Long Awaited Joey D’s

If you were anywhere near 701 Bald Eagle Drive on Monday at 5 PM your thoughts had to reflect back on the 1989 hit movie “Field of Dreams” and the catch phrase, “Build it and they will come.” That certainly was the case when the doors opened at 5 PM and islanders poured into the newest Italian restaurant on Marco, […]


The East Naples Merchants Association (ENMA) gathered at BurgerFi on Thursday, July 13 for its first “Burgers and Beer” Business After Business networking event. What’s better than ending a busy week with a gourmet burger and an ice-cold beer? Members had the opportunity to chow down on a delicious burger of their choice with a side of “cry or fry” […]

Bentley Village Celebrates Independence Day

Vi at Bentley Village celebrated the Fourth of July with a distinctly Southwest Florida-style show of patriotism and enthusiasm. Dozens of residents and employees of the senior living community participated in a golf cart and bicycle parade to commemorate the holiday. Executive Director Penny Smith led the procession of red, white, and blue as it traversed the 156-acre campus, passing […]

Networking Luau

Gator Nate Finds a New Hole on Marco

“Gator Nate” Martin captured the crowd the moment he bounded onto the Marco Players’ Theatre stage on Monday night, July 17—and he didn’t let go. Wearing sunglasses (the lights hurt his eyes), a black hat with Gator Head written across the brim, topped by the Florida state flag and Yosemite Sam, Gator Nate immediately had the receptive crowd clapping and […]

A Karaoke Christmas in July

Who says Marco Island is quiet in the summer months? Certainly not anyone who was at the recent Christmas in July Karaoke fundraiser at The SpeakEasy! Organized by Keller Williams, the event was rocking with karaoke tunes sung by many Marco Island residents and visitors. Funds raised will be donated to Christmas Island Style, the nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to […]


Joey Waves is well known for his striking, artistic photographs. Now the local photographer has brought his still photos of Southwest Florida’s natural habitat to life through animation. Joey creates the “moving pictures” by manipulating the original shot and applying technology to make them appear to move. He can even animate a single photo of a boat to make it […]

There’s More to the Story

2018 Special Olympics USA Games Special Olympics Florida – Collier County is pleased to announce that local athletes Viviana Pantoja and Jill Walker will compete as part of Team Florida at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington on July 1-6, 2018. “We’re thrilled to have two of our athletes selected to compete in Special Olympics USA games […]

A Spam-tastic Weekend

June marks the start of Hurricane Season here in Southwest Florida and ham in a can never looked so good. The Little Bar Restaurant’s annual “Spammy Jammy” event was held on Saturday, June 24, and the subsequent “Spamover” on Sunday June 25, in hopes of warding off potential hurricanes this summer. What is Spammy Jammy you ask? It involves two […]

Glory of the Grape

A Glorious Event for MI Chamber

Glory of the Grape, the annual fundraiser for the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund and other charitable efforts, was recently held at Chop 239 in the Esplanade. The event drew over 150 people and featured 17 wine selections paired with delicious samplings of gourmet food. Guests enjoyed smoked salmon crostini paired with vintages of Occhio Douro Tons […]