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Enforcement Action Filed Against FGG


By Noelle H. Lowery Nearly two months ago, bulldozers powered by Florida Georgia Grove LLP (FGG) laid waste to what many considered a historic Indian shell mound on Chokoloskee Island near the Ted Smallwood Store. While FGG spokespeople denied the claim publicly, contending the company did nothing but move dredged spoil, it now appears the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is taking a closer look into what happened on the island during the last week of April. Nakeir Nobles, a public affairs representative with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, confirms that the Corps has “an enforcement action out” ... Read More »

Marco Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer


AMERICAN CANCE SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig In 2013, a group of passionate volunteers led by Marco Island American Cancer Society board member Monte Lazarus worked together with the American Cancer Society to hold a “Luau Against Breast Cancer.” For a first-time event we had a wonderful response from the community with support from First National Bank of the Gulf Coast, Hammock Bay Golf and Country Club and the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa. This year’s event will once again be held in October (date/location TBD) and the first planning meeting will take place on June 23, 2014 in ... Read More »

It’s That Time Again…

Used traps are pulled and stacked. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE Melinda Gray The smell of crab traps in the open air — after months of being underwater — is a tell-tale sign of the end of stone crab season in Southwest Florida. “It’s quite pungent over there,” said Pat Kirk, the matriarch of the Kirk family and owner of Kirk’s Fish Company. Anyone living or passing by Kirk’s downwind can confirm that, as over the past month crab traps have been systematically pulled and stacked next to the store in preparation for cleaning and repair. May 15 was the last day to legally collect those delicious stone ... Read More »

Sea Turtle Season is Here

Sea turtle nesting has begun in Florida and will continue through the end of October. The Sunshine State accounts for 90 percent of sea turtle nests in the continental United States and five of the world’s seven beach-nesting species of sea turtles, including the loggerhead, green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill and the rarest and most endangered sea turtle – the Kemp’s ridley. Report sightings to 1-800-404-FWCC. Workers and volunteers can mark off the area to help prevent inadvertent damage; and if you spot a stranded or trapped female turtle call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 1-800-404-FWCC. Read More »

Art of the Swamp at Big Cypress

Even during the humid months of summer there is much to see and do at Big Cypress National Preserve. Throughout 2014 we’ll be showcasing stunning works of art from a number of Artists-In-Residence who were inspired by the beauty of America’s first national preserve. The Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center is located at 33000 Tamiami Trail East and the Oasis Visitor Center is at 52105 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. Both centers are open daily, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits include, from May through July, “Voices of Big Cypress” a collection of captivating art from a variety of former ... Read More »



Karen Ortel from Marco Island was a big winner at Monday night Bingo at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island. She is being congratulated bt Bernie Seidman. Bingo will resume on Monday, October 6,  2014. Doors open at 5:30 PM. The Public is welcome! Read More »

Naples Botanical Garden Closure

Naples Botanical Garden will be closed Monday, June 2 to Thursday, October 23 2014 as we complete construction on the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center. During this time, large scale projects such as the completion of the center and three new gardens, the LaGrippe Orchid Garden, the Charismatic Garden and Kathryn’s Garden will be completed. Guests may obtain up to date construction information via the Garden’s website,, including project timelines, photographs and videos. For more information on Naples Botanical Garden, please contact Kara Laufer at 239-325-1910 or Read More »

Sea Turtle Season: Let’s All Do Our Part

1st Sea Turtle Nest of 2013 on Sand Dollar Island.

PROTECTING & PRESERVING Nancy Richie Sunday, April 20, was the fourth anniversary of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Though the oil and secondary impacts to this environmental disaster never reached the shores of Marco Island, it affected the sea turtles and shorebird populations throughout the Gulf. That summer, there was record number of volunteers willing to step up and volunteer to help marine wildlife and protect our beaches. Those numbers have dwindled over the last few years as the memory and anxiety of oil on our beaches faded. Why does it take a disaster to ... Read More »

2014 ORV Advisory Committee Meetings

The 2014 Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee meetings for Big Cypress National Preserve will be held on Tuesdays, April 22 and October 7, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The meetings will be held at the Big Cypress Swamp Welcome Center auditorium at 33000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee, FL 34141. For more details about the committee meeting agendas and minutes go to - Read More »

MIA Girls Soccer pave the way


by Julia Cartwright This year’s Marco Island Academy girl’s soccer season has come to a close. Eight games were played throughout the entire season, all of which were lost, though the Marco girls did not go down without a fight. The girls started practicing in October, and worked hard to be prepared for the season ahead of them. In the years past, MIA has always had a coed soccer team, as there were never enough girls to participate for two separate teams. Having a coed team proved to be a disadvantage for the girls participating. The boys got a lot ... Read More »

Continuation of Mamie Street Public Hearing

Fences in disarray, a repaved road that doesn’t allow two cars to pass simultaneously and overgrown grass and debris has replaced the once beautiful entrance to the Smallwood Store thanks to FGG. PHOTOS BY NATALIE STROM

