Southwest Florida

Marco Island Historical Museum Prepares for Major Exhibit  

Key Marco Calusa artifacts together on Marco for first time since 1896 discovery

The Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) announces that the MIHS has achieved its 25-year quest to bring “home” on loan the world-famous Key Marco Cat and other rare Pre-Columbian Native American artifacts discovered on Marco Island, Florida in 1896. Several of the most significant Key Marco artifacts will be brought together on Marco Island for the first time since their […]

Mental Health First Aid Presentation

Sometimes, first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or the Heimlich, or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is YOU! Someone you know could be experiencing a mental illness or crisis. You can help them. With one in four people experiencing a mental health issue, you are more likely to encounter someone-fellow worshiper, friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or community member—in […]

Mercer Group Defends its Reputation, Casts Shadow on Councilors’ Actions

Since the scandal surrounding the battery charges leveled against former Marco Island City Manager Lee Niblock broke last month, his firing and the exposure of emails between Niblock and Councilor Larry Honig regarding a potential “Valentine Day Massacre,” the community has been abuzz with the nauseating details. Niblock was hired as the City Manager for Marco Island following two search […]

Get Ready for the 2018 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships

Still haven’t heard of pickleball, the fastest growing sport in the U.S.? Well, Southwest Florida residents and visitors are in for a pickleball delight, as 2,000 competitors from around the world are set to descend on Naples. A swarm of workers and volunteers are buzzing with activity at East Naples Community Park, as they get ready to host to the […]

Niblock Withdraws Hearing Request

The request for a public hearing regarding the termination of Dr. Lee Niblock, which was made last week and scheduled to be held on Wednesday evening in Council Chambers, has been withdrawn by Mr. Niblock’s attorney, Sawyer Smith. Under the provisions of the City Charter, Niblock could request that hearing to challenge the council’s action. Niblock was officially charged in […]

Governor Scott Signs Marco Island’s COPCN Local Bill

Marco Island Local Bill, HB1395, was signed by Governor Scott authorizing the City to obtain a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity license directly from the State of Florida Department of Health after certain conditions are met, including an affirmative vote of the citizens of Marco Island on August 28, 2018.

Niblock Facing Second Battery Charge

A second woman has brought forward a “battery” complaint against the newly fired Marco Island City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock. This time it was from an incident alleged to have taken place in Alachua County, Florida in June 2017. Niblock was employed as the Alachua County Manager until August 2017, when his employment there was terminated. According to sources in […]

The Niblock Cloud Darkens

On February 20th Marco Island City Council voted to accept an offer by City Manager Dr. Lee Niblock to take a paid leave of absence for the duration of a battery investigation based on allegations made against him by a resident female. Weeks have gone by and the situation remains unresolved. The city and its residents are patiently waiting for […]

Honig’s Attack on MIPD Misfires

The Marco Island City Council meeting on March 5th saw councilors and parents alike praising Police Chief Al Schettino and his staff’s high priority response to adding additional protection to local schools on the island after the deadly shooting rampage in Parkland, Florida on February 14. Council would also go on to issue a proclamation in recognition of the heroic […]

Are Longtime City Employees at Risk?

Over the last two weeks, the island and its residents have been abuzz with the news that the new City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock, is under investigation by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office regarding a claim of battery made by a female resident. Since then, public records requests made by multiple individuals have discovered some disturbing supplemental information concerning plans […]

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