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