By Patricia Huff In a previous article, I stated that on Thursday, October 10, Commissioner Tim Nance along with County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow and the attorney for the Smallwood Store met with Chokoloskee neighbors and the public to discuss Collier County “vacating” a portion of Mamie Street, thereby making it a private road for Florida-Georgia Grove LLP. This issue to vacate came about because Florida-Georgia Grove wants control of the public road passing through its property (which they had bulldozed in April 2011, denying access to the historic Smallwood Store and Museum and a private property owner, both of whom ... Read More »


Harriet Kabat, 71, of Marco Island, FL and Coram, NY, passed away on October 8th. Daughter of the late Ann and Joseph Schneider of Long Island, NY she was born June 22, 1942. Harriet graduated from Herricks High School in 1960, and later attended Hofstra University. She married Leonard Kabat in 1964, and they lived together in Coram, before relocating to Marco Island in 2011. Harriet was the Executive Director of Kids for Kids, a children’s theater program on Long Island, for almost 25 years. She was passionate about providing theater education and performance opportunities for young people, to build ... Read More »

Goodland hosts Pink Party


By Natalie Strom Pink ribbons were hung from the Goodland sign at the entrance of the curvy road. Dangling from the mangroves were more pink ribbons, leading right into the heart of downtown Goodland. In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stan’s and Salon and Spa Botanica teamed up on Sunday, October 19 to raise money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. After hearing the news, The Little Bar, The Old Marco Lodge and Marker 8.5 also joined in on the “Pink Party.” A heartfelt thank you goes out to all the restaurants from the staff at Salon ... Read More »

Hunt for Reds in October


By Howard Laskau Marco Sportfishing Club Marco Sportfishing Club’s “Hunt for Reds in October” got off to a great start early Saturday morning, October 12, as 40 anglers headed out to the Gulf and the 10,000 Islands in search of two prize-winning redfish. The “Hunt for Reds in October” is actually two separate fishing tournaments held during MSC’s “Redfish Week.” During this week, MSC club members spend about as much time fishing as they do eating and drinking! “Redfish Saturday” which took place on October 12, involved teams of two anglers whose goal is to bring in the two largest ... Read More »

The Pink Plane


SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber I first heard of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) a few years ago. A friend’s mother died of the disease and he wanted to find an “in lieu of flowers” cause whose administrative costs were low. As the only breast cancer organization to receive an A+ rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy (Charity Watch), BCRF was the one he chose. Recently, I was made aware of Delta Air Lines’ annual participation in Breast Cancer Awareness Month and its strong support of BCRF. I spoke with corporate representative Paul Skrbec and most of the ... Read More »

The Band is Back Together


GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom The foursome that took downtown Goodland by storm in the mid to late 2000’s is back! In 2005, I first saw Tripleshot grace the stage of The Little Bar (if I remember correctly, which isn’t often). For two to three years, they were regulars at many local establishments, entertaining and delighting audiences of all ages. And they’re ready to do it again – at The Old Marco Lodge – the place where it really all began. Tripleshot singer and guitarist Ryan Darling explains. “I had been doing my solo act for quite a while but had ... Read More »



Donna Fiala Here is the good news story of the month/or year: the City, County, and State worked together to save a stranded bottle-nosed dolphin in the Tigertail Lagoon/Sand Dollar spit area of Marco Island. The dolphin was first spotted by Kimberly Dowling during her morning walk. She was alerted by a helicopter pilot who landed on the beach to seek help for the stranded dolphin around 7:30 AM. The pilot explained to Ms. Dowling that a dolphin was stranded and he needed to borrow a cell phone to dial 911 to get help. The dolphin was stranded in ... Read More »

EDITORIAL: Highway Robbery

By Patricia Huff The title of this article is not my own but came from someone who believes this is what is happening to Mamie Street. On Thursday, October 10, District 5 Commissioner Tim Nance along with County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow; Nick Casalanguida, Administrator of the Growth Management Division; and Richard Grant, Attorney for the Smallwood Store & Museum, met with Chokoloskee neighbors and the public to discuss the settlement agreement whereby Collier County would “vacate” Mamie Street which would then become the private road of Florida-Georgia Grove LLP. Thirty-six people attended the meeting, most of whom voiced their opposition ... Read More »

Syd Mellinger Honored

By Natalie Strom The rain clouds hovered close, but stayed at bay long enough for the Beautification Advisory Committee (BAC) to hold a special presentation on October 2, 2013 at Calusa Park along Winterberry Drive. Even the weather knew better than to mess with the guest of honor, Syd Mellinger. A long-time resident of Marco Island, Syd has been involved in the beautification of the island for more than 20 years. As she and her husband Jim have recently left the island, the Beautification Advisory Committee found it fitting to not only dedicate a tree in her honor, but ... Read More »

The Code Board Pendulum swings – yet again

By Carol Glassman “What’s the point of allowing the Code Enforcement Department to tie up its time and resources on unenforceable circumstances like imposing liens… when it’s pointless to wallpaper homes with notices of violation?” In the words of Marco Island City Councillor Larry Sacher, “For too long officers and the Board have had their hands tied – especially with renters.” Sacher was referring to one case that came before the October meeting of the Code Board that involved, “the renter from hell” who has received five years of repeated violations for parking an over-sized commercial vehicle in the driveway ... Read More »