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(Naples, Fla.) – The Growth Management Division and Board of County Commissioners made huge strides Tuesday in lessening the burden on developers and their customers by reducing fees and speeding up fire plans reviews. The Board approved reducing select fees related to plans reviews and development by five to six percent while also approving a new fire plans reviews section within the division.

 

With development speed tied to new jobs in the area, fire plans reviews had in some cases delayed projects prompting discussions with fire districts about their impact on economic development. Commissioner Tom Henning, District 3, led discussions with the Golden Gate, East Naples and North Naples Fire Commissioners focused on improving fire plans reviews and moving the responsibility under the County.

 

"Jobs must make it to the market faster, and businesses must know we are business friendly. This change is a first step to positively impacting this County’s growth," Commissioner Tom Henning, District 3.

 

At Tuesday’s BCC meeting, Commissioners approved hiring County fire plans reviewers to assume control over reviews for East Naples, Golden Gate, Isles of Capri, Ochopee and Collier Fire District One. Additionally, the Board approved a $55,000 turn-key office lease with North Naples Fire Control and Rescue District (NNFD) which has decided to assume control of its own fire plans reviews and embed its reviews with the County’s fire plans review section. NNFD and County plans reviewers will use the same planning software to increase coordination and maximize cooperation.

 

The Fire Code Official’s Office uses software that cannot communicate with the County’s planning platform sometimes causing delays. There are some remaining, collective members of the Fire Code Official’s Office, and they must decide the future of their fire plans reviews prior to the office dissolving.

Although County fire plans reviewers work directly for the County, the East Naples-Golden Gate Fire Marshal will remain the Authority with Jurisdiction over final fire plans review approvals. The East Naples-Golden Gate Fire Chief, North Naples Fire Chief and Growth Management Division Administrator have committed to work together.

 

"Our Commission agreed to this change in order to create a positive working relationship between fire districts and the County and developers," said East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District Commissioner Jeff Page.

 

Until the County and NNFD hire and train staff, Fire Code Office staff will continue to process fire plans reviews for all fire districts. NNFD has set its fire plans review launch for June 2, 2014. The County is currently in the process of hiring the appropriate staff and the positions will remain open until filled. Interested applicants may apply at http://goo.gl/qHrvwD.

 

For more information, contact Camden Smith by emailing CamdenSmith@colliergov.net or by calling (239) 252-8605.

 

FOLLOW THE LOCAL NEWS OF MARCO ISLAND ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM THE ISLAND WBGY. WE KEEP YOU UP TO DATE WITH MARCO NEWS, MARCO WEATHER AND SPORTS

 

Curt Clawson won the Republican primary for district 19 in congress Tuesday with 38 percent of the vote. State Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto came in second with 25.83 percent followed by Paige Kreegel, at 25.26 percent. Michael Dreikorn had about 10 percent.

  

 

 

COLLIER COUNTY & THE PROFESSIONAL FIRE AND MARINE RESCUE OF ISLES OF CAPRI, INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS

LOCAL 4719 WILL MEET WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014

1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

 

 

 

A large turnout was seen at this year's Easter sunrise service at the beach behind the Marco Island Marriott. Only two boats were on hand in the heavy seas as opposed to typically dozens anchored .

 

 

Monday Marco Island City Council agreed to let residents decide if the city should spend $3.5 million to build a new Mackle Park Community Center twice the current size. Council voted 5-2, with councilmen Larry Sacher and Chuck Kiester opposing, to hold a referendum decide if the new building should be built to replace the older.Council also postponed discussion and a vote on the Marriott expansion PUD to its May 5 meeting and to start at 5 p.m. due to the large crowds expected.

 

 

FOLLOW WHAT'S HAPPENING ON MARCO ISLAND BY LISTENING TO LOCAL NEWS WEEKDAY MORNINGS ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM. ALSO, TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO SIGN UP FOR THIS FREE ISLAND NEWS E BLAST AT ISLANDNEWSFLASH@AOL.COM. JUST SEND THE WORD SUBSCRIBE TO JOIN. IT'S FREE!

