Re-elect Rich Blonna

For City Council

Hello,

I’m Councilman Rich Blonna and I am running for re-election for the Marco Island City Council. I am reaching out to you to ask you to  support my candidacy for re-election by either becoming a volunteer or making a financial contribution to my campaign. The maximum contribution is $1,000 but no amount is too small and will help me tremendously towards achieving what I believe to be are the collective goals of Marco Island voters. 

First Term Major Accomplishments:

  • Conserved 3 acres of prime upland habitat on Marco Island through Conservation Collier.
  • Returned over $5 million in taxes to Marco Island through Conservation Collier.
  • Got the US Army Corps of Engineers, The US Coast Guard, and Collier County to develop an ongoing plan to dredge and mark the Big Marco/Capri Pass channel.
  • Supported the Assisted Living Facility (ALF) and got the developer to donate a 2-acre waterfront park to the City of Marco island as part of the project.
  • Voted for the Tiger Tail Lagoon Restoration Plan.
  • Voted for the Marco Island Yacht Club Expansion
  • Voted to use the One Cents Sales Tax money to build the new Firehouse, Veteran’s Park, improve Dumford Way, and fund key Stormwater Management projects.

If I am re-elected I will:

  • Find new solutions for the three issues of greatest concerns to Marco Islanders, additional parking managing growth and density, and minimizing traffic congestion (2022 Citizen Survey).
  • Upgrade of the sewage treatment plant to eliminate nutrient pollution and ensure cleaner reuse water to restore oxygen to the waterways.
  • Support for STRP for Goodland and Isles of Capri to improve estuary water quality.
  • Work with the County to get the Caxambas Ramp and fuel station back into operation ASAP.
  • Work with the City Manager to improve the Portal and customer relations with the City.
  • Work with MICA and the City to finish fixing the “glitch list” and to develop a unified approach to managing Deed Restrictions.
  • Work with Conservation Collier to preserve even more lots of high conservation value to gopher tortoises, burrowing owls, and other plant and animal species.
  • Create a new City of Marco Island-funded Open Space Preservation Fund.
  • Hire a Grant Writer or consultant to obtain public and private grant funds for land acquisition.
  • Continue to support the needs of our first responders to keep our city safe.
  • Support all efforts to increase integrity and openness in city government.
  • Explore a Millage Neutral or Flat Tax rate to support our city’s needs.

I love my job as a City Councilor and pride myself on being one of the hardest working City Councilors in recent memory. I am an independent thinker with no hidden agendas. I have supported issues that were not very popular and not supported issues that were. While I represent the people, I also have a responsibility to think independently and go against the majority when it is in the city’s best interest. I am not afraid to do so.

In closing, I would love to serve as your City Councilor for another four years. I will serve with integrity, passion, and commitment. I will do my best to continue to earn your respect even if we disagree on some of the issues. I will do my best to work with my colleagues and the City Manager and be willing to compromise if it moves the city forward in a positive way.

Thanks for the opportunity to continue to serve the good folks of Marco Island,

Councilman Rich Blonna

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Our City Needs

A Vision For The Future

As your City Councilor I take the vision for Marco Island  described in our city’s Comprehensive Plan seriuosly. This vision looks 20 years into the future and envisions Marco Island as a medium-sized coastal resort city with small town charm. It is distinguished for its beauty,  world class beach, natural environment, and plentiful waterways.

This is a vision that I share and will do everything in my power as a City Councilor to promote and preserve it. It will guide my decision-making when casting my vote on any issue that is brought before the City Council.

 

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Running a local non-partisan political campaign is expensive. There are signs to make, meeting halls to rent, and a hundred other expenses. I am not affiliated with any Political Action Committees or other sources of funding other than the contributions of individual citizens like you. I would greatly appreciate whatever you can contribute.

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Actionable Issues

My Key Issues and Priorities if elected are:

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Continue to Preserve More Open Space

Continue to Preserve More Open Space

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Develop a Blue/Green Parks and Recreation Master Plan

Develop a Blue/Green Parks and Recreation Master Plan

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Continue to Preserve and Protect Our Waterways and Beach

Continue to Preserve and Protect Our Waterways and Beach

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Continue to Fight for Smart Development and Redevelopment

Continue to Fight for Smart Development and Redevelopment

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Issues

Support for Conservation Collier 2021

In this Coastal Breeze Editorial I discuss my early and ongoing support for the Conservation Collier ballot Initiative and how I plan to use the program to preserve land on Marco Island....

Supporting the ALF Waterfront Park 2021

In this video I discuss my lobbying to have the developers of the new Assisted Living Facility (ALF) add a waterfront park to their plans. They agreed and the new park is going to have a multiuse path that runs the entire length of the waterfront (over 200') and...

Hosting a Water Quality Workshop in 2021

Announcing My First Workshop One of my first jobs as a new City Councilor was hosting a Water Quality Workshop. I wanted to bring the residents up to speed on the soon-to-be-released Dr. Haroer Study. I worked closely with the Waterways Advisory Committee and City...

Understanding Zoning and Density 2024

What is Density? Density is defined as the number of residential dwelling units permitted per gross acre of land and determined by dividing the number of units by the total area of residential land within the boundaries of a lot or parcel. Because of this, the terms...

What is a White Paper 2024?

What is a White Paper? A White Paper is a type of position paper used to introduce a Councilor's view of an issue to the full City Councilor. It is designed to trigger a motion for future action by the City Staff. Future actions could be to create new Ordinances,...

Mindfulness and Politics; Perfect Together 2024

This article give a brief overview of the dimensions of mindfulness and how they will help dr rich blonna be a better Marco Island City Councilor.

Get to Know Your Comprehensive Plan

This post gives you an overview of the Marco Island Comprehensive Plan, one of our key documents that serves as a foundation for city government.

Marco Island Assisted Living Facility (ALF) Park Update

On Tuesday, September 29th, I attended the live presentation by Waterside and NCH on the revised proposal for the ALF and new Urgent Care Facility on Marco Island. Read more…

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Supporting the ALF Waterfront Park 2021

Supporting the ALF Waterfront Park 2021

In this video I discuss my lobbying to have the developers of the new Assisted Living Facility (ALF) add a waterfront park to their plans. They agreed and the new park is going to have a multiuse path that runs the entire length of the waterfront (over 200') and...

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