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Comet ISON Survived?

Looking East, 6:15 AM December 6th. Can you spot Comet ISON? It might have been destroyed on Thanksgiving Day.  SUBMITTED PHOTO

SOUTHERN SKIES By Mike P. Usher At the time of this writing, the ultimate fate of Comet ISON was still in doubt. On Thanksgiving day the comet reaches its closest point to the Sun, (called perihelion by astronomers) and is less than one million miles from the solar surface. At that distance the heat is enough to melt solid iron! On the other hand, the comet is a big chunk of loosely packed ice and dust which is a pretty good insulator; it may well pull through. The odds are around 50-50. Until recently the comet was fizzling out, ... Read More »

20” Telescope

By Mike P. Usher Why build a twenty-inch telescope? For me, the reason was I could. It greatly helped that I enjoy being the center of attention – and this telescope pretty much guarantees that when we both appear together. I usually claim it’s the largest telescope in Southwest Florida, but I do not actually know this for a fact. There have been rumors reaching me of larger ones hidden away in unspecified locations, but if they exist, the owners must keep the telescopes to themselves. On the other hand, anyone can look through mine if they attend one of ... Read More »

Adventure and Beauty in the Everglades


PLANT TALK Mike Malloy For many years, the South Florida Plant Pickers have traversed the East Trail (US-41) through the Everglades. Bound for either Miami or Homestead, we are on a mission to find the most beautiful and unique tropical plants to bring back to Naples. We are constantly searching for that rare and special plant not found at your local gardening center. And, when we find it, we feels like we’ve struck gold! The South Florida Plant Pickers are a group of dedicated local plant enthusiasts who provide entertaining and informative YouTube videos and articles on the purchase ... Read More »

E.C. Welcomes Alan Maltz

By Natalie Strom It’s no surprise that photographers flock to Southwest Florida. The sunsets, animal life, water, mazes of mangroves, the River of Grass and the trees of Big Cypress are not only stunning, but are all within minutes of one other. Professional photographer Alan S. Maltz has captured that beauty in his latest coffee table book, and he will be celebrating its release on November 2 in Everglades City. Designated the “Official Fine Art Photographer for the State of Florida” by VISIT FLORIDA and “The Official Wildlife Photographer of Florida” by the Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Maltz’s new ... Read More »

Oil Drilling or Life: The Importance of Preserving Golden Gate Estates


By Roseann Lahey The Dan A. Hughes Company is waiting for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s decision as to whether or not they can have a permit to drill for oil and gas in the Golden Gate Estates area of Naples, Florida. The demand for these resources is always high, and our reliance on foreign countries is increasing. This does not mean that oil drilling corporations should be allowed to search for crude close to homes, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Something is drastically wrong with this possibility. When did people, their homes, the native wildlife and the sensitive ... Read More »

Lost Dogs of the Everglades


By Natalie Strom Brenda Midolo of Verona Walk in Naples has been rescuing stray dogs for the majority of her life. Amy Roman of Miami has rescued over 900 dogs in just under two years. What do these two women on opposite ends of the state have in common. They both have rescued dogs that were senselessly dropped off in the Everglades. Left to fend for themselves, these domesticated animals don’t survive long in the snake, alligator and disease-infested Everglades. Brenda, a retired veterinarian technician, owned 13 rescue dogs at one point while living on an 11-acre piece of ... Read More »

The Library and the Arts


By Karen Swanker The Marco Island Public Library and the Marco Island Center for the Arts work cooperatively to provide monthly art shows at the Marco Island Library branch on Heathwood Drive. Each artist exhibits for two months. July and August 2013 will feature the work of Marco Island artist Rick Granneman. Before retiring and moving from Chicago to Marco in 2007, Rick and his wife, Billie, were involved in the R&D of new medicines like Humira, Depakote, Kaletra, Norvir, and Synthroid. Besides pursuit of their lifelong passion for the arts, they feel “blessed to enjoy the Gulf, Everglades, 10,000 ... Read More »

Everglades Student Showcase


By Natalie Strom Throughout the summer, the Museum of the Everglades is featuring artwork by local students. The colorful and talent-filled artwork in its many different mediums lights up the display cases in the front room as visitors enter the museum. Located in the heart of Everglades City, only one block from City Hall, the Museum of the Everglades is run by the Collier County Museums, which encompasses the museums of Naples, Marco Island, Immokalee and Everglades City. The well-maintained museum is free to visit, and is filled with information and exhibits on the vibrant history of the Calusa ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail Turns 85


By Natalie Strom Upon its completion, the Tamiami Trail was touted as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Barron Gift Collier, for whom our County is named, and D. Graham Copeland, for whom the town is named, were the men behind the incredible engineering feat. Since the completion of the road in 1928, motorists have been able to travel from Tampa to Miami, thus the name, with ease. Celebrating its milestone birthday, Everglades City threw a party worthy of the road that forever changed travel in Southwest Florida. Prior to the road, boats were really the only form of ... Read More »

9/11 Friends Reunite on Marco


By Natalie Strom It was a one-hour car ride to the seven-hour journey across the Trans-Canada Highway to reach the eight-hour ferry ride from Newfoundland to the mainland of Canada, where another six hours of driving brought Myrtle and Harold Pelley to the airport. The Pelleys flew to Fort Myers where they were picked up by their friends Frank and Elise Delaney, who then brought them to Marco Island. The trip, nearly 12 years in the making, was in some way, a thank you gift from the Delaneys as the Pelleys were their saving grace during the 9/11 tragedy ... Read More »

