For City Council
Marco Island is a special place and living here is a dream come true. I want to do my part to give back to the community. I will fight to retain Marco Island’s small town feel. I will ensure that all development and redevelopment facilitates smart growth by strictly adhering to zoning and other land development code limits. I am passionate about our water and will continue the work that our City Council has begun to clean up our waterways and restore them to their once pristine state. I love our beach and will fight to protect and preserve it. Lastly, I will fight to keep our taxes and spending low.
A Vision For The Future
As your City Councilor I share the vision for Marco Island described in our city’s Strategic Plan in 2019. This vision looks 15 years into the future and sees Marco Island as a great residential community with small town charm. It also envisions Marco Island as a city that is still distinguished for our beauty, our world class beach and natural environment, and our beautiful 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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My Key Issues and Priorities if elected are:
Maintain Our Small-Town Character
Restore and Protect Our Waterways
Preserve and Protect Our Beach
Keep Taxes and Spending Low
Promote Smart Business Growth
Taken together, these smart businesses add vitality to our economy and life. I call them smart businesses because they add to the quality of our lives and help us thrive.
Our Chamber of Commerce does a great job of promoting our businesses but the City of Marco Island could do a lot more to help them and support local businesses. Be careful of who you vote for in the next City Council election because a couple of the candidates have gone on record with statements like; “I don’t know why we need 95 places to eat on Marco Island.” As a free-market capitalist my answer to them is “Why Not?”
I think we need to let the marketplace decide how many restaurants, and other business, our town can support. As long as proposed businesses meet building codes and are located within the proper zones, the City Council should support them.
Meet Rich Blonna
Dr Rich Blonna: Calm, Thoughtful Leadership
My Occupation: Semi-retired college professor, writer, and self-help entrepreneur
A little About my Family: Married Heidi Blonna the day before my 20th birthday. Will celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2021. Two Adult sons; William and Michael.
Where I am from: Son of blue-collar Italian-American parents from Newark, NJ.
Residence: My wife and I have been Marco Island residents since 2012 and have experienced both condo and single family home living. We currently live on San Marco Rd and before that we lived in a condo in San Marco Villas.
Involvement in the Community:
- Board Member, San Marco Villas Condo Association 2013-2015
- Co-Founder, Marco Island Paddlers Association 2012-2013
- Co-Facilitator, Mindful Meditation on Marco 2019 Member Since 2011
- Member, Marco Island Writers Club 2012-12-present
- Member, Marco Island YMCA 2011-present
- Volunteer, Food Bank 2017
- Volunteer, The Wall that Heals 2020
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News & Updates
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…
I, Rich Blonna, want to go on record as being the first Candidate for Marco Island City Council that endorses the November 3rd Ballot Question that re-authorizes the funding for Conservation Collier.
This post discusses a recent newspaper article that describes the link between reuse water and nitrogen overload.