By Coastal Breeze News Staff
Car carriers have blossomed on city streets, and they are picking up vehicles to go to this year’s not-so-frozen north as part timers return to their other homes…we wish them well and await their return next year…
Look for announcements from Paul Meyer, and Andy Delgado that they will be entering the election campaign for city council. Paul is owner of Meyer Construction, Inc., and a parent who is very active in projects involving Marco Island’s youngsters. Andy is with Andrew Hunter Homes, is a former Marco Island police officer and current member of the police auxiliary, besides being a baseball coach.
Changes continue in city hall as the budget process gets underway…top of the list is revamping the finance department with strong emphasis on keeping the city in excellent financial condition…Patricia Bliss is no longer the Director of Finance having been replaced by Robert Lang… it was noted at Council that updated accounting software would help track complex funds…borrowing from surcharges did not have any negative impacts and maintained the City’s line of credit. In the last year, the last fiscal year, Marco Island had a surplus of $1.7 million…Dave Baer is now Assistant Police Chief although there has been no public announcement.
The city’s Planning Board is revving up a concentrated long-range project to deal with problems such as parking, congestion, the proper mix of single family, condominium and mixed use with full consideration of the original master plan, land use, the comprehensive plan and possible changes to recognize changed events that have affected the city…the City Council and Planning Board are both concentrating on receiving more public participation in the planning process… Mackle Park and Veterans Park are fine examples of successful planning in which the public played instrumental parts.
Residents are encouraged to visit the Fire Department on San Marco Drive, and to bring along the kids to see how the department operates, who the first responders are, and why more than one vehicle is dispatched to an emergency…in the past few months the department has averaged 21 emergency calls a day. Be alert to the new stop sign at South Barfield and Winterberry.
According to the Marco Island Association of Realtors home and lot sales have been picking up and the inventory is down…good news…for the January to March quarter in 2012 single family home sales are up 7.4% over 2011, condominium sales are up 6.48%, and vacant lot sales are up 117%…island shops, restaurants and hotels have had an excellent season so far. It looks like the island’s economy is picking-up steam.
Anticipation is building about the location on the island of the new facility to be established by Physicians Regional Medical Center…it is expected to be a full service operation bringing increased medical care to the island.
Islanders and visitors should be alert to the parking availability at the side of Crystal Shores on Collier Boulevard…that beach access was part of the agreement with the city regarding the Crystal Shores development…parking is free