Tamiami Trail Celebration


The Museum of the Everglades will be celebrating its biggest one-day event of the year on Saturday, April 27th; the 85th Anniversary of the opening of the Tamiami Trail in 1928. The Museum will also be observing the arrival of Ponce de Leon to Florida as a part of the “Viva La Florida 500” celebration as well as Collier County’s 90th anniversary and the 60th Anniversary of Everglades City. After a free pancake breakfast at the Everglades Airpark, the Friends of the Museum have planned a great program, starting with a parade highlighting the Barron Collier High School Band, antique ... Read More »

Honoring National Everglades Day


By Natalie Strom In honor of the Second Annual National Everglades Day, April 6th, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (RBNERR) was ready to throw a party. Just last year the date was chosen as it is the birthday of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, a champion of the Everglades, known best for her book, “The Everglades: River of Grass.” She was at the forefront of the fight towards redefining the Everglades as a treasured river rather than a useless swamp. Much has been learned about “The River of Grass” since Douglas wrote the book in 1947, but the devastation to ... Read More »

Celebration, Cele-bra-tion, C’mon


Approximately 100 attendees were present as U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar cut the ribbon during the formal dedication to open the new Tamiami Trail Bridge located in Miami-Dade County on March 19th. Eighty-five years ago, in April of 1928, the Tamiami Trail was completed, allowing motorists to travel by automobile from Tampa to Miami. At the time, it was considered one of the world’s great marvels. Since then, it has also unfortunately served as a dam, blocking the flow of the Everglades watershed from the north to the south. Within the next few months, the removal of the ... Read More »

Seafood Festival Goes Green


Waste Management, with its green toters and green recycling trucks, has unintentionally  colored its company with the idea behind its latest campaign. Currently, the company is working to increase its recycling awareness program through public festivals and events, partnering this year with the Marco Island Seafood Festival. The two entities have come together and announced the ZERO Waste Challenge for the two-day Seafood Festival held March 23rd and 24th at Veterans Park. “This is something new we are doing,” explains Stephanie Kissinger of Waste Management’s Public Sector Solutions. “We are basing this off of Waste Management Corporate’s sponsorship of the ... Read More »

City Council


By Noelle H. Lowery - Last Monday’s Marco Island City Council meeting was a tale of two of councils. While the meeting was marked by decisive acceptance of a $500,000 grant to create artificial reefs, it also was mired in confusion over City Manager James Riviere’s performance evaluation. Early in the evening, the council unanimously adopted a $500,000 grant from BP’s Gulf Tourism and Seafood Promotional Fund. The grant money will be mingled with similar BP grants awarded to the city of Naples and Collier County to fund a system of 36 artificial reefs planned to stretch along the southwest ... Read More »

Woman’s Club Fashion


It was “A Day of Fashion” on Thursday, February 21st as the ladies of the Marco Island Woman’s Club held their 13th Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show. Held at Hideaway Beach Club, proceeds from the event go towards the Club’s scholarship program. The Marco Island Woman’s Club was founded in 1966, and has always taken pride in its goal to serve the community. Current work includes providing educational scholarships for Marco Island students. The Woman’s Club also founded the Marco Island Public Library, funded the gazebo at the Marco Island Historical Museum, donated funds to the Marco Health Care Center ... Read More »

ICCCF: Big bucks for local charities


By Noelle H. Lowery - It is no secret working families have been tormented by a stormy economy in recent years. According to the US Census Bureau, 10.4 million families — nearly one-third of all working families in the US — probably did not make enough money to cover their basic needs in 2011. In Florida, that amounted to 642,000 working families, or 37 percent of the state’s hardworking households. That means a family of four bringing in nearly $46,000 a year still struggled to feed and clothe itself. “Collier County and Marco Island are not immune,” says Steve Sanderson, ... Read More »

Presentation and Blessing of the Fleet 2013


Eleven years after the first event, the Marco Island Yacht Club Fleet is still sailing on to an ever growing event. One hundred and sixty sailors and observers descended on the Marco Island Yacht Club, Saturday February 23, 2013. This annual event is greatly anticipated by the community and the entire Yacht Club membership as the fleet presents itself to the New Year’s Commodore and Bridge Officers. On shore the Rear Commodore Dick Irwin, Chaplain Neil Hunt and Commodore Jim Marr, saluted and blessed the Yachts as they passed in review. From the beginning of boating, mariners have brought their ... Read More »

Spring Jubilee


Marco Island Parks and Recreation will be hosting its annual Spring Jubilee event on Saturday, March 30th from 10 AM until 12 PM. This year’s event will include over 20,000 Easter eggs for ages 10 and under. Age groups include: 3 years and under, 4 to 5 years, 6 to 7 years, and 8 to 10 years old. The Easter Egg Hunt will start promptly at 11:30 AM. Additional activities this year include: music and games by Mobile Sound Entertainment, a Marco Magic Cheerleader demonstration at 10:30 AM, Magic by John, face painting, five different inflatable games, train rides from ... Read More »

Shooting Clays for Cancer


The Port of the Islands Gun Club is at it again. For the third year now, the club is prepping for its Annual Charity Sporting Clays Event, dubbed “Shoot Down Kids Cancer.” On Saturday, March 23rd, from 9 AM until 2 PM, the POI Gun Club hopes to break its record of $28,000 raised last year – aiming for $32,000. The whole thing started when, “a couple of us here have had bouts with cancer and we’ve always wanted to give something back,” explains Gary Landis of the POI Gun Club and one of the founding members of the event. ... Read More »