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Letter to the Editor: City Council Election


I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »

Public/Private Partnership: Amadeo Petricca


At last night’s forum (Thursday, 09/29/2016) held at the Rose Hall Museum Auditorium, there was a discussion concerning the City finally being involved in a Public/Private Partnership with businesses on Marco Island. The first Public/Private Partnership in the City began in 2013, whereby the City allowed the businesses abutting Herb Savage Way alley to develop the swales for additional parking. ... Read More »

City Council Election: Kristina Pruyn


I have lived on Marco Island full time for the past 26 years and in the same house for the past 21 years. My two children were born and raised on Marco Island. They attended the local schools and participated in the many clubs and activities Marco Island has to offer. My husband and I have also worked full time ... Read More »

South Beach Re-Nourishment Plan Proceeding

Photo by Steve Stefanides
McAlpin addresses Marco Island City Council.

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides At the October 17 meeting of the Marco Island City Council, Gary McAlpin, the Collier County Coastal Zone Manager, stepped forward to update the council on Collier County’s plans to re-nourish an approximately 4,000 foot section of the beach. The project is the result of damage done by Tropical Storm Debby, which impacted Southwest Florida and ... Read More »

Truth About Spending


By Steve “Stef” Stefanides As Election Day draws closer and islanders are called upon to make a rational and educated choice for who they will chose to fill four open council seats, we thought it might be prudent to review some of the claims by candidates about various issues. One of the favorite claims by many during an election cycle ... Read More »

Mission Support


AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY CARES Lisa Honig Did you know that we have a local support group for cancer patients, survivors and caregivers? This wonderful group was started in 1989 by Jan Whitebook, and she remains the leader of the group today. Jan has a very personal connection to cancer having been the loving caregiver for her sister who lived with ... Read More »

Blessing of the Fleet Draws Crowd

Photos by Scott Shook Everglades City children prepare flower petals for the blessing of the stone crab fleet. Top to bottom: Katie Collins, Taylor  Dahlke, Gena Collins, James Collins, Holden Fitzgerald, Brenden Bagley Jr., and Turner Shealy.

By Scott Shook The annual Blessing of the Stone Crab Fleet in Everglades City is Americana at its best—an example of what makes Everglades City such a tight-knit community. Politicians, including U.S. Rep Mario Diaz-Balart and Collier County Commission hopeful Tamara Paquette were on hand on Saturday, October 8th for this year’s event, and added to the festive atmosphere. Children and ... Read More »

Walking in History’s Footsteps

Robert N. Macomber

Submitted Florida author and historian, Robert N. Macomber recently embarked on a historical expedition to Santiago de Cuba, researching the battlefield sites of the Spanish-American War for his upcoming novels. His trek to eastern Cuba will be repeated in a Military History Expedition March 6-11, 2017, open to anyone interested in walking in Theodore Roosevelt’s footsteps. Macomber’s “eyeball recon” research ... Read More »

Exploring Western Canada

Stunning scenery in Western Canada. Photos by Dave Pattison

Global  Traveler Dave Pattison  A recent journey to the magnificent Canadian Rockies revealed amazing frozen glaciers, snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, wild roaming animals and massive azure lakes. On a trip sponsored by Grand Circle Travel, which specializes in travel by small groups of seniors, I was able to explore Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the Canadian cities of Calgary, ... Read More »

First Page Critique at October Writer’s Meeting


Submitted After our September hiatus, Marco Island Writers, Inc. is back on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, resuming its regular second Wednesday of the month schedule. The agenda is a panel presentation on First Page Critique. Members have submitted the first page of a current work for anonymous review by a panel of peers. At this meeting, the panel will read ... Read More »

Coffee With the Chiefs


Submitted Marco Island’s Police Chief Al Schettino and Fire Chief Mike Murphy have extended an invitation to all Marco Island residents to participate in “Coffee with the Chiefs” at Starbucks on September 30 and October 27 from 7:30-9:30 AM. Starbucks is located at 1080 N. Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Chiefs Schettino and Murphy believe that keeping the lines of communication ... Read More »

Blessing the Fleet, Murder Mystery and More


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala Something I question is what is happening to our United States of America? We always stood proud and held our flag and pledge to the highest degree. How can anyone earning $14 million and getting perks we common people will never have, not even stand for the National Anthem? And…now he’s the person some young people ... Read More »

Free Veterans Job Fair


Submitted  The Rotary Clubs of Marco Island will host a free Veterans resource and job fair Tuesday, October 11th from 9 AM to 3 PM at Rose History Auditorium in the Marco Island Historical Society, located at 180 S. Heathwood Dr., Marco Island. This event is free and open to all Collier County veterans, regardless of discharge status. Participating in ... Read More »

Getting to Know Marco Island’s City Council Candidates, Part 2


By Steve “Stef” Stenfanides This is the second installment of the eight profiles of those men and women who have chosen to run for the four open council seats in the November 8th general election for the Marco Island City Council. Three of the four eligible councilors who could have run for re-election have chosen to do so. Councilor Larry ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Out the Park, but Not in Secret


My wife and I live directly across the canal from Veterans Community Park. When you’re in the park, you might see us in our family room or grilling on the lanai or chilling on our dock. We have a front-row seat at the Seafood Festival and all the other wonderful events. It’s a real pleasure to live near the park, ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Notice of Malpractice


A few Marco Island citizens are feverishly circulating a mass email falsely and maliciously stating that I (and certain councilors) support the proposed hotel project near Veteran’s Community Park. This is a shameful smear campaign to prevent me from being elected. For the record, I do NOT have an opinion on this hotel proposal, nor have I ever communicated to ... Read More »

This Saturday! MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Invitational at Mackle Park


The Marco Island Charter MICMS Eagles/MIA Rays Invitational will be held this Saturday, October 1st at Mackle Park. Twenty-four schools from Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Hendry counties will be sending high school and middle school teams to compete in the 3000 and 5000-meter races. The races (10 in all) will begin at 8 AM with the high school varsity teams ... Read More »

FWC Law Enforcement Collier County


While driving through the Picayune Strand State Forest, Officer Arbogast observed a vehicle returning from a non-designated trail without proof of paying the day-use fee. During the vehicle stop, it was discovered that all three occupants were never issued a driver license, including the driver. Officer Kleis arrived on the scene to assist with the investigation. During the investigation, the ... Read More »

Baby Basics of Collier County


Baby Basics of Collier County (www.BabyBasicsCollier.org) – a volunteer organization that provides free diapers and kindness to over 400 infants and toddlers from low-income, working families in Collier County and Bonita Springs and is celebrating its six millionth diaper donated this year – will host its 9th annual Champagne Brunch & Fashion Show on Friday, November 4. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m The Baby ... Read More »

Goodland Water Line Replacement What Will Happen? When?

Photo by Barry Gwinn August 24th county informational meeting at Goodland Boat Park. Everyone seemed pleased that the construction was postponed until next spring.

Goodland Life  By Barry Gwinn On or about April 17, 2017, Quality Enterprises, with offices near Collier Boulevard and I-75, will begin replacing Goodland’s main water line from San Marco Road to Harbor Place N. (just short of Stan’s). Grady Minor, of Bonita Springs will be the engineers for the project. The project, costing $612,305, was originally scheduled to begin ... Read More »