Patrons tack dollars onto Marco restaurant wall to protest utility fee

Customers are plastering dollar bills on a restaurant’s entrance to help the family-owned business survive an expansion that came with an unexpected $64,000 fee from Marco Island officials.

The plight of Chefs’ Express was first heard when co-owner Anne Feinman pleaded with Marco Island City Council members in October to make utility impact fees reasonable. Defining reasonable seems to be the challenge and the answer depends on who you ask.

Several other Marco Island restaurant owners and business leaders are standing behind the Feinmans in hopes the council will choose next week to implement at least a temporary reprieve from utility impact fees at a meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday.

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