Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Code Violations, Need Your Action

Liz Carr, City of Marco Island Code Compliance Officer, and Employee of the Month for December 2009.

Liz Carr, City of Marco Island Code Compliance Officer, and Employee of the Month for December 2009.

By Liz Carr, Code Compliance Officer

Various code violations occur throughout the City; however, the Code Enforcement officers would like to address two violations of city code that occur weekly:

1) when to place recycle or trash roadside
2) sidewalk maintenance.

Recycle and Trash Containers.
Recycle bins and trash receptacles should be taken to the roadside after 6:00 p.m. of the evening before the scheduled pickup day. The City Code prohibits containers being roadside for days at a time or any earlier than 6:00 p.m. the evening prior to pickup. For example, for recycle items such as landscape debris or furniture, roadside for pickup is Thursday, so 6 p.m. on Wednesday is the earliest the containers should be by the roadside. The same applies non-recycle items (trash). For Monday pickup, the earliest the container should be placed roadside is 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.

The containers should be removed by 7 p.m. on the evening of the same day following trash pickup. The trash can and recycling bin should be placed inside the garage or to the side or rear of the dwelling or structure when not placed at the street for collection.

All property owners, tenants, businesses, and visitors must adhere to this important City Code. The beautification of Marco Island relies on everyone’s help. Containers that are at the roadside earlier may tip and spill refuse and become an eyesore. Help keep Marco Island beautiful by following these simple rules.

Recycle items include landscape debris, furniture,



appliances, and small appliances such as televisions, radios or microwaves. For bulk items to be picked up, residents should call Waste Management at 403-2380 for (special) pickup

Landscaping Debris
Educating lawn services that they are responsible for removal of all landscape debris following their scheduled service is an important safety concern. Lawn care companies that leave their debris at the curb, swale, or sidewalk area may cause someone to trip. It is the responsibility of the property owner to assure all public sidewalks are passable. All vegetation must be trimmed from the sidewalk, shrubs must be maintained to prevent any limbs from extending onto the sidewalk, and all trees along the public sidewalk must have a clearance zone of 7.5 feet over the public access.

Inquire if your landscape contractor is licensed by the City. By March 2010, all professional lawn and landscapers must be certified in the Florida Green Industries Best Management Practices and registered with the City. This registration will educate them on the importance of proper design, construction, irrigation, fertilization, pest control, and maintenance of lawns and landscapes, with an emphasis on minimal impacts to the environment. Look for a City Lawn and Landscape Registration sticker on their window. Protecting water quality, maintaining our beautiful island atmosphere, and enjoying our quality of life are high priorities for the City of Marco Island.

Code Compliance concerns can be called in to 389-5061, or e-mail:

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