Tag Archives: Marco Island

Building Official Resigns

By Don Manley Joseph Berko has resigned as the City of Marco Island’s chief building official, effective Friday, February 3. Raul Perez has been appointed interim chief building official for the city’s Building Services Department, in his stead. Berko had held the post for about the last year. Prior to coming to Marco, he had spent almost seven years as ... Read More »

Slate Not True Voice

As many of you know by now, Roger Hernstadt, our City Manager, has resigned last night at City Council meeting. If you voted for the “Slate” of Jared Grifoni, Howard Reed, and Charlotte Roman, and wanted the City Manager gone, you got what you wanted. If you are unconcerned or uninformed citizens that voted for the “Slate,” then you got ... Read More »

Grace Place Launches West Side Challenge

By Maureen Chodaba Grace can be defined as a state of regeneration and betterment bestowed with divine assistance upon those in need. Grace Place for Children and Families is a place where this bestowal of blessings can be witnessed on a daily basis. Started in 2004, this non-profit education center in Golden Gate is dedicated to putting faith into action ... Read More »

PBS Documentary Features Score by JRobert

By Scott Shook Marco Island’s reigning Artist of the Year, JRobert Houghtaling, is excited for the debut of the PBS documentary, “The Great Florida Cattle Drive: Unbroken Circles.” Houghtaling composed the score for the hour-long special—an honor the venerable musician considers the highlight of his outstanding musical career. “This is it, man. This is the one I’ve been waiting for,” ... Read More »

Marco Museum Meets Family Member

By Jesus Calo  When visiting a museum, you cannot help but wonder what the history an item holds beyond the descriptions being displayed. It’s a treat when you get the opportunity to walk with a direct relative who contributed to Marco Island Historical Museum’s (MIHM) very own artifact collection, recently displayed in the Pioneer Era Exhibit. Will Smith and his ... Read More »

Dr. Guidry Resumes His Medical Practice And almost loses it: Part 2

By Barry Gwinn Dr. Guidry opened his medical practice in Marco Island in 1998, having bought an existing practice on Collier Boulevard. The practice took off, and in 2000 he was able to purchase the building at 1310 San Marco Road, next to the firehouse. He still has his office there today. In 2002, he brought in Mitchell Shaw, D.O. ... Read More »

Pomelo – a Farmer’s Market Citrus Treat

By Maria Lamb It is citrus season in Southwest Florida and the best time to pick up fresh Florida grapefruits, tangerines and honeybells. And it might be time to try a locally grown pomelo. South Naples Citrus Grove has been a staple at Marco Island’s Farmers Market for more than eight years. They bring their fresh ripe tangelos, easy-to-peel tangerines, ... Read More »

A Mother’s Mission

Submitted Marco Island resident Lois Durso sat down with Ronan Farrow, son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, to discuss how the simple addition of side guards on tractor trailers could have saved more than 3,000 lives in the past decade, including the life of her 26-year-old daughter. With a crew of four set up in her Marco Island home ... Read More »

Save the Date: Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk

By Jesus Calo Bring your walking shoes for a day of awareness. The 14th Annual Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk hosted by the SW Florida PSP Support Group. Day: Saturday March 18, 2017 Time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM Location: Mackle Park, Marco Island Registration: $25 per person, $10 for students. This includes a t-shirt and lunch. PSP is a ... Read More »

St. Mark’s Opens Time Capsule at 50th Anniversary

By Jesus Calo In celebrating its 50th anniversary, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church unveiled its time capsule, marked to be opened on February 10, 2017. This was history in the making, as the time capsule was planted underneath the pulpit 25 years ago inside the Parish Hall. As guests celebrated the anniversary of the church building itself, it is known that ... Read More »

Local Knowledge Makes Boating Safer

Boating Safety Tips From Flotilla 95 Howard Laskau There are two types of boaters on Marco Island –those who have run aground and those that will! The waters around Marco Island are constantly changing. If you are either new to boating or new to Marco Island, The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Marco Island’s Boater’s Local Knowledge [Marco Island Area] ... Read More »

Start Planning Today for Future Care

Dimensions of Dementia Shirley Woolaway The beginning of a new year is a good time to think about getting organized in the legal and financial areas. So when looking for a program for our Alzheimer’s Association memory loss/caregiver support group on Marco Island, I thought about elder law. As a long-distance caregiver for my mother with Alzheimer’s in the late ... Read More »

Never Say Never Writer Roy Eaton Overcame Challenges to Motivate Others

By Jessica Hernstadt Naples writer Roy Eaton, in his book “Soldier Boy,” describes life’s challenges as “numerous and complex.” Roy writes these words from experience. The first of his many life challenges began upon birth. In the spring of 1946, Roy Eaton was born in New London, Connecticut. A full month premature and weighing around two pounds, Roy’s underdeveloped lungs ... Read More »

Health Plus Lecture: Age-related Macular Degeneration

Submitted IBERIABANK has partnered with Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI) to host Jaclyn L. Kovach, M.D., who will review the clinical features, risk factors, and treatment options for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). She will also discuss the AMD clinical trials conducted at BPEI Naples for which she is the principal investigator. The Health Plus Lecture will be held on Tuesday, ... Read More »

Fashion of the Heart

By Samantha Husted  To walk the runway is art. A model needs just the right amount of attitude, confidence, and personal swag to conquer the catwalk. Marco Island is home to a variety of fashion shows—usually showcasing trending styles of resort wear and almost always benefitting a specific cause or charitable venture. Marco Island models are well practiced. On February ... Read More »

Nominate the Artist of the Year

Submitted  Since 2014, every spring the Marco Island Foundation for the Arts (MIFA) has recognized an Artist of the Year. The non-profit organization is requesting nominations for the Artist of the Year from the public. This special honor recognizes the art or activity of a person or group who has made an outstanding contribution to the cultural life of our ... Read More »

Listen to Your Heart

MIND, BODY And Spirit Laurie Kasperbauer lkasperbauer@gmail.com “It’s impossible.” Said Pride. “It’s risky.” Said Experience. “It’s pointless.” Said Reason. “Give it a try.” Whispered the Heart. There’s an inspirational book titled, “Waking” by Matthew Sanford. The book is based on the real-life events of Mr. Sanford’s life. When he was 13 years old, he and his family were traveling through ... Read More »

Club Face Alignment

All Things Golf Todd Elliott telliott@hideawaybeachclub.org Making contact with the golf ball, and making the golf ball fly in the air at the target are golfer’s instinctual foundations. Even the least athletic golfer has these two instincts. I believe my job as an instructor is to provide students guidance that enables their instincts to succeed more consistently. It’s what I ... Read More »

Shell Club Seminar

Submitted At 6 PM on Thursday, March 2, 2017, the Marco Island Shell Club will host guest speaker Dr. Gary Schmelz, who will present a fascinating program entitled, “Solomon Islands Adventures – a Return to Bali Hai.” Dr. Schmelz will incorporate into the seminar photographs he had taken during his travels there. Dr. Schmelz is a field research associate with ... Read More »

Fishing and Boating in the 10,000 Islands

FOLLOW THE FISH Capt. Pete Rapps CaptainRapps@Outlook.com Looking at a map or marine chart, the 10,000 Islands area of Southwest Florida is essentially located from the south end of Naples, continuing south past Marco Island, Goodland, Everglades City, and several miles past Chokoloskee. The 10,000 Islands is home to many species of fish that can be found throughout the year. The ... Read More »