Code Violations, Need Your Action

By Liz Carr, Code Compliance Officer Various code violations occur throughout the City; however, the Code Enforcement officers would like to address two violations of city code that occur weekly: 1) when to place recycle or trash roadside 2) sidewalk maintenance. Recycle and Trash Containers. Recycle bins and trash receptacles should be taken to the roadside after 6:00 p.m. of […]

When Did 90,000 USTA Members Change Their Tennis Ratings?

Is there anything in tennis more controversial than someone’s tennis rating? No matter how we roll the dice, individual or team tennis ratings can almost destroy the local tennis club or facility. “The new rating can be so challenging for players in our county,” Collier Tennis Association league coordinator explained. For instance, a club team wins a league title; with […]


By Gary Elliott That big, warm Florida sun we see and feel most days of the year has been steadily streaming energy to the earth for millions of years. The sun is basically a giant ball of hydrogen gas undergoing fusion into helium gas and giving off vast amounts of energy in the process. This solar radiation travels everywhere through […]

The Blowhard

Have you missed me as much as I have missed you? Almost five years have passed since I set aside a regular Quip column for other pursuits.Typical to my personality, new endeavors have been numerous and mostly positive. The biggest chuckle I have had in those intervening years came when people said, “I missed your column in the *** (wrong […]

Donna Fiala’s Coastal Comments

What a wonderful way to start a new year! A new newspaper in town and it is our own, with our own people doing the writing! It has been a wonderful holiday season, starting with Chanukah for our Jewish friends, and moving on to Christmas for our Christian friends. The nicest thing about this holiday season is that it brings […]

How do You Like Your Turkey?

It is another wonderful sunny and breezy Marco Island winter morning. My eight year-old granddaughter just walked in for her regular Saturday morning visit and without even saying hello or giving me her usual big, warm hug and kiss she said, “Grandpa, you and I have a big problem. This week in class (second grade at Tommie Barfield Elementary) we were studying ancestries and […]

The Florida Burrowing Owl

(Speotyto cuniclara floridana) This familiar Marco Island resident is named from the Greek words speo meaning cave and tyto meaning owl and, cuniclara derived from the Latin word cuniclarius meaning little miner. As the name suggests, the Florida Burrowing Owl digs caves or burrows and is the only owl species that nests underground. The Burrowing Owl, found from Canada to […]

It’s the Buzz – Bee Aware

According to City of Marco Island’s environmental expert Nancy Richie, you can discourage aggressive Africanized honey bees (AHBs) from building a hive on your property. Recent correspondence from Scott Krueger, (Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, Bureau of Plant Inspection) contains the following information. The population of Africanized honey bees continues to grow in Florida […]

Marvelous Moves

Patti Reed, the owner of All 4 Fitness inc., is a certified personal trainer and medical massage therapist. Her practice is a unique blend of modalities, designed to educate and empower individuals to increase their body awareness. She has blended these techniques to help herself through her own struggles with postural distortions and pain. Over the last 10 years she  […]

A Time to Fish

I’m often asked, “When is the best time to go fishing?” The correct answer for most people is, “Whenever you get the chance”, because many people just don’t have the opportunity to play on the water as I do. But if you are a serious fisherperson or can pick and choose the date you would like to fish, then you […]