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Sensory Night at the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) is an engaging, interactive, and inspiring night to promote families playing, learning and dreaming together in a low-sensory museum experience. Held the fourth Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm, sensory night is intended for all individuals with sensory integration needs including people with autism.   According to Mary Fellenz, OTR/L, an Autism Specialist and owner of MF Therapy Group, “Sensations flow into the brain like streams flowing into a lake. Countless bits of sensory information enter our brain at every moment, not only from our eyes and ears, but also from ... Read More »

Youth See Police and Fire-Rescue Service Up Close


By Val Simon Each year, the Marco Island Police Department works closely with the Marco Island Fire-Rescue Department to present a Police/Fire Academy through the city of Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department. The weeklong camp was headed up by MIPD Officer Al Schettino and Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Bowden. The academy — designed for students in the sixth through eighth grades — gives a hands-on look at the variety of training and skills each of these professions require. It’s an ideal camp for children interested in law enforcement, firefighting or emergency services. They cover everything these first responders do on a ... Read More »

Roadwatch Report

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones.As a reminder, travelers can visit or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If you know before you go, you can plan accordingly and save time and money. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety ... Read More »

Approved: 1st Reading of Marriott PUD Amendment

Marco Island city councilors listen to both sides of the Marriott project debate during the June 2 meeting.

By Noelle H. Lowery The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort’s $150 million renovation plan cleared its first hurdle Monday (June 2) night when City Council approved the amendment to the hotel’s planned unit development and master plan by a vote of 4-2. Councilors Amadeo Petricca and Chuck Kiester voted against the measure, and Councilor Joe Batte was not in attendance. The approval came after nearly six hours of presentations, impassioned community responses, in-depth discussion and a surprise promise from Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. The hotel’s ownership group will kick in $1 million to expedite the renovation of the Smokehouse ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Bill Thomas


THE CORE QUESTION IS THE IMPORTANT ONE The Marriott proposal is so complex it has been difficult to identify the “core” of the issue for those of us who live on Marco Island. Even though Marriott has done a fine job of presenting their plans it’s been tough for residents to look beyond those formal presentations to identify any core issues that may adversely affect the happy Marco lifestyle. The principal “core” issue, important to all residents, is the condition of Marco Island traffic, long term. Most residents understand the construction traffic caused by the extended buildout period of such a project ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor: Marco Island Civic Association


Dear Councilman: The Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) was established over 40 years ago and is one of the oldest and largest associations. Our charter provides that the general purpose is to promote and advance the principles of civic improvement and betterment on Marco Island. Subsequently, the Deltona Corporation delegated enforcement of its Deed Restrictions to MICA to maintain the Mackle Brothers’ vision for development of Marco Island. That vision was to develop a community of residential properties supported by businesses to meet the needs of the community. Tourism would play a role in the development of the island supported ... Read More »

MIPD Goes High-Tech with Twitter


By Noelle H. Lowery Want to know what is going on with the Marco Island Police Department? Have questions about code enforcement, traffic and marine safety or prescription medicine safety? Interested in the latest MIPD crime report? The MIPD is turning to technology to help keep its residents informed on all of these topics and more. At the suggestion of new Marco Island City Manager Roger Hernstadt, the police department started using Twitter as its community-wide communications platform on March 15. “It was my suggestion to augment other public notice methods with Twitter, as it can be more timely ... Read More »

Road Watch Report

US 41 at Pelican Marsh Boulevard: Work on this project includes installing pedestrian features and upgrades to meet current ADA standards, connecting existing sidewalks to ramps, installing signal back plates, and pavement markings. Project completion is expected in spring 2014. I-75/Alligator Alley Rest Area at mile marker 63: Work continues to build two recreational access areas adjacent to the Big Cypress National Preserve backcountry trails, replace the existing rest area, build a new public safety center and water treatment plant, and upgrade the existing wastewater treatment plant. The entire rest area is closed until project completion, estimated Fall 2014. The design/build contractor ... Read More »

Planning Board Approves Marriott Expansion Project


By Noelle H. Lowery It took three hours and a number of conditions and alterations but the city of Marco Island Planning Board finally approved the long-debated expansion plans for the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa during its April 4 meeting. The revised plan passed by a vote of 6-1 with Dr. Bill Trotter as the lone dissenter. The plan now heads to City Council for review and final approval, most likely for the April 21 agenda. “I’m ecstatic,” says Marriott General Manager Rick Medwedeff. “We are truly excited that we a 6-1 vote. It is a strong ... Read More »

Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach

The 26th Annual Marco Island Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach will be held at 7 a.m., April 20, at the Marriott Marco Beach Resort, 400 South Collier Boulevard, Marco Island. Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access north of the Madeira Condominium. Participating clergy are Marco Presbyterian Church’s Senior Pastor the Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, New Life Community Church’s Pastor the Rev. Thomas McCulley and Wesley United Methodist Church’s Pastor the Rev. Kirk Dreiser. The guest soloist is Dawn Birch of the duo Billy Dean and Dawn. The prelude will begin at 6:45 a.m. The Marco ... Read More »

