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Posted by Greg Folley 5sc on October 26, 2020

FROM THE DESK OF CITY COUNCILOR GREG FOLLEY Friends & Supporters, Your Marco Island City Council met again on October 19 in its final session before the November 3 election. Here are a few things we addressed at last week’s meeting: License Plate Readers At the request of Chief Frazzano, the Council approved the purchase of a dual location stationary Automatic License Plate Reader. This system notifies the police department if anyone with an outstanding warrant, Amber Alert, or Silver Alert is spotted coming onto or leaving our island. Safeguards are in place to ensure information gathered is protected and not available to the public at large. Frazzano noted motor vehicles are involved in nearly 70% of all crimes committed, making these readers a major crime fighting tool. I’m proud to support our local police in their important work. New Property Acquisition In order to address overcrowding at Marco Island City Hall, the Council unanimously adopted a proposal to acquire 1310 San Marco Road (Medical Arts Center). This property is immediately adjacent to City Hall and will enhance the efficiency of our city employees. It will also enable the County to provide additional services to Marco Island residents. Read more here. Goals for City Manager The Council unanimously adopted a set of goals for our City Manager. These goals outline the Council’s expectations upon which City Manager McNees’ performance will be judged. A copy of my white paper on this matter can be viewed here. Recognizing Councilors Honig, Reed, Roman, & Rios The Council took time to recognize the service of our departing members. Each was awarded a personalized plaque memorializing their service. Councilor Larry Honig, our most senior member, has served since 2012. While he’s precluded from running again due to term limits, he’ll be greatly missed. Councilor Reed and Councilor Roman are not seeking re-election and Councillor Rios resigned his seat which expires November 2022. I join my colleagues in expressing thanks and appreciation to all four of these fine public servants for their many contributions to our city. Councilor Rios Vacancy Finally, the Council discussed the process to be used for filling the remaining two years of Councilor Rios’ term. It was agreed that The Marco Island City Council will solicit interested citizens to apply to fill this vacancy. Up to three applicants will be selected to interview and the Council will vote upon the final candidates. This process will move forward after the new City Council is sworn in November 9. Remember to cast your ballot! Early voting is happening now through October 31 at Marco Island Library. As always, thank you for your continued support! Please like and follow my Facebook page for the latest updates. Take care and God bless! Sincerely, Greg S. Folley Greg Folley for Marco Island City Council 940 Cape Marco Dr, Unit 2006 Marco Island, FL 34145

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