Below is a summary of the sea turtle lighting violations that appeared on the September’s docket of the Code Enforcement Magistrate.
City of Marco Island vs. Marco Hotel LLC – Case # 20-1218 – 400 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection
According to Marcus Borman, Resident Manager for JW Marriott and Jamie Bowden, Director of Beach Experience, routine beach clean–ups are done by the entire resort staff. They have a beach sweep at 9 PM with the last one scheduled for 10 PM. JW also has instituted quarterly beach cleanups with the last one held on September 7th and a forthcoming December 14th morning beach clean-up. For this Notice of Violation dated August 4th, at 9 PM, several towels were found by CSO Andy Lindenmuth by the waters’ edge. On June 17th, umbrellas and towels were left on the beach and JW was given a warning. Fine: One time fine of $100, no fees and costs.
City of Marco Island vs. The Surf Club of Marco – Case # 20-1219 – 540 S Collier Blvd, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection
According to CSO Andy Lindenmuth, on August 4 at 9:05 PM on the beachside, he observed a balcony lighting to be on and in violation and showed pictures. Property has had a prior violation back in 2019 on August 29. The Assistant Manager of Surf Club appeared and described their proactive measures that included the following: check-in process with sea turtle lighting information, showed photos of elevators marked with additional information, sea turtle information on refrigerator doors, a security officer on duty walks the boardwalk nightly to check lightings and they have turtle tint on hurricane doors. Fine: One time fine of 250 and no fees and costs.
City of Marco Island vs. South Seas Tower 4 – Case # 20-1600 – 440 Seaview Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection
On August 18 at 9:34 PM from the beachside, CSO Andy Lindenmuth observed an interior light in the Southside center of property 2 floors from the roof and issued a Notice of Violation. On July 7 of the same year, 2020, the property was issued a warning. No property owner was present. Fine: One time fine of $250 with $50 for fees and costs.
City of Marco Island vs. Tradewinds Condo Association – Case # 20-1601 – 180 Seaview Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145 – Sea Turtle Protection
On August 18 at 9:46 PM, CSO Andy Lindenmuth observed an exterior light on the ground floor by the pool area which is not compliant and issued a Notice of Violation. This is the 4th violation and the property owner was not present. Fine: One time fine of $1000 with $50 in fees and costs.