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Historic Site #10 Old Marco Inn 100 Palm Street, Marco Island


Captain Bill Collier and his wife Maggie built the Marco Hotel on a 10-acre plot to house fishermen and visitors to the island. Construction of the hotel was completed by 1896 with 20 rooms, a parlor, a dining room and a two-story bathroom. It opened to the public advertising “Two dollars a day and bring your own vittles.” The Colliers allowed Frank Hamilton Cushing, leader of the Pepper-Hearst Expedition, to use the summer parlor to dry out ancient Indian artifacts uncovered in the muck near the hotel. By 1925, the rates had gone up to $30 a month in the ... Read More »

Danube Cruise: Reflections

Castle Baba Vida bears the name of the 10th  century princess who built it. PHOTOS  BY CARL AND JOAN KELLY

By Carl and Joan Kelly This is our 50th anniversary cruise. The river? Danube. Where else do you go to celebrate 50 years? Our ship: The River Aria. We cruise east. Romania on the right, Bulgaria left, ahead the cities of Ruse (ROO-ze) and Vidin (vee-DEEN). The Danube here is quiet but not lazy, beautiful but not romantic. Not yet. Tomorrow maybe. Today it is farmland, farm people, small cities, city people and castles. Ah, we love castles. Love to prowl around and through them. Imagine them on feast days, stuffed with people, the people stuffed with food, swimming in ... Read More »

Craft Beer Festival Celebrates Local Favorites

A toast to the day! From left: Nick Catudal (CJ’s), Juan Mejia (Chop 239), Curt Koon and Chef Laura Owen (CJ’s).

By Steve Gimmestad Whew, it was a warm Friday on November 7, but that didn’t stop over 250 people from attending the first ever Marco Island Craft Beer Festival at CJ’s on the Bay at the Esplanade. Hosted by the Marco Island Chamber of Commerce and chaired by Jacquie Koon, the festival brought local restaurants and local brewers together to showcase the world of craft beers and great food. Each brewer was paired with a restaurant and select food creations that would compliment each of the flavors. The presentations at each booth were as much fun as the beers and ... Read More »

Viva La Difference at Seven-O-One

Chef Sebastian Cacciatore, left, co-owner  Davide Valenti and his wife Juany, co-owner Bob Berkowitz and chef Franco Paniccia, inside Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge PHOTO BY DON MANLEY

By Don Manley The Seven-O-One Bistro & Lounge is striking a blow for culinary uniqueness on Marco’s restaurant scene. The restaurant features two underrepresented, if not absent, cuisines on the island, Peruvian and Cuban, along with Japanese sushi and American dishes. “For us, it was something new to bring to the island, and because my wife is Peruvian and we love the food,” said Davide Valenti, who co-owns Seven-O-One along with Bob Berkowitz. Located in the space that was formerly home to Berkowitz’s Porky’s Restaurant and Lounge, Seven-O-One began its soft opening on Halloween and celebrated its grand opening on ... Read More »


Courtesy of G3 Homes, South Miami Fl.

ASK AN ARCHITECT Hector C. Fernandez AIA I figured I would give my readers a much-needed break from the heady topics and discussions concerning zoning, land use, deed restrictions, ordinances, etc. Let’s talk architecture, design and trends. As we look forward to the start of season, let’s see what’s hot and happening in design. So I’m going to take a very deliberate right turn on this one and set eyes on our nearest design capital, and arguably one of the current trendsetters internationally today. Yes, you guessed it, our neighboring metropolis of MIAMI. MIA for short, or the “305” if you ... Read More »


Roger Federer hitting his slice.

