Marco Island       back to Community Profiles


A sun-drenched jewel on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, Marco Island features 6 miles of beach and over 100 miles of waterways within its 14 square miles. Marco Island is the largest Barrier Island within Southwest Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands area extending from Marco Island to Cape Sable. It lies within the subtropical to tropical climate zone and experiences a distinct wet and dry season with most of the rainfall occurring between the months of June and October. With a permanent population of 15,000 and a peak winter season population of 35,000, Marco Island’s residents and visitors alike call this special Island...Paradise.

The City of Marco Island is located in Collier County, a short drive from the City of Naples. It is well known for its high quality of life, natural resources, casual atmosphere, and friendly people.

 On August 28, 1997, the people of Marco Island elected to incorporate.  Marco Island became a city for the second time.  (The first time the city was known as Collier City and was incorporated in 1927, but later unincorporated.)  The first seven-member City Council was subsequently elected with a council-manager form of government.  City Council hired a city manager to assist in undertaking the task of providing traditional municipal services.   With the invaluable assistance of many citizens who volunteered to serve on various committees, the structure of the city took place. The new City Council took on many issues simutaneously, including the development of a comprehensive plan, a land development code, and operating departments to include law enforcement, fire-rescue, parks and recreation, public works, community development and administration.  City Council recognized the serious island infrastructure problems and has undertaken an aggressive capital improvement program.  Bridges and roads have been repaired.  Storm drainage problems continue to be addressed.  Waterways are dredged to ensure safe boating access. Over 100 miles of streets, storm drainage, rights-of-way, 12 bridges, and 6 parks come under city jurisdiction.  In May 2001 the city acquired the Bank of America building property on Bald Eagle Drive for $1.2 million. Located adjacent to the existing police and fire department property and across the street from the Marco Healthcare Center, this facility compliments the public service center of Marco Island as its first City Hall.

Following years of negotiations, the City acquired the water and wastewater system from a private owner in November 2003, at a cost of $85.3 million.  The decision to acquire the utility was made with wide public support and now allows the comunity to make reasonable and environmentally sound decisions regarding future water supply and environmentally safe wastewater treatment processes.  A business plan is under way to provide for better and more reliable water sources, new water treatment capacity, and an expansion of the wastewater collection system to eliminate septic tanks.

In 2003 the voters elected to acquire 6.85 acres of property near the town center at a cost of $10 million.  The property will be master planned to provide a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities.

Several major projects are under way.  These include the major reconstruction of North and South Collier Boulevard and the removal of overhead power lines to improve the beauty and ambiance of the island.

Other recent developments include the expansion of the Marco Healthcare Center, an affiliate of Naples Community Hospital, and a new library building. Quality commercial structures were and continue to be built along with upscale residential homes, condominiums and hotels.  Architectural standards help ensure quality development that promotes the unique quality and ambiance of Marco Island.

Marco Island continues to attract visitors from all over the world and its property is in high demand.  Property values have more than tripled since incorporation to over $7 billion in 2004.  Marco Island enjoys a realtively low property tax rate and historically reduces the tax millage rate each year.  The 2004 city tax millage rate is $158.60 for each $100,000 of assessed value.

There are about 2,000 remaining vacant lots.   New homes are constructed at a rate of about 200-300 each year.  The recent trend has been the demolition of older homes with the replacement of larger residential structures.  While homes and condominiums are considered to be expensive compared to most communities in Florida, threre is a wide variety and price range for homes, condominiums and vacation rentals.  The retail businesses, quality restaurants, superb hotel and conference facilities, quality neighborhoods, easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, and pristine environment are among the finest in the nation. The white sandy beaches along the bright blue Gulf of Mexico, when combined with the warm winter climate are among the reasons that the residents and visitors call Marco Island "paradise."

