The City of Marco Island needs volunteers to sit on various committees and advisory boards. Several seats remain open including a seat on the Parks and Recreation Advisory committee, one on the Code Enforcement board and four seats on the Utilities Advisory Committee. In the past, terms on committees and boards were staggered. Candidates are appointed by individual council members and then approved at a City Council meeting. The recent appointees have been instructed terms will end in November to coincide with a new City Council. Council can chose to reappoint a present member or consider new candidates. In effect, all committees will be reseated after the election in November, ending staggered terms. The cut-off date to file as a candidate running for City Council is July 31st. Nine candidates have officially announced they’re seeking one of four seats open: Paul Meyer, Larry Sacher, Larry Honig, Amadeus Pettrica, Larry Honecker and Duane Thomas as well as incumbents, Jerry Gibson, Frank Recker and Wayne Waldack.
Two tennis courts on school district grounds at Tommie Barfield will close permanently. The courts are in need of repair and the school district will not resurface them. The courts have been deemed unsafe for play.
Ever wonder why there are so many cars parked at Veteran’s Community Park? The lot is being used by employees of the Marriott, who are being shuttled back and forth during their peak times.
City Manager Jim Riviere announced that Police Chief Hunter’s contract has been extended through August, 2014. The extension permits Chief Hunter to continue with reorganization of the Police Department that began several months ago.