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Letter to the Editor: What do Fort Lauderdale Commissioners and Citizens Know, that Marco Does Not?

In response to complaints by its residents regarding vacation rentals, the City of Ft. Lauderdale recently passed Ordinance #C-15-29. Included in the Ordinance:   Mandatory registration of single family home or condo that is to be used for rentals. Final fee schedule still to be determined although initial fees proposed were $750 in year 1 and $500 for subsequent years.   “Name, address, and emergency contact phone number of responsible party for said property, which shall be a 24 hour, 7 days a week contact number. That the phone number for the Responsible party will be answered 24 hours a ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: George Karpman

City Council   There certainly has been a lot of recent negative Letter’s to the Editor pointed at our current city council. Are things on Marco Island really that bad? These negative letters have me thinking about the good old days on Marco Island.   Do you remember the Septic Tank Replacement Program (STRP)? I certainly do because it cost me $20,000! That council in 2005 passed the STRP by resolution so no one could use the charter ordinance repeal process.   Next, that council changed the council meeting rules to require that everyone had to sign-up to speak and ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Phares Heindl

After the recent code enforcement hearings presided over by Special Magistrate Monty Lazarus the public responded favorably with letters to the editor and via the Marco Island Property Ownersnewsletter. Having recently watched the video replay of the hearing, I strongly agree that Magistrate Lazarus did an excellent job presiding over the code violation cases. He was decisive and impartial issuing no nonsense rulings while maintaining a judicial demeanor showing courtesy and respect to all parties involved.  While Council is to be commended for the shift to a magistrate enforcement system, give the performance of Mr. Lazarus, a former Marco Island citizen ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Shigley’s

Dearest Friends, Family, & Community Members,  My family is so grateful for the overwhelming support we received at the Fight4Jada Cancer Fundraiser at CJ’s on the Bay last Sunday, August 16th.  It was so wonderful to see so many of you there and I thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share my story for the first time publicly.  I was worried about that, but I think it really went well!  There are so many people to thank and I am busy now and will continue to spend the weeks to come smiling as I write thank you notes ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Harris


Not often that I agree with Councilor Honecker on anything, but it IS time to kill Marco’s rental ordinance. It’s dividing the island and pitting homeowners against condos again. But some of the comments are hilarious, such as referencing the ‘much improved’ code department. Every neighborhood on the island has code violations that are ignored by the city. We use grant money for the sidewalk widening projects. Those grants require ADA-compliance. The permits for driveway pavers, in most cases, indicates that pavers can run all the way to the street; an ADA violation. To Mister Karpman: do you recall when the ‘Group ... Read More »

Dress for Success SW Florida names prominent businesspeople as officers

Dedicated directors and advisers step up to improve women’s futures  Barbara Dell, CEO of Dress for Success SW Florida, is pleased to announce the new officers and members of the board of directors and advisory board, which will set the direction for the organization to empower greater numbers of women in the community to obtain safer and better futures. Karen Anderson of Shell Point Retirement Community is the new president of the board, with Julio Barina of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company serving as vice president. Terri Sobeck of Stevens Construction ascends from the advisory board to serve as ... Read More »

Conservancy of Southwest Florida responds to first groundwater test taken from first fracked well in Florida

Critical groundwater sampling just began a week ago at the Hogan well, where unauthorized fracking had occurred more than a year and a half ago. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) had withheld authorization of the technique due to concerns about its potential impact on groundwater resources. Yet, after it occurred, the DEP only did minimal shallow groundwater testing at around 13 feet – even though the fracking chemicals were injected thousands of feet underground. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida insisted that meaningful groundwater testing for potential contamination be done and then entered into a legal agreement that required ... Read More »

Pure Florida offers marine science field trips for students, organizations

Pure Florida now offers marine science cruises for school groups and other organizations to provide students with hands-on learning aboard the Naples-based M/V Double Sunshine and the Fort Myers-based M/V Explorer. The cruises offer activities that encourage teamwork and critical thinking as students experience and learn about marine biology, environmental science, local history and the importance of preserving Southwest Florida’s waterways. The 1.5 hour marine science cruises navigate local waterways and the Gulf of Mexico, showcasing the Southwest Florida ecosystem and native wildlife. Aboard the narrated cruises, children explore the Southwest Florida environment and participate in STEM-based science experiments including ... Read More »

ZoneFlow Tech to get financial boost

The Tamiami Angel Fund II (T2) has invested $750,000 in ZoneFlow Reactor Technologies, LLC, a company developing new reactor technologies used in the production processes for refining crude oil, producing ammonia and methanol, and reducing iron ore to iron. The fund recently closed on the investment into its sixth portfolio company, allocating $250,000 in capital interest to ZoneFlow Tech and an additional $500,000 add-on commitment. ZoneFlow Tech, founded in 2007, is currently testing its proprietary reactor technology designed to improve efficiency in the production of hydrogen and syngas by the steam methane reforming process. “We are very pleased to have ... Read More »


The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and nationally accredited zoo, has hired a full time veterinarian, Lizzy Arnett-Chinn. Ms. Arnett-Chinn is the first full time veterinarian to be hired at the Naples Zoo. Lizzy Arnett-Chinn stated, “While I have enjoyed my time at Buttonwood Park Zoo, I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with a more exotic collection in a warmer climate. I am joining the zoo at such an exciting time as we are currently planning to build a new veterinary hospital. I can’t wait to see the new plans unfold from the ground up and I am looking ... Read More »