COACH WAYNE’S CORNER Wayne Clark Taking my own advice from one of my previous articles, “Listen and Learn,” I was recently watching and listening to a post-match discussion earlier this year with Darren Cahill, former coach of Roger Federer. Cahill was commenting in regards to Federer, stating that while Roger prefers to offensively dominate in a match, he is so good at knowing when to play defense and when to play offense. With all sports there are times that offense is played, and there are times when defense is played. In most other sports, there is a definite separation of offense ... Read More »

Jewelry Common Sense…Watches


ALL THAT GLITTERS Richard Alan With any profession there are words or jargon (call it what you like) that pertain to only that particular business. The word “shop talk” comes to mind. Sometimes I catch myself using jewelry terminology in front of a customer, and at once realize he or she has no clue what I am taking about. Sort of like me understanding the daily goings on the subject of physics or nuclear fusion. Over the years I have tried to educate or give advice on certain aspects of the business, whether it is on the subject of jewelry ... Read More »

Center for the Arts… Presents Musical Interludes Series

The Gulfshore Tenors to perform at the  Marco Island Center for the Arts. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today the first intimate concert in its Musical Interludes Series to be held at the Center on November 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM. The evening will feature the Gulfshore Tenors, consisting of Luciano Marsalli, Bruno Guererro and Teddy Collins. The Gulfshore Tenors is a new group in the style of such famous “3 Tenors” as Carreras, Domingo and Pavorotti. The talented Gulfshore Tenors will be joined by soprano, Natalia Salazar. These artists have been performing together for several years, but only this year formed the grouping to appear at Marco Island ... Read More »

One Room, One Hour, One Way Out

Cell Block M  is ready for booking. This room challenges gamers to prove their innocence in 60

Submitted To say a new business is opening on Marco Island would be an understatement. Not only is it a new business, but a brand new concept that, until now, has been reserved for metropolitan areas such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington D.C. In a world dominated by smartphones and evolving technology, this is a refreshing change. “Think video games meet real life,” said co-founder, 15-year-old Marco Island resident Howie Jordan. “Instead of watching the character on a screen, you are the character.” The real-life adventure game phenomenon started in 2007 in Japan. It’s extremely popular in ... Read More »

Calusa Island Marina – Goodland’s Good Neighbor

At the Calusa Island Marina, a 25,000 pound forklift approaches launching area. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

GOODLAND LIFE By Barry Gwinn I have lived across the street from the Calusa Island Marina (the “Marina”) for the past 10 years. Despite the rumbling of forklifts and the beeping of back-up signals, I am content to be hemmed in by a navigable waterway on one side, and a boatyard on the other. Boats and boating have always been high on my list since I had my own wooden rowboat at age 12. I began my seafaring days in 1950. In 1950, the Marina was just a part of a largely undeveloped area on the southeastern end of ... Read More »

Should Tennis Coaches Teach the Volley First?

Matt Browne, Marco 
Island, Florida demonstrating the simple
forehand volley. Little to no backswing and a punch stroke. PHOTO BY DOUG BROWNE

READ MY TIPS Doug Browne As long as I have been around the great game of tennis, most coaches have started their new players with the forehand drive. A few lessons later, and the new player is working diligently on their backhand stroke, and eventually start moving forward to work on their net game. However, would it be a game changer if all new tennis players began their quest at the net verses the baseline? Would beginners look at the game in a different manner? First, let’s probe the advantages of coaching the volley ahead of the groundstrokes. First, the ... Read More »

Rose-Colored Glasses


MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT Laurie Kasperbauer “You can’t live a positive life with a negative mind…” ~ Miley Cyrus My mother is a cancer survivor. Twenty-seven years ago she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Stage 3. The doctor ordered chemo and radiation. In addition, my mother made the decision to have a lumpectomy rather than a mastectomy, and it worked. She was cured. Which is not to say she didn’t experience the side effects of her experience. The chemotherapy treatment ended early because of the devastating effect it had on her body. There was permanent damage ... Read More »

Center for the Arts Announces Jane Watt as Gala Honoree


Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today it will honor Jane Watt at its fundraising gala on February 28, 2016. This year’s gala theme is “Young at heART.” It will be a memorable evening of delights, dinner and auction at the Island Country Club. In announcing the honoree, gala chair Susan Darrow said, “We are honoring Jane for all of her contributions to educating our youth. The Art Center is proud to recognize Jane as an outstanding Marco Island citizen. Honoring Jane supports the Art Center’s commitment to providing the best for the young people in our ... Read More »

Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon, Entering its 10th Year on the Island


