Marco Island officials are upset
concerning a future deal for the city's water and sewer
system. There are 29 local governments with a interest in the
statewide sale of Florida Water Services.
The goal: lower the $520 million
purchase price, nearly $110 million of which is Marco Islands
The city's water attorney, John
Jenkins, is organizing a Friday meeting in Orlando with the
involved governments which would be impacted by the deal
between Florida Water and the Florida Governmental Utility
"This meeting will provide an
opportunity to freely discuss our concerns with the
transaction without the attendance of the representatives of
the FGUA," Jenkins wrote in an e-mail invitation.
The meeting was the brain child of
the Marco Island City Council, to get a feeling from the other
governments involved. .
In February, the Counsel voted to a
legal takeover of the water system.
"It may well be that there are
more or some people in the same situation, who were not happy
with the way their systems have been evaluated," City
Council Chairman Glenn Tucker said. "We can bring this
information to the table and maybe we can get this price down.
"We're the most vocal but we
might not be the only ones out there who are unhappy with this
deal," he said.