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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Repeal Rental Housing Ordinance 15-01


In Response to Councilman Ken  Honecker’s Letter to the Editor Thank you for so clearly stating the facts regarding the Rental Ordinance. And yes, this divisive issue has torn apart the residents of the Island with people taking sides for the homeowners, condo owners, Chamber of Commerce and the Marco Island Homeowners Group. Code enforcement, police department, City staff and the City Manager did very little to protect home and condo owners from unruly vacation renters. The police department did not keep adequate records of the violations. The issue surfaced March 2015 at a council meeting when the subject became ... Read More »

Marriott’s Crystal Shores is Expanding

An aerial view of the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco Island. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Don Manley While some other major construction projects have received much attention this year, the Marriott’s Crystal Shores on Marco has quietly embarked on renovation and expansion that will more than triple its guest capacity. Work on the project began in January, and when it is completed in the spring of 2017, the beachfront, timeshare resort’s single tower will have been joined by two more, raising the total number of villas from 71 to 219. The new towers will each have a lobby and guest reception area, a porte cochere and a plaza level, along with new entry roads, ... Read More »

Summertime Fun


COASTAL COMMENTS Donna Fiala The Marco Island Fireworks were the best I’ve ever seen on Marco! They were truly amazing! Brian & Shirlee Barcic and the whole Barcic clan from Pennsylvania through Georgia were there, plus their great friends Larry & Annette Garafoli and Jose & Andrea Lima. We all agreed these fireworks were the best ones ever! Thank you to all who made this possible for all of us to see and celebrate our Freedom because of those who gave us that freedom. Along with the planned Fireworks, Mother Nature also demonstrated her ability to join in with the “dance ... Read More »

Catholic Heart Work Camp Experiences Grenada

Rain Forest – Seven Sisters Falls.

Submitted by Lisa Meurgue Pope Francis has proclaimed to the youth of the Catholic Church, “Go forward. Make noise. Do not be afraid!” That is exactly what the San Marco Catholic Youth Group did this past week. San Marco participated for the fourth year in Catholic Heart Work Camp. Various groups have traveled to Tampa and Belize in recent years. This year, the destination was “The Spice Island”, Grenada, in the Caribbean, one hundred miles off the coast of Venezuela. Catholic Heart Work Camp’s mission is “to share the love of Christ as they serve the neglected, brokenhearted and the ... Read More »

Safe Summer Driving

Safe summer driving can 
help avoid tragedy during the “100 Deadliest Days.” SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted Summer driving is so dangerous that the automotive safety industry labels the time period from Memorial Day to Labor Day the “100 Deadliest Days.” Although Marco’s crash statistics drop in summer months, along with its population, there are still hazards that are unique to summer. Chief of Police for the Marco Island Police Department Al Schettino tells us that it is reasonable to expect more young drivers on the roadways during the summer. Teen drivers, in particular, pose an increased risk to themselves and others on the road. “The lack of experience puts teen drivers at a disadvantage; they ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Rental Ordinance – Common Sense


About nine years ago, growing complaints regarding vacationing, disruptive short-term rentals caused the City Council to begin considering the issue. Much commercial lobbying later, the current City Council adopted Ordinance 15-01, the Rental Ordinance. In my opinion, their decision was good and not-so-good at the same time. The “good” includes prioritizing community complaints over commercial interests; requiring registration of all rental properties; assigning accountability for disturbances to the landlord as well as to disappeared short-term perpetrators. The “not-so-good” includes requiring annual registration renewal; mandating city annual fire inspections; mandating a dossier on each tenant for the City; Let’s apply some ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15


Re: Linda Turner’s Letter 6/2/15 Welcome to Marco Island, Ms. Turner! I am sure that as a long-term property owner and resident of the Island you are very familiar with the Bundle of Rights of a property owner. One of these rights is “the right of disposition – the titleholder can sell, rent or transfer ownership or use of the propertyat will”. It does not contemplate the imposition of greater and greater restrictions over these rights by any legislative body. As you may recall, this is the second go around about the right of property owners to rent their property. In 2007-08, City Council appointed a committee ... Read More »

Briggs Boardwalk

Roughly midway on the trail, Briggs Boardwalk visitors  stop to look for water birds in the brackish marsh. PHOTOS BY JOAN AND CARL KELLY

By JOAN AND CARL KELLY Briggs Boardwalk, founded in 1960, is one of oldest trails in Collier County. It is located on Shell Island Road off Route 951, south of US 41, on the west side of the road. This walk is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is a short, well defined, self-guiding trail with a diverse landscape. Starting off, you will walk through oak scrub, then pine flatwoods, a hammock and some fringe marsh. In the marsh look for the mosquito fish. About mid-way on the walk there is a roofed birding station overlooking a brackish ... Read More »

New Memories and Fresh Interiors

Traditional interior.

