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Temporary Modification To Disinfection Procedures

Marco Island Utilities (MIU) will be temporarily changing the disinfection process for the potable (drinking) water supply. From October 11, 2010 through November 09, 2010, MIU will disinfect the water with free chlorine rather that combined chlorine/ammonia (chloramines). This conversion to chlorine (a stronger disinfectant) from chloramines allows MIU to perform an annual water distribution system purge as recommended by the Department of Environmental Protection for water utilities using chloramines as their primary disinfectant. The process will start at 9:00 AM on October 11, 2010. This temporary change in disinfectant does not cause adverse health effects. However, during this period ... Read More »

Free Bicycle Helmets, Lights & Locks!

Yes, FREE! Where: Marco Island Academy at 740 N. Collier Blvd #107, just down from Cold Stone Creamery at the Esplanade When: Saturday, October 30th at 1 p.m. Free while supplies last so arrive at 1 p.m. for the best selection. 100 helmets are available in many colors and sizes from toddler to age 8 youth. The Marco Island Police Department SRO Officer will be available to assist in fitting the helmets. Police are also giving out FREE safety lights and locks. A community event sponsored by: Marco Island Academy, A Public Charter High School, Read More »

Wednesday last day to request mail ballot

NAPLES, FL – If you are planning to vote by mail, Wednesday, October 27th is the last day to request the ballot be mailed to you.  Per Section 101.62, Florida Statutes, the deadline for requesting an absentee ballot be sent to a voter by mail is October 27th at 5:00 p.m.  After that date, voters will be required to pick up their absentee/mail ballot at the Supervisor of Elections Office, Collier Government Center, 3301 Tamiami Trail East, Building C2, Naples, FL. The ballot for the 2010 General Election is quite lengthy and, for most Collier County voters, will be three ... Read More »


“A day doesn’t go by that I don’t think of Vietnam. One day, August 19, 1969 I found a tunnel. When I pulled on the handle, the VC pulled back. I started to pull harder and I believe I was breaking his knuckles. Finally, he let go and I fell backwards with the cement cover. At the same time he threw a grenade up. It was an American M-26 hand grenade which has a three-second delay. He wasn’t counting on that, or my head would have been blown off. He threw it up and it fell back down and killed ... Read More »

Restaurant confronts Council on impact fees

In an emotional plea to City Council on Monday, Chef’s Express owner Annie Feinman, expressed her shock and dismay at the way the City has withheld an electrical permit because of unpaid impact fees in the amount of $64,000—fees for which, she says, she never received a bill. Rick and Ann Feinman and their daughter, Lauren, were present at the City Council meeting on October 18 for the scheduled discussion on restaurant impact fees. Ann Feinman described how she and her daughter opened Chef’s Express four years ago as a small deli and carryout in Old Marco where customers would ... Read More »

Community loses a long time resident

Beloved Katherine “Kappy” Kirk, born March 10, 1917 passed on October 16, 2010. Pioneer and third generation southwest Floridian, Kappy married the late Arthur “Bud” Kirk in 1941. Kappy was raised and lived in the fishing community of Caxambas until 1949. At that time the home which Kappy lived in until her death was moved to Goodland. That historic home was built after the 1910 hurricane. The wood used was heart of Southern Pine. Kappy was a member of the Island’s first families and active in the Marco Island Historical Society. Kappy served as postmaster in Goodland from 1950 to ... Read More »

Halloween Happenings

Following are two of the fun events that will be happening in our local area. Details can also be found on our Calendar. Halloween Spooktacular Come out to Mackle Park on Saturday, October 23rd from 4:00 – 6:00pm for our annual Halloween “Spooktacular” event. Music, games, food, pumpkin patch sales, Halloween crafts and so much more will be available, event is open and free to the public. We will have a Halloween costume contest for ages 10 and under beginning at 5:30 p.m. No registration is required. Call Mackle Park for further details at 642-0575. Halloween Alternative “Trunk or Treat” ... Read More »

FDOT discussion on New Construction Plans at 951/41 intersection

On October 7, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) invited the public to discuss future plans for changes at the intersection of Route 951 and Route 41 in East Naples. Representatives were on hand to explain information that they had posted on display boards at the Habitat for Humanity building located on Tamiami Trail. Many people showed up to find out more about the possible construction of an overpass or alternative construction plans. The various topics included: An Ultimate Overpass Plan to be completed by 2035, and a Phase One – Interim Plan; also: Alternatives for Further Evaluation, Build Alternative ... Read More »

Who is teaching our children?

