Tag Archives: Jolley Bridge

Happy Birthday to…Dolphins

Photos by Bob McConville: 
Halfway, one of the most productive females in Marco’s waters, with
her new calf, Wyatt.

Dolly, Halfway, Nibbles, Rangle, Sparky and Sydney…sounds like a random selection of words from a dictionary. In fact, these are the names of some adult female bottlenose dolphins seen in the Marco waters. So what do they have in common? All of the above gave birth to calves during the month of September! Baby dolphins can be born at any ... Read More »



Officers Arbogast and Kleis were on state water patrol when they initiated a vessel stop on a pontoon boat that was occupied by six individuals. The operator indicated several signs of impairment and there were many empty alcohol containers on the vessel. Officer Arbogast performed field sobriety tasks on the operator and came to the conclusion that his normal faculties ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Jared Grifoni


Marco Island is a wonderful place to be whether you are raising a family, retiring, making this your permanent home, or stopping by for a short or long-term visit. This island is unique, beautiful, and brings our residents and visitors so much shared joy. We have all found a piece of paradise here in southwest Florida. We are a successful year-round ... Read More »

Critical Wildlife Areas


By Charlette Roman State-designated Critical Wildlife Areas, or CWAs, established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), are very important for the preservation of our local environment. These specified areas ensure that the most vulnerable wild creatures are protected for future generations. Because wildlife will concentrate in a CWA, we can protect large numbers by closing off a ... Read More »

Boaters and Condos

The Shipp’s Landing docks.

CONDO REPORT Gary Elliott & Sandy Elliott www.marcoislandcondoguy.net www.SandyElliottInteriors.com Of the 356 condos for sale on the island last week, 126 of them (35%) referenced a boat dock in the listing. These condos feature either assigned or leased boat docks, or are adjacent to marinas with boat docks for lease or for sale. Twenty-nine of these listed condos with a dock have ... Read More »

Ask Me About the Birds

From left: Gwyn Goodman, Vivian Patterson, Sue Ordershaw, Frances Diebler and Opi DiFalco take a break from bird watching.

Submitted Calusa Garden Club members are fascinated with birds of all kinds. So it was no surprise when club member Sandy Wallen hosted a late afternoon bird watching event at her newly built home overlooking the ABC Islands. Members arrived with high-powered viewing scopes and cameras, ready to take photos of the colonies of birds hovering over the three mangrove ... Read More »

Deep Thoughts on a Beautiful Sunday Morning


BEYOND THE COAST Tarik Ayasun tayasun@taray.com It is one of those beautiful Sunday mornings in Marco Island. I am crossing the Jolley Bridge on my way to Naples to make a presentation on Islamist terrorism. It is just about seven o’clock and the sky in the east is bright red, just as the sun rises over the Everglades. I am excited ... Read More »

MIPD Update


By Maureen Chodaba As we enter the month of April, I think that all of us on this beautiful island are looking back at a season that has been filled with fun, festivities, and busy traffic of all kinds – cars, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, and pedestrians. Our Marco Island Police Department (MIPD) has been working very hard to keep us ... Read More »

Yacht Club Open House

The Marco Island Yacht Club’s Old Florida style, two-story clubhouse offers  panoramic views of the Marco River, Jolley Bridge and Marco Island Marina. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted When you enter Marco Island on the S.S. Jolley Bridge, the first thing you’ll see is the Marco Island Yacht Club to the right of the bridge. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on there, stop by the Open House on Saturday, February 27 from 1-4 PM and find out! The event is open to the public, and everyone ... Read More »

Yacht Club to Install New Officers


Submitted New Officers On Saturday, January 23rd, the Marco Island Yacht Club holds its annual gala event, the Change of Watch and Commodore’s Ball. New officers will be installed at the formal Change of Watch Ceremony that for the first time is being held outside in the courtyard. After the Change of Watch Ceremony the festivities will move inside to ... Read More »