 

 

The Marco Island Planning Board has agreed to recommend three conditional uses for the Rose Marina properties on Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. By a vote of 5-2, the board approved an increase to 53.5 feet height and a 5-foot setback for a new boat storage facility on the marina’s C-5 property. Members Irv Povlow and Charlette Roman voted no. The board unanimously approved a maximum 45-foot height for a new service center on the C-5 property along with a new boat dealership and outside display area at the corner of Bald Eagle Drive and Elkhorn Court. The dealership building is limited to a height of 25 feet not to exceed 16,000 square feet under air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN FOLLOW THESE STORIES AND MORE EACH DAY ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM. HEAR LOCAL MARCO AND EVERGLADES CITY NEWS ON THE HOUR MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 6AM TO NOON AND AT 5PM.

 

 

 

The Lely Golf Estates Beautification Municipal Service Taxing Unit Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at Collier County East Naples Branch Library 8787 Tamiami Trail East, Fla.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The "Precautionary Boil Water Notice" for the area of 861 N. Barfield has been rescinded.

 

 

MARCO RADIO STATION 98.1 FM WELCOMES FLORIDA PAINT CENTERS AS A NEW SPONSOR. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH FPC AND THEIR GREAT OPERATION ON BALD EAGLE IN MARCO. LISTEN TO 98.1 FM FOR MORE DETAILS.

 

 

Multiple Listing Service statistics released Tuesday by the Marco Island Area Association of Realtors have shown that as far as Marco Island-only properties are concerned the average sale price for all properties is up 9.4 percent the first quarter of this year over this time last year, the median sale price is up 25.97 percent.Inventory on the island is down 11.89.Total sold volume increased 30.5 percent – from $136.3 million in first quarter 2013 to $177.88 million in first quarter 2014.

 

 

 

Marco island Parks & Recreation Advisory (PRAC) will Meet

4/15/2014 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

in the Community Room with an agenda to include:

Committee Discussion s concerning:

Mindy Gordon – Recreation Manager

Alex Galiana – Recreation Facilities Manager

Mackle Park Community Center

- Referendum wording-Recommendation to City Council

Discussion

 

It was Zumba and music and more at Mackle Park on Marco island Saturday and Sunday morning as walkers passed the illumination of hundreds of luminaries dedicated to people lost to cancer as well as the survivors. The annual Relay for life put on by the Marco island Chapter of the American caner Society was held from 4pm Friday to 6am Sunday morning. Many of the hundreds of attendees felt threataned by rain but none actually arrived although the sky did cloud up.

 

 

MARCO ISLAND'S OWN 98.1 FM THE ISLAND WBGY WILL SOON BE AIRING A WEEKS PROGRAM FEATURING INFORMATION ABOUT NEWLY RELEASED BOOKS. IT'S CALLED " THE BOOK REPORT " BE LISTENING FOR MORE INFORMATION.

 

 

Marco island Kiwanis Club along with Marco Rotary will hold a happy hour for hope Tuesday at 1089 North Collier Blvd from 5 to 7pm. The event will benefit the Meals of Hope foundation.

 

Marco Island Center for the Arts is presenting a demonstration and lecture on Bonsai the 17th 5:30 to 7pm at the Center for the arts 1010 Winterberry Dr on the island. members of the bonsai society based on Marco island will discuss and demonstrate the basics of growing and caring for bonsai. Seating is limited and RSVP can be made at 394-4221.

 

 

If you have information or wish to contact Marco island's own radio station 98.1 fm The Island WBGY send your info to theisland981@yahoo.com. If you nolonger wish to receive this free island news update from Marco radio station 98.1 fm WBGY send the word unsubscribe to islandnewsflash@aol.com. It takes about 48 hours to remove an address.

