On September 28, 2022, Hurricane Ian hit the west coast of Florida as a Category 4 hurricane and was the deadliest hurricane to hit Florida since 1935 with at least 157 fatalities.
Marco Island experienced 8 feet of storm surge and had 304 residential buildings and 63 commercial buildings with significant damage. While Marco Island was not impacted as severely as some other communities, Hurricane Ian was a major event for the city.
In the weeks following the hurricane, after the roads were cleared, traffic signals repaired, power restored, and the Island mostly cleaned up, the after-action process began. By this time, most of the city employees were exhausted and everyone had opinions about what had gone well and what had not.