By Samantha Husted Cost Cutters Family Hair Salon, located in the Marco Town Center, is Marco Island’s only full service value price salon. Full service means everything from kids’ to adult haircuts, color & gloss to foil highlights, and perms to facial waxing. Value price means low, everyday pricing. Regular price for an adult haircut is just $15.95; however, every Tuesday and Saturday you can get one for just $10 (cash price). Kids’ cuts are regularly priced at $9.95 but also on Tuesdays and Saturdays you can get one for just $5 (cash price). Included in the kids’ cut is ... Read More »

Marco Island Historical Society Opens New “Modern Marco” Exhibit

The Modern Marco exhibit at MIHS opened October 8. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

By Samantha Husted On October 8, the Marco Island Historical Society (MIHS) opened their newest exhibit titled, “Modern Marco” to celebrate 50 years of Island modernity. Though Marco is much older than 50, it’s actually about 6,000 years old, the exhibit starts its timeline in the 1960s when the Mackle brothers first came to the island. It was around this time that they decided to commercialize Marco and make it more accessible to the public, thus bringing in the modern age. “The Mackle Brothers are responsible for the design and development of the Marco Island paradise that we enjoy today,” ... Read More »

Center for the Arts to Present “The Art of Fashion”

Becky MacKenzie models a wedding gown. SUBMITTED PHOTOS

Submitted The Marco Island Center for the Arts announced today that it is hosting “The Art of Fashion” on October 26, 2015. The Art of Fashion is a fashion show and special art exhibition with Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. The fashion show is scheduled to begin at 5:30 PM and, in the words of Executive Director Hyla Crane, “This will be one special event!” The show will feature artwork and fashion from participants in the Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Pathways Program for adults with disabilities. The evening will showcase models that designed their runway ensembles completely from Goodwill ... Read More »

Stand Up and Speak Out for Charter Schools!


FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: Recently I served as a panelist at the 2015 Florida Consortium of Public Charter Schools Quality Charter School Authorizers Task Force meeting in Fort Lauderdale. District and charter representatives from across the entire state gathered to share ideas. Representative Janet Adkins and Broward Superintendent Robert Runcie co-chaired the annual summit meeting. We met to discuss issues related to the charter school movement in Florida and discover ways for district and charter schools to better collaborate. There are many reasons why working together is so important. The highest performing districts in the state also ... Read More »

A New Day for MIA


FIGHTING FOR KIDS Jane Watt website: The students at MIA will not notice any major changes on campus this week. However, October 1st will be one of the most pivotal days in the school’s history. What is the major change? MIA will officially have a permanent location on Marco Island. We are proud to officially announce that we are buying our land. Thanks to a generous private loan of $2 million dollars from Bill and Karen Young, Marco Island Academy will purchase the San Marco property from its current owner Kinsley Investments. The loan is being offered at a 2½ percent ... Read More »

Sunrise Rotary Makes First Award Under KOPS Program

Submitted The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise announced today its initial award under the recently adopted KOPS program to Officer Karie Petit of Marco Island Police Department. The Rotary Club of Marco Island Sunrise reimbursed Officer Petit for funds she spent to treat a person in need. Officer Petit bought groceries for a person with no food or home. She worked in coordination with Community Service Officer Charlene Greenblatt, who arranged temporary lodging. In Officer Petit’s words, “This person was in need. I did not even think about reimbursement until I was reminded of the KOPS program by Captain ... Read More »

Friends of Tigertail International Beach Cleanup

Keeping our beaches clean is vital. Friends of Tigertail helps keep the beach healthy and beautiful. SUBMITTED BY JASMINE PARCELLES

By Samantha Husted On September 19, Friends of Tigertail Beach (FOT) held their annual International Beach Cleanup event. The cleanup was held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup that took place around the world. Volunteers, with gloves and trash bags in hand, combed Tigertail in search of litter, debris and other harmful materials. Data cards were given to participants in order to document their findings. The results were then sent to the National Ocean Conservancy and were recorded. Over 75 people showed up this year and 15 bags of trash, weighing in at a staggering 200 pounds, were collected. ... Read More »