 

 

 

 

 

Marco island's new fire boat is now permanently housed behind the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department’s Elkcam Circle Station 51 at Walker’s Marina .Walkers provided Marco Island Fire Dpt with a docking facility and the city utilized the funds from the sale of the old boat to lease the lift on the dock for 25 years.

 

 

Spring Jubilee. The event displays various crafts and activities and helping hands are especially needed to put up and tear down items. The event includes the island's yearly Easter Egg hunt. To volunteer call 642-0575 or write mgordon@cityofmarcosialnd.com.

 

 

MARCO ISLAND'S OWN 98.1 FM WELCOMES THE B AND B 6 MOVIE THEATERS IN THE NAPLES TOWN CENTER BETWEEN MARCO ISLAND AND NAPLES ON RT 41 AS A NEW SPONSOR BE SURE TO CHECK OUT B AND B'S NEWLY REMODELED SIX SCREENS JUST FIFTEEN MINUTES AWAY FROM MARCO SERVING FOOD AND DRINK. B AND B THEATERS BRINGING HOLLYWOOD TO YOUR HOME TOWN SINCE 1924

 

 

 

At least one of the candidates for the 19th congressional district is showing up on Marco island after all. Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto will hold a town hall meeting Monday the 14th from 6pm to 7:30pm at the Rose History Auditorium on Marco island. The meeting is open to all voters who are interested in her campaign.

 

As if being the best island location in the nation wasn't enough, the Marco island/Naples area has been named one of the ten best golfing destinations in the USA Today's reader's choice travel award contest. Voters have four weeks to pick from the top ten for a first place winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Marco Island Property Owners will hold their regular meeting on April 17th . Members of the group are urged to attend

 

 

The board of directors of Marco Island Academy has named Melissa Scott as the new school principal. The board made the announcement Monday ion the form of an email sent to select people. Students met Scott at a special assembly Monday morning. She had been the high school’s vice principal under George Andreozzi, who has retired but will remain as an advisor.

 

 

 

 

Marco Island police caught a man Friday night who was looking into beachfront condominium windows in the 700 block of Collier Boulevard. Quinn Karter,age 44, whose arrest report lists his occupation as a doctor, was charged with trespassing, resisting an officer without violence and prowling. Karter's home addresses were listed as Marco Island and West Palm Beach. Karter had been a pain management doctor in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Palm Springs until his license was suspended.

A resident chased Karter down after the resident’s wife saw Karter jump a fence, climb a staircase and look into two condos’ windows says the arrest report.

Marco Island police used a Taser to get him to comply with orders. Karter was carrying a video camera with him and dropped in the bushes. He was in the Collier County jail Sunday with bond set at $5,000.

 

 

The communityMarco Island turned out for a pancake breakfast Sunday at the Marco Island Fire Station. The event was a fundraiser for the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation and was well attended.

 

 

 

 

The Marco island Planning Board voted 6-1last week to accept the Marriott’s PUD amendments including an increase in building height for its third tower. Bill Trotter cast the dissenting vote. The recommendations now to Marco Island’s City Council for two public hearings. The Marriott requested a 25-foot variance above the allowable 100-foot height for a third tower. Marriott officials said they needed the increased height to build an updated ballroom and modern meeting rooms and add 84 guest rooms previously allowed under the existing PUD. The hotel would lose approximately 50 new guest rooms if required to stay within the 100-foot limit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collier County Veteran Services and Domestic Animal Services (DAS) are teaming up to support veterans and give shelter pets a second chance with the creation of Operation Welcome Home: Shelter Pets for Vets. The program is dedicated to supporting veterans and providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who could benefit from a companion animal at no cost. Medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly improve mental and physical health, including reducing stress, depression and anxiety; symptoms experienced by many who have served in the military.

DAS Volunteer and "The Pitbull Crew Inc." Founder Jeanette Jolly has spearheaded the creation of the Collier County Operation Welcome Home: Shelter Pets for Vets. "As the child of a veteran, this program hits really close to home for me," said Jolly. "As a nation, we are indebted to the brave men and women who serve our country. This is one small way we can give back to them for their service," Jolly added.

