Feature Stories

Looking Back With Gratitude


In reflecting on Madison Eye Associates’ 22 year anniversary Dr. Michael Madison is quick to acknowledge that time flies when examined from the rear view mirror. “It’s surprising,” he said of the years that have passed since he opened his practice on Marco Island. “I’m surprised it’s been that long. I’ve just enjoyed being a part of Marco Island as […]

Galiana Gains Golden Apple Nomination

She is MIA’s First-Ever Teacher of Distinction

It has been almost a year since Governor Rick Scott visited Marco Island Academy (MIA), to bestow his Shine Awards, and see for himself what makes this tiny charter high school (less than 210 students) such an academic powerhouse in the state of Florida. The governor makes these awards to Florida public school educators who have proven to be inspirational […]

MIAAOR Installs 2018 Officers and Directors


The Marco Island Area Association of Realtors (MIAAOR) recently held its annual installation banquet and award ceremony at the Hideaway Beach Club on Marco Island. The association, now in its 42nd year, acts as a network for it’s over 700 members. The annual ceremony acts as a celebration of the group’s achievements over the past year. Members are able to […]

A Parade of Pets, Holiday-Style


Christmas Island Style’s Holiday Pets on Parade brought out residents and their adorable pets, sporting festive holiday wear. The dogs (and one cat) paraded up and down the red carpet, some needing a little coaxing and encouragement. “This event has really grown in popularity,” said Master of Ceremonies Stan Niemczyk, a member of the Christmas Island Style Committee. “It really […]

Snook Inn Changing Ownership


Last week the word spread like wildfire around the island that the iconic Snook Inn was being sold. For 32 years it has been under the management of the Passini and Banks family and has grown into one of the most recognizable venues on the island. Dennis Passini and his then wife Laurie made their way south to Marco Island, […]

JW Marriott Names New GM


Currently in the final phase of a three-year, $320 million renovation and brand conversion project, the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of their new general manager, Sharon Lockwood. A 35-year Marriott veteran, Lockwood will be taking over the role for Rick Medwedeff who has been appointed as the general manager for the all […]

Snook Inn Changing Ownership


For 32 years the Snook Inn and the Passini name were synonymous with what the Marco Island lifestyle represented. The iconic setting on the Marco River became one of those “had to visit” places if you were coming to the island. If you were lucky enough to live here, it would be one of the first places you’d take visiting […]

New City Manager Excited About Marco


From the farmlands of Iowa to the warmer Florida climate of Pasco County, Lee Niblock has had an interesting journey during his life. His latest stop on his journey will be here on Marco Island as he assumes his duties as the community’s next city manager. Niblock and his wife Connie will relocate to Marco Island from their home in […]

The JOY is Thankful for 29 Years of Giving


Christmas is a joyous time of year. Yes, this writer is one of those irritating people on Facebook posting the number of Fridays left before Christmas, beginning in April, while maintaining the only way to be done decorating a tree by Christmas Eve is to start October 1st. Let’s not mention the Christmas song or two on the recently played […]

How the House Family Shaped the Everglades


ew people can trace their ancestry back to the 1600s. For Mitch House, his family’s past is very much a part of his present life. The 54-year-old Everglades native has a strong sense of the past and an even stronger sense of family. The House clan has occupied the swamplands of the Glades since the late 1800s. Mitch’s roots, like […]


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