Feature Stories

Capt. Mitch Invites Tourism Back to the Everglades


Mitch House has spent his entire life wading through the red-tinged waters of the Everglades. He speaks with a slow, distinctly southern drawl, unique only to the small population of people born and raised out in the sawgrass marshes. Mitch is extremely knowledgeable about his hometown. He can tell you anything you need to know about the region, it’s history—both […]

Stan’s Emerges From the Mud


Steve Gober sat in his East Naples kitchen with his head in his hands. On the day after Hurricane Irma, he was denied entrance into Goodland by a Marco Island policeman. It was total wreckage and the roads were impassable, Steve was told. Now, back at his home, with dark doubts beginning to arise, he wondered if he could ever […]

Stepping Forward with Confidence


Sami Rahman has reinvented himself several times over the almost two decades that he has owned his Marco Island business. The most recent revision is a dramatic one that has seen him shift his focus to prepared foods rather than offering an assortment of groceries and household items. Rahman is the owner of the former Kwik Stop, the N. Collier […]

Rays Learn From Winning and Losing; MIA vs. Keswick Academy, September 29


he Marco Island Academy Rays football team got lessons in winning and losing during their recent games, an exciting 16-14 home win against Keswick Academy of St. Petersburg on September 29 and a humbling 41-13 road loss at local power First Baptist Academy on October 6. Such are the fates of a young charter school football team. When playing teams […]

Lobbyist Updates Council


It was a passionate and energized Ron Book who updated the Marco Island City Council on Monday evening regarding the upcoming Florida legislative session. He “encouraged” councilors to focus on items that will be given a more favorable nod by the members of legislature as they look to convene on January 9th. Book is the legislative lobbyist that was hired […]

Marco Patriots Celebrate Locals Helping Locals

  By Samantha Husted The people of the Marco Patriots Facebook group are perhaps best known for their generosity, philanthropy and dedication to volunteerism. In the weeks following Hurricane Irma they’ve worked tirelessly to help the people of Southwest Florida recover from the devastating category three storm. But on Sunday afternoon the Patriots proved that beyond charitable endeavors they also know how to throw a mean party.   Over 1,000 people gathered at CJ’s on the […]

Discovering a “New Normal” on the Dolphin Explorer

STEPPING STONES


Hurricane Irma made landfall on Marco Island September 10, 2017 as a Category 4 storm. Islanders and surrounding inhabitants hung on for dear life as winds gusted as high as 140 miles an hour. Every business was affected to some degree, some more serious than others. If not plagued by the severity of the harrowing winds, the swells from waves […]

Back to Business on Marco Island


Despite the variety of storm-related setbacks and challenges Marco Island businesses encountered post-Irma, most are now back up and running. Island residents and current visitors can see first-hand that things are finally returning to normal. But our snowbirds and future visitors may be reading conflicting online stories concerning the status of business on the island. Marco Island Chamber of Commerce […]

Goodland Survives Irma

Down, But Definitely Not Out

Tara O’Neill gestured behind her toward the end result of Hurricane Irma’s unwelcome visit to Goodland and shook her head. “It’s just been painted with mud, debris, wreckage,” said O’Neill, a long-time resident of the small, close-knit community and a well-known painter on the local art scene. “It’s hard to take in, isn’t it?” Everywhere were fallen trees and tree […]

F-Troop & Marco Patriots Join Forces

Islanders come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, it seems Marco Islanders have banded together in a lot of unexpected ways. Between the numerous hurricane relief efforts, fundraising, and of course, the good old fashioned neighborly love, it’s become obvious that a big part of what makes Marco Island special is our strong sense of community. Though Hurricane Irma made its second […]