In this day and age we rely more on our schools and their faculty to teach our children than ever before. Parents take their children’s school hours very seriously and we cannot deny teachers see our children for approximately 35 hours per week. For many children, those hours are their most attentive and productive during the week. Fortunately, Marco Island offers two fine educational facilities: Tommie Barfield Elementary (TBE) and Marco Island Charter Middle School.  Both schools have been recognized by the state of Florida as ‘A’ rated schools for several years running. Simply put, it means they are exceptional ... Read More »

The Experts Speak PART II

By Ken Gandy Just like the weather, it seems that everyone asks and wants to know about the real estate market on Marco Island. Is this the worst of times or the best of times? Are we in a recovery or a continuing decline? How much does the national and global financial climate affect us? Is it true that the first real estate markets to decline are the first to turn around? Questions with many answers, speculation, a wide variety of opinions, political influences, and an ever-changing world financial market….these all have a direct effect upon influencing our real ... Read More »

Everglades City turns out to bless the crab boats

by Bonnie Woodward If you’d like to get a glimpse of “small town America” again and feel like you’re back in “the good ole days”, next year you must visit Everglades City for the blessing of the crab boats! As you may already know, most of the stone crab in this area comes from the commercial fishermen based in Everglades City, many of whom are second and third generation “crabbers”. Stone crab season begins October 15 and runs through April 15. Held at the historic Rod & Gun Club in Everglades City on October 2, it was a festive event ... Read More »

Beware the Bubbameister and such

Growing up was accompanied by learning fired at us from all angles. Most of it was real; other stuff, fired by kids and relatives, was not so real. One of those, and, seemingly most important was the maternal bit of wisdom, from mothers, grandmothers, and other female persons. These were later discovered to be “bubbameisters” or “old wives’ tales.”  The males were occupied with sports, politics and, in my case, the price of hindquarters of beef. We did not immediately learn the separation of fact from fiction and superstition. We learned the irrefutable law according to mom or grandma, and ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: This is to address a disturbing situation that is occurring on Marco Island – that is, the opposition to establishing a charter high school on Marco Island. The Marco Island Academy is so much a win-win benefit to not only our children (the future of Marco) but to the community at large as well. To oppose this is a travesty and we are truly saddened that the opposition of a small segment can override an overwhelming need and benefit for the community. We have all too often heard a communal cry of “not in our back yard”; however, ... Read More »

Will the Calusa ever haunt Marco Island?

By Virginia Carlin That season is here again with all the familiar Halloween symbols—goblins, witches, jack-o-lanterns from carved out pumpkins. There’s something in our nature that makes such vestiges of these beliefs and practices continue into our modern times. And, of course, the mysterious always intrigues us. Most people today don’t believe in ghosts or witches, yet it is human, I guess, to be fascinated by histories of haunted houses and ghosts and things that go bump in the night. Did you know that there are many haunted dwellings and active spirits throughout our land in various locations, as well ... Read More »


Here in Southwest Florida, citizens care how our local elected officials, as well as state and federal officials, are taking care of government. Have your say in what policy decisions will be made and who will be making them for us. Most of you don’t need a reminder, but for those of you who are busy working and caring for your families, here are the “where” and “when” of the up-coming elections. For information on the election, what’s on the ballot, who are the candidates, and more, go to: WWW.COLLIERVOTES.COM On Election Day, November 2, the polls will open at ... Read More »

Hideaway Beach re-nourishment project making progress

By Hillary Franks With approximately fifty percent of the project completed, Hideaway Beach is looking forward to bigger and better beach days. The Hideaway Beach Re-Nourishment Project started officially on June 21 of this year. The project will be completed in early December 2010. The goal is to bring more sand to the beach and keep it there, thus giving residents and visitors more area to enjoy. The project involves dredging existing sand from under the water off shore and bringing it in to replace that which has been eroded away by the water currents. Complementing this, new T-groin installments ... Read More »

Pink or Scarlet?

When Sean Kelly saw this pink ibis on Isles of Capri, he said, “She’s wearing pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Actually, ibis may show pink for either of two reasons other than breast cancer awareness. One: About fifty years ago, several scarlet ibis, natives of South America, were released in south Florida and interbred with their close cousins, the white ibis, producing a bird that shows pink as an adult. This bird could be a hybrid white-scarlet ibis. Two: scarlet ibis begin life as gray-brown birds and slowly turn through pink to red as a result of crustaceans in ... Read More »

Kiwanis’ Terrific Kids

by Pat Holmes The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island has begun another year of saluting the Terrific Kids in our area’s elementary schools. Recently, they were joined by the children of Tommie Barfield Elementary School along with the children from the Manatee Elementary School. Teachers from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades select a child from their classes each month to be honored as a Terrific Kid. Besides the teacher writing a short note as to why this particular child was selected, the students provide information such as their favorite book and movie, what they want to be when they grow up, family members ... Read More »

Meet Officer Hector Diaz

Officer Hector Diaz was born in New Jersey and came with his family to Jacksonville, Florida, when he was ten years old. He graduated from the St. Augustine Police Academy in 1991 as Class President, and then served as an Officer in Jacksonville for the following seven years. He was only the fourth Officer to be hired by the newly formed Marco Island Police Department in August 1999. For seven years of his eleven-plus years here, Hector has worked with police dogs as a certified K-9 Dog Handler. He was trained at K-9 school with German Shepherd, Sampson, and worked ... Read More »