CONDO REPORT Gary & Sandy Elliott As Marco Island celebrates its 50th anniversary, a whole new group of excited condo owners are creating new memories and fresh interiors. This week 318 condos are listed for sale on the island, representing $243 million of real estate, and making the average list price of a condo on Marco Island $764,000. In the first four months of 2015, 60% of these active listings came on the market. If no new listings came on the market the current inventory would be sold out in 6.9 months. Over the last twelve months, 550 condos ... Read More »

The Goodland Scholarship Fund Goodland’s Gift to High School Graduates

Front entrance - Little Bar parking lot, shortly before visitors arrive. SUBMITTED photos

Goodland Life By Barry Gwinn Most visitors to Goodland don’t exactly know what to make of us. Most would agree with the aphorism that Goodland is “a drinking village, with a fishing problem.” We have our share of that, I guess. It may be time for a new adage. Something like “Goodland takes care of its own.” Since the mid 1980’s, the Goodland Scholarship Fund has been raising money and dispensing scholarships to Goodland kids who want more than a high school education. It was founded by Betty Bruno as Village Productions. From all that I have heard, Bruno ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp


By Vickie Kelber   In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Michael Memoli


Dear Council Member I am writing you to express my concerns with the Marco Island Rental Ordinance, currently before the City Council, which would include condominiums in the new regulations. I am an owner of a condominium on Marco Island and believe this ordinance will have negative, far reaching effects on the City of Marco Island and its property owners by reducing the size of the available rental market, reducing the influx of visitors, decreasing the seasonal dollars spent, increasing property owners liability exposure, and increasing work for Boards and Property Management. I strongly encourage the City Council to exclude ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Frank Lenzi


Re: The Marco Island proposed Rental Ordinance Reconsideration Apples, Oranges, Lions and Tigers and Bears. What do they have in common? Everything, according to a few Marco Island City Councilors that are proposing to once again reconsider Condominiums in the proposed rental ordinance. Single family detached homes and Multi unit Condominiums. These are two different animals! 1) Condominiums have rules and regulations that effectively address, renter, guest and owner problems coupled with strong management that actively enforces those rules. Single family homes have no such requirement. 2) Condominiums have legal obligations to have annual fire inspections. Single family homes do ... Read More »

Until Next Year


By Laurie Kasperbauer   It’s that time of year again. The transporters rumble onto the Island empty, with the wind whistling through their metal frames. And they leave heavily-filled with vehicles systematically stacked atop double-decker trailers. Their destination is someplace north of the Florida-Georgia line where they will once again be reunited with their rightful drivers. Wandering around our tropical locale I see lanai furniture neatly assembled in nooks and corners; boats covered and tethered; hurricane shutters rolled down. The houses look asleep. Driveways quiet. Soon, there will be parking spots open just outside the grocery store doors, and ... Read More »

Walking Collier: Serenity Walk Park


By Joan and Carl Kelly Not far from Marco Island is a relatively new park, Serenity Walk Park. It is on 951 (Collier Blvd) only nine tenths of a mile north of Rattlesnake Hammock Rd on the west side of the road. It is a small park but very interesting. The mile long sand path winds around pine flatwoods and a cypress pine mixed forest. Some restoration was done to the land such as planting native grasses including Sara Cord grass, Love grass, soft rush, St. Johns Wart and lick wood. Coming around the first turn we found someone who ... Read More »

Bird Rookery Swamp


By Vickie Kelber In my quest to explore the wonders that are, as I like to call it, “in our own back yard”, a friend and I set off early one morning for the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail off Immokalee Road. Many of you know of, if not visited Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The Bird Rookery is located adjacent and to the south of this preserve on Shady Hollow Boulevard, about 50 minutes from Marco Island. Open since 2011, Bird Rookery Swamp Trail is part of the South Florida Water Management District’s CREW, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed. The trail is a ... Read More »

Boating for Dummies…


By Pat Newman I thought navigating a boat was like riding a bike—once you know how, you never forget. I recently discovered my skills were a little rusty; OK totally corroded. Excited at the prospect of sailing the waterways of Marco Island with some friends visiting from out-oftown, I rented a pontoon boat. The kids strapped on their life-jackets, and we adults confidently boarded the vessel, ready to cruise through paradise. I invited Philipp to occupy the driver’s seat and be “captain for a day” when I realized that I had no idea how to start up the engine. I ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Thomas W. Carter


To: City of Marco Island Council Members, It is with great discord that again, we are writing a letter to you on an issue we thought you put to rest via a vote by the majority of members during the March board meeting.  We can’t help to note that your timing to “reconsider” is being held at a time when most of the Condominium/HOA members have left the island for the summer months, making it impossible for us to once again fill your board room. Our position remains the same. The Seabreeze Condominium Board of Directors and unit owners are ... Read More »

Collier-Seminole State Park

The .9 mile Royal Palm Hammock Trail is partly dirt and partly boardwalk and runs through a mixed hardwood tomangrove habitat that opens onto a sawgrass marsh.

By Carl and Joan Kelly The ranger station for the Collier-Seminole State Park is a short distance east from Route 92 (San Marco Road) on Highway 41 (20200 E Tamiami Rd.) There are many options in this 4,760 acre wilderness preserve including hiking, biking, canoeing, fishing, camping and viewing wild life. History and nature meet here with Indians and pioneers. The park offers three trails. The 6.5 mile Hiking Adventure Trail is a wilderness trail that may be in shallow flood or muddy. The other two are good walking trails. The trailhead to the 3.5 mile Mountain Bike and Hiking ... Read More »

South Seas Towers – Enjoy the Island Lifestyle at a Median Price!


By Gary & Sandy Elliott The median price of the 342 condos listed for sale on Marco Island this week is $479,000 – half of the condos for sale on the island are priced below $479,000 and half are listed for more than $479,000. Representative of this middle price range are the four South Seas Towers located on the beach along Seaview Court. Altogether there are 848 condos in these four buildings. This week, 43 of them are for sale ranging in price from $376,000 to $779,000. All of these condos are two bedroom, two bathroom units with differing floor ... Read More »