Feature Stories

City Council Update

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For members of the Marco Island City Council the evening was somewhat uncomfortable as a number of residents came forward to question their decisions on circumstances surrounding the departure of City Manager Roger Hernstadt. At the February 6th meeting of council, Hernstadt’s letter of resignation was read into the record by City Attorney Alan Gabriel. That resignation ... Read More »

Smiles and Tears as Chaudhry Departs

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For Mac Chaudhry the day had to be bittersweet last Sunday. The longtime manager of the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort and Spa would gaze out amongst 150-200 family, friends and co-workers who would assemble in the newly renovated dining facility to wish him well as he moves on to the next chapter in his life. ... Read More »

Crime Rate Down on Marco Island

Submitted  On February 9, 2017, Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino announced a significant and continued reduction in crime, as measured by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program. The FBI’s UCR program is a nationwide, cooperative statistical effort of nearly 18,000 law enforcement agencies with a primary objective to generate reliable information for use in ... Read More »

Building Official Resigns

By Don Manley Joseph Berko has resigned as the City of Marco Island’s chief building official, effective Friday, February 3. Raul Perez has been appointed interim chief building official for the city’s Building Services Department, in his stead. Berko had held the post for about the last year. Prior to coming to Marco, he had spent almost seven years as ... Read More »

Super Bowl V Returns

By Samantha Husted Despite construction and limited parking, hundreds came out to Mackle Park to participate in the annual Souper Bowl event. The Souper Bowl, now in its fifth year, is a Marco Island Chamber of Commerce organized event. Traditionally the Souper Bowl takes place the Saturday before the actual Super Bowl, an event that is notably lacking in soup. ... Read More »

Grace Place Launches West Side Challenge

By Maureen Chodaba Grace can be defined as a state of regeneration and betterment bestowed with divine assistance upon those in need. Grace Place for Children and Families is a place where this bestowal of blessings can be witnessed on a daily basis. Started in 2004, this non-profit education center in Golden Gate is dedicated to putting faith into action ... Read More »

Brewery to Host Happy Hour for Hope

Submitted Marco Island Meals of Hope confirmed today its next “Happy Hour for Hope” will be Monday, February 27, 2017 at Marco Island Brewery from 5 PM to 7 PM. Marco Island Brewery is located in Marco Town Center Mall, 1089 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Frank and Lynette LaCava and the “Brew Crew” of the Brewery look forward to ... Read More »

PBS Documentary Features Score by JRobert

By Scott Shook Marco Island’s reigning Artist of the Year, JRobert Houghtaling, is excited for the debut of the PBS documentary, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles.” Houghtaling composed the score for the hour-long special—an honor the venerable musician considers the highlight of his outstanding musical career. “This is it, man. This is the one I’ve been waiting for,” ... Read More »

Marco Museum Meets Family Member

By Jesus Calo  When visiting a museum, you cannot help but wonder what the history an item holds beyond the descriptions being displayed. It’s a treat when you get the opportunity to walk with a direct relative who contributed to Marco Island Historical Museum’s (MIHM) very own artifact collection, recently displayed in the Pioneer Era Exhibit. Will Smith and his ... Read More »

Imagination Ball 2017: Unforgettable Evening of Glitz, Glamour & Giving

By Nikkie Sardelli Over 250 guests, dressed to the nines, attended the annual Imagination Ball supporting the American Cancer Society on the evening of Saturday, February 4. Aligned with the evening’s theme, “Glitz, Glamour & Giving,” there was no lack of effort made to ensure guests felt like they were entering an event fit for celebrities. Welcomed by a red ... Read More »

‘Crossing for a Cure’ MIPD Officer to Paddleboard from Bahamas to Florida

By Samantha Husted On June 17th, Father’s Day weekend, Marco Island police officer Josh Ferris will embark on a 50-mile, open-water, paddleboard adventure from Bimini in the Bahamas to Dania Beach, Florida. Ferris, an active paddle boarder, is making the journey in order to raise money on behalf of the Piper’s Angels Foundation. Piper, of whom the foundation is named ... Read More »

An Eco Cruise for Every Interest

Submitted From hidden history to endangered species of the estuaries – the Conservancy of Southwest Florida offers specialty-themed eco cruises of Rookery Bay on select Tuesdays. This relaxing and informative tour is led by a Conservancy-trained Naturalist. This is a perfect way to show your guests a piece of the real Southwest Florida. “The Good Fortune II eco cruise offers ... Read More »

Swing Through Time In Hollywood

Submitted The Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled’s (FDD) Hollywood Swing Through Time- themed Gala takes place March 4 from 6–11 PM at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. The evening features an elegant cocktail hour, live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. Guests can take part in the unique Diamond Drop, where they can win diamond earrings from Yamron ... Read More »

Island Pedaler: Tour de Marco Returns

By Scott Shook For the first time during winter season, bicyclists of all shapes, sizes and riding abilities will be riding in the Tour de Marco. The seventh annual riding of the popular bicycle tour, which benefits the Marco Y, will be held on Sunday, February 26 this year. Heavy early registrations have organizers excited about this year’s turnout. “We’re ... Read More »

Four Decades of Style: Kay’s on the Beach

By Jesus Calo  One is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little Kay’s on the Beach fashion. The Marco Island woman’s boutique held its 41st fashion show at the scenic Hideaway Beach Club on February 9, 2017 with over 250 women attending. Even after four decades, this island fashion favorite event continues to host its style show. The colors were ... Read More »

Marco Fire Rescue Partners With Children’s Coalition

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Water is a major component of what makes Marco Island so special. With over 100 miles of canals, thousands of swimming pools and approximately five miles of beach, residents and visitors flock to the water on a regular basis to enjoy a number of recreational activities that include swimming, boating and a number of water sports ... Read More »

Dr. Guidry Resumes His Medical Practice And almost loses it: Part 2

By Barry Gwinn Dr. Guidry opened his medical practice in Marco Island in 1998, having bought an existing practice on Collier Boulevard. The practice took off, and in 2000 he was able to purchase the building at 1310 San Marco Road, next to the firehouse. He still has his office there today. In 2002, he brought in Mitchell Shaw, D.O. ... Read More »

Pomelo – a Farmer’s Market Citrus Treat

By Maria Lamb It is citrus season in Southwest Florida and the best time to pick up fresh Florida grapefruits, tangerines and honeybells. And it might be time to try a locally grown pomelo. South Naples Citrus Grove has been a staple at Marco Island’s Farmers Market for more than eight years. They bring their fresh ripe tangelos, easy-to-peel tangerines, ... Read More »

MIYC Hires New Sales & Catering Director

Submitted Ms. Paige Simpson has accepted a position with the Marco Island Yacht Club (MIYC) as the Club’s new Director of Sales and Catering. Ms. Simpson, a Certified Wedding Professional and Certified Meeting Planner, will focus on making MIYC the premier venue for weddings and rehearsal dinners, as well as major events. She has more than 26 years’ experience in ... Read More »

Coffee with the Chiefs

Enjoy your morning cup of coffee with Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino and Fire Chief Mike Murphy on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 9 AM at Wake Up Marco, 912 N. Collier Boulevard. Coffee with the Chiefs is the perfect opportunity for Marco Island residents to personally meet with the Chiefs and to voice any questions ... Read More »