Collier County Growth Management Division

This ROAD ALERT was prepared by the Collier County Growth Management Division to inform the community about scheduled road construction and road maintenance projects along major roadways in Collier County where lane closures are planned or traffic flow may be affected. COLLIER COUNTY CONSTRUCTION/MAINTENANCE PROJECTS:  Collier Boulevard between Fiddlers Creek Parkway and Port Au Prince Drive – On Collier Boulevard between Fiddlers Creek ... Read More »

Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta


Submitted On Saturday, November 14, Marco Island residents will be treated to a colorful sight in the Gulf of Mexico directly off the Marco Island beach. Up to two-dozen sailboats, along with their skippers and crews from South Florida, will converge on Marco Island to compete for sailing awards in the Marco Island Yacht Club’s Annual Fall Regatta. Proceeds from ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Society Opens New “Modern Marco” Exhibit

The Modern Marco exhibit at MIHS opened October 8. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Samantha Husted On October 8, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) opened their newest exhibit titled, “Modern Marco” to celebrate 50 years of Island modernity. Though Marco is much older than 50, it’s actually about 6,000 years old, the exhibit starts its timeline in the 1960s when the Mackle brothers first came to the island. It was around this ... Read More »


Officers Alexander and Kleis were on foot patrol in the area of Jolley Bridge on Marco Island conducting license and fisheries inspections among those fishing from shore.  They came across two individuals sharing a cooler that contained live fish.  Upon inspection, the Officers found 2 mangrove snapper and 1 mutton snapper, all of which were undersized.  The two individuals indicated ... Read More »


COLLIER COUNTY Officer Despian was on land patrol performing resource inspections at Jolley Bridge in Marco Island when he observed a subject fishing. The fisherman spotted him and threw something into the open trunk of a vehicle.  Officer Despian approached the subject, who produced a valid fishing license.  While speaking with the subject, Officer Despian noticed a strong distinct odor ... Read More »



Donna Fiala It’s amazing to me how people with a special talent seem to be attracted to one another, such as a talent in music. It seems musical people are attracted to other people with the same talent, or creative people are attracted to creative counterparts, like Sandy and Jim Johnson, Tara and George O’Neill, Phil Fisher and Natalie Guess, ... Read More »

WHO’S YOUR MAMA? Dolphin Birthing Season is Near!

In this photo taken May 24, adult female Nibbles looks
larger than usual and is a candidate to give birth this fall.

STEPPING STONES Bob McConville Master Naturalist Giza, Nibbles, Rangle and Button. Ah, yes! These are some of my favorite girls. But wait…these are not girls’ names! They are, if we’re talking about dolphins. It’s that time of year, when the Dolphin Explorer’s survey team is noticing changes in behavior of some of the adult female bottlenose dolphins in the Marco Island ... Read More »

“The Washboard” to Continue to Plague Motorists For Foreseeable Future


By Don Manley Drivers who have traveled State Route-County Route 951 near the Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge are no doubt familiar with “the washboard.” It’s that section of roadway, not from the bridge, that appears to be smooth to the eye. But the reaction of a vehicle’s tires and suspension quickly makes clear to motorists that appearances are deceptive when ... Read More »

Building the Community: Marco Island

The Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge as it was being constructed in 1969. SUBMITTED photoS

By Don Manley Marv Needles is one of a relatively small group of people who can recall a Marco Island much different from the modern, bustling resort community of today. Marco’s full-time population now stands at about 16,000, with the number of residents almost tripling during the winter tourist season. The population stood at about 750 when he arrived in ... Read More »

A Remembrance: the Traveling Vietnam Wall and the Freedom Fountain

Safety meeting before the ride. photoS by marc thorner, jon busch, steve gimmestad and val simon

By Val Simon val@coastalbreezenews.com Over 270 bikers showed up to ride with the Traveling Vietnam Wall. There was an official escort of sheriff and police motorcycles, Vietnam Veterans, and the Marco Riders. Carmen Dasti assisted with registering riders at exit 131 in Fort Myers. All along I-75 and 951, exits and side streets were closed to allow the procession leading ... Read More »