 

 

 

 

 

If you wish to submitt information or contact Marco island's own 98.1 fm WBGY you can do so by writing theisland981@yahoo.com.

 

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office will publish the official sample ballot for the Special Primary Election for US Congressional District 19 in the Naples Daily News on Sunday, April 6.

DON'T MISS THESE WEEKEND PROGRAMS ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM: SATURDAY THE JOE SHOW WITH JOE REY AT 9AM FEATURING LOCAL MUSICAL PERFORMERS FROM AROUND THE ISLAND. AT 9AM ON SUNDAY LISTEN FOR THAT REALESTATE GUY WITH MAURICE ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT REALESTATE AND ON SUNDAY AT 11AM HEAR THE SUNDAY SERVICE FROM MARCO ISLAND LUTHERAN CHURCH. ALL ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM

 

A survy received by some residents of Marco Island concerning their opinion of future plans for the Marriott Hotel has been withdrawn after city officials say it was inadvertently sent out by mistake. City officials were testing a new e mail system for the island when the error was made.

 

Beginning April 8, caregiver and grief support groups offered by Avow in Marco Island will be held at the Marco Island branch library located at 210 South Heathwood Dr.

The grief support group is held on the second Tuesday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The caregiver support group is held on the second Tuesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Avow support groups are open to anyone in the community and are offered free of charge. Weekly support groups are also available at Avow's Naples campus. For more information about support groups or other services available from Avow, call 239-261-4404 or visit avowcares.org.

 

 

COLLIER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

CELEBRATES MONEY SMART WEEK

COLLIER COUNTY, FLORIDA

 

 

 

 

Marco Island Police Foundation awarded two scholarship checks last week to support officers and their children. Checks were given to Sgt. Brian Hood for $1,500 for his daughter Caitlin who attends Florida Atlantic University with a major in biology.The second check was givin to Asst. Chief David Baer who is seeking his second master’s degree in criminal justice toward a doctorit.

 

HEAR THE DETAILS OF THESE STORIES AND MORE ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM AT THE TOP OF EACH HOUR 6AM TO NOON WEEKDAYS. IF YOU HAVE A STORY TO CONTRIBUTE SEND IT TO THEISLAND981@AOL.COM.

 

 

 

  

 

  

 

 

 

Larry says Many thanks to both MICA for their sponsorship, Bill McMullan for moderating, and the more than 80 citizens who attended my last Town Hall Meeting. The feedback from the Community has been most encouraging, and I am planning this next one so that some of the key issues that are likely to come before Council will not yet be resolved and to give our seasonal residents another opportunity to express themselves.

 

 

 

 

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THANKS TO ALL WHO MADE THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO A BIG SUCCESS. 98.1 FM THE ISLAND HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET MANY OF OUR LISTENERS DURING THE EVENT MONDAY AT THE MARRIOTT.

 

The annual Marco Island Chamber of Commerce Business Expo was attended by a huge number of residents on Monday afternoon. The expo was held at the Marco island Marriott Hotel and featured numerious businessmen displaying their services. Many on hand took home prizes drawn from the booths on display.

 

Marco Island’s bike pathways committee is recommending a sign scheme along Collier Boulevard to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and eliminate accidents in that dangerious area. City Public Works Director Tim Pinter favors the signs. The Charter Club of Marco Beach installed two new signs hoping making things safer for pedestrians and bicyclists along Collier Boulevard.

 

 

 

 

March 31, 2014: As of this morning, the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office has posted their voter turnout tracking feature on their website for the US Congressional District 19 Special Primary Election. A variety of graphs and charts are available to display total ballots cast in District 19 (not votes counted). This information is transaction-based and will continue to be updated throughout the Special Primary Election with voter check-in totals. 

Collier County, FL-

The voter turnout feature allows website visitors to view a summary of ballots cast by type: Mail/Absentee, Early Voting, Election Day and Provisional. Viewers may also track ballots cast by party, by date and by precinct. Also available on the website, are Early Voting wait times. This feature will allow early voters to anticipate how long they will be at their polling location.