 
Executive Department
TITLE
NAME
PHONE (239)
EMAIL
City Manager Moss, A. William 389-5005 bmoss
Executive Secretary Lawrence, Barbara 389-5005 blawrence
City Clerk Litzan, Laura 389-5010 llitzan
Secretary Gunter, Lois 389-5037 lgunter
Reception/Admn. Assistant Sonesen, Camille 389-5000 csonesen

Community Development Department
TITLE
NAME
PHONE (239)
EMAIL
Community Development Director Cautero, Vince 389-5004 vcautero
Community Development Secretary Paton, Nancy 389-5014 npaton
Environmental Specialist Richie, Nancy 389-5003 nrichie
City Planner Milk, Bryan 389-5017 bmilk
Zoning Administrator Blalock, Don 389-5013 dblalock
Zoning/Planning Coordinator Devlin, Bob 389-5023 bdevlin

Building Services
TITLE
NAME
PHONE (239)
EMAIL
Chief Building Official Mahar, Bob 389-5058  
Building Services Clerk Larson, Betty 389-5062  
Permitting Clerk Patterson, Fran 389-5063  
Permitting Clerk Mastronardi, Patty 389-5065  
Permitting Clerk Anderson, Barbara 389-5059  
Structural Inspector Smithem, Mike 389-5056  
Plumbing, Mechanical & Gas Inspector Konicek, Gary 389-5055  
Electrical Inspector Yakola, Bruce 389-5057  

Code Compliance
TITLE
NAME
PHONE (239)
EMAIL
Chief Code Compliance Officer Wardle, Eric 389-5060  
Code Compliance Officer Carr, Liz 389-5061 lcarr

Finance Department
TITLE
NAME
PHONE (239)
EMAIL
Finance Director Harrison, Bill 389-5006  
Sr. Accountant/Sys. Mgr. MacBain, Mary 389-5009  
Payroll Supervisor Phillips, Dee 389-5007  
Accounting Clerk Twilla, Karen 389-5008  
Customer Service Mgr. Jim Lang 389-5198  
System Administrator Housewert, Brian 389-5021  
Purchasing Manager Creighton, Bob 389-5011 bcreighton

Public Works Department
TITLE
NAME
PHONE (239)
EMAIL
Public Works Director Joel, Rony 389-5064 rjoel
Public Works Assistant Del Monte, Lorrie 389-5002 ldelmonte
Superintendent Ubertaccio, Angelo 389-5038 angelo
Construction Manager Daniel, Mike 389-5000 mdaniel
Project Engineer Miller, James D. 389-5026 jmiller
Streets/Drainage Coordinator Vignari, Michael 389-5098 mvignari
Maintenance Greco, Al 389-5099 publicworks
Maintenance O'Connor, Tom 389-5099 publicworks
Sr. Project Engineer Pinter, Tim 389-5018 tpinter

Fire Department
TITLE
NAME
PHONE (239)
EMAIL
Chief Murphy, Mike 389-5040 mmurphy
Secretary Husted, Mary 389-5040 mhusted
Fire Marshal   389-5049  
Plans Examiner Armstrong, John 394-5405  
Division Chief - Shift A   389-5040  
Division Chief - Shift B Schultz, Scott 389-5040  
Division Chief - Shift C Byrne, Chris 389-5040  

Police Department
TITLE
NAME
PHONE (239)
EMAIL
Chief Reinke, Roger 389-5050  
Captain Carr, Thom 389-5050  
Secretary Nichols, Michele 389-5050  
Record Clerk Cox, Rhonda 389-5050  
 

Parks & Recreation
TITLE
NAME
PHONE (239)
EMAIL
Parks & Recreation Director Souza, Dana 642-1666 dsouza
Parks Superintendent Hodgdon, Jim 642-1666 jhodgdon
Recreation Supervisor Gulley, Lori 642-0575 lgulley
Secretary Patton, Susan 642-1666 spatton

Utilities
C&D Manager Bradshaw, Bart 389-5183  
Water Treatment Manager Wies, Ron 642-5405  
Waste Water Treatment Manager Poteet, Jeff 394-5595  
Maintenance Manager Hurtley, Shawn 825-1582  
Utility Engineer Weinstein, Bruce 389-5182  
Project Engineer Rogers, Jennifer 389-5184  
Secretary Rizzo, Lori 389-5185  
Secretary Heasley, Tina 389-5189  




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