A move to bring artistic flair to Marco Island streets and a long-term search for sand to maintain Lovers Key Beach are on public meeting agendas for the week ahead.
The Marco Island City Council is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. today at City Hall, 51 Bald Eagle Drive.
The council will hear a presentation from its Beautification Advisory Committee to cover with artwork the ubiquitous plain metal utility boxes along city streets.
The boxes, which house controls for traffic signals, would be covered with a wrap similar to that used in vehicle wraps. Artwork could be of wildlife, points of interest, abstract work or other things. The cost would be $450 to $640 per box.
“There is scant presence of visual art throughout our city. These wraps would be a way of filling that void,” wrote Beautification Advisory Committee member Shelli Connelly in a report to the council.
The council will also be asked to select from among three firms vying to provide water quality assessment and monitoring services for the city. City staff have recommended the contract go to Environmental Research and Design. The company bid $157,536 to do the work.
Lee County Commission
Lee County commissioners are scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the county courthouse building in downtown Fort Myers.
They’ll consider a $780,000 contract to search for a source of sand for Lovers Key renourishment projects for the next 50 years. The Lovers Key Beach was last renourished in 2014.
Also on the agenda is an item that would authorize $130,000 in repairs and maintenance at JetBlue Park, spring training home of the Boston Red Sox.
Bonita Springs Council
Baseball will also be on the agenda when the Bonita Springs City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, 9101 Bonita Beach Road.
The council will consider improvements to the baseball complex at Bonita Springs Community Park, including new sidewalks and landscaping.
The council will also consider approving a new event at Riverside Park. The festival, to be called Fiesta Bonita, would take place April 18, and proceeds would benefit the Cancer Alliance of Naples to help Bonita-area families dealing with cancer.
Collier Planning Commission
The Collier County Planning Commission will meet twice in the coming week.
On Tuesday night, the Planning Commission will consider a land-use change that would eliminate seating restrictions and extend hours of operation for restaurants within the golf course recreational district of Golden Gate. That meeting is set for 5:05 p.m. in the County Commission chambers, 3299 U.S. 41 E.
On Thursday, the Planning Commission will meet at 9 a.m. at the same location to consider several land-use changes.
One would modify the Tree Farm mixed-used planned development to allow up to 460 dwelling units, 250 hotel rooms and 150 units of assisted-living facilities.
The 58-acre property is near the intersection of Immokalee Road and Collier Boulevard.
Brent Batten wrote this for the Naples Daily News editorial board.
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