Marco Island News 

City Water anyone?

City of Marco to have it's own water service?  It could cost the city of Marco Island in the neighborhood of $82 million to get into the water and sewer business.  

There should be a report made to Bill Moss (City Manager) by the end of the month according to city officials.  There has been a group of islanders meeting with Florida Water Service representatives.  The group has been exploring various options including condemnation.  One option is for a agreement with Florida Water Service that would keep rates stable. 

The city council will address this issue at a future meeting.   Mr. Moss will formulate  a presentation for the city council and further, provide the residents the chance to provide their opinions.

Public Resources Management Group, Inc., was hired by the city to explore various options of procurement and costs associated with each option. possible costs. 

Tracy Smith, a spokesperson for FWS, said that the utility is not for sale.

"Only through eminent domain, would Marco Island take it," he said.

Councilor Kjell Pettersen, feels that the City of Marco should be in the water business and in the past has stated that F.W.S. has thrown out high dollar values on the utility just to scare islanders away.

"Only time will tell what will happen with the water service.  Should Marco buy into a 30 year old utility that may require millions of dollars of renovation in the near future?"


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