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Letter to the Editor: Suzanne Piro


Gentlemen, Thank you all for your commitment to Marco Island and enduring an entire day’s and evening session toward giving our citizens the best possible place to live in the country.  You all do a thankless job with little compensation and many headaches Thank you, especially, for two forward moving venues: water rates and the rental ordinance.  In terms of the water rate structure, I am pleased that you are finally moving in a positive direction.  It made little sense to going backward to a Water Rate Utility Board/Committee….has they say been there done that…. The water rates need to ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Dr. Gerald Swiacki


Responsibility.  Accountability.  Safety.  Equality.  These are the issues regarding the rental ordinance.   After much debate over several months in public, at the Planning Advisory Board and as City Council Meetings the members of City Council passed a comprehensive ordinance regarding rental properties.  Without this ordinance property owners could not be identified because they did not have to register.  Any problems with that property from short term renters regarding noise, occupancy and safety issues could not be addressed because the responsible person could not be found. Condo owners needed to be included.  They should not be treated separately from home owners.  ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Linda J. Turner


The Marco Island Property Owners, (MIPO), Board of Directors thanks Council Chairman Larry Sacher and Councilors Batte, Honecker and Petricca for voting in favor of the Rental Ordinance. MIPO thanks all councilors for devoting many hours of service. Most Marco Island property owners worked many years to save their hard earned dollars so that they could afford to live on this beautiful island expecting a reasonable quality of life.   In time, many of these property owners witnessed their neighborhood transform from a friendly residential community to a rental/hotel business next door with new customers arriving every week. The Rental Ordinance ... Read More »

MIA Rays host Zion Lutheran in spring game on Friday night

MIA's Vinnie Moller runs a play during the Manta Rays spring practice.

By Roger LaLonde Spring practice for the Marco Island Academy football team is different from years past. They have experience. They are going through every drill with gusto and dropping for 10 push-ups should they make a mistake without being told…at least sometimes. The team was 4-6 a year ago, its best record in its first three years. They have 10 offensive starters back and eight on defense. Many of them have been together most of the past three years. There will be strong senior leadership for the first time in the school’s short history. Most of all they are ... Read More »

Tourism to Big Cypress National Preserve

Creates $91 Million in Economic Benefits Report shows visitor spending supports 1,323 jobs in local economy   Contacts: Big Cypress National Preserve: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107 Everglades Media Contacts Only: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714, or Mary Plumb, 305-242-7017 Biscayne National Park: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679 Ochopee, FL– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,192,856 visitors to Big Cypress National Preserve in 2014 spent $91,111,200 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,323 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $129,699,800. “Big Cypress National Preserve welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said ... Read More »


US 41 at Mooring Line Drive:  Maintenance permit project:  Crews will be working on sidewalks and landscaping on the west side of the roadway.  Drivers should use caution while crews work near the road. US 41 from Wiggins Pass Road to Immokalee Road: Maintenance permit project: Motorists should expect the two outside southbound lanes closed during nighttime/overnight hours from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday for crews to work on utilities.  Drivers should expect slow moving traffic during this time. US 41 (Tamiami Trail East) from SR 951 to Greenway Road: Construction project: Crews continue work to expand two-lane US 41 to six lanes from ... Read More »



Blues, Brews and BBQ is coming back to Tin City May 9th and 10th in celebration of CityFest. Sponsored by the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Wicked Dolphin Rum, Big C Events, Pinchers, and Texas Tony’s Rib House, festival highlights will include live music and tasty local treats, kid’s activities and vendors. Kicking off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8th, local band favorite Deb and the Dynamics will play from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. while finger-licking good BBQ is served with fresh, local seafood and icy brews. Saturday the 9th, the fun continues with The Good Bad Kids from ... Read More »



IBERIABANK, the 128-year-old subsidiary of IBERIABANK Corporation, is pleased to announce a partnership with area schools to celebrate national “Teach Children to Save Day” with savings education on April 24. Through this program, which is sponsored by American Bankers Association (ABA), over 200 IBERIABANK associates will reach more than 3,800 children throughout five states.  Local youth will be taught to identify the difference between needs and wants, learn how to identify expenses, trade-offs, ways to cut spending and how to save for the future.   Here locally, bankers from IBERIABANK taught classes at Orangewood Elementary in Fort Myers, Poinciana Elementary School in Naples ... Read More »


The Collier County Board of County Commissioners is seeking applications for positions on several advisory committees. They are: Affordable Housing Advisory Committee currently has three vacancies: one representing Labor Actively Engaged in Home Building (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), one representing For-Profit Provider of Affordable Housing (term expires Oct. 1, 2015), and one representing Advocate for Low Income Persons (term expires Oct. 1, 2017). This committee was created to monitor the implementation of the Affordable Housing Task Force’s recommendations, and the goals, objectives, and policies of the housing elements of the County’s Growth Management Plan and the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The committee also determines ... Read More »

Marco Island Florist and Gifts


Marco Island Florist and Gifts is excited to be hosting exchange student Hanna Lagerstorm , she is our very own floral design intern visiting from Sweden. Hanna is 19 years  old and attends floral design school Almåsgymnasiet – in beautiful Borås, Sweden .  For the pasted 3 years Hanna has studied all aspects of traditional and modern floral design and loves the business and designing stunning flower arrangements . She is  studying with us for the next 5 weeks?, creating and learning how we do things here at  Marco Island Florist and Gifts  . We would love to invite you to stop in and meet her. As part of our way of giving back, Nancy Carrington and her amazing staff at ... Read More »

