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Marco Island’s new Ad Hoc Hurricane Review Committee is Jared Grifoni’s baby, and he showed up Wednesday afternoon to see it being born.

The metaphor fits for Grifoni, City Council Chairman, whose wife Elsa recently gave birth to their third child. Last November, in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Grifoni presented a position paper to the council advocating the creation of a committee to take a closer look at Marco’s experience with the storm, which made landfall over the island as a major Category 3 hurricane, to assess what went right and wrong, and how to be better prepared for the next one. - Read more here: Marco Eagle, 3/22/18

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“Our City Council has set a new standard through unchartered territory that favors bold action with a steadfast dedication to the needs of our citizens. Ultimately, the choice will be theirs to make via referendum in August. This right of self-determination is why I have championed this push. It is the heart of both self and local governance. The process is not yet complete, but today our City is close to achieving something that has never been accomplished before.” - Jared Grifoni - Read more here: Marco Eagle, 3/12/18

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Grifoni, in brief remarks, said that when he was elected to the City Council in 2016, “I never expected Hurricane Irma – the worst storm since Donna, with all respect to Commissioner Donna Fiala. “Tell us what you want,” he said to his constituents, urging them to communicate with council members, “or you leave it up to us.” - Read more here: Marco Eagle, 1/19/18

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