Feature Stories

Niblock Facing Second Battery Charge

A second woman has brought forward a “battery” complaint against the newly fired Marco Island City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock. This time it was from an incident alleged to have taken place in Alachua County, Florida in June 2017. Niblock was employed as the Alachua County Manager until August 2017, when his employment there was terminated. According to sources in […]

Niblock Contract Terminated with Cause

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides City Attorney Alan Gabriel advised council that his efforts to reach an amiable result with Dr. Lee Niblock and his attorney regarding his employment status with the city has not provided any results. The city attorney updated the council on his review of the contract regarding his employment. He focused on possible violations of the ICMA […]

It’s Food and Music Festival Time

The all-ages fun, artistic creations, live tunes and the plethora of taste bud and thirst-pleasing options that are the Marco Island Food and Music Festival are right around the corner. Veterans Community Park will again be the site for the always popular event, set for March 23 through March 25, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year. This will […]

Art and Science Meet at the 38th Annual Shell Show

Art and science are two fields of thought that don’t always interact. But when they do, as was the case at the annual Marco Island Shell Show, something interesting happens. The shell show has long been a place where biology and art converge. The three-day event, now in its 38th year, hosts over 150 juried artistic and scientific shell exhibits. […]

Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation’s Pancake Breakfast

Approximately 1,700 pancakes were poured, flipped and served (along with scrambled eggs and sausages) in what turned out to be one of the most successful pancake breakfasts ever for the Marco Island Fire Rescue Foundation. The finale of this great family event came when Commissioner Donna Fiala drew the winning ticket in a cruise raffle. The lucky winner was Laura […]

Deltona Settlement Agreement – and Its Enormous Impact

Coastal History

This is a reprint of Craig Woodward’s column, Coastal History. It first appeared in the February 24, 2012 issue of Coastal Breeze News. We know many of our readers, whether residents or seasonal visitors, enjoy learning more about the area. We will reprint an array of Coastal History columns in the coming months. The one single document with the greatest […]

CurePSP: Walking Towards a Cure

he Southwest Florida Support Group recently hosted its 15th annual CurePSP Walk at Mackle Park. The public gathered to unlock the secrets of brain disease and inspire hope. A slight overcast of grey skies did not detour the community from the walk’s purpose: raising awareness. “The mission is all about awareness,” Walk Coordinator and Support Group Co-Facilitator Cindy MacDonald stated. […]

Fire Crews Respond to Fire at MTCM

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Personnel from the Marco Island Fire Rescue Department were dispatched to 1069 North Collier Boulevard at 6:48pm on Wednesday evening for an alarm of fire. Upon arrival they reported heavy smoke coming from a section of buildings within the Marco Town Center Mall (MTCM), which houses several retail stores, restaurants and a dry cleaners. Heavy smoke […]

Honig’s Attack on MIPD Misfires

The Marco Island City Council meeting on March 5th saw councilors and parents alike praising Police Chief Al Schettino and his staff’s high priority response to adding additional protection to local schools on the island after the deadly shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida on February 14. Council would also go on to issue a proclamation in recognition of the heroic […]

Are Longtime City Employees at Risk?

Over the last two weeks, the island and its residents have been abuzz with the news that the new City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock, is under investigation by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office regarding a claim of battery made by a female resident. Since then, public records requests made by multiple individuals have discovered some disturbing supplemental information concerning plans […]

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