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