County Breaks Ground on Road Project

By Noelle H. Lowery On Feb. 7, Collier County and the Florida Department of Transportation broke ground on a project nearly 20 years in the making — the U.S. 41 and S.R./C.R. 951 Intersection Capacity Improvement Project. The two-year project is being completed in conjunction with the resurfacing of 951 from south of Fiddler’s Creek Parkway to south of 41. According to Connie Deane, Collier County’s community liaison, the projects are part of a Joint Participation Agreement with FDOT, which will be reimbursing Collier County for approximately $14 million of the approximately $20 million in construction costs. The combined ... Read More »

Missing: 5,500-pound Wrecking Ball


By Noelle H. Lowery How does someone steal a 5,500-pound, forged steel wrecking ball, and who did it? Clearly, Miley Cyrus already has her own wrecking ball, so the Marco Island Police Department is left to investigate the theft on its own. According to a police report, the wrecking ball was reported missing Dec. 27 at about 6 PM. Its owner, Earth Works of Naples Inc., was working at 511 Sandhill Street, where the wrecking ball was last seen. Because the investigation is active, MIPD could not provide any theories on how thieves were able to take the nearly ... Read More »

Loggerhead Released Near Goodland


By Natalie Strom The Conservancy of Southwest Florida released Sassy, its female loggerhead sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico near the Ten Thousand Islands on Tuesday, Jan. 19. Born on Sanibel Island, Sassy was transferred to the Florida Atlantic University lab at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton, where she was part of a gender study linking nest temperature to the gender of hatchlings. Following her two months in the ongoing sea turtle gender study, Sassy was brought to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. In 2012, Sassy became the first resident of the 5,000-gallon saltwater tank in ... Read More »

Long-term planning on horizon for public works?


By Noelle H. Lowery Larry Honig had one question for Tim Pinter during the October 7 City Council meeting. The Marco Island city councilor wanted to know if and when the city’s public works director and his staff are going to provide a comprehensive, long-term plan for the island’s 127 miles of roadway. The question came after a long week of frustration and disappointment for Pinter. First, the Planning Board took him to task over his second presentation on rerouting truck traffic away from Smokehouse Bay Bridge. Second, city councilors tabled both of his department’s requests during their meeting. ... Read More »

Goodland Golf Cart Ordinance


GOODLAND LIFE Natalie Strom My anonymous letter writing stalker is at it again! Last edition’s article entitled, “Goodland Remarks,” discussed both positive and negative comments I receive regarding my views of Goodland. It was really an effort to praise our community, especially the kids, but one reader clearly misinterpreted the heart of the article. I clearly made a huge mistake when I jokingly told the story of a “naysayer” who sent me an anonymous letter about an article I wrote about a year ago regarding Goodland’s golf carts. Well, it seems the golf carts are still a hot button topic ... Read More »



Marriott Marco Beach Resort Expansion On Friday, August 2nd, Mr. Rick Medwedeff, General Manager of the Marriott’s Marco Beach Resort, made public the proposal for expansion of the hotel facilities at the City of Marco Island Planning Board meeting. Owning and operating a small business on Marco Island, as well as residing on Marco for over 30 years, I would like to establish my full support and address several issues of the hotel’s proposed expansion. To begin, the benefits of additional rooms as well as expanded meeting space to enhance business during the shoulder and off-season months is clearly evident. ... Read More »

Safe Routes to School Construction Notice


From the City of Marco Island Between June 20th and August 24, 2013, the City of Marco Island will be building a Sidewalk Widening Improvement project on Jamaica Road and Yellowbird Street. The existing four-foot sidewalks on the east side of Jamaica Road and the south side of Yellowbird Street will be removed and replaced with a new eight-foot wide concrete sidewalk. This project is being funded in part (+/- 80%) by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) through the Safe Routes to School Program. Accommodations for vehicle access and pedestrian traffic will be maintained. The project is being constructed ... Read More »

4th Festivities and Parking


By Natalie Strom Every year, the Fourth of July celebration on Marco Island simply gets better and better. The community comes together throughout the year to raise money towards the spectacular fireworks display and the Marco Island Civic Association (MICA) puts on a grand celebration throughout the day. The following is a guide to the day’s events as well as a list of beach access points. This year, MICA’s patriotic day of fun – dubbed Uncle Sam’s Sand Jam – begins at noon at Residents’ Beach. Music by DJ Dominick of Mobile Sound Entertainment will accompany the many games ... Read More »

Spring’s Big Three Trees


PLANT TALK  Mike Malloy When these three trees are blooming in South Florida, spring has officially arrived. Take a drive through some of the more mature, tree-lined neighborhoods around Naples, and you’ll find prime examples of these magnificent trees. The first is the Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia), also known as the Flamboyant Tree from Madagascar. I think it is the showiest tree we have here in Naples. Once you’ve seen it, you’ll agree. The Royal Poinciana is fast growing and will quickly reach 40-feet tall and 40-feet wide. During spring and summer it is covered with clusters of neon-colored ... Read More »

Tours, Buildings and Exotic Cars


By Donna Fiala Some of you have taken one or more of my County Government tours to acquaint yourself with what goes on behind the scenes in county government such as the landfill and gas to energy plant, water and wastewater treatment plants, parks, museums, the jail, etc. I am in the planning stages for next year’s tours and wanted to mention them to you, as well as ask if any of you have any special requests you would like to submit to my office. We continue to have requests each year for the Landfill (we could even include ... Read More »