 

 

 

Sunday, March 23, the Marco Lutheran Church marked its 40th anniversary with music by Craig Greusel , director of music. Visiting Pastor Gregory Walton, president of the Florida-Georgia district of Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, gave the sermon. In November the congregation voted to give $40,000 to Thrive Community Church as part of the anniversary celebration. Thrive is made up of students attending Florida Gulf Coast University and is a mission outreach at the Fort Myers-based university. The Marco Lutheran congregation voted to match the $40,000, marking the $80,000 total gift to Thrive.

 

 

 

HEAR MARCO, FLORIDA AND NATIONAL NEWS AND SPORTS WHILE DRIVING TO AND FROM WORK ON YOUR SMART PHONE. GO TO TUNEIN/ SWFLLOCALNEWS.COM.

 

 

 

 

The city of Marco has agreed to loan the Blue Man sculpture to the Marco island Center for the Arts. The sculpture now faces forward and is now an integral part of the center’s footprint, visible from the street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naples, Fla.) – In an effort to create jobs faster and reduce development delays, the Board of County Commissioners have unanimously approved agreements for the County to take over fire plans reviews in East Naples and Golden Gate where growth is expected to flourish. Currently, the East Naples Fire Control and Rescue District (ENFD) acts the administrator for the Fire Code Officials Office handling fire plans reviews for all dependent and independent fire districts.

On Tuesday, the BCC approved Memorandums of Understanding for fire plans review with ENFD and Golden Gate Fire Control and Rescue District (GGFD). Both fire districts boards must still approve the agreements. County Commissioners also unanimously approved for the County Manager to create a merger plan between the County-managed Ochopee Fire Control and Rescue District and East Naples possibly with an Interlocal Agreement. East Naples is also working on mergers with the Isle of Capri Fire and Golden Gate fire districts on the October 2014 primary and November 2014 general election ballots respectively.

 

CATCH THE FLORIDA EVERBLADES LIVE ON MARCO ISALND'S OWN 98.1 FM THE ISLAND WBGY TONIGHT AT 7:30PM. FOLLOW THE DETAILS OF THESE STORIES AN MORE EACH MORNING AT THE TOP OF EACH HOUR ON 98.1 FM

 

The Marco planning board has asked staff to recalculate parking needed at the Marriott hotel by using what is required by code rather than requested in a PUD. The board felt conditions in the PUD required removal of landscape materials and should be discussed further and a mitigation program for lost vegetation should be included in any amendment. Members agreed an increase over the already permitted 100 feet might not be the reason to approve or disapprove an amendment. The Marriott is requesting 125 feet for its eastside tower excluding the elevator shaft and architectural ornamentation. Staff will compile information concerning the raised tennis courts, parking lot lights, construction noise and staging, street damage during construction, street crossing safety features, and public beach parking. .

 

 

Should the Esplanad be required to let anyone dock there or only those intending to shop at Esplanad shops? That is a question the Marco island Waterways committee discussed this week. Earlier agreements had required the docks to include twenty and then only eight spaces for ships to tie up their dingys. The board will discuss this further in the future.

 

 

 Customers of Summit Broadband on Marco island and the Naples area lost telephone and internet service including 911 emergency access when the system failed television service continued uninterrupted. Summit was able to complete repairs around 3pm on Marco island and service was restored.

If you haven't had an opportunity yet you should take the time to visit the Marco island Historical museum and view the photos turned in by entrants in the 2014 Amateur Wildlife photo contest. The pictures will be on display through Friday March 28th in the lobby.

 

DON'T MISS THE TRUNK SALE WHICH ENDS TUESDAY AT THE SANDPIPER CLOTHIERS IN THE MARCO TOWN CENTER. HEAR MORE DETAILS ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM THE ISLAND, WBGY.

