Feature Stories

No Search Firm and No Confidence


Once again Marco Island City Council stumbled in their attempts to move forward on filling the position of city manager. They also voted their displeasure with one of their own in a heated exchange later in the evening. Fear of sliding down the slippery slope of failure once again, some Marco Island City Councilors questioned the suggestion by Council Chairman […]

New Police Captain Promotion Announced


When you sit down with newly promoted Captain Rich Stoltenborg to discuss his background and experience in law enforcement, you can’t help to draw the similarities to that of Marco Island Police Chief Al Schettino.  Stoltenborg is quick to point out, however, the fact that his longtime friend and law enforcement counterpart is a couple of years “older” than he […]

Contentious Public Comments Directed at City Council


The Marco Island City Council meeting on Monday, May 7 was a combination of recognitions, debates, scolding and verbal sparring. Although the meeting began with celebratory proclamations, the lingering shadows created by former City Manager Lee Niblock’s departure, and questions regarding the actions of at least two councilors and the city attorney, became front and center in the evening’s contentious […]

Marco Island Featured in ‘Places to Love’


Samantha Brown’s new series on PBS filmed a Season Two episode, “Naples & Paradise Coast,” which will be aired in early 2019. Two Marco Island attractions, The Oyster Society and the Dolphin Explorer, will be featured in the upcoming episode. Recently, locals visiting The Oyster Society were treated to more than just The Woodwork performing. Guests received a glimpse into […]

Marco Island Firefighter Arrested


The following statement was issued today by Marco Island Fire Rescue Department Chief Michael Murphy: On May 4, 2018, Marco Island Firefighter/EMT  N. Macchiarolo was arrested for multiple felony violations by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. The Marco Island Fire Rescue Department takes very seriously the conduct of its employees. We are fully cooperating with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in reference to this investigation. Macchiarolo […]

Councilors’ Involvement Revealed in Niblock Investigation 


The recent explosive news concerning the allegations contained in the battery charge against Marco Island’s former City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock has raised a larger issue of what some sitting city councilors knew, and did to keep the incident quiet before it became public. Witness statements contained in the Collier County Sheriff’s Office investigative report indicate that on February 2nd, […]

Tony Smith: How One Marco Islander Discovered the Artist Within


Creativity exists within everyone. How we choose to act on our creative impulses, however, is another matter. Some spend their whole lives suppressing their desire to paint, sing, dance, or sew. Others are simply unaware of the talent they possess. For Tony Smith, the only difference between an artist and a non-artist is that the artist chooses to create. Smith, […]

Pickleball Excitement Returns to East Naples


The “must do” event of the week in Southwest Florida is the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships where East Naples Community Park has been completely transformed into Pickleball Party Central with American flags waving proudly, lining every walkway. Live music, a Margaritaville VIP Lounge, a Vendor Village, cheering fans, and that distinct popping sound of pickleball being played can be heard […]

MIAAOR and NABOR Voting on Merger


Members of the Marco Island Area Association of REALTORS® (MIAAOR®) and Naples Area Board of REALTORS® (NABOR®) will vote to either approve or deny a strategic merger of the two long-time independent Collier County-based REALTOR® member organizations in late May. If approved by members of both boards, the combined entity would serve over 7,000 active members in Collier County. The […]

Our Community Celebrates Earth Day


Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is the largest global celebration recognizing the importance of conserving and protecting our planet. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida hosted its 2018 Earth Day Festival to celebrate with the local and regional community. Typically, 800-1,200 people frequent the Conservancy during its Earth Day Festival and this year guests were fortunate to have sunshiny weather with […]


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