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All Body Parts Accounted For? Check!

Rumination from the Rock and Beyond Jory Westberry Such is the life of a tree trimmer, or in this case, a climber of coconut palms that stretch up to 50 feet into the air with nothing but the earth to cushion a fall. Rafael Barajas has been in the business of trimming palm fronds, cutting out pre-blooming coconut branches, the ... Read More »

‘A Texan’s Promise’ by Shelley Gray

BOOK REMARKS Marisa Cleveland www.marisacleveland.com “Maybe he wouldn’t leave her when he found out the truth. Maybe, just maybe, everything was going to be okay.” I should start out by admitting that I’m a fan of Shelley Shepard Gray and her Amish novels. I’ve even made the trek to Sarasota, Florida for one of her book talks and signings at The ... Read More »

Cuban Tenor Heats up the Art Center!

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts introduces Cuban born tenor Anibal Cruz, a remarkable singer with perfect pitch and an easy smile, who performs salsa flavored songs, Latin favorites and even Frank Sinatra selections. Anibal Cruz worked for 14 years as a gynecologist in Cuba. He had loved music since he was a child. The economic situation in ... Read More »

6-Month Report from the City Council Chairman

City council elections took place six months ago, so this is a good occasion to take a look at what has been accomplished over the past half year, and what the Marco Island community can expect in the next six months. City council authorized a nationwide search for a new city manager, and we should attract an incredible person for ... Read More »

A Coup Attempt in America

BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com On November 8, 2016, we held elections in the United States of America. The results were truly stunning. Mr. Donald J. Trump, an unconventional candidate, an outsider to politics, a successful businessman, who is not a member of the so-called establishment won 306 electoral votes and solidly defeated the candidate of the Democrat party who ... Read More »

A Tale of Love and Commitment | Part I MIA’s Damon Coiro is Motivated by Both

By Barry Gwinn On April 21, Marco Island Academy (MIA) Chairman, Jane Watt, announced the appointment of head football coach, Damon Coiro (pronounced Kor-ee-o), to the position of Athletic Director. Coiro will be taking over for Kelly Monnot, who will now be able to devote full time to her responsibilities as Dean of Students and Facilities Manager. Coiro is also ... Read More »

The Search is On

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  The search is on in earnest for a replacement for former City Manager Roger Hernstadt, nearly three months after his departure. Council has chosen the Mercer Group out of Atlanta, Georgia to assume that responsibility and their representative, W.D. Higginbotham Jr. appeared before council on May 1 to review his intentions on how to proceed in ... Read More »

Burrowing Owls are Great Moms!

By Maria Lamb On Mother’s Day, we honor our moms with traditional gestures of love – preparing her favorite breakfast treats, a festive bouquet of flowers, or a box of yummy chocolates. This Mother’s Day, how about remembering your mom with something out-of-the-box – a gift of nature that also helps to preserve Marco Island’s amazing burrowing owls for future ... Read More »

Helping Sea Turtles, One Nest at a Time

COASTAL CONNECTIONS Renee Wilson renee.wilson@dep.state.fl.us An early-morning walk on the beach is routine for some Floridians and a treat for many visitors, but it is also part of an important summer job for a handful of volunteers, interns, and staff at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Just south of Marco Island, the Cape Romano complex is an active nesting beach ... Read More »

The Growth of Pickleball

Coach Wayne’s Corner Wayne Clark WClark@cityofmarcoisland.com The popularity of the sport of pickleball is growing in leaps and bounds. Last year’s inaugural US Open tournament, held at East Naples Park, had some 800 entries. This year they had over 1,200 entries! With the increased attendance of the tournament, East Naples Park has raised the bar and installed a permanent, state-of-the-art ... Read More »

MARCO ISLAND BREWERY AND TAP HOUSE

Submitted  Hard to imagine that a small batch craft beer brewery is right here on our tiny island, but it’s a fact! Marco Island Brewery and Tap House can’t compare themselves to a full-scale brewery, but they sure have fun dreaming up new craft beer concoctions and serving them up to their customers. Down at the Marco Island Brewery things ... Read More »

Drones Are Coming! Are You Ready???

By Maureen Chodaba  It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s a drone! Well, in legal terminology, it’s a UAS, better described as an Unmanned Aircraft System. At present, UAS are one of the fastest growing areas of technology. Last year, 2.5 million drones were sold in the United States, with 1.6 utilized for recreational purposes and 900,000 for commercial ... Read More »

Get to Know the Civil Air Patrol

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides On Saturday, May 6th the greater Marco community is invited to attend an open house at the Marco Island Executive Airport for the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary’s Civil Air Patrol unit. The men and women of the local squadron will be showing off their newest aircraft with all of the high tech equipment that allows them ... Read More »

Local Airman Injured, Fund Established

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides  For members of military families, thoughts of deployment always immediately run to praying for the safe return of their loved ones, no matter where their deployments might bring them. For longtime residents Tony and Teresa Dorris those thoughts have raced through their minds on numerous occasions, as their son Staff Sergeant Cory Vosburgh, a six year ... Read More »

Marco Players Deliver with ‘Driving Miss Daisy

By Scott H. Shook The Marco Players tackled a popular and familiar subject when they took on “Driving Miss Daisy” this winter. “Driving Miss Daisy” won four Academy Awards in 1989, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Jessica Tandy). Taking on a subject your audience is so familiar with could have backfired on the local theatre group. But the three ... Read More »

Volunteers Shine at Spirit Awards

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The 9th Annual Spirit of Marco Island Awards drew a sellout crowd to the Bistro Soleil restaurant on a recent Sunday evening, as friends and co-workers assembled to pay their respects to the six recipients of the Noontime Rotary’s selections this year. Each year the Rotary Club of Marco Island recognizes individuals within the community who ... Read More »

Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »

Spring Has Sprung, Your Diamonds Shouldn’t

ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan harborgoldsmith@comcast.net Spring is in the air, and so is the humidity. The crowds are beginning to wane and traffic is becoming bearable. It’s also time to clean and check your fine jewelry. By fine jewelry, I mean your gold, platinum and gemstone jewelry. It’s time to check the important components that hold your gemstones in the ... Read More »

BREAKING NEWS Fort Myers Beach Chooses Hernstadt

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides Recognizing the magnitude of the decision regarding who to hire as the community’s next CEO, the Town of Fort Myers Beach has taken almost a year to carefully deliberate and search for a candidate to assist them in assuring the community would find the right person for the job. Earlier this week they offered that position ... Read More »