Steve Stefanides

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 […]

New Selection Process For City Manager Stalls


At the recent meeting of the Marco Island City Council, council heard from both Chairman Jared Grifoni and Councilor Howard Reed as to how to proceed regarding the selection of a new city manager. Former City Manager, Dr. Lee Niblock, was recently terminated by council for cause, based on violations of the International City Managers Association Code of Ethics. This […]

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 Lee Niblock, which was made last week and scheduled to be held on Wednesday evening in Council Chambers, has been withdrawn by Mr.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 […]

Snook Inn Changing Ownership


For 32 years the Snook Inn and the Passini name were synonymous with what the Marco Island lifestyle represented. The iconic setting on the Marco River became one of those “had to visit” places if you were coming to the island. If you were lucky enough to live here, it would be one of the first places you’d take visiting […]

Treasures in the Trunk

Photos by Steve Stefanides The recent Treasures in the Trunk, hosted by the San Marco Columbiettes, drew a crowd of bargain hunting shoppers to the parking lot of San Marco Catholic Church on Marco Island.

Council Meets Tonight on Possible Manager Selection


The Marco Island City Council hosted a lightly attended community “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday evening for the four candidates they have chosen to compete for the open position of city manager. Last evening’s event, which was held in council chambers, was in contrast to the more festive affair at a local restaurant held last July for the then sole […]


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