 

 

 Dan Stoller has been named fire fighter of the year on Marco Island. Stollers joined the department in 2007. He grew up on Marco Island and completed Edison College’s Paramedic Program and became a licensed paramedic and later was credentialed by the Office of the Medical Director in May 2011. Stoller was promoted to driver engineer and became a company officer captain in August. Also receiving awards were Division Chief Paramedic Jeff Kutzke a Unit Citation and 25 years of service and Engineer EMT Steve Hagmann, Captain Paramedic James Pope and Firefighter Paramedic Hafid Oliver for Unit Citations.

THIS WEEKEND LISTEN FOR THE JOE SHOW WITH JOE REY AND SONGS FROM ISLAND MUSICIANS 9AM SATURDAY, THAT REALESTATE GUY SUNDAY AT 9AM AND PRERECORDED SERVICES FROM MARCO LUTHERAN CHURCH SUNDAY AT 11AM ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM THE ISLAND WBGY

 

The Rotary Club of Marco Island has selected Rosemary Wick, president of the board of the Marco Island Center for the Arts, and Al Bismonte, a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Noontime Rotary Club, as the first two recipients of the club's 2014 Spirit of Marco Island Award.

 

Thursday night the Southwest Florida Citizens’ Alliance invited the candidates who are running in the June 24 Special Election for the Congressional District 19 seat in the U.S. Congress, an opportunity to share their positions with the electorate. Results of the informal straw poll with over 200 attendees:
All Candidates were listed on the straw Ballot.

Curt Clawson 50%
Paige Kreegel 24%
Michael Dreikorn and Ray Netherwood 13% each


Lizbeth Benacquisto and April Freeman chose not to appear.

 

 

The Mutts & Martinisevent was held this week on Marco island it's beneficiary, Bedtime Bundles, a non-profit started by islander Karen Saeks which takes care of the basic of needs of area migrant workers and their children providing talking toothbrushes and soap.

 

If you wish to submit an item for use on Marco island's radio station local news send it to theisland981@yahoo.com. 

 

 

The Marco Island Police Department now uses Twitter as a community-wide communications platform.

As a law enforcement agency, we are aware that social media sites like Twitter have become widespread and mainstream.

While not real-time, Twitter provides a mode of communication that is more immediate and concise than traditional email.

For the Marco Island Police Department, Twitter is a new way of communicating with residents, businesses and visitors to the Island. It is our intention to use the Department’s Twitter feed to relay police activity updates as well as traffic, crime prevention, safety and weather information and / or alerts.

You may access the Department’s Twitter feed in many ways, here are several convenient methods:

There is a Twitter link on the Departments webpage: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/index.aspx?page=172

98.1 FM ISLAND RADIO WBGY WELCOMES BACK DAVE STONIER OF PREMIER REALTY AS A LONG TERM SPONSOR. DAVID'S OFFICE IS LOCATED ON ELKCAM CIRCLE.

 

 

The Marco island Recreation dpt community center committee reviewed uncertainties remaining for moving forward on a vote that would decide if residents support a new community center. Members asked city staff if firmer quotes could narrow the cost of the new facility and offer a better figure for council and the public to consider. Alex Galiana, the park’s facilities manager told the committee a possible method for pricing the building would be $200 per square foot for a 16,000 square feet facility. Adding a nine percent for furnishings, equipment and incidentals comes to a total 5 million project.

 

HEAR THE DETAILS OF THESE STORIES AND MORE ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM WBGY.

 

 

 

On Sunday March 23rd the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island and Affordable landscaping service and design present An Evening of Music and Dance. The Big Band of Southwest Florida "Moten Swing" will rock the house with an 18 piece band plus 2 singers. You can dance under the crystal ball chandelier, tap feet or sing along with the tunes you love. Come and enjoy this entertaining and delightful evening at 7pm at 991 winterberry drive. Tickets are $15 available at 642 0800.

 

 

MIPO will hold a free and open to the public General Meeting Thursday, March 20th at the Mackle Park Community Center from 10 AM to noon. Guest speakers are City Council Chair, Kenneth Honecker and Marco Island City Clerk, Laura Litzan who will do an educational presentation.