Marco Island Center for the Arts Announces August Art Exhibition

The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today the opening of its August 2015 Art Exhibition “Electric Summer Nights.” The exhibition is an all medium event including photography, watercolor, oil, clay, acrylic and even a quilt.   The exhibition is judged by Viviana Dominguez. Viviana is a fine arts conservator specializing on murals, paintings, works of art on paper and historic finishes. She has more than 25 years of experience working in the field of preserving prominent private and public arts collections. She includes the Smithsonian Institution and the J. Paul Getty Conservation Institute among her clients.   Prominent ... Read More »


Victims of Identity Fraud in Southwest Florida Now Have a Local Resource for Help Earlier this summer, Hodges University announced the establishment of the Identity Fraud Institute. The Identity Fraud Institute, which is research and education focused, will serve as the central hub for all identity theft and fraud related information in and throughout the state of Florida, as well as provide victim assistance programs. Previously mentioned, citizen education is a prominent component of the institute. While programs are in development, the institute has begun offering free, 30-minute consultations for victims of identity fraud once a month at the Naples and Fort Myers campuses. Victims will meet with Carrie Kerskie, Director of the Identity Fraud ... Read More »

Greater Naples YMCA

In an effort to introduce the lifetime sport of tennis to children of Southwest Florida, the Greater Naples YMCA and Yonex Racquet Sports have teamed up to put tennis racquets in the hands of more than 400 children this summer as part of the YMCA’s Camp Wyhoway.  On August 7th at 3:00 pm, children enrolled in this year’s YMCA summer camp will all be surprised with the gift of their very own racquet to encourage them to continue playing through the school year and hopefully throughout their lives.   Each day as part of the summer camp experience, children are exposed to tennis skills, ... Read More »

Southwest Florida community exceeds SWFL Children’s Charities match challenge, more than $2.5 million raised for new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

United by a common goal of supporting a new, state-of-the art children’s hospital in Southwest Florida, local businesses, community groups and individuals met the SWFL Children’s Charities’ match – exceeding the  $1.2 million match and raising $1,329,516.60. SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. President Elaine Hawkins and Vice-President Dorothy Fitzgerald presented a check for $1.2 million to Lee Memorial Health System after learning that the community had exceeded the match challenge, bringing the total raised to more than $2.5 million. Gifts made through the matching challenge support construction of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, a 128-bed comprehensive pediatric health ... Read More »


~Reserves promote estuarine education in the classroom~   Teachers learn about estuaries from Rookery Bay Reserve Director Keith Laakkonen.  NAPLES, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Coastal Office hosted Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE), an educational program that provides hands-on, field-based activities for teachers to increase their knowledge and appreciation of estuarine environments and to support teaching estuary and watershed topics in the classroom. Developed by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, five TOTE workshops have been held for teachers in four of the gulf states, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas. This marks the first time FCO has ... Read More »

Artesia Naples

Newly introduced Carriage Homes round out the variety of home designs available at Artesia Naples, WCI Communities’ 261-acre master-planned community centrally located between Marco Island beaches and Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Carriage Homes complement Artesia Naples’ popular collections of multi- and single-family home designs that feature open great room designs and 1,056 to more than 3,000 square feet of air-conditioned living area, and plan-specific garden courtyards, balconies, flex rooms and dens. The two-bedroom, two-bath Carnoustie and St. Andrews Carriage Homes overlook nature preserves and offer flex space to personalize into a hobby area or to use as extra room ... Read More »

Boys & Girls Club of Collier County welcomes Skip Robinson as Chief Operating Officer

The Boys & Girls Club of Collier County is pleased to announce Skip Robinson as Chief Operating Officer (COO).  As COO, Skip will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s day to day operations and resource development strategies and initiatives.   Most recently, Robinson served as Vice President of Community Relations and Player Development for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks where he held the positon for 15 years. Prior to landing in Milwaukee, he worked in administrative roles at various Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the United States. Robinson is also the founder of the Milwaukee’s Midnight Basketball League which combines ... Read More »

Storms impacting sea turtles on southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast

Heavy rain and rough weather along southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast are impacting sea turtle nests along the beaches, jeopardizing the eggs and hatchlings emerging from the nests. Many nests of loggerhead and green turtles have been documented this year in Charlotte, Collier, Lee, Manatee, Pinellas and Sarasota counties by people working under Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) permits to survey the beaches for sea turtle activity. Some nests are reported to have been impacted or lost due to recent weather conditions. “Beach-goers can help sea turtle hatchlings survive by taking turtle-friendly actions along the weather-battered southwest Gulf Coast,” ... Read More »


Modeling tool developed to help manage water distribution Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) has completed the “Restoring the Rookery Bay Estuary” project, a three-year watershed-focused research project aimed at understanding freshwater inflows to the Rookery Bay estuary and associated ecological effects. A significant outcome of the research has been the development of a hydrologic model, which is a tool that can be used by private and public sectors to run different scenarios to help manage the volume and timing of water entering the estuary. Guided by a diverse advisory group comprising local, state, federal and non-profit stakeholders, the ... Read More »


Anyone that has worked in an animal shelter will tell you the color of an animal’s coat is indicative of the length of their stay at the shelter. Black pets are often overlooked in adoption in favor of lighter-colored pets. Whatever the reason for the coat color bias, one thing is certain – pets of all colors make great companions.   From Monday, Aug. 17, to Saturday, August 22, Collier County Domestic Animal Services (DAS) will offer discounts on dark colored pets in observance of Black Animal Awareness Week. Cats adoptions are only $20 (regularly $60), and dog adoptions are only $25 ... Read More »