Edward Jones Ranks No. 6 on FORTUNE Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For List Financial-services firm makes list for 16th year

Financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 6 on FORTUNEmagazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2015” list in its 16th appearance on the prestigious list, according to Gary Ozak and Kevin O’Fee, Financial Advisors in Marco Island, FL. Edward Jones’ 16 FORTUNE rankings also include top 10 finishes for 12 years, top five rankings for six years and consecutive No. 1 rankings in 2002 and 2003. Last year, the firm ranked No. 4 overall. In the FORTUNE survey of associates, for which the ranking is predominantly based, 94 percent of Edward Jones associates said they have pride in the work they do. And 96 percent ... Read More »

Gary Ozak Accepts Limited Partnership

Gary Ozak of Edward Jones in Marco Island, FL has accepted an invitation to become a limited partner in The Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm. Edward Jones currently employs nearly 40,000 associates in all 50 states and through its affiliate in Canada. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the firm’s first partnership offering – and today Edward Jones has expanded the partnership to more than 20,000 limited partners. “I am honored to be invited to become a limited partner in the firm,” said Ozak. “I enjoy working for Edward Jones, and I am very proud of the way we ... Read More »

FWC moves forward with comprehensive draft bear management rules

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) continues to build on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, FWC Commissioners approved several proposed bear-related rules that will be presented for final action in June. The draft rules address a wide variety of tools to manage bear populations and help reduce human-bear conflicts. Staff were directed to refine changes to the feeding rule by making a new sub-section specifically for bear feeding and adding coyotes to rule 68A-4.001(3). In responding to feeding violations, staff will focus on written warnings as a key component. ... Read More »

Fiddler’s Creek

Fiddler’s Creek announced that a newly furnished Madison model home and three additional inventory homes are now available for purchase at Chiasso, a village of 59 single-family residences located within the luxury, master-planned community. Offered by D.R. Horton, Chiasso is in the beautiful Veneta section of Fiddler’s Creek and is a sanctuary of peace and the pinnacle of luxury living. The village is intertwined with waterways and features five spacious floor plans, ranging from 2,583 to 3,522 air-conditioned square feet, most featuring stunning lake views. The Madison is a one-story, move-in ready home offering 3,246 air-conditioned square feet. This lakefront residence ... Read More »


The Collier County Veteran Services Division is looking for volunteer drivers to help take veterans to medical appointments at Bay Pine VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines (near St. Petersburg) and the Cape Coral VA Clinic in Cape Coral. Collier County Veteran Services relies on volunteers to help transport some 1,100 veterans annually to medical appointments at these facilities, which are operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The county provides the service to veterans free of charge. “We are highly dependent on the drivers willing to give of their time for our veterans,” said Gary Vincent, manager of ... Read More »

Commission approves 70-day recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters at the April 16 meeting in Tallahassee. Red snapper is a popular species that has a strong economic impact for many coastal communities throughout Florida.   The 2015 season will start the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23) and run through July 12, resume for all of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 5-7) and finish with Saturdays and Sundays throughout the rest of September and all of October, with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1.   The 2015 Gulf federal waters ... Read More »


The Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Get Outdoors Florida! are proud to announce the 2015 renewal and expansion of the Nature Play “Prescription” Program. Created in 2014, the program was designed to increase healthy activity for children and their families through access to Florida’s award winning state parks. “Nature Play ‘Prescription’ is a great opportunity for Florida families to get outside, get active and enjoy our outstanding state parks,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. “This collaboration is a great example of state agencies working together for Florida’s families in ... Read More »


DATES:  June 2rd to August 1nd, 2015   DAYS OF PRACTICE AND TIMES: Every Tuesday 5:00–6:30 pm (Practices held rain or shine unless otherwise notified).   LOCATION: Golden Gate Country Club, 4100 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples 34116 (Just west of 951 on GG Pkwy).   COMPETITION DATES: County Games: Tuesday, July 7th 2015 at GGCC 5:00-6:30 pm. Coaches are expected to be at games. Area Games: Saturday, August 1st 2015 at Royal Palm Country Club, Naples 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Coaches are expected at games. State Golf Games:  Fri-Sat September 4th-5th, 2015 in Orlando. Not all coaches are expected to go to State Golf Games. But we will need some to go.   ASSISTANT COACH ... Read More »

Be a part of changing someone’s life forever… with Special Olympics Collier County

COLLIER COUNTY DRINKING WATER NAMED BEST TASTING IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA   The Collier County Water Division produces the best tasting water in Southwest Florida, according to a panel of judges at the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association’s (FSAWWA) Best Tasting Drinking Water Contest – Region V.   Collier County’s drinking water was chosen as the best on Tuesday, April 14, during a blind taste test from among six samples submitted by water utilities from Collier, Lee and portions of Hendry counties.   This is not the first time Collier County’s water has been awarded the best tasting ... Read More »

Clerk Wins 2015 Budget Award from Government Finance Officers Association

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that the Collier County Clerk of the Courts, Florida has received the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for budget year 2015, for the thirteenth consecutive year.   The award represents a significant achievement by the Clerk’s Accounting Department. It reflects the commitment of Clerk of Courts Dwight E. Brock and his staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the Clerk had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The guidelines are designed to assess how ... Read More »