 

HEAR THE DETAILS OF THESE STORIES AND MORE ON MARCO'S OWN 98.1 FM THE ISLAND WBGY OR ON TUNEIN ON YOUR SMART PHONE UNDER WBGY.

 

 

 

 

Rose Marina has a new proposal.

The plan deletes a passive community park on Magnolia Court and parking on residential lots and removes the boat trailer storage structure on Eagle Drive. This will reduce the number of conditional use permits needed from six to three. The marina is still asking for Land Development Code amendments and/or conditional use permits for height increases on two structures at 951 Bald Eagle Drive and for a new boat sales center at the corner of Bald Eagle Drive and Elkhorn Court.

 

 

 

 

 

Collier County, Fla.—March 14, 2013: Jennifer J. Edwards, Supervisor of Elections, spoke to approximately 100 second graders participating in the Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida program at Tommie Barfield Elementary School on Marco Island Thursday afternoon. After participating in their own mock-election for Mayor, students had the opportunity to meet with Edwards and learn how real elections occur at the county, state and federal levels. After hearing from Edwards, students were put to the test on their elections knowledge through a trivia session quizzing them on various elections facts including the legal voting age, location of their precinct and Marco Island’s Early Voting location. "It was great to see that so many of the students actually knew that the nearest Early Voting site in their community is the Marco Island Library," said Edwards.

 

Over 500 people turned out for the Half Marathon and 5 k bridge walk Sunday on Marco island. Runners from as far away as the West coast were on hand to compete and an Irish dance contingent also performed on stage during the event.

 

Marco city officials have issued three notices of code violations to Progressive Auto Center and Kelco of Marco owned in part by Mike Kelly Jr. The notices involve possible violations of city codes regarding motorcycle manufacturing and off-site parking. The notices are not a final finding of a violation, but serve notice that there is cause to investigative whether Kelly’s company, Vanquish V8 Motorcycles, has been manufacturing powerful bikes at Kelly’s 720 Bald Eagle Drive location.

 

 

Briana Donaghy of Marco island was involved in a traffic accident on 3/9/14 at 12:30am on Collier Blvd. Her car rearended a second vehicle. Donaghy told officers she was texting at the time. The driver and passenger in the other vehcile were taken to NCH for treatment of injuries. Donaghy was charged with DUI and marijuana possession.

 

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That home on Gulfport Court will finally be torn down soon. Marco Islands Code

Enforcement Board gave Roberto Roque and the Roberto Roque Revocable Trust 60

days to demolish the home that was hit by an explosion and fire Dec. 4, 2012.

The property was damaged and the owner injured. The city has also responded to

nine complaints on violations since the explosion and the property was cited as

a public nuisance and an unsafe structure

 

A woman's car crashed into a power pole behind Mc Donalds on Marco island.

The crash brought live wires down onto the vehicle The woman was trapped in her

car for 20 minutes but was not seriously injured She was kept in the car because

fire rescue officials said the car could be "live."The car was also resting

above an underground LPG tank. Marco Fire crews were on the scene in 5 minutes

but had to wait for LCEC linemen who isolated the circuit feeding the

line

An addition inadvertently left out of our story about the Sunday celebrationof St Pattys day, we failed to mention the band from Marco island Charter Middle school also took part in the St Paddy's day parade.

 

 

 

 

 

The Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office began to sending mail/absentee ballots, March 8, to uniformed and overseas citizens of Collier County.

The Elections Office anticipates that there will be approximately 560 uniformed and overseas voters who are eligible to vote in the US Congressional District 19 Special Primary Election.

Mail/absentee ballots to all eligible domestic/non-uniformed and overseas voters will begin to be mailed on Tuesday, March 18. The deadline to request a mail/absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. To request or track your absentee ballot for the Special Primary Election, visit www.CollierVotes.com under the "Vote by Mail" tab or contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 252-VOTE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 
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