY
MARCO POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED TO THREATENING HIS WIFE AND WHO WAS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE CCSO HAS RESIGNED. SGT JAMES INLOW HAD BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER AN ALLEGED INCIDENT AT THE STARBUCKS ON MARCO SEVERAL YEARS AGO. HE HAD BEEN ON LEAVE
ABOVE: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAux), Flotilla 95, Marco Island announces that the 1,000th attendee of the “Boaters’ Local Knowledge (BLK)”, Nancy Margolis attended the February 12th 2018 class. Margolis was recognized in a brief ceremony and Ms. Margolis was awarded with a $50 Visa gift card by Flotilla Commander John Montville in appreciation for helping the Flotilla attain this milestone.
ABOVE, ATTENDEES AT THE EVERGLADES CITY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL LAST SATURDAY
Marco Airport will see a $9 million renovation in the near future due to safety considerations.Airport commissioners have given the go ahead with the renovation project. Parking fills up during season causing the need for changes. Construction will start on a new building in the next few months and take a year to finish.
ABOVE: VOLUNTEERS CLEAN UP THE BEACH SATURDAY ON MARCO
ABOVE: MIFR ATTENDS THE MARCO SAIL AND POWER SQUADRON CHANGE OF WATCH RECENTLY
THE TRIAL OF MARCO ISLAND RESIDENT LISA TROEMNER ENDED FRIDAY WITH A VERDICT OF NOT GUILTY OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN THE DEATH OF TREVOR SMITH SEVERAL YEARS AGO ON THE ISLAND. SHE COULD HAVE BEEN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON IF CONVICTED. TESTIMONY INDICATED SHE FATALLY STABBED SMITH IN 2014 AT THEIR MARCOM HOME
FRIDAY MORNING (2/2/2018) AROUND 9AM AUTHORITIES REPORT AN ABANDONED KAYAK WAS FOUND ABOUT 25 MILES OFF MARCO ISLAND TIED TO A BUOY. THE OWNER OF THE BOAT WAS TRACED TO LEE COUNTY. OFFICERS EVENTUALLY RESCUED 6 PERSONS WHO ARE SAFE AND UNHARMED. IT IS UNCLEAR IF THE SIX HAD LEFT THE KAYAK FOR DIVING OR ANY OTHER ENDEAVOR. THE MARCO ISLAND RESCUE, COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF DPT AND THE COAST GUARD WERE INVOLVED IN THE INCIDENT.
Some Collier County officials are working to organize donations after last year’s brush fires and Hurricane Irma. Greater Naples chief Kingman Schuldt is working with Collier County commissioner Penny Taylor to start a community of faith coalition. They plan to get various organizations together and decide who will donate what.
MARCO POLICE POLICE RECOVERED A STOLEN TRUCK FRIDAY. IT WAS FOUND PARKED AND UNATTENDED. THE VEHICLE WAS REPORTED STOLEN FROM OUT OF STATE. POLICE WERE ABLE TO RUN THE LICENSE PLATES THROUGH A NATIONAL DATABASE AND DISCOVER IT WAS STOLEN.
AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A BALD EAGLE FOUND ON A ROADWAY ONB MARCO ISLAND DURING THE LAST WEEK. IT DOES NOT APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN SHOT OR HAD A COLLISION WITH A VEHICLE. THE BIRD WAS TAKEN IN FOR AN X RAY INVESTIGATION.
An investigation into the actions of a Marco island police officer has been reopened after initially being closed last year. The Collier County Sheriff's Office says that Sgt. James Inlow threatened a woman whom he allegedly had a sexual relations with after the girl and his wife met at the Marco Island Starbucks Aug. 23 2017
The case was closed with no arrests after the woman did not cooperate with investigators.
However, when reporters ask for a copy of the file last week they were told the case has been reopened and because it is under investigation again no further information is given out until investigation has concluded.
ISLAND POLICE HAVE CAUGHT AT LEAST THREE PEOPLE AND ARE LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL PERSONS INVOLVED IN A BREAK IN AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL OVER THE WEEKEND. OFFICERS RESPONDED TO A SUSPICIOUS REPORT OF SEVERAL PEOPLE RUNNING FROM THE SCHOOL AT 3AM. THREE WERE IMMEDIATELY CAUGHT WITH THE AID OF THE COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND THOSE TEENS ADMITTED TO BREAKING INTO THE BUILDING. CHARGES OF TRESPASSING ARE PENDING WHILE THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES. MORE ARRESTS ARE EXPECTED.
The Swiss government has located the couple who picked up a rabid bat in Collier County between Naples Marco island earlier in the week.and is ensuring appropriate care is instituted.
The trial of Lisa Troemner in the second degree murder charge of killing her boyfriend on Marco Island in 2014 began Tuesday (1/16/18) in court. Jury selection began in what is expected to be a four week trial. She is accused in the death of Trevor Smith in their Park Avenue home. She was reported to have shown up at a Marco 7 Eleven covered in blood and asking for help. Smith's body was found at the home by police. She faces life in prison if convicted.
ABOVE: AROUND A THOUSAND PEOPLE MADE IT TO THE ISLAND ROCKS CONCERT SATURDAY AT VETS PARK ON MARCO. 98.1FM'S OWN STEVE REYNOLDS MC'D THE EVENT WITH MUSIC ALL AFTERNOON PLUS